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Ainsworth Owner Looks to Impart ‘Clancey’ on Clinton Street

Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:17 am

After a withdrawal last month, the new restaurant proposed for the old Yunnan Kitchen space on Clinton Street is back on the Community Board 3 agenda next month to pitch for full liquor. As previously reported, it’s a project by restaurateurs Todd Birnbaum and Dennis Bogart. Now that the applicants have submitted their proposal to […]

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With 7-Story Condo on the way, Death Finally Comes to the Last Garage on Kenmare Street

Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:12 am

The last parking garage on Kenmare Street closed at the end of June and is already under the knife. Time has come. The gift box wrapping of nets and bars arrived last month, alongside announcements of the requisite rat baiting throughout the premises. After just a week of demolition activity, the the top floor is dismantled. […]

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Humping on the LES (or How the DOT Installed New Area Speed Bumps)

Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:07 am

Two sidestreets on the Lower East Side are recipients of speed bumps this month. Rutgers Slip, just above South Street, acts as an exit ramp of sorts for motorists coming from the FDR Drive/South Street. Cars tend to speed away northbound after turning onto the narrow street. The new road hump should deter that. In […]

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The Idea Distillery will ‘Give Curiosity a Home’ at Former COW Theater on Clinton Street

Posted August 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

Where two experimental theaters failed in a basement on Clinton Street, a new “home for curiosity” will soon take hold. Following in the footsteps of the COW Theater and Judith Malina’s legendary Living Theater before it. When we last revisited 21 Clinton Street, the enormous subterranean space was being peddled for $11,000 per month and key […]

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Jianbing Newcomer ‘Bing Kitchen’ on Orchard Street Sidelined Due to ‘Water Damage’

Posted August 29, 2016 at 5:17 am

Bing Kitchen is off to a rocky start on Orchard Street. The snack shop newcomer, which specializes in the Chinese street-cart staple “Jianbing,” has been closed for the last week due to ambiguous “water damage” on-premise. That much is made clear via handwritten sign on the front door. While the “tomorrow” timeline was crossed out, ownership […]

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Mapping Vacant Stores to Show How ‘High Rent Blight’ is Killing the City

Posted August 29, 2016 at 5:12 am

Warehousing. High rent blight. Store for rent. Call it what you want, but it’s a big problem in a city that so eagerly tosses its working class, mom-and-pop establishments into the proverbial gutter, in favor of high-paying corporate chains. It’s something that the Lower East Side, but the city at large, grapples with to a […]

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Basement Heist on Orchard Street Yields $20K in Loot for Suspected Burglars

Posted August 29, 2016 at 5:09 am

This heist is straight out of the movies. Earlier this month, two burglars broke through a basement wall on Orchard Street to steal $20,000 from a local real estate company. On August 18, the brazen crooks snipped the cellar padlock of a neighboring business at 4pm in order to gain access to the basement, police […]

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‘Reed Space’ Calls it Quits After 15 Years on Orchard Street, but Seeks New Digs

Last modified August 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Reed Space, one of the longest running tastemakers on the Lower East Side, is packing up the store for good after fifteen years on the block. Its last day at 151 Orchard Street is September 30, promising a nebulous “reset” in the near future. Leasing sign and announcement to fan faithful all but confirm the […]

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The Falafel Shop on Rivington Takes a ‘Maintenance’ Break, Should Return Next Week

Posted August 26, 2016 at 9:37 am

You may have noticed that the Falafel Shop on Rivington Street wasn’t open all week. An explanation as to why didn’t actually materialize until yesterday. According to a laminate on the shuttered gate, the popular four-year-old Mediterranean joint closed for routine “maintenance,” but should reopen “middle of next week. Eyal Tov founded the Falafel Shop […]