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‘NYPL Sings’ Another Kids Record

Posted March 20, 2018 at 5:12 am

Here’s a rare instance of bookworms making earworms. NYPL SINGS is the latest album to come out of the New York Public Library (yes, you read that correctly). It’s an upbeat record geared towards kids, but enjoyable for everyone (we’re partial to track 10,”The Library Song”). Each song represents a different way for caregivers to introduce their […]

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‘Matter of Instinct’ Barbershop Begins Trimming on Orchard Street

Last modified March 20, 2018 at 5:42 pm

For the ground floor of 122 Orchard Street, the brief foray into a storefront office has concluded. Instead, the space has returned to its previous function as an upscale salon (remember Misin Shin?). Matter of Instinct debuted on the block, just north of Delancey Street, last week. The masculine man haunt boasts plenty of wood, […]

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‘Yaf Sparkle’ Closes its Original Orchard Street Store

Posted March 20, 2018 at 5:03 am

Yaf Sparkle just vacated its five-year-old store on Orchard Street. This had been the flagship for the jewelry store until last Feburary when it expanded below the Delancey Divide. You’ll recall that Yaf Sparkle opened at 249 Broome Street in what was formerly a Chinese laundromat (Sun Kwong). Retail is now consolidated; this is now […]

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Extra Butter Teams up with Adidas for Sneaker Pop-Up on Stanton Street

Posted March 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

Thanks to Extra Butter and Round Two, Hell Square is now attracting sneakerheads and street-style seekers. Tapping that enthusiasm, the newish owners of 101 Stanton Street plugged the recent vacancy of Ma Non Troppo with an Adidas pop-up shop. The store is essentially a stunt to sell the new collaborative “Extra Butter x Adidas” sneaker. […]

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Banksy’s Bowery Mural is Already Defaced

Posted March 19, 2018 at 5:05 am

Well, that didn’t take long. Banksy’s seventy-foot mural at the Bowery Wall is already tagged to submission. Street writers made quick work of the spartan statement piece, scribbling over the messaging with red paint. In addition, another artist decided to reinterpret Banksy by putting Trump behind bars in this adjacent wheat-paste. The mural of tally […]

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Keeping up with the NYC Half Marathon on East Broadway [PHOTOS]

Posted March 19, 2018 at 5:04 am

At the Lower East Side leg of the NYC Half Marathon, fans were somewhat sparse, yet no less rabid. The St. Patrick’s Day hangover likely kept most people at bay. For much of the morning, roughtly 22,000 runners streamed off the Manhattan Bridge, onto Canal Street, then down East Broadway. We stood near the three-mile […]

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Meet ‘Diller,’ the New Fried Pickles Spot from the Pickle Guys

Posted March 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

Get ready for Diller. It’s been just over one year since the Pickle Guys rolled the barrels up the ramp and across the way to 357 Grand Street. The move was a big deal, transpiring fourteen years after proprietor Alan Kaufman split from Guss’ Pickles to create his own standalone business. Now comfortable in their […]

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Police Barricades Set Along LES Route for Sunday’s Half Marathon

Posted March 16, 2018 at 5:13 am

Police started installing metal barricades around the Lower East Side Wednesday night in anticipation of Sunday’s Half Marathon. Part of the route runs through the neighborhood just off the Manhattan Bridge. Approximately 22,000 marathon runners will flow off the bridge onto Canal Street, then follow East Broadway to its termination at Grand Street, and up […]

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Rivington Street’s ‘Bar Alaska’ Takes Over Where Stay Classy Failed

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm

There is a slice of the Klondike on eastern Rivington Street. A new sub-grade cocktail den dubbed Bar Alasaka just made its winter splash last week. Bar Alaska is a self-described “laid back, yet elegant American cocktail bar—but with a Russian accent,” and features a “selection of elite Russian vodkas and vodka-based cocktails,” according to […]

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