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This Guy was the First Customer at Trader Joe’s on the Lower East Side

Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:09 am

People queue for anything. Here on the Lower East Side, it was for the Friday morning debut of Trader Joe’s on Grand Street. After years of hype, anticipation, and plenty of delays, the specialty grocer is finally a reality. It occupies 30,000 square-feet in the basement of The Rollins building at Essex Crossing (aka Site […]

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City Council Holds Public Hearing Today on ‘Small Business Jobs Survival Act’

Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:02 am

After languishing for over thirty years, a lifeline might be thrown to struggling small business owners. City Council later today is holding a public hearing for the polarizing Small Business Jobs Survival Act. Only in the last couple years has the forsaken legislation gained traction, owed in large part to the #SaveNYC grassroots campaign founded […]

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When the Rear Garden Grows the 28-Story Public Hotel

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:09 am

For the last year, 215 Chrystie Street has been the address of Ian Schrager’s posh Public Hotel (and condos). Before the 28-story development, though, this city parcel was the rear yard, and garden, for the Thelma Burke building on Stanton Street. The New York Times just published a new feature, “How a Garden for the […]

Founded on the Lower East Side, B’nai Brith Celebrates 175 Years

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

The oldest Jewish service organization in the world began here on the Lower East Side, and this year celebrates a major milestone. B’nai Brith International (“Sons of the Covenant”) – now in its 175th year – was founded on Essex Street in October 1843 by a dozen immigrants of German-Jewish descent. Of course, at that […]

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High-End Condo at 40 Bleecker Street Hits 2-Story Height

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:07 am

One year after its speedy demolition, time for a progress report on 40 Bleecker Street, soon to sprout more luxury living. The project site, situated at the corner of Mulberry, is sporting some heft. The superstructure recently achieved a height of two stories. And counting. As previously reported, this next chapter in the life of […]

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Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Concludes with LES Finale Nov. 11

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

The abbreviated final season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown is underway. Indeed, nearly over. But you’ll need to wait another few weeks for the Lower East Side/East Village treatment. The highly-anticipated episode is the finale, airing November 11 on CNN. (It actually premieres at the Food Film Festival in New York on October 24.) It’s the […]

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More than 100 Speakers Lambast Two Bridges Mega-Towers at City Planning Hearing

Posted October 18, 2018 at 5:04 am

Yesterday was a day of reckoning for the Two Bridges community on the waterfront. The City Planning Commission held the final public hearing regarding the Environmental Impact State for a trio of controversial skyscrapers along South Street. As previously reported, three developers (JDS Development, Starrett Corp., CIM/L+M) together seek “minor modifications” to the current zoning […]

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Trader Joe’s Debuts on the Lower East Side Tomorrow Morning

Posted October 18, 2018 at 5:02 am

Get ready to queue, Lower East Side. Trader Joe’s is coming. The newest grocery location opens tomorrow morning after two years in the making. The new Essex Crossing outpost – situated in the basement of 400 Grand Street – is lucky number seven for the ubiquitous grocery store in Manhattan. It’s being lauded as the […]

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McNally Jackson Books Faces $500K Rent Hike

Last modified October 18, 2018 at 9:03 am

Last week, we broke news that McNally Jackson Books is leaving its Prince Street headquarters next spring after fourteen years on the block. Eponymous owner Sarah McNally allayed the sadness by saying that they settled on a new space nearby. Reason for the abrupt departure is an astronomical rent hike. Until now, amount of the […]

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