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Report: LES Man Sold $16K of Drugs to Undercover Cop in Union Square Stores

Posted June 19, 2019 at 5:09 am

A Lower East Side man was arraigned yesterday on charges of selling cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl in the chain eateries around Union Square. Anthony Morales, 49, is accused of peddling upwards of $16,000 worth of drugs to an undercover cop at Chipotle, McDonald’s, Au Bon Pain, and Food Emporium. He’s charged with criminal sale of […]

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Cup & Saucer Reboot Renamed ‘Two Bridge’s Diner’

Posted June 19, 2019 at 5:03 am

The Cup & Saucer reboot on Canal Street recently changed its identity. It’s no longer the Greek Shack; instead taking on the location-specific name of Two Bridge’s Diner. (The grammatical error – should be plural – is memorialized on the awning and menus.) John Vasilopoulos, who lost the Cup & Saucer exactly two years ago, […]

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Luxury Development Plagues Newly Reopened DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:05 am

The reimagined DeSalvio Playground debuted back in February. Now, four months later, access is partially restricted thanks to construction work on the neighboring luxury condo building. A tipster sent us this photos illustrating the closure of both the basketball court and rock climbing feature. Contractors set down heavy foam and plywood surfacing while construction concludes […]

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Online Petition Protests ‘Outrageous’ 67% Rate Hike at Essex Street Municipal Garage

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

First they came for street parking; now its the garages. Essex Crossing gobbled up roughly 500 parking spaces around the neighborhood, and many locals allege the fly-by-night rate hike at the Essex Street Municipal garage further prices out area longtimers. As previously reported, the city quietly raised all rates the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. […]

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Get in on ‘theGround,’ the New Indoor Soccer Pitch on Monroe Street

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

Monroe, the restaurant on its eponymous street beneath the Manhattan Bridge, is no longer. The indoor sanctuary of greenery – that veritable forest – is now sanctuary to something different altogether. A sanctuary to sport. The southern Mediterranean eatery shut shop back in February after less than two years and is now officially reborn. It’s […]

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New M14 SBS Ticket Kiosks Installed on Essex and Grand

Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:06 am

With the new M14 express bus service rolling out next month, so, too, is the related equipment. Namely, those sidewalk ticket kiosks. The latest to arrive are kiosks at the southbound Essex/Delancey stop (across from the new Essex Market), as well as the southbound Essex/Grand stop (outside Kossar’s). Neither are yet switched on. The new […]

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Flowers Cafe Returns to Essex Street After 4 Years

Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

What’s old is new again. Flowers Cafe, the retro cafe displaced by development four years ago, returned to its Lower East Side stomping grounds last week. The business reopened around the corner at 39 Essex Street last Friday with a free bagel promotion. You may have seen the handbills in the vicinity. We first reported […]

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With Libation Shuttered, Soho House’s ‘Ludlow Garden’ Plan Quietly Proceeds

Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

One year after word first broke, the demolition of Libation is nigh. The controversial Hell Square nightclub officially closed its doors last month after nearly two decades irking serving. Its clearance will ultimately yield a “garden annex” for the Ludlow House next door. Last spring, we reported that Soho House corporate planned to construct the […]

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A Tree Falls on Chrystie Street

Posted June 14, 2019 at 8:41 am

A tree falls on Chrystie Street, and plenty of people were there to see it. During the morning deluge yesterday, a tall timber from inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park toppled into the roadway of Chrystie Street, just north of Grand. The fallen tree straddled most of the pavement, but luckily no one was hurt. Only […]

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