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Capturing the ‘Inutilious Retailer’ Before the Ludlow Store Shutters and the Building is Upscaled

Posted July 29, 2016 at 5:18 am

It’s last call for the Ludlow Street store that sold nothing. The Inutilious Retailer at 151 Ludlow Street – where people can take anything from the store but must create replacement art to swap – is closing on Sunday. Photographer Nick McManus captured a few images from the final days and sent them along. Here’s one. […]

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MTV Enlists Local Street Artists for VMAs Murals on the LES

Posted July 29, 2016 at 5:15 am

MTV hit the street earlier this week to help promote its annual summer tentpole. The channel enlisted several artists to help promote this year’s Video Music Awards, returning to New York City for the first time in three years. Participants in the commissioned project – Hektad, Queen Andrea, giz, and Damien Mitchell – painted several […]

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Owner of ‘Lower East Side’ Trademark is Now After Forever 21

Posted July 29, 2016 at 5:12 am

When you own the trademark to the Lower East Side as it appears on clothing, it’s a busy life of litigation. Robert G. Lopez is at it again. The small business owner, who owns LES Clothing Company (and formerly a store on Clinton Street), is now suing Forever 21 for usage of “LES NYC” branding. This […]

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DOT Installs Traffic Calming Measures at Known Kenmare Street Bottleneck

Posted July 29, 2016 at 5:00 am

One dangerous downtown intersection is now a bit safer. The western terminus of Kenmare Street, where it abuts Lafayette, now sports a permanent installation of flexible bollards. As an extension of the Williamsburg Bridge exit ramp, this particular intersection is known as one of the worst bottlenecks in the area. So much so that a […]

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The Classic Coffee Shop Reopens on Hester Street

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:15 am

The local diner classic is back. The Classic Coffee Shop reopened yesterday after its week-long renovation period. The sign on 56 Hester Street alerting customers to its summer cleaning was definitely a scare. As was the cluttered space – in a state of total disarray – on Tuesday evening. After all, we’re all too familiar […]

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Top Hops ‘To-Go’ at Essex Market Delayed, Now Opening Next Tuesday

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:12 am

After several delays, Top Hops will actually debut its new micro dispensary next week inside the Essex Street Market. Plans are to open the new beer stall Tuesday at 10am (August 2). As previously reported, the takeaway craft beer spot carries fifty varieties of bottled/canned brew, four tap lines into local drafts for growlers, and […]

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Logan Hicks, Stencil Artist Extraordinaire, Blacks Out the Bowery Graffiti Wall [INTERVIEW]

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:10 am

Street artist Logan Hicks, acclaimed for his meticulous stencil art, has become more so by being selected as the latest to decorate the Bowery Graffiti Wall. However, after spending grueling hours in the oppressive heat the past few days, the wall suddenly went black yesterday afternoon. All work buried beneath a layer of paint. Hicks announced […]

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Hester and Ludlow Streets, March 2009

It’s a Shonda that the Tenement Museum Refuses to Back the Proposed Lower East Side Historic District [Op-Ed]

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

The following opinion piece about the proposed Lower East Side Historic District was written by Joyce Mendelsohn and Mitchell Grubler from the Friends of the Lower East Side preservation group. Although the campaign for a Lower East Side historic district has its roots in efforts led by the Tenement Museum, the current administration of the […]

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This is the Bombshell Rivington House Deal Memo the de Blasio Administration Tried to Cover up

Posted July 27, 2016 at 10:02 am

The Department of Investigation, whose scathing report last week proved a mishandling by the de Blasio Administration in the Rivington House deed fiasco, released evidence late yesterday that the Mayor’s office deliberately covered up crucial information regarding the ongoing investigation. Specifically, a deal memo from July 2014 that weighed the pros and cons of allowing the […]

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