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City Finally Replaces Light Bulbs in Columbus Park After Months of Darkness

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:05 am

Something as simple as changing light bulbs got caught up in the city bureaucracy. Nevertheless, after an extended period plunged in darkness, Columbus Park in Chinatown is back under the lights. The city last week installed LED bulbs in a majority of the eighteen light poles dotting the park. This was the task, strangely, of […]

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Staring into the Pit of Essex Crossing Site 3

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:02 am

Another major hole in the ground, soon to sprout luxury. Along Delancey Street. Work is at a feverish pace as excavation and foundation activity at Site 3 of Essex Crossing proceeds. Here’s an update from Delancey Street Associates’ weekly e-blast: Drilling is complete for the foundation work [at 202 Broome Street], except at tunnel locations. […]

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Supreme Angers by Defacing Street Art with ‘Blessed’ Flyposting

Posted November 13, 2018 at 5:07 am

Call it supreme street drama. Skatewear brand Supreme upset at least one street artist over the weekend by spreading its flyer campaign across every surface of the Lower East Side. Among others, the handbills, which advertise the new “Blessed” skate video, were wheat-pasted along the facade of 26 First Avenue. The landlord had reportedly commissioned […]

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‘There’ is Here on Orchard Street

Posted November 13, 2018 at 5:03 am

With a name that could evoke an Abbott and Costello gag, There is now here on Orchard Street. There takes the space formerly occupied by Red Compass, and focuses on a menu of “Asian fusion” fare. The establishment, which opened a few weeks ago, occupies both the sub-grade storefront and the questionably legal rear-yard enclosure. […]

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Crime is on the Rise in the Hell Square of Lower East Side

Last modified November 13, 2018 at 7:45 am

Hell Square is heating up, and residents remain caught in the crossfire. The booze-saturated party zone located in so-called “Sector C” – bounded by Clinton/Allen and Delancey/Houston – is seemingly becoming more dangerous. The most vocal block association in the vicinity, the LES Dwellers, crunched the crime numbers in a recent mailer to neighbors. Some […]

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The Spam Burger is Coming to Orchard Street with ‘Tsismis’

Posted November 12, 2018 at 5:04 am

The first Filipino restuarant for Orchard Street is still happening. In fact, it’s nearing debut. Initially conceived as “Burgers and Chismis,” the concept took space at 143 Orchard Street and will offer a menu of eats like Spam burgers, a crispy pork knuckle sandwich with pickled enoki mushroom, chicken and pork belly adobo, and pickled […]

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Zenchai Tea Cafe on Rivington Street Calls it Quits

Posted November 12, 2018 at 5:03 am

Matcha tea might be all the rage these days, but the hype apparently wasn’t enough to sustain this Hell Square tea room. Zenchai Cafe, which specialized in Matcha, just called it quits the other day after spending a brief sixteen months at 94 Rivington Street. Ownership announced the news with a handwritten letter affixed to […]

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Historic NYPL Rivington Street Branch Undergoes Condo Coversion

Posted November 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

As the Rivington House condo conversion progresses ever so slightly, another historic building barely a block to the east is headed for same. The Beaux Arts beauty at 61 Rivington Street is now tagged for a similar luxury upgrade. Back in May, the historic building, which formerly housed the New York Church of the Nazarene, […]

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Clinton Street Baking Co. Expands with New Stall at Dumbo Food Hall

Posted November 9, 2018 at 5:08 am

Time Out magazine is opening a massive food hall in Dumbo next spring, and with it, a gaggle of food vendors. Including an appearance by Lower East Side brunch favorite, Clinton Street Baking Co. It’s an expansion in kind with its popularity. Clinton Street Baking will occupy a solo stall inside the two-level, 22,000 square-foot […]

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