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Adda Hitmakers to Open Dhamaka in the Essex Market

Posted September 23, 2020 at 5:07 am

The team behind critically acclaimed Indian restaurants Rahi and Adda is finally ready to debut their newest venture. Dhamaka joins the new Essex Market as a next generation vendor-restaurant. Owner Roni Mazumdar and partner Chintan Pandya will introduce a menu of everyday Indian foods, such as meat served on the bone and fish served whole. […]

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The Fight Against the Two Bridges Towers is Far from Over [OP-ED]

Posted September 23, 2020 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Councilwoman Margaret Chin would like you to believe the Lower East Side and Chinatown are dead. That she tried courageously to save our community from being demolished by four mega-towers, yet the Appellate court wouldn’t let her prevail. Though, […]

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These 3 Developments Threaten to Sever Chinatown Traffic Arteries in the Coming Years [Op-Ed]

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:15 am

As if the climate wasn’t dire enough for Chinatown businesses and residents amidst the pandemic, a proverbial perfect storm is brewing. Long-suffering Chinatown businesses, like much of the city, are encouraged by the loosening of indoor dining restrictions and remain hopeful for a return to some level of normalcy. However, it could be short-lived due […]

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Community Lawsuit Halts City’s Chinatown Jail Plans

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:05 am

The Borough-based jail plan hit another major snag this week, with a grassroots lawsuit blocking the proposed Chinatown prison. Neighbors United Below Canal, a community organization, announced yesterday that its lawsuit won an injunction against development of the thirty-story high-rise at 125 White Street. Judge John Kelley ruled in favor of the community, noting that […]

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Chinatown Fair Arcade in Danger of Eviction

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

During pandemic times, sharing buttons on game cabinets and sweating over dance games poses a difficult challenge for the remaining brick-and-mortar arcades. Especially the Chinatown Fair Arcade down on Mott Street. No stranger to survival – the 77-year-old arcade had shut for over a year before its revival in 2012 – Chinatown Fair now faces […]

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Subway Tribute to Late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg

Posted September 21, 2020 at 5:07 am

Less than 24 hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, the street memorials started popping up around the city. Indeed, the artist largely known for manipulating city-issued signage (e.g. Aretha Franklin) struck again Saturday afternoon with a tribute to the late justice. This time, at the 50th Street subway station on the Eighth […]

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Get a Piece of Mission Chinese Food Before it Closes

Posted September 21, 2020 at 5:03 am

Mission Chinese Food is permanently closing its flagship restaurant on the Lower East Side, as previously reported. It lasted nearly six years on East Broadway before coronavirus imposed the business, like so many others. And now Mission is selling off some of its furnishings and ephemera with a stoop sale today. Items include restaurant equipment and […]

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‘Sour Mouse’ Game Hall Launches on Delancey Street Next Week

Last modified September 21, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Six months delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown, a basement game hall is finally set to open on the Lower East Side. Headquartered beneath 110 Delancey Street (former home of discount retailer Rainbow), Sour Mouse relies on bar games with the hope of “revitalize community” in the neighborhood. To that end, the establishment boasts billiards, shuffleboard, […]

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Celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the 1900s Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted September 18, 2020 at 5:09 am

Sundown tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish new year with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. To celebrate, below is a small collection of photos, courtesy of the Library of Congress, illustrating how Jews of the early 1900s celebrated the holiest of days while living in the ghetto of the Lower East Side. You’ll notice […]

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