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Watch the Eulogy at the NYC ‘Payphone Funeral’ [VIDEO]

Posted September 9, 2016 at 5:15 am

The payphone’s number was called with the arrival of LinkNYC technology. Each of these kiosks will, over the next couple years, gradually replace the remaining payphones dotting the landscape. Indeed, the city plans to install 4,550 hot-spots by July 2019. Nostalgists are in mourning. So much so, that one Nick Smatt orchestrated and produced a “funeral” […]

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Chinatown Beatdown: Canal Street Brawl Sparked Saturday Night [VIDEO]

Posted June 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

WTF is going on at Chinatown Soup? We thought this was an “arts space for the neighborhood,” not a breeding ground for violence. For the second time in as many weeks, we hear about another troublesome occurrence near the gallery-events space. Last Friday night, a birthday party turned into mayhem after rumors circulated that rapper Theophilous […]

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Watch the Shocking Brawl at The DL that Engulfed Ludlow Street [VIDEO]

Last modified May 4, 2016 at 9:32 am

​In case you really needed more evidence that The DL is a stain on the Lower East Side, peep the enclosed surveillance and eyewitness footage from a couple weeks ago. You may have heard about the violent street brawl outside 93 Ludlow Street, captured by camera on April 17, in which patrons fought with security […]

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Report: Chinese Man Viciously Beaten on East Broadway Last Week [VIDEO]

Last modified April 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

A Chinese man was viciously beaten outside Carol’s Bun restaurant at 139 East Broadway last week. The incident was captured on tape, and is spreading pretty quickly online. The footage is rather graphic. The incident wasn’t widely reported in the English press, but here’s what happened. According to a report in the Chinese-language NYPBBS, three […]

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Reliving ‘The Last Days at Mars Bar’ with Hank Penza [VIDEO]

Last modified April 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

It’s been six months since former Mars Bar patriarch, Hank Penza, passed away. He was 82. And almost five years since his establishment shuttered. One of his closest confidantes, Jenny Woodward, had access to Penza (one of the few, actually) during the final weeks before Mars Bar closed in 2011. She filmed loads of conversations […]

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A Tribe Called Quest Kickin’ it in Astor Place, Circa 1990 [VIDEO]

Posted March 28, 2016 at 9:36 am

You’ve no doubt seen the sad news that founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg, passed away last week. The Queens native, 45, succumbed to complications arising from his years-long battle with Type I diabetes. He had a kidney transplant in 2008. Seemed like a good time to reminisce about the time the […]

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Was ‘Broad City’ a Hex on Galli Restaurant on Rivington Street?

Last modified March 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

The premiere of the critically-acclaimed Broad City season 3 last month was rather timely, just as the shuttered Galli Restaurant emptied the house at 98 Rivington Street and placed the Misrahi Realty sign in the window. Why, you ask? The opening scene of this first episode takes place here (“Two Chainz”), having been filmed over the summer. After a series of […]

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When Flying out of LaGuardia Airport was this Easy [VIDEO]

Posted March 4, 2016 at 10:44 am

Herewith, a great little clip showing the ease with which passengers moved through LaGuardia Airport in the 1940s. Ah, to not wait on line like sheep for frisking. Shoes on; no laptops; hell, no security. Note how everyone in the shot is dressed to the nines. High society. To afford a plane ticket in the […]

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Snowboarding the Streets of New York During the Blizzard of 2016 [VIDEO]

Posted January 25, 2016 at 9:22 am

When an epic blizzard wallops Manhattan, and travel warnings/bans flourish, one man is there to defy. Leave it to snowboarder-producer Casey Neistat to head into the storm seeking epic powder. Towed by a Jeep like last time, Neistat slid around many parts of the city, eliciting cheers and photos. He even carried an American flag through […]

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Following the Footsteps to Adam Purple’s ‘Garden of Eden’ in 1980 [VIDEO]

Posted December 21, 2015 at 10:38 am

In our last dispatch about the cluelessness of the Mr. Purple nightspot inside the Hotel Indigo, we reported that employees had no idea about the man behind their employer’s namesake. Some told our sources that the late Adam Purple (aka David Wilkie) was a man who dipped his feet in purple paint and walked around […]

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