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Rally Calling Out Mayor de Blasio and ‘Racist Rezoning’ At City Hall Today

Last modified December 7, 2016 at 11:24 pm

Many in the community want to end both the alleged racist rezoning and Mayor de Blasio and his administration. Time to rally ’round the family. Helmed by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side, hundreds are expected to descend on City Hall again today, with neighboring community support from the South Bronx, East Harlem, Sunset Park, Flushing, […]

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The Metrograph Commissary Now Serving Breakfast and Lunch

Posted December 7, 2016 at 5:10 am

The Metrograph Theater’s Commissary is quickly expanding its operations. The eatery, “inspired by the studio backlot eateries from Hollywood’s golden age,” debuted this past May, and now offers a weekday breakfast and lunch menu, from 9am-4pm. The restaurant has also recently introduced The Writer’s Menu, “a collection of small plates designed so you can eat with one hand… while […]

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Hope and Empowerment Explored with ICP-Bowery Mission Collaborative

Posted December 6, 2016 at 5:14 am

The International Center of Photography is extending its reach down the Bowery. With its base of operations open just over five months, the institution is already weaving into the fabric of the neighborhood by way of collaborations. The latest being with the Bowery Mission. Several Bowery Mission community members and staff recently went on a “Guided Tour of […]

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Essex Street Tiling Warehouse Relocating to Brooklyn After 34 Years on the LES

Posted December 6, 2016 at 5:06 am

Grand Tile Corp., a Lower East Side flooring warehouse that’s been located in and around lower Essex Street for decades, is packing it up. Heading out to Brooklyn with the rest of ’em. The handwritten poster in the front window announces the news. By the end of this month, the new headquarters will be located […]

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‘O Cafe’ Won’t Open on Hester Street Until the ‘Beginning of Next Year’

Posted December 6, 2016 at 5:05 am

O Cafe is off the rails, and won’t open on Hester Street for another couple months yet. Argentinian chef-slash-potter Fernando Aciar is poised to bring the Greenwich Village-based restaurant and artist workshop to the two commercial spaces comprising 61 Hester Street. Ever since the announcement earlier this fall, there has been movement inside both stores. […]

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Tapeo29 Ended its 12-Year Run on Clinton Street Last Week

Posted December 6, 2016 at 5:00 am

Spanish tapas standby on Clinton Street, Tapeo29, ended its run on the block last week, capping twelve years in the area. Owner Ofir Yaloz didn’t specify a reason for the closure, noting only that the decision was “personal.” There might be plans for a new restaurant in the future, but no details beyond that nugget […]

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Antisemitism Strikes Taco Recipes Vestibule on Essex Street

Posted December 5, 2016 at 5:16 am

Last week, reports surfaced that antisemitic incidents are surging in the days following Trump’s election a month ago. Around here, it’s usually graffiti attacks like the spray-job at Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn. And here’s one closer to home at Essex Street. “Jew Man” is scrawled on the vestibule of Taco Recipes at number 23, […]

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Rivington Street’s Will Ferrell-Themed ‘Stay Classy’ Expands with 10-Day LA Residence

Posted December 5, 2016 at 5:11 am

Stay Classy New York made such a splash upon its Rivington Street debut in October 2015 that expansion was inevitable. One year later, owner Zach Neil is exporting the kitschy Will Ferrell-themed concept (and the legend of Ron Burgundy) to Los Angeles. For a limited time only. Beginning today, and for ten days thereafter, Stay Classy […]

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With Historic Federal Row Houses Destroyed, 8-Story Condo-Hotel Begins Ascent

Posted December 5, 2016 at 5:00 am

Hallowed Bowery grounds are now prepped for more unneeded luxury. Several months after the historically significant 138-142 Bowery were reduced to dust, the Department of Buildings finally issued permits for the expected eight-story condo-hotel. Site activity commenced about three months ago; it’s game on. The ground is already excavated and foundation work is well underway. As previously […]

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