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Examining Gigi Li’s Community Board 3 Reign of Shame [OP-ED]

Posted July 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

This is the second installment of a two-part editorial written by Erin Harvey. The last-minute decision to throw Gigi Li in the race to unseat Jenifer Rajkumar as District Leader reeks of Sheldon Silver’s desperation and Councilwoman Chin’s petty vindictiveness. Should Gigi Li somehow pull off a victory for the unpaid position, it would come […]

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‘The Lucky Bee’ Buzzes Broome Street with Southeast Asian Fare

Last modified July 1, 2015 at 9:16 am

The low-key block of Broome Street between Orchard and Ludlow is seeing a whole lot of activity these days. Commercial stock is currently in transition, all while works on Essex Crossing Site 1 ramps up. We saw Munch Gallery depart the scene earlier this year and Kottu House take up residence. Local favorite Jin Sushi is […]

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‘Organika’ Principal Seeks to Open ‘Galeria’ Vegetarian Spot on Clinton Street

Posted June 29, 2015 at 5:10 am

Six years after its debut in the West Village, the Organika wine bar team is headed east. An expansion of sorts, albeit with an artistic bent. Last month, ownership (i.e. Jairo Barros) submitted application materials to Community Board 3 for a new concept at 43 Clinton Street (south store), previously home to urban outfitters Coat […]

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‘Round K’ Cafe Opens at Samy Mahfar’s 99 Allen Street

Posted June 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

Allen and Delancey is changing again. Samy Mahfar purchased 99 Allen Street from Heaven Way Buddha Church in September 2013 for $4.4 million. After two years of renovations, including a jet black makeover, the storefronts are finally stocked. And like all of the other properties in the SMA Equities roster, the exterior carries that same […]

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Sutra Successor Swaps ‘Bar Akuda’ for The Grayson on 1st Avenue

Posted June 22, 2015 at 5:17 am

Guess the owners of Mercury Bar and Tonic East in Murray Hill had a change of heart with regard to their new East Village haunt. Until earlier this month, name ascribed to the Sutra successor at 16 First Avenue was Bar Akuda. Illuminated signage even went up in mid-May. However, a few short weeks later, on the […]

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Revisiting ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at Ludlow and Rivington, Circa 1980s

Posted June 19, 2015 at 9:26 am

Here now, a couple photos of what LeRoy McCarthy would’ve called “Beastie Boys Square.” These images of Ludlow and Rivington Streets come courtesy of Boogie reader Larry Morales. Seen clearly in the background of both images is Lee’s Sportswear, the world famous apparel store that graced the cover of Paul’s Boutique in 1989. It was a […]

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‘Doka Square’ Nearing Completion on Delancey Street

Last modified June 17, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Doka Square is making fast work of 53 Delancey Street (aka 141 Eldridge). The forthcoming seventeen-table concept seized the corner location after Marly Building Supply dismantled its presence and shipped out to Brooklyn. Since then, the build-out has been progressing nonstop. Sidewalk shed arrived a couple months ago; the exterior was officially retrofitted two weeks ago; […]

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What You Need to Know About the Forthcoming Grand Street Ferry Landing

Posted June 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

In the wake of the mayor’s announcement of the East River ferry expansion this past February, the EDC finally visited the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 last night to unveil a more detailed plan for the $55 million project. And, yes, the proverbial elephant in the room was addressed. Despite the vociferous efforts of […]

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Pedestrian Plaza Progress Outside Punjabi Grocery & Deli; New M21 Bus Stop Proposed

Posted June 9, 2015 at 5:18 am

Punjabi Grocery & Deli put out the clarion call, and now progress is finally palpable. While the global East Houston capital works project is nowhere near completion, the smaller pedestrian plaza component is edging toward the finish line. New cement and some circular brickwork design is now visible. You’ll recall that the Department of Transportation […]

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Notes from CB3: The Back Room Operating Illegally, Sakamai Nets Approval

Last modified June 9, 2015 at 10:03 am

Last night’s Community Board 3 subcommittee meeting for SLA saw more than a dozen applicants and their entourages fill the shoebox-sized office space on East 4th Street. The stakes were high, as per usual, with established businesses and noobs queued to kiss ass for approval. Emotions ran high, at times, and some juicy gossip was […]

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