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‘Octfest’ Returns in a Couple Weeks with Plenty of Beer and Music

Posted August 17, 2018 at 9:12 am

It’s a tough pill to swallow when the festival season wraps up, and with it, the end of summer. But maybe it doesn’t have to end so soon? What was initially a craft beer gathering with a few musical guests last year in Brooklyn has now morphed into a two-day music-meets-beer festival on Govorners Island, […]

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JR’s Eye on the Bowery

Posted August 17, 2018 at 5:09 am

Street artist JR now has an eye on the Bowery. Literally. The French artist – currently showcasing a high-profile show at Galerie Perrotin on Orchard Street – threw up this multi-story wheat-paste earlier this month. The black-and-white photograph is glued to the facade of 344 Bowery, at the corner of Great Jones Street. JR’s solo […]

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Coalition of Block Associations Fight for SLA Enforcement in Saturated Areas

Last modified August 17, 2018 at 6:30 am

A broad coalition of block associations from across the Five Boroughs is fighting the state to help curb bar saturation in overloaded neighborhoods. Neighborhoods United – jumpstarted in the spring by the Lower East Side Dwellers – now counts 36 member groups on its roster, with the goal of forcing the State Liquor Authority to […]

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Tenement Museum Announces New Kiosk at the ‘Market Line’

Posted August 16, 2018 at 5:10 am

Another Lower East Side institution is joining forces with the Essex Crossing behemoth known as the Market Line. Yup, the Tenement Museum is embracing the billion-dollar mega-development with a new kiosk space in what will be the 150,000 square-foot upscale market, set to debut later this year. The booth will give visitors a chance to […]

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Stopping Guns with a Mural on Stanton Street

Posted August 16, 2018 at 5:08 am

With “Missbehave” out of the picture, gun violence is now topic of conversation on Eldridge Street. The longstanding mural – painted by Mike Giant for the Missbehave boutique over a decade ago – was deposed last month. Instead, Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra repainted this three-story replacement. And with a message, at that. An anti-gun message. […]

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With ‘Gold Rush,’ Death Cab for Cutie Laments the Loss of Cities to Rapid Change

Posted August 16, 2018 at 5:04 am

Two months ago, Death Cab for Cutie released a single called “Gold Rush.” The catchy track, which revolves around a Yoko Ono sample, focuses on a subject matter that hits close to home – the effects of rapid change on a neighborhood. Death Cab leadman, Ben Gibbard, confessed upon its release that he penned the […]

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The Slow Demise of Pier 42’s Hollowed-out Shed

Posted August 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s been eight months since demolition began at the hollowed-out Pier 42 shed. In that time, there’s been steady activity but nary in the way of visible progress. The roof itself has been reduced to slats, while significant portions of the corrugated facade are gone. That this undertaking is moving at a snail’s pace, at […]

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Target Cuts Ribbon at Essex Crossing Ahead of Sunday Grand Opening

Last modified August 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Target is poised to open another small format location on the Lower East Side this week. To mark the occasion, corporate held a special ribbon-cutting event yesterday evening for store employees and community VIPs. New signage was installed just before the celebration, which also included the Target mascot. Take a look inside… Perhaps fanfare will be […]

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Sneak Peek Inside ‘Randall’s Barbecue,’ Opening August 26 on Grand Street

Last modified August 16, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Time has come for Randall’s Barbecue on Grand Street. Months of delays in the rearview, the newcomer restaurant is set to start serving in two weeks. Here’s a sneak peek inside the establishment at 359 Grand. There is picnic seating plus bar stools facing the open kitchen. The Randall’s menu consists of barbecue classics like […]

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