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City Inaugurates 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane this Morning

Posted November 15, 2018 at 5:09 am

The city will roll out the green carpet this morning. Implemented last month, the nascent two-way protected bike lane along the south side of Delancey Street is finally ready for its official inauguration. The Department of Transportation is holding a press conference this morning on the Lower East Side to celebrate this “safer route for bicycle […]

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‘Sunshine Cinema’ Office Building Replacement Begins Marketing Push with New Renderings

Posted November 15, 2018 at 5:06 am

The reincarnation of the former Sunshine Cinema takes a new leap forward this week. East End Capital and K Property Group purchased the Lower East Side theater last year for $31.5 million and are redeveloping the property into a 65,000 square-foot commercial tower. For the moment, it’s still standing, yet remains a magnet for feces and […]

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City Finally Replaces Light Bulbs in Columbus Park After Months of Darkness

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:05 am

Something as simple as changing light bulbs got caught up in the city bureaucracy. Nevertheless, after an extended period plunged in darkness, Columbus Park in Chinatown is back under the lights. The city last week installed LED bulbs in a majority of the eighteen light poles dotting the park. This was the task, strangely, of […]

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Staring into the Pit of Essex Crossing Site 3

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:02 am

Another major hole in the ground, soon to sprout luxury. Along Delancey Street. Work is at a feverish pace as excavation and foundation activity at Site 3 of Essex Crossing proceeds. Here’s an update from Delancey Street Associates’ weekly e-blast: Drilling is complete for the foundation work [at 202 Broome Street], except at tunnel locations. […]

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Lower East Side Portfolio of 7 Buildings Hits Market for $72M

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

An enormous chunk of Chinatown and Lower East Side real estate is now up for grabs. If you can afford it. Investment firm Avison Young began marketing the seven-property portfolio yesterday, seeking a sale price of $72 million. The housing package is a major divestment by controversial city landlord R.A. Cohen & Associates. It boasts seven tenement […]

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Supreme Angers by Defacing Street Art with ‘Blessed’ Flyposting

Posted November 13, 2018 at 5:07 am

Call it supreme street drama. Skatewear brand Supreme upset at least one street artist over the weekend by spreading its flyer campaign across every surface of the Lower East Side. Among others, the handbills, which advertise the new “Blessed” skate video, were wheat-pasted along the facade of 26 First Avenue. The landlord had reportedly commissioned […]

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‘There’ is Here on Orchard Street

Posted November 13, 2018 at 5:03 am

With a name that could evoke an Abbott and Costello gag, There is now here on Orchard Street. There takes the space formerly occupied by Red Compass, and focuses on a menu of “Asian fusion” fare. The establishment, which opened a few weeks ago, occupies both the sub-grade storefront and the questionably legal rear-yard enclosure. […]

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Crime is on the Rise in the Hell Square of Lower East Side

Last modified November 13, 2018 at 7:45 am

Hell Square is heating up, and residents remain caught in the crossfire. The booze-saturated party zone located in so-called “Sector C” – bounded by Clinton/Allen and Delancey/Houston – is seemingly becoming more dangerous. The most vocal block association in the vicinity, the LES Dwellers, crunched the crime numbers in a recent mailer to neighbors. Some […]

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The Spam Burger is Coming to Orchard Street with ‘Tsismis’

Posted November 12, 2018 at 5:04 am

The first Filipino restuarant for Orchard Street is still happening. In fact, it’s nearing debut. Initially conceived as “Burgers and Chismis,” the concept took space at 143 Orchard Street and will offer a menu of eats like Spam burgers, a crispy pork knuckle sandwich with pickled enoki mushroom, chicken and pork belly adobo, and pickled […]

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