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With LES Gentrification at Critical Mass, the Time is Now to Pass Universal Rent Control [OP-ED]

Posted May 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

Bob Angles, a resident living in one of the affordable units of Essex Crossing, penned the following editorial. Secondary displacement, better known as gentrification, has been creeping up and down our streets for the past decade. Yet, with the arrival of thousands of new, unregulated apartments between the Extell tower (i.e. One Manhattan Square) and […]

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‘The First Time I Saw The Ramones’ at the 72 Gallery on Orchard Street

Posted May 17, 2019 at 5:03 am

Photographer Tom Hearn spent the night of July 22, 1976 at the Acadia Ballroom in New Haven, Connecticut. Attending at the behest of friend Legs McNeil, co-founder of Punk Magazine, that was the first time he saw the Ramones play live. And he captured it on film for posterity. Now, those images are on display […]

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He Said, She Said: A Two-City Concert Review of the Twilight Sad

Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:11 am

Hot off the release of their fifth album It Won/t be Like this All the Time earlier this year, Scottish outfit The Twilight Sad have been hitting the stateside tour schedule pretty hard. Maybe a little too hard – their Boston show at Sonia was nixed due to a strain on James Graham’s vocals. We […]

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Kushner’s $65M Purchase of Hotel on Rivington is Tripped Up

Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:06 am

The Kushner Companies’ multimillion-dollar purchase of the Hotel on Rivington is reportedly on shaky ground. Last November, the firm entered into contract to acquire the twenty-story glass eyesore for $65 million. Fast forward six months. According to documents filed in New York Supreme Court Tuesday morning, uncovered by The Real Deal, Kushner Companies demands that […]

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MTA Capitulates, Restores Critical Bus Stops to M14 SBS Proposal

Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

Winner, winner, chicken dinner… Two months after the MTA surprised the community by axing numerous local stops on the M14 (A/D) bus line as part of its conversion to express SBS, the city has capitulated. The announcement of reversal came Tuesday night at the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3, during a presentation by MTA […]

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Davidovich Bakery Opens in the Lobby of Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street

Posted May 15, 2019 at 5:05 am

The Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street continues to refine its public-facing lobby operation. Three years ago, the 22-room boutique lodge installed a cafe and juice bar, offering goods from area businesses. That endeavor lasted until a couple months ago, when the operation went dark. Not anymore. The proverbial lights are back on, and now […]

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On Broome Street, RPM Becomes the ‘Emma Peel Room’

Posted May 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Within the last week or so, six-year-old RPM Bar on Broome Street underwent an identity change. The corner bar is now called the Emma Peel Room. The changes appear cosmetic only, as we’re told that ownership remains intact. That much is also confirmed by public records at the State Liquor Authority showing Matthew Kelly as […]

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AG Ready to Sue if Allure Group Doesn’t Build LES Health Care Facility by 2022

Last modified May 15, 2019 at 7:56 am

And so the Rivington House saga continues apace… Under the terms of the settlement with the New York Attorney General last year, the Allure Group is on the hook for $750,000 in penalties and costs to the State, plus an additional $1.25 million to a half-dozen Lower East Side healthcare non-profits. All related to their […]

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First Impressions of the New Essex Market, Now Open on the Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted May 14, 2019 at 5:09 am

Seventy-nine years after its founding, the next generation Essex Street Market officially launched yesterday morning in the base of The Essex, with much pomp and circumstance. Politicians, ribbon cutting, the works. But it actually soft-opened over the weekend. We took a walk through and recorded our first impressions, posted here in no particular order. Everything […]

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