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The East River is Freezing Over [PHOTOS]

Posted January 8, 2018 at 5:12 am

Two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures and the East River is packed with ice floes. The waterway is freezing around the edges and bouncing with the tide – on both sides. Although, not quite as dramatic as those reports from the nineteenth century when a land-bridge was created from a frozen East River. For instance, in […]

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Heavy Wind Detaches Ai Weiwei Installation from Essex Street Market

Posted January 5, 2018 at 9:43 am

The punishing winds from yesterday’s Nor’Easter were not kind to the Ai Weiwei art installation affixed to the Essex Street Market. By yesterday afternoon, the series of banners basically became a sails. Sheets to the wind, you might say. The section directly above Pizza Roma near Delancey Street is currently dislodged and sagging. The half-dozen […]

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Essex Street Snowman Returns for Seasonal Cameo at Corner Bodega

Posted January 5, 2018 at 5:11 am

It’s fairly routine at this point. Like the changing of the season, the sun rising in the east, or bitching about city rents, Lower East Siders can expect the Essex Street Snowman after any substantial snowfall. For the eighth winter running – the first appearance was December 2010 – the snow creature returned to the […]

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Nighttime with the Smoking Manholes of Ludlow Street

Posted March 22, 2017 at 5:18 am

The following guest post was penned by Vicki Rovere, proprietor of the Ludlow Street Free Store the last decade. Walking home from the subway about midnight last Sunday night, as I turned onto my block I smelled smoke. Smoke seemed to be curling up from a little curbside street grate outside Libation. Was it steam […]

Post-Snow, the Lower East Side Dressed in White [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

Herewith, some photos from the first snowstorm of 2017 (and aftermath). All were shot in and around the Lower East Side with frozen fingers and wet camera lens. A blanket of snow is the perfect equalizer; it levels the playing field. Run-of-the-mill tensions and stresses of living in the big city easily fade with each […]

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CitizenM Should Shovel Its Sidewalk and Rid the Daily Pigeon Feed on the Bowery

Last modified February 3, 2015 at 10:03 am

For decades, the empty lot at the northeast corner of Bowery and Delancey had housed four unique buildings. Including 185 Bowery, a century-old townhouse that the Landmarks Preservation Commission deemed unworthy of preservation; developers decaptitated the roof to ensure no landmarking. The row of buildings was demolished in the summer of 2012 so that CitizenM […]

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Local Skier Takes Advantage of Epic powder on Orchard Street

Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

The Lower East Side is in the Olympics spirit this morning; this certainly ain’t Sochi. Here on the green (circle) trail of Orchard Street, near Hester, we have one brave commuter casually cross-country skiing down the sidewalk. Hopefully she stays upright and doesn’t faceplant into some yellow snow. Stay safe out there. Which way is […]

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Snowstorm Forces Citi Bike Overflow Beneath the Williamsburg Bridge [PHOTOS]

Last modified February 13, 2015 at 8:02 am

Headquarters for Citi Bike maintenance is located beneath the Williamsburg Bridge on Delancey Street. Stroll by any given day, and you’ll often see rows of bikes awaiting service and/or relocation. But when we ambled past yesterday, the lot, located at Pitt Street, was teeming with the blue-branded vehicles. Perfectly aligned; awaiting orders like an army […]

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A Favorite Pastime: Sledding and Sleighing in New York City [PHOTOS]

Posted December 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

Meteorologists are predicting between two and four inches of the fluffy stuff before the storm subsides later today. Will you be sledding? Most of the choice spots are uptown; here on the Lower East Side, the best bet is probably the man-made incline of the East River Amphitheater. Meanwhile, we dug through the archives of […]

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Scenes from Snowstorm Nemo [PHOTOS]

Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

Herewith, some choice photos from the storm and its aftermath this weekend. Our arms are still sore from that epic midnight snowball fight… Care to share any noteworthy stories from the storm?

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