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After Years of Vacancy, Ernesto’s Spanish Restaurant Opening on East Broadway

Posted August 19, 2019 at 5:05 am

Way down East Broadway, at the corner of Montgomery Street, an upscale corner tenant is entering the fray. This after five years of apparent on-and-off storefront warehousing by a controversial landlord. Eater had the scoop last week, revealing that Quality Eats executive chef, Ryan Bartlow, is opening a new restaurant here at 259 East Broadway. […]

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Post-It Solidarity in Chinatown for Hong Kong Protesters

Posted August 19, 2019 at 5:03 am

The splintered plywood on the perimeter of 282-286 Grand Street is now a makeshift statement of solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong. Within the last few days, a display of colorful Post-It notes appeared atop the weather-worn flybills, each with a message in Chinese or English. The stunt includes two small baskets stocked with stickies […]

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Shear Luck: FRED Salon Finds Refuge in the East Village

Posted August 16, 2019 at 5:04 am

Another retail victim to report on upper Orchard Street. The FRED.nyc hair salon is now gone. According to signage on the shuttered security gate at 192 Orchard, the five-year-old business recently relocated to the East Village. The move to 40 East Third Street was a long time coming for eponymous owner Fred Connors, who braved […]

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Grand Street Guild Files Plans for 15-Story Affordable Housing Tower

Posted August 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

New towers are coming to Broome Street on the Lower East Side. Now we have sight of the first newcomer. Back in January of 2018, the Grand Street Guild nonprofit officially announced the imminent construction of two, as-of-right 15-story apartments on its property, plus a parking garage. All 400 of the proposed units are earmarked […]

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TongKatsu Replaced by ‘Otaku Katsu’ on Rivington Street

Posted August 15, 2019 at 5:05 am

Over on Rivington Street, TongKatsu becomes… …Otaku Katsu. Ben Tong, owner of the former, reportedly reassigned the lease after its shutter to husband-wife team Chef Dimitri Voutsinas and Christine Argao-Voutsinas. Otaku Katsu occupies the same below-grade space at 137 Rivington, and offers a variety of katsu and Japanese sando bentos, in addition to fresh made […]

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DOT ‘Street Seat’ Goes Live Outside Dudley’s on Orchard Street

Posted August 15, 2019 at 5:03 am

Just in time for the forthcoming return of Dudley’s, Orchard Street now boasts a new row of public seating. Beside another recently installed bike corral. And it’s all part of the city’s Street Seat program. More than a half-dozen tables and chairs are stationed between the corner of Broome down to Cafe Katja. As previously […]

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Crowbar-Wielding Attacker Smashes Windows of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates on Forsyth Street [VIDEO]

Posted August 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Earlier this week, we reported on the dangerous conditions plaguing Forsyth Street amidst the city’s work on the subway system. The MTA is currently swapping out the ventilation plant fifteen feet beneath the roadbed along the eastern perimeter of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Originally built in 1962, this section of the subway was identified as […]

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Dudley’s will Reopen at the End of August

Posted August 14, 2019 at 5:07 am

Dudley’s is still down while work continues on its expansion next door. But the reopening is close. The project, which annexed the adjacent space on Broome Street, began one month ago, and was slated to last three weeks. While not yet open, there is a return date. Ownership tells us that the restaurant will resume […]

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Falafix is Fried After One Year on Stanton Street

Posted August 14, 2019 at 5:03 am

Well, that was quick. Stanton Street newcomer, Falafix, is reportedly out of business. Fried after one year on the block. The restaurant shuttered a couple weeks ago. Word on the street is that business was too slow to sustain. One particular customer complained on Yelp about finding the store “closed, with doors locked, lights off, […]

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