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100 Montaditos on Ludlow Street is Officially Kaput

Posted December 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

For 100 Montaditos, it’s one culture, zero ways to do it. At least on on the battered upper section of Ludlow Street. When it came to the Lower East Side iteration, the Spanish-based fast casual chain was an epic fail and a perfect example of how evading the host community can hurt in the long run. […]

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Jack Abramcyk’s ‘Cafe Bambi’ on Eldridge Street Proceeds Despite Community Backlash

Posted December 18, 2014 at 5:34 am

Jack Abramcyk and former Beatrice Inn doorman Simonez Wolf are together proceeding with plans for the Cafe Bambi project (nee “Chinolita”) on Eldridge Street. The bi-level bar-restaurant concept on the border of Chinatown, first brought to light last spring, is planned for the space previously occupied by Fen Yang Restaurant. A sign currently affixed to the […]

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Uruguayan Restaurant ‘Charrua’ Now Open at 131 Essex Street

Posted December 12, 2014 at 5:30 am

Pulperia nosedived into oblivion last May after barely six months in business (and the previous year under construction). The ground level at 131 Essex Street remained wrapped up for the duration. Now its replacement is ready to rock and roll. And it’s in a similar “culinary” vein. Charrua is the next nightlife concept to make […]

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Are the Elusive SantaCon Organizers Part of Figment NYC? [UPDATED]

Last modified December 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

[UPDATED BELOW] We are mere hours away from SantaCon, the yearly parade of alcoholics disguised as Santa who binge drink, puke, piss, stumble and pub crawl their way across the City. SantaCon got its start in San Francisco in 1994 when a small group of people dressed as Santa marched through the streets, crashed parties […]

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Clinton Street Baking Company Expansion Begins with Arrival of Plywood Shed

Posted December 9, 2014 at 5:33 am

For months, there had been random rustling inside the vacancy left by Min’s Market. But now the expansion efforts of Clinton Street Baking Company into the adjacent is in full throttle. A corner-hogging sidewalk shed arrived onsite late last week, officially signaling the start of remodeling. Expect to eat in a much larger, 55-seat diner […]

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Is the City Finally Paying Attention to the Dangers of South Street?

Posted December 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

The area of South Street running along the belly of the Lower East Side is in desperate need of safety upgrade. It’s a dangerous collection of tertiary streets that serve as both extension and off-ramp of the FDR Drive. Residents in the vicinity – namely Two Bridges – have been fighting for over a decade […]

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163 Orchard ‘Gatsby’ Hotel Sheds Plywood for the First Time in 6 Years

Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:32 am

At the September SLA subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3, hotel newcomer Nico Moinian delivered news that he hoped to open the so-called “Gatsby” hotel at 163 Orchard Street by the end of November. Not the case, but it’ll likely happen in the not-so-distant future. Plywood, sidewalk bridge, and other construction materials were altogether removed from the […]

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Black Tree Nixes Expansion Into Adjacent Space; Principals Eye 122 Orchard Street

Last modified December 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Serving Orchard Street for a year and a half, Brooklyn-based Black Tree was thought to be on the offensive. Having already secured proper blessings from Community Board 3, the low key “farm-to-table” sandwich shop was poised to annex the adjacent store and with full liquor. But landlord greed was reportedly the proverbial monkey wrench in […]

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‘Sam’s Spring Roll’ Angling to Open on Lower Essex Street with Wine and Beer

Last modified December 4, 2014 at 8:25 am

In the nearly three years since 23 Essex Street lost its Judaica shop, occupancy has been a revolving door of concepts and store uses. Ethik Clothing briefly operated its first brick-and-mortar here before relocating to Orchard Street in the summer of 2013. Then Goody House gave it a go six months later, converting the use […]

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Preserve 24 during its funeral, August 2014

One and One Owners Look to Booze up Another Corner of East Houston with ‘One for the Frog’

Posted December 3, 2014 at 5:00 am

As we first reported last week, 177 East Houston is getting new legs as One for the Frog. This cursed corner spot, which straddles Sugar Cafe onto Allen Street, was previously home to the epic failure Preserve 24. Based on the application submitted to Community Board 3, it appears that the owners of One and […]

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