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OTB ghost signage on Delancey St., April 2010

‘Off Track Betty’ Short Film Captures Delancey Street in Flux, and One Woman’s Faded Sense of Belonging

Posted July 1, 2015 at 5:09 am

One local filmmaker just completed a film shot completely around the Lower East Side. Specifically, the intersection of Delancey and Essex Streets. Its subject matter is also of the neighborhood. Shot exclusively on 16mm film, Off Track Betty is a narrative short about a longtime resident who realizes she no longer recognizes, nor belongs in […]

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'New York Island' by Nathan Doverspike

See if You Can Spot All the New York City References in this Illustration

Posted April 30, 2015 at 5:16 am

Pittsburgh native Nathan Doverspike has made an island of misfit pop-culture out of Manhattan. It’s simply called ‘New York Island’ but the image proves otherwise. In it, Doverspike has intricately illustrated the iconic ins and outs of the city, while tossing clever nods to Seinfeld, Ninja Turtles, Keith Haring, and others into every nook and cranny of […]

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Con Artist entrance, May 2011

The Con Artist Collective Celebrates 5 Years on Ludlow Street

Posted April 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

Con Artist is one of the few businesses on Ludlow Street in Hell Square that still caters to creativity. Something other than nightlife. What began as an ambitious basement workshop and thrift boutique in 2010 (formerly home to The Cast), is now a fully-fledged artist collective with storefront workspace and a membership counting in the […]

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The ‘Uprooted Flower Truck’ is a Roving Florist on Wheels

Last modified April 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Spring isn’t quite in full bloom, but local entrepreneurs Ashley Custer and Kristin Heckler are kickstarting it with a campaign to launch their latest endeavor – the Uprooted Flower Truck. In a convenience-driven (literally) city, the duo is offering an alternative service in the world of taco trucks and mobile post offices. They’ve created a vehicular “florist minus […]

The Lams of Ludlow Street, Photo: Thomas Holton

This Photographer Followed One Family on Ludlow Street for 12 Years

Posted March 6, 2015 at 5:15 am

Photographer Thomas Holton didn’t grow up in Chinatown, but felt a strong connection to the neighborhood. His grandparents had lived there, and he always saw it as more than a tourist destination. While spending a few months in 2002 accompanying a housing advocate who worked in the area, Holton met the Lam family, a couple […]

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Schapiro's in 1987, Photo: Ted Barron

Schapiro’s Wine Reboot Unveils New ‘Sederade’ Kosher Beverage

Last modified October 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

Schapiro Wine Company, born on the Lower East Side in 1899, practically invented the Kosher wine business. Their family empire began rather auspiciously on Attorney Street as the California Valley Wine Company, but truly flourished once the business relocated to 126 Rivington Street. At this address, the company would eventually create a block-long network of […]

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Lower East Siders Crowdfunding for STABiLGO Camera Stabilizer

Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

Listen up, skaters. STABiLGO might be something for you.

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[View down Pitt Street toward Delancey, Williamsburg bridge visible in background / Photo: Michael Levine]

Rediscovering the Original Pitt Street Location of Streit’s Matzo Factory [VIDEO]

Last modified May 22, 2013 at 7:59 am

This is part one of a two part series written by Michael Levine, director of the documentary, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, which chronicles the history of the Streit’s Matzo factory on the Lower East Side.

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Help Keep the Coney Island Mermaid Parade Alive!

Posted May 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

“A year without the Mermaid Parade is a year without summertime.” Truth.

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‘Wild in the Streets’ Doc Series Explores Street Art As It’s Happening

Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

Wild in the Streets is proposed as an ambitious 10-part series that follows graffiti artists in real time on the city streets. As it’s happening.

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