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SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen Jumps Ship to Become Medicaid Inspector General Under Gov. Cuomo

Last modified January 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

Just when the neighborhood began to develop a true rapport, the proverbial rug is pulled out. Currently in his second term, Governor Cuomo has been busy bolstering his ranks. Last week saw a third round of appointments to various state jobs and committee posts. According to a report in the New York Times, it appears […]

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CB3 Overwhelmingly Approves Establishment of LES Community Gardens District

Posted January 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

Here ye, hear ye. It’s time for neighborhood gardens to receive their due and proper. Guerilla gardening and its punk DIY aesthetic are deeply rooted in the Lower East Side, thanks to the pioneering efforts Liz Christy. Often considered the mother of the movement, her eponymous garden at Bowery and East Houston was the first […]

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An Old Punk’s Thoughts on Hell Square [OP-ED]

Posted January 16, 2015 at 9:22 am

When I moved to Orchard Street in 1976, our building was a mix of Bengali, Puerto Rican, Italian and Jewish families, plus a few recent NYU grads. There was really only one other residential building with tenants on the entire block — it was across the way, another tenement like ours. Besides cheap rents and […]

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Here’s Your Chance to Get Some ‘Rat Prevention Training’ on the Lower East Side

Posted January 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

Rats. They’re the scourge of the city. They’ve infested pharmacies. They’ve colonized rotting construction sites. They’ve overrun magical gardens long before developers. But hawks aren’t the only ones fighting back against Lower East Side vermin. Splinter, beware. Councilmember Margaret Chin has teamed up with the Department of Health, Parks Department, and Community Board 3 to sponsor a […]

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Here Are Your First Views of the Essex Crossing Mega Project [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 15, 2015 at 10:29 am

Lower East Siders, get ready for ten years of constant construction along Delancey Street. Essex Crossing is coming, and ground-break is months away. The development consortium of Delancey Street Associates and a team of four architectural firms presented plans for Phase One of the million-square-foot mega project last night at the Community Board 3 Land […]

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CB3 Prepared to Address Safety Concerns Along Chrystie Street Corridor

Posted January 14, 2015 at 5:10 am

Local bike activists are on a grassroots crusade to cure Chrystie Street. We aren’t specifically talking about the controversial red light trap at Rivington that nets plenty of tickets for the 5th Precinct (though that does need to be addressed). Rather, it’s the condition of the road in general and the bike lanes it supports. […]

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CB3 Approves Sale of Spitzer’s Corner and Los Feliz; Sarid Drory Promises High End Makeovers

Last modified January 13, 2015 at 7:37 am

The lack of nightlife hopefuls at the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting last night was deceiving. Never was there ever such an assembly in Community Board 3 that’s lasted under three hours. Oh, no. Especially not when controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian is on the docket to unload two of his marquee properties. Between hearing the […]

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Sixth Ward on Orchard Street Faces Liquor License Revocation by SLA

Last modified January 9, 2015 at 10:03 am

Judgement day is coming for the Sixth Ward after a drama-filled autumn. The problem child will stand tall before the man the full board of the State Liquor Authority next week to fight for its survival. Until then, it continues to operate with an inactive license which expired on November 30… A quick recap: The Sixth Ward […]

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Kehila Kedosha Janina is Planning a ‘Greek Jewish Festival’ for the Springtime

Posted January 5, 2015 at 5:27 am

There was a time when the neighborhood hosted an annual Lower East Side Jewish Festival on East Broadway, but those days are long gone. Instead we’ve seen the more niche “Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival” the last fourteen years at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Now its brethren up the bend seeks to revive more of […]

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Fire Sale: Rob Shamlian is Now Selling The Derby on Orchard Street

Posted January 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

It’s an historic Hell Square fire sale. Controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian is amidst complete divestment mode, ditching nearly all his local nightlife holdings. You’ll recall his desperate play to unload both Spitzer’s Corner and Los Feliz to one Alon Moskovitch, principal of Mezetto just around the corner. That bid still awaits the approval of […]

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