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Suffering the (Non-Masked) Night Crowds at Orchard and Broome [Updated]

Last modified August 7, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Hell Square hath multiplied. Come weekends, the block of Orchard and Broome is now its own crowded nightmare. This trend is years in the making, but reached critical mass this summer with the outdoor dining phenomenon as a result of coronavirus. Neighbors on the block are worried about these gatherings. Not so much the table […]

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Topless Lap Dancing Leads to ‘Shinsen’ Bust on the Bowery

Posted August 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

A Japanese restaurant on the Bowery was caught offering topless lap dances and indoor drinking, in defiance of social distance protocols, officials said this week. According to Governor Cuomo’s latest report of top violators of coronavirus-related regulations, the nascent multi-agency task force caught Shinsen red-handed. Investigators observed at least 35 individuals, the majority not wearing […]

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With Statues Toppling, is there a Double Standard over the Lower East Side Lenin?

Last modified July 29, 2020 at 11:26 am

As statues are deposed and defaced around the country, one Lower East Side fixture still stands tall – Vladimir Lenin. He oversees the downtown environs from his perch atop 178 Norfolk Street, arm outstretched towards the hallmark of American capitalism: Wall Street. This begs a question – how can an icon for a dictator who […]

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SLA Suspends SET LES Liquor License for Coronavirus-Related Violations

Last modified July 27, 2020 at 10:28 am

The State Liquor Authority last week issued liquor license suspensions to ten establishments in violation of coronavirus-related mandates, including one on the Lower East Side. Mere days after boisterous partying outside SET on Ludlow Street – with minimal distancing and few masks in sight – the state enacted a “compliance check” on the premises and […]

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On Ludlow Street, What Happened to Face Masks and Social Distancing?

Posted July 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

What pandemic? What warnings of resurgence? Party in the streets, wooo! Saturday night in Hell Square was a page from New Orleans, with crowding in the streets. Zero distancing, and barely a face mask in sight. Scenes like those shared below – with patrons outside repeat offenders SET LES and No Fun – are most […]

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Suspected Killer in Gruesome Dismemberment on East Houston is Charged with Murder

Posted July 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

The former personal assistant who allegedly murdered, decapitated, and dismembered a tech entrepreneur in his Lower East Side apartment has been charged with murder. Tyrese Devon Haspil, the 21-year-old from Flatbush, was arrested on Friday afternoon in connection with the grisly killing of Fahim Saleh, from whom he reportedly stole $90,000. Video from outside the […]

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Autopsy Reveals LES Tech Entrepreneur Stabbed to Death Before his Dismemberment

Posted July 17, 2020 at 5:07 am

In news that should surprise no one, the city’s Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the gruesome death of a tech entrepreneur on the Lower East Side as homicide. The autopsy performed yesterday found that Fahim Saleh – founder of ride-sharing company Gokada – died as a result of stab wounds to the neck and torso, and […]

Threatened East River Park Buildings Recognized for Architectural Distinction

Posted July 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

The following guest post was written by Deborah Wye, a member of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative board of directors. Two East River Park Art Deco gems were recently deemed eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Both the Track House near […]

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Suspected LES Killer Dressed as Ninja While Dismembering Tech Entrepreneur in his Condo

Posted July 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

The gruesome butchering of a tech entrepreneur this week is playing out like the plot of a slasher movie, and has the Lower East Side on edge. According to published reports, a killer clad in ninja outfit decapitated and dismembered Fahim Saleh in his $2 million condo on East Houston Street Tuesday afternoon. The victim’s […]

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Decapitated and Dismembered Man Found Inside East Houston Condo Building

Last modified July 15, 2020 at 7:25 am

The body of a decapitated, dismembered man was found inside a luxury Lower East Side condo yesterday afternoon — purportedly stuffed in plastic bags beside a power saw. According to the New York Post, police arrived at the bloody scene shortly after 3:30pm Tuesday, responding to a welfare check placed by a friend of the […]

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