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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Won’t Survive, Here’s Why

Last modified June 21, 2017 at 7:58 am

The fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, on the Lower East Side for 167 years, is coming down. And there isn’t much that can be salvaged. That was the determination presented to the Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 3 last night, alongside news that the Department of Buildings already approves full demolition of the city-designated landmark. Structural […]

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Rabbi Proposes Demolition of Torched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:04 am

It’s not looking good for the once illustrious Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Mendel Greenbaum, rabbi of the fire-ravaged house of worship, filed an application with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to demolish the centuries-old structure. There had been plans in the immediate aftermath of the three-alarm blaze, intentionally set by a 14-year-old boy, to potentially rehabilitate the synagogue. […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Posted June 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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Long-Delayed Pier 35 Park Now Sports Some Major Heft

Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

Took ’em long enough, but it appears the severely delayed Pier 35 project is finally back on track. That curved structure you see rising along the perimter is part of the so-called “screenwall” that will shield the new park from the Department of Sanitation-operated pier next door. It’s also one of the primary hurdles that […]

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Fight for Hell Square Continues with Potential Sale of Spitzer’s, Fat Baby, and Los Feliz

Posted June 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s no secret that Rob Shamlian has been trying to unload his remaining Hell Square holdings over the last few years. Last night, the nightlife operator came one step closer to his dream, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 approved a sale of assets for two of three area nightclubs. Ownership behind Boulton […]

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Boulton & Watt Team Eyes Purchase of Shamlian’s Hell Square Empire

Posted June 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Most anything related to Hell Square nightlife these days is usually bad news, newcomers or otherwise. Now, it appears three of the most problematic establishments are again being pitched in a manner befitting a fire sale. Controversial owner Rob Shamlian is again seeking buyers for his trio of Hell Square hot-spots – Fat Baby, Spitzer’s […]

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Nightlife Saturation in Hell Square is Toxic to Quality of Life and Spurs Crime, New Study Finds

Posted June 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

The LES Dwellers Block Association yesterday released a new study on Hell Square nightlife and its deleterious effects on the local populace. At the behest of the activists, graduate students at the Hunter College urban development workshop (URBG790) investigated the crime and safety situation as it relates to liquor over-saturation. The study reveals much of […]

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New Wine Bar Takes Shape at Pike and Division

Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:07 am

The Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) advocacy group chose a wine bar tenant to occupy the new storefront carved out of their “Housing and Community Services” building at 1 Pike Street (aka 111 Division). The community organization downsized its footprint in the ground level last year, and instead decided to convert the new space to […]

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CB3 Proposes Special East Village District to Encourage Retail Diversity

Posted May 31, 2017 at 10:32 am

From the Bowery Boogie inbox: Community Board 3 Economic Development Committee Public Forum: Special Zoning District Please join us for a presentation and give comments on a proposed special district in the East Village. A special district is an overlay to modify the zoning of an area to meet specific goals. CB3 is considering a […]

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‘Taqueria Diana’ Plants a Flag on Clinton Street, but there Won’t be Margaritas

Posted May 31, 2017 at 5:14 am

Taqueria Diana officially marked its territory at 69 Clinton Street this week. Half the storefront marquee pimps painted lettering and a branded red canopy. However, when this new Lower East Side location debuts (the inside is still a mess, so not anytime soon), it’ll do so without (tequila-based) margaritas. The proprietors, whose proposal for full liquor […]

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