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My Time Recording the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley During his Lower East Side Years

Posted December 13, 2018 at 5:04 am

Beloved Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley passed away of a suspected heart attack last week (December 6). Ken Lockie, singer-songwriter and sometime collaborator with John (Rotten) Lydon of Public Image Ltd., fondly recalls his time behind the board with Shelley thirty years ago in Williamsburg and on the Lower East Side. Pete Shelley was a charming, likable, […]

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Cristin Tierney Gallery Takes Space on the Bowery

Posted December 13, 2018 at 5:03 am

The decade-running trend of Chelsea gallery refugees quartering on the Lower East Side continues with news of another. The Cristin Tierney gallery just signed a lease to take over 219 Bowery. It sits one store south of the Camper Lab concept shop, both of which formerly comprised the Chair Up restaurant supplier. Tierney, who had […]

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‘Empire Gyro’ Readies 24-Hour Allen Street Eatery for Christmastime Debut

Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:03 am

The tradition of 24-hour eateries at the southeast corner of Allen and East Houston continues with Empire Gyro. The new fast food Mediterranean spot, which takes over from the utilitarian Sugar Cafe, has been building out 200 Allen Street since early October. The menu is somewhat predictable, featuring soups, salads, kebabs, and shawarma. Empire Gyro […]

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Neighborhood Group Prepares Lawsuit Against City Over Two Bridges Towers

Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:01 am

“The City is trying to violate its own law to approve the luxury towers on the Two Bridges waterfront,” announces a flyer from the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors. Mere days after City Council leveled a lawsuit against the City Planning Commission for green-lighting the trio of skyscrapers, more such opposition is in store. The […]

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14th Street Residents Shine Light on Health Concerns During L-Train Renovations

Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Ongoing work on the Canarsie Tunnel repair has created gridlock along East 14th Street. So much so, that neighbors and elected officials are banging the drum about the effects on the surrounding neighborhood. And have been for the better part of the last year. Yesterday morning, Assemblyman Harvey Epstein rallied with area neighbors outside the […]

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Iconic ‘Pearl River Mart’ to Run Shop at Museum of Chinese in America

Posted December 11, 2018 at 5:07 am

Chinatown classic Pearl River Mart, which was on the brink just a couple years ago, has since rebounded and just joined forces with the Museum of Chinese in America. The collaboration – the MOCA Shop – will debut on February 5, timed to coincide with the Lunar New Year. Founded in SoHo in 1971 by […]

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‘Vivi Bubble Tea’ Cafe on Allen Street Shuttered by DOH [Updated]

Last modified December 11, 2018 at 11:50 pm

Vivi Bubble Tea on Allen Street recently had a run-in with the Department of Health. Inspectors visited the four-year-old Chinatown import in mid-October, and dropped the hammer big time. The franchise fell victim to 79 violation points largely due to vermin and lack of sanitization. It was closed for business for several weeks with brown […]

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Netflix Announces New Doc About Doomed Fyre Festival [VIDEO]

Last modified December 11, 2018 at 9:02 am

The story behind Fyre Festival, one of the most epic music industry debacles in recent memory, is coming to the small screen. Netflix announced a new documentary airing next month called, Fyre, which chronicles the failed event and criminal fallout from the 2017 springtime meltdown. The doc “gives a first-hand look into the disastrous crash […]

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Doughnut Plant Opening 6th Location at Oculus Mall

Last modified December 10, 2018 at 6:54 am

Make way for doughnuts – more specifically, Doughnut Plant doughnuts. The Grand Street fan favorite is now an empire rising faster than the yeast in their strawberry jam-filled delights. This time they’re setting up an outpost inside the Westfield World Trade Center mall at the Oculus. It’s opening on the top floor, where Italian food […]

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