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Educational Alliance Targets Hate Speech and Crimes with New ‘We the People’ Mural

Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:18 am

As a means to combat the recent spike in hate speech and hate crimes, a new mural is coming to the Lower East Side, and with it, the launching of a new “for-the-people” initiative. The Educational Alliance has devised a “We the People” initiative, which intends to promote inclusiveness, and protect people from offensive words and actions, as […]

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Bronx Graffiti Writer ‘NEAR KGB’ Dies

Last modified January 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

The graffiti community lost another one of its own this week. Bronx-based graff writer NEAR KGB (i.e. “Kings Getting Busy”) died on January 14. Another tragic loss to what?  We don’t know. A reader sent in the following message and suspects that drugs may have played a part. This has not been verified, though: Sadly […]

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Where Vaping Previously Failed, ‘Vapeology’ Smokes up 166 Orchard Street

Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:09 am

Meet the new tenant at 166 Orchard Street. Same as the old. Well, almost. Six months after the departure of Vapeya from the retail landscape, something called Vapeology just moved down from upstate. It’s been open for a few weeks now. The interior looks basically identical to its predecessor – an L-shaped glass bar backed […]

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Preservation and Celebration with the ‘Lower East Side Oral History Project’

Posted January 19, 2017 at 9:48 am

The New York Public Library’s Lower East Side Oral History Project is officially up and running. And ready to celebrate. The recently-launched neighborhood history project aims to document and preserve LES history through the eyes of its inhabitants. The locals. You know, not the droves who hole up in Hell Square on the weekends. Community volunteers have been trained to […]

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Before PichiAvo Paints the Bowery Graffiti Wall, Taggers Go Crazy

Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:13 am

The lame duck session at the Bowery Graffiti Wall has proven an opportune moment for taggers. In the week since Goldman Properties whitewashed the two-story encasement ahead of the next artist design, the fresh canvas has been attacked several times. Especially thanks to the perfect storm of inclement weather and lack of the usual security. […]

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Here’s a Recap from that Deplorable ‘LES is More’ Developers Summit Yesterday

Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:09 am

Yesterday morning, movers and shakers (nay, demolishers) in the real estate industry met to discuss the future of the Lower East Side vis-a-vis Donald Trump. Like a Pinky & the Brain segment, the summit was seemingly an opportunity to plot the future of how to dominate a neighborhood already suffering attack from all sides. The event, […]

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6th Annual New York Game Awards Happening at Abrons Art Center Tonight

Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:07 am

Game on! The 6th Annual New York Game Awards, presented by the members of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, is happening tonight at the Abrons Art Center Playhouse. The group works alongside the community to mentor and distribute college scholarships for all things associated in the realm of gaming. They also have game-oriented panels, fireside chats and do […]

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LES Activists Torpedo Developers’ Scoping Session to Protest Waterfront Towers

Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was only fitting that, two days after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the spirit of protest infiltrated a planning session for the upcoming wall of glass on the Lower East Side waterfront. And a surprise, at that. The powers-that-be set up an info session (free food!) on the environmental review process (“EIS”) for the […]

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‘New Territories’ Dessert Shop ups the Ice Cream Game in Hell Square

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:16 am

Another built-for-instagram sweets shop just hit the Lower East Side. And it’s apparently the hottest new shop in Hell. Square, that is. New Territories sold out of product upon its opening Sunday night at 190 Orchard Street. They won’t be back for your dollar until tomorrow, according to a sign on the closed gate. Owned and […]

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