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10-Story ODA Condo Tops out on Chrystie Street

Posted April 24, 2018 at 5:08 am

One of two ODA-designed condo towers along Chrystie just reached the top. The construction at 165 Chrystie Street topped out within the last couple weeks, boasting the token visuals of vertical completion. Flags. Not one, two, or three, but four national flags. A veritable United Nations forum with America, Russia, China, and Israel. Reaching this […]

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Disarmed: Partner Dispute Leads to Shutter of Suffolk Arms

Posted April 24, 2018 at 5:02 am

Suffolk Arms mysteriously shuttered during the first week of April due to “renovations” and “mechanical upgrades.” Sounds convincing … not. Apparently, the closure is related to a dispute between co-owners Giuseppe González and well-regarded bartender Ruben Rodriguez. The former allegedly sought the ouster of the latter this past winter. However, according to a report in […]

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Commissioner Overseeing Office of Nightlife Hosts Open Discussion on LES Tomorrow Night

Last modified April 23, 2018 at 9:01 am

When Mayor de Blasio first announced the Office of Nightlife last year, battle-hardened residents around the Lower East Side weren’t particularly pleased. Was this new bureau just a boon to the industry at the expense of communities? How effective would a liaison be? The appointment of former Sutra owner Ariel Palitz to “Night Mayor” likewise […]

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‘Kodawari’ Coffee Shop Starts Grinding at 100 Forsyth Street

Posted April 23, 2018 at 5:03 am

Gentrification 101: When upscaling a building on the Lower East Side, install a trendy coffee shop on the ground floor. Maybe even add a little gallery art as flare. That seems to be the narrative at 100 Forsyth Street, too, an address plagued with retail problems in recent years, likely due to ongoing renovations. Something […]

Are Angry Neighbors Egging Essex Crossing?

Posted April 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

It would appear Essex Crossing has egg on its face. Literally. Most of the news coming out of mega-development is about the greatness of the housing stock (“Life’s never far from your doorstep” at the Rollins) or the imminent arrival of big-box retailers on Grand Street like Target and Trader Joe’s. Yet, it appears as […]

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District Leaders Urge DOT Chair to Better Address Traffic Bottleneck at Grand and Clinton

Posted April 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

The bottleneck blues continues at the junction of Grand and Clinton Streets. Being a major access point to the Williamsburg Bridge from the FDR, this spot perennially attracts a line of cars that usually snakes eastward for blocks. The addition of Essex Crossing in the immediate vicinity (residential and commercial) doesn’t help matters, either. Ongoing […]

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Is the ‘Empire Records’ Broadway Musical a Bad Idea?

Posted April 20, 2018 at 8:26 am

In the immortal words of The Doors, “The time to hesitate is through.” And keeping in that vein of logic, get ready for your favorite group of misfits to transform into a Broadway musical. That’s right, the crew from Empire Records (open til midnight!) is potentially turning into a theatrical production. Producer Bill Weiner recently acquired the […]

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Meenakshi Srinivasan Resigns as LPC Chair Following Controversial Proposal

Last modified April 20, 2018 at 7:11 am

Meenakshi Srinivasan, chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, officially resigned yesterday after four years on the job. The Times-Ledger out of Queens broke the news, and the LPC has already confirmed her resignation. This sudden departure of the top landmarks official follows weeks of opposition to a proposal that would effectively remove public input from […]

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Diplo is Performing the Finish Line After Nike’s 5K through the LES on Sunday

Posted April 20, 2018 at 5:07 am

When thousands of marathon runners stream over the Manhattan Bridge to Pier 36 on Sunday evening, they will be treated to a live show by EDM fixture Diplo. As previously reported, Nike is hosting an Earth Day race – dubbed Nike GO NYC 5K – that runs through the Lower East Side. It’s the second […]

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