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Two Bridges Outraged at EIS Timing, Rallying Today to Protest Waterfront Towers

Posted June 25, 2018 at 9:47 am

Two Bridges activists and local politicians are outraged that the Department of City Planning released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for three incoming super-tall waterfront towers just as Community Board 3 is preparing for its annual summer recess. The documents went public on Friday afternoon, and the agency is expected to certify today. (JDS Development […]

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More than a Decade Later, Junk is Still Treasure with Vicki Rovere’s Free Store on Ludlow Street

Posted June 25, 2018 at 5:18 am

The so-called Free Store on upper Ludlow Street is an institution. A source for both browsing and trashing junk. On the occasion of its approximate twelfth anniversary, roving proprietor Vicki Rovere shows little sign of slowing. “Part of my goal in running the free store is to raise people’s consciousness about what gets wasted and […]

Tristan Eaton is the Latest Muralist at the Bowery Wall

Last modified June 25, 2018 at 8:17 am

When the Banksy mural was whitewashed a couple weeks ago, it was the first sign of another changing of the guard at the Bowery mural wall. The second, a mobile lift, appeared last week. Next to impart art here is Triston Eaton, the Hollywood-born artist who’s already behind several area murals over the last few […]

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L.E.S. Kitchen Served its Last Burgers on Essex Street

Posted June 25, 2018 at 5:03 am

The scruffy, cheap-eats destination block of lower Essex Street is down one. L.E.S. Kitchen officially closed down on Friday night after two years headquartered between Hester and Canal. Chinatown native Chris Wong launched the burger joint in May 2016 (preceded for a year by the Juicery), and appeared a hit with locals. It was a […]

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There was a Slashing on Essex Street Yesterday Morning

Posted June 22, 2018 at 5:08 am

A Brooklyn man was slashed across the face early yesterday morning on Essex Street, police said. At roughly 3:00am Thursday, a 35-year-old male victim was struck with a sharp object outside 153 Essex Street (Two Bit’s Retro Arcade and the former Legacy Deli), causing a laceration and bleeding to the left side of his face. He […]

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That Shooting of 3 Men at Falucka Hookah Bar on Bleecker Street

Posted June 22, 2018 at 5:04 am

In case you missed the news, three men were shot at the Falucka hookah bar on Bleecker Street last Sunday morning. According to a follow-up report in The Villager, a fight reportedly broke out inside the lounge – located a couple blocks from Washington Square Park – shortly before 4am. The altercation escalated into gunfire […]

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‘Dripped Coffee’ Joins Hell Square Cafe Roster

Posted June 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Over on Allen Street, it’s manicures to mochas. Another coffee shop for Hell Square is in the offing. A minuscule affair called Dripped Coffee is on its way to 150 Allen Street. Not much is known yet about this SEO-unfriendly business. This particular shop previously played host to a nail salon, which closed down some […]

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Randall’s Barbecue Adds Signage on Grand Street Ahead of July Opening

Posted June 21, 2018 at 5:07 am

Randall’s Barbecue is nearing the finish line on Grand Street, bringing traif to the onetime Kosher pizzeria. Contractors last week installed the new brown awning, signaling the end of another commercial vacancy in this low-rise stretch. As previously reported, proprietor Jared Male, a pit-master veteran of both Hill Country and Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem, plans to […]

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‘Brooklyn Industries’ Ditches SoHo After 14 Years

Posted June 21, 2018 at 5:05 am

Brooklyn Industries departed Lafayette Street within the last couple weeks. The exterior flag is gone, and the store is vacant with token butcher paper taped to the windows. The Brooklyn-based mini-chain was born in the late Nineties, and eventually opened the flagship in 2001. The second store at 290 Lafayette – Manhattan’s first – followed […]

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