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Sounds of the Lower East Side, Circa 1934 [VIDEO]

Posted April 25, 2018 at 5:15 am

Back in February, we posted a compelling, decades-old video of life in the Big Apple during 1929. The best part about this original footage was the authentic audio track paired to it. Now, the video editor behind that clip (alias Guy Jones) has struck again with a new video of Lower East Side living in […]

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Chinatown Bus Block of East Broadway Welcomes New Pizzeria

Posted April 25, 2018 at 5:08 am

The de-facto “bus depot” that is East Broadway between Pike and Rutgers will soon welcome its second pizza joint. The as-yet-unnamed slice spot is to take up residence in the east store of 150 East Broadway, the space previously held by a short-lived barbershop. With this addition alongside the Japanese dessert shop, The Little One, […]

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10-Story ODA Condo Tops out on Chrystie Street

Posted April 24, 2018 at 5:08 am

One of two ODA-designed condo towers along Chrystie just reached the top. The construction at 165 Chrystie Street topped out within the last couple weeks, boasting the token visuals of vertical completion. Flags. Not one, two, or three, but four national flags. A veritable United Nations forum with America, Russia, China, and Israel. Reaching this […]

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Disarmed: Partner Dispute Leads to Shutter of Suffolk Arms

Posted April 24, 2018 at 5:02 am

Suffolk Arms mysteriously shuttered during the first week of April due to “renovations” and “mechanical upgrades.” Sounds convincing … not. Apparently, the closure is related to a dispute between co-owners Giuseppe González and well-regarded bartender Ruben Rodriguez. The former allegedly sought the ouster of the latter this past winter. However, according to a report in […]

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More on that Norfolk Street ‘Animal House’

Posted April 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

Shenanigans at the so-called “Animal House” on Norfolk Street are under police scrutiny. But the landlord apparently isn’t playing ball. To recap… For the better part of the last year, rowdy residents of 180-182 Norfolk Street have reportedly been partying like crazy, without regard for the surroundings. Neighbors continue to tell us that the get-togethers […]

Commissioner Overseeing Office of Nightlife Hosts Open Discussion on LES Tomorrow Night

Last modified April 23, 2018 at 9:01 am

When Mayor de Blasio first announced the Office of Nightlife last year, battle-hardened residents around the Lower East Side weren’t particularly pleased. Was this new bureau just a boon to the industry at the expense of communities? How effective would a liaison be? The appointment of former Sutra owner Ariel Palitz to “Night Mayor” likewise […]

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‘Kodawari’ Coffee Shop Starts Grinding at 100 Forsyth Street

Posted April 23, 2018 at 5:03 am

Gentrification 101: When upscaling a building on the Lower East Side, install a trendy coffee shop on the ground floor. Maybe even add a little gallery art as flare. That seems to be the narrative at 100 Forsyth Street, too, an address plagued with retail problems in recent years, likely due to ongoing renovations. Something […]

Are Angry Neighbors Egging Essex Crossing?

Posted April 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

It would appear Essex Crossing has egg on its face. Literally. Most of the news coming out of mega-development is about the greatness of the housing stock (“Life’s never far from your doorstep” at the Rollins) or the imminent arrival of big-box retailers on Grand Street like Target and Trader Joe’s. Yet, it appears as […]

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District Leaders Urge DOT Chair to Better Address Traffic Bottleneck at Grand and Clinton

Posted April 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

The bottleneck blues continues at the junction of Grand and Clinton Streets. Being a major access point to the Williamsburg Bridge from the FDR, this spot perennially attracts a line of cars that usually snakes eastward for blocks. The addition of Essex Crossing in the immediate vicinity (residential and commercial) doesn’t help matters, either. Ongoing […]

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