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Voices of the Lower East Side Talk of Its Struggle to Survive

Last modified July 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The Lower East Side has been considered one of the eleven most endangered historic places since 2008. Truth. According to the National Trust of Historic Preservation: Few places in America can boast such a rich tapestry of history, culture and architecture as New York’s Lower East Side.  However, this legendary neighborhood—the first home for waves of […]

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Karl Fischer’s 255 Bowery Shows Its Skin for the First Time in 3 Years

Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

Well, what have we here? Three years on, we finally have a view of Hot Karl’s steaming seven-story pile on the Bowery. The finger building at 255 Bowery was cloaked in a shroud of bars and netting for what seemed an eternity. That all changed on Monday. Yet while the facade is now fully visible, […]

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Samy Mahfar’s Luxury Conversion Creates ‘War Zone’ for Tenants of 102 Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Posted July 14, 2014 at 5:38 am

Controversial real estate mogul Samy Mahfar (pka SMA Equities) purchased 102 Norfolk Street back in April of this year. It was around this time that we first started hearing chatter about the luxury conversion, and purported efforts to boot all the longtime rent stabilized tenants. It’s nothing new really; he used the same borderline-legal tactics […]

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Philly’s Cheese Steak Follows Bereket Out of Business; Low-Rise Stretch of East Houston Endangered

Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:49 am

Bereket was but the first, yet certainly not the last, to wilt ahead of the wrecking ball. Its neighbor two doors down at 191 East Houston Street also appears to be closed. Philly’s Cheese Steak and its Disney-infringing neon has been dark the last couple days. The state of the interior paints more of the proverbial […]

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Extell’s Pathmark-Killing LES Tower Will Rise 68 Stories and Boast 787 Rooms

Posted April 28, 2014 at 6:10 am

The action at the former Cherry Street Pathmark is beginning to take shape. Permits were pre-filed last Thursday for the Extell tower that will soon blight the community. While it’s not quite the 70 stories in height promised at the outset, the paperwork reveals that it’s still tall enough to eclipse everything in the immediate […]

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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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