Breaking: Hand Grenade Found in Bowery Basement, Bomb Squad Reacts in Kind

Posted on: March 21st, 2016 at 4:10 pm by
This image has been archived or removed.

​The bomb squad was called to 221 Bowery earlier today after a WWII-era hand grenade was uncovered by a demolition team in the basement.

A tipster tells us that the crew discovered the explosive beside a bunch of “antique looking guns” from the same time period. Our source speculates that the dated cache could possibly belong to “Red,” a Bowery old-timer who reportedly fought in the war. However, we were unable to confirm this speculation by time of publication.

As reported back in December, Chair Up is currently downsizing its footprint and moving from the Bowery for the first time in decades. Part of the relocation involves “clean[ing] out retail space for future tenant on 1st floor and cellar,” for which there are already permits on file with Department of Buildings. Said work is what led to the grenade.

Chair Up is headed around the corner to 48 Delancey (former bodega) sometime in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the business remains open at 219 Bowery.

Chair Up maintained a presence on the Bowery for the last seventeen years. The writing was on the wall three years ago, however, when Dr. Jay’s magnate (yes, the urbanwear company) Joseph Betesh purchased a blockbuster assemblage of Bowery properties for $62 million.

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

Exhuming ‘Be My Baby’ and a Strange 1965 Visit to Parisi Bakery on Mott Street [VIDEO]

Thump-thumpthump-thwack. The night we met I knew I needed you so… It’s one of the most iconic song openers in pop history, and it’s inextricably linked to Little Italy. Both in song and film. Director and native son, Martin Scorsese, famously synchronized “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes to the opening credits of Mean Streets. […]

Traffic Changes as Essex Crossing Site 3 Readies 15-Story Tower

Major progress is underway at Site 3 of Essex Crossing, where a fifteen-story development is in the cards. And with it, a host of traffic changes to an already congested Williamsburg Bridge approach. Back in late March, the cluster of trailers that previously served as onsite offices for Delancey Street Associates (the developer consortium behind […]

Chinatown Plagued by Spate of Burglaries

Lock your doors. Hide your kids. Hide your wife. The 5th Precinct is warning residents about a spate of home burglaries in Chinatown over the past week. Police say that the suspect, described as an Hispanic male with medium build in his thirties, has struck at least six buildings so far. Four locations were reportedly […]

IZZIE’S Fires up Philly-Style Cheesesteaks for Clinton Street

Philly-style cheesesteaks are now part of the Clinton Street restaurant stock. Fast food joint, IZZIE’S (the “Queen of Steaks”), opened last weekend on the block between Rivington and Stanton Streets. Aside from its signature cheesesteak dish, the newcomer offers a menu with Philly Empanadas, Hoagies (aka heroes in New York City), and even a plant-based veggie […]

When it Comes to Lack of Noise Violations Against Bars, It’s All About that Bass

When it comes to a purported lack of noise violation enforcement, as Meghan Trainor would say, it’s all about that bass, no treble. That’s reportedly the reason city inspectors aren’t issuing as many noise violations based on neighbor complaints, according to an investigative report by NBC New York. Anyone who’s lived above, adjacent to, or […]