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‘Yours Truly’ Coffee Shop Opening This Week at 8 Spring Street

When the brown butcher paper arrived in the windows of 8 Spring Street back in January, it teased a simple handwritten message. “Something wonderful is coming.” That something is actually a miniscule coffee spot called Yours Truly. Yours Truly, in its own words, is “dedicated to coffee excellence and inspirational menu items.” The shoebox shop […]

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Ben Shaoul Paid $108M for the Bereket Development Site at Orchard and East Houston

A year and a half later, Ben Shaoul finally closed on the deal to acquire the southeast corner of Orchard and East Houston. We’ve known all along that the notorious Sledgehammer was developing the corner plot, but now it’s official. The Real Deal picks up our story scraps and reports that Shaoul, along with Real […]

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Tenants and Advocates Publicly Lambast Samy Mahfar for Constant Harassment and Unsafe Living Conditions

In a high-profile move, embattled residents of Samy Mahfar (SMA Equities) properties queued yesterday in the rain to announce a new round of legal action. Indeed, now a total of four buildings are suing the notorious slumlord – 102 Norfolk, 113 Stanton, 22 Spring, and 210 Rivington. Here is a quick recap of what went […]

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Notes from CB3: Chinese Tuxedo for Doyers Denied Outright, Support for Pizza Beach in Hell Square, and More

For the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3, last night was one marked by surprises. It saw the Lower East Side Dwellers supporting a new liquor license and established restaurateurs coming out against new liquor licenses. And notably absent from the panel was Ariel Palitz, who is no longer part of the rank-and-file. Here are […]

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Uncapped: Beneath the Paint with AMUZE

Time to check in on some local graffiti writers with our new “Uncapped” feature. Today let’s give a hearty Lower East Side welcome to Queens native, Amuze! BOWERY BOOGIE: Describe your ultimate mission. Amuze: As far as an ultimate mission…I got to be honest it’s more for personnel satisfaction…What I do is really for myself…if people […]