Community Board 3


Metrograph Cinema Aims to Open on Ludlow Street in February 2016

Posted October 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

The much-anticipated Metrograph theater possesses all the proper traits to woo the Lower East Side. Cinema arts, check; bombastic claims of returning the glamor of cinema to New York City, check; bolstering neighborhood creativity, check. Throughout this months-long construction period, it doesn’t seem as though there will be any bureaucratic impediment to opening the 8,853 […]


Webster Hall-Backed ‘Mul-Bay Cocktail Lounge’ Gives up Bid for Chinatown

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

​Mul-bay went Mul-bust. That’s the word on the street, anyway. Just check out the new for rent signs that returned to the shuttered grates on 69 Mulberry Street. The Webster Hall-backed cocktail lounge met with entrenched community opposition almost from the get go. And it seemed that, at every turn, principals Lon Ballinger and Kenny […]

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‘Ni’s Japanese Delicacies’ Joining New Japanese Restaurant at 14 Orchard Street

Posted October 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

Once Alexander Olch moves his tie shop to the corner, 14A Orchard Street will welcome a new eatery. Per our previous reports, Lovely Day owner Kazusa Jibiki is taking over the lease for the new concept, which we now learn is a Japanese joint. And it’ll feature a three-year veteran vendor of the Essex Street […]

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Former Ludlow Street Pizzeria Gets Some ‘Zing’ with New Rice Shop

Posted October 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

Within the last couple weeks, the former Via Tribunali pizzeria on Ludlow Street was completely disemboweled. Its token coal-fired oven smashed, with dining room in complete disarray. To that end, we had heard some chatter of late that a fast-food Greek spot would open in this spot. Not so. Get ready for some zing! Proprietor […]

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The Metrograph Cinema (and Bookstore) on Ludlow Street Seeks Full Liquor License

Posted October 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

Across the street from the once mighty Loews Canal Theatre, the Metrograph cinema house hopes to inject the arts back into the neighborhood. Converting the old warehouse at 7-11 Ludlow Street is certainly an ambitious endeavor, born from the collective mind of tie peddler Alexander Olch, Lincoln Center programmer Jake Perlin, musician Joachim Kearns, and […]

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Shane Covey and Adam Elzer Planning to ‘Upstate’ Former Preserve 24 Space

Posted September 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

Deemed by many as a cursed space, 177 East Houston may soon be revived as another nightlife venue. This enormous L-shaped property at the corner of Allen Street was previously occupied by Preserve 24, a concept so kitschy and ambitious that it tripped over its own shadow. It lasted just barely one year at this address, […]

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Lovely Day Owner Eyes 14 Orchard Street While Alexander Olch Heads Down the Block

Posted September 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

One Orchard Street storefront is trading ties for Thai. As predicted, the owner behind the popular Lovely Day is opening an establishment at 14 Orchard Street. We first reported the news two months ago, but received an official confirmation thanks to the standard Community Board 3 neighborhood notice. Such signage is currently taped to the entrance […]

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City Touts Milestone with New Two-Way Bike Lane on Clinton Street

Last modified September 22, 2015 at 1:15 pm

The much-ballyhooed bike lane along Clinton Street is now ready for rubber. Pavement markings were painted onto the roadway in the last couple weeks, including the token green hue and accompanying biker stick figures. The unveiling is a special one for the city, though. 1,000 miles of bike lanes across the city. The DOT is […]

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Max and Eli Sussman Balk on ‘Samesa’ at 121 Orchard Street, Jean-Luc Richard Opening Gallery Instead

Posted September 18, 2015 at 9:27 am

Word dropped over a year-and-a-half ago that longtime housing goods store Sheherazade was moving from 121 Orchard Street. Sales were advertised and leasing signs installed. Its self-stated expiration had been June 2014, but the business forged ahead, presumably month-to-month, until a month ago. And like that, its ten-year tenure is now concluded. For a hot minute in […]

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‘Compass’ Proceeding with Restaurant in Doomed Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Posted September 11, 2015 at 5:06 am

Compass Restaurant and Bar is proceeding into the minefield otherwise known as 154 Rivington Street. The teaser signage recently placed in the windows all but confirms to the public the imminent arrival. As previously reported, principal Beka Peradze (ODA House) plans to install a Georgian-style (as in, the country) restaurant here, occupying both the former […]

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