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The Hairy History of the Now-Demolished 282 Grand Street

Posted August 13, 2018 at 5:09 am

Back in March, Grand Street Chinatown lost three historic structures that date back some 200 years. What’s now a vacant lot will soon sprout a monument to luxury living. Here’s some history… Built sometime between the 1820s and the 1830s, the Federal-style row house at 282 Grand Street and its adjoining sisters were knee-buckling and […]

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On the 30th Anniversary of his Death, Basquiat Gets Tribute from Al Diaz on Great Jones

Posted August 13, 2018 at 5:03 am

Yesterday (August 12) marks thirty years since Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at age 27. To help pay tribute to his fallen compatriot, legendary Lower East Side street scrawler Al Diaz imparted this silhouette and message on the facade of his former studio at 57 Great Jones Street (where he was found). The […]

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‘Greens and Grains’ Health Spot Surprises at Former Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street

Posted August 13, 2018 at 5:02 am

Boss Tweed’s Saloon is not returning to Essex Street, as reported. Instead, a replacement is not only here, but almost ready to go. Large-print marquee signage installed this month announces Greens and Grains, an untested new health-conscious eatery focusing on “nutritious bowls.” No liquor is served here (at least not yet), and the license associated […]

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At the ‘Wild Style’ 35th Anniversary Party [PHOTOS]

Last modified August 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Seminal street film, Wild Style, celebrated its 35th anniversary last night with a special fete on the Lower East Side. The reunion-slash-homecoming was part of Summerstage, and took place at the East River bandshell, site of the classic final performance scene in the film. Director Charlie Ahearn was master of ceremonies; DJ Funk Flex is […]

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Each Ribbon Represents a Bed Lost at Rivington House

Posted August 10, 2018 at 5:07 am

Activists stepped up visibility this week in the fight for the return of Rivington House to the community. The Neighbors to Save Rivington House coalition held a vigil outside the former nursing home this past Wednesday. Those in attendance, including elected officials, surrounded the facility “in a solemn direct action intended to send a message […]

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Tenants Harassed by Croman Can Now Receive a Piece of $8M Settlement Fund

Posted August 10, 2018 at 5:06 am

It’s time for “Crow man” to pay the piper. For those who endured harassment from ex-con Steve Croman, who just got out of the clinker after an eight-month stint, restitution is on the way. Tenants who lived, or currently live, in one of the buildings owned by the controversial landlord (aka 9300 Realty) can now […]

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One of the Most Dangerous Areas for Pedestrians is on the LES

Posted August 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

One of the most dangerous areas in Manhattan for pedestrians and cyclists is located in the borderlands of Little Italy and the Lower East Side, according to data mining website Localize. Street safety data was apparently evaluated at every New York City intersection between January 2013 and January 2018. “The analysis created an index that […]

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A Festival for Puppet Shows, Only on the Lower East Side

Posted August 9, 2018 at 5:09 am

Well, this is something Tony Sarg would have loved. The first ever International Puppet Fringe Festival is underway on the Lower East Side. This first outing honors Puerto Rican artist and Teatro SEA’s puppet master José López Alemán, whose contributions to puppetry span over 40 years. The week-long celebration, which began this past Monday, showcases […]

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A Year Later, ‘Chamusca’ Announces itself on Rivington Street

Posted August 9, 2018 at 5:05 am

One year later, it looks like Chamusca is actually making some progress on Rivington Street. The “seafood restaurant with sustainable and seasonal menu” was originally slated to open in August 2017. However, in the intervening year, the 800 square-foot space remained largely dormant. Not until earlier this summer did activity pick up. There is a […]

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