Documentarian Clayton Patterson Leaving Lower East Side for Austrian Alps

Posted April 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

The Lower East Side lost its rebel soul many moons ago, but now it’s saying goodbye to one of its biggest champions. Seriously, how many times have we been uttering end of an era these last few years…? The New York Times now reports that Clayton Patterson, a fixture for 35 years, is retiring from the […]

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Governor Al Smith Walks Us Through the Lower East Side of 1945 [VIDEO]

Last modified March 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

With all this talk about gentrification (i.e. Spike Lee), I thought it would be appropriate to journey back in time to Lower Manhattan in 1945. The following borderline-propaganda footage is narrated by Al Smith, a significant, but largely under-recognized New York politician from the Lower East Side. Elected governor for four terms in New York, […]

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The Steve Madden Warehouse at Ludlow and Rivington is Kaput

Posted February 25, 2014 at 5:15 am

The Steve Madden Warehouse at the northeast corner of Ludlow and Rivington is officially kaput. Those months of deep discounts ended this weekend. Store workers were busy packing up the remaining inventory of footwear after business hours on Sunday evening. This particular Steve Madden outpost spent six years in the heart of Hell Square, but […]

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Progress Report: Construction Stalls at Delancey Bridge Tower

Posted October 31, 2013 at 6:00 am

The Delancey Bridge Tower broke ground in January of this year, after the old T&J Auto Repair shop at 210 Delancey had been razed and cleared. Foundation was poured, and a primitive skeleton of ironwork quickly broke the plywood threshold. Then everything went quiet. By summertime, work stopped altogether, thanks to a pair of strict […]

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The Living Room Says Goodbye to Ludlow Street After 10 Years

Posted October 28, 2013 at 5:06 am

As of this weekend, it’s load out for “New York City’s best acoustic listening room.” The current incarnation of the Living Room, here at 154 Ludlow for a decade, is now finished. Curtains. The Living Room bid farewell (for now) with appropriate celebration. No overplayed fanfare or gala, just a stacked list of performers and […]

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Noah’s Ark Deli on Grand is Officially Kaput

Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:00 am

Noah’s Ark Deli joins the long, albeit distinguished list of fallen Lower East Side Jewish joints. It was the last full-service kosher restaurant in the neighborhood. Other delis, like Katz’s, are merely kosher-style. Despite numerous promises to the contrary by front office workers, the ten-year-old eatery is kaput. Their situation down at 399 Grand Street […]

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The Living Room is closing after 15 years on the LES

It’s Official: The Living Room Closing at the End of the Month

Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:06 am

The Living Room is officially closing at the end of the month due to a gouging rental increase. If you’re keeping a tally, that’s eleven years on Ludlow Street, including four lease extensions after the first shutter announcement back in January. The swan song at 154 Ludlow Street is slated for October 26. When news […]

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Naked Eye Optical Closes Its Orchard Street Store

Posted October 2, 2013 at 6:10 am

Knew I had to say goodbye To all the old things held inside If I let the moment fly I knew they’d all be magnified -Luscious Jackson, “Naked Eye” Naked Eye Optical is closing its doors after twelve years in business. Store stripping and breakdown transpired yesterday at 192 Orchard Street, where little remains of […]

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Report: Rent Increase Forcing Out Army Navy Store on East Houston

Last modified August 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

It’s a hidden gem in plain sight, but not for much longer.

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7-Story Luxury Residential Building to Replace Warehouse at 155 Attorney Street

Posted August 2, 2013 at 6:00 am

Attorney Street north of Straus Park is one of the last enclaves of genuine Lower East Side, and one of our favorite photo subjects.

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