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Tensions Mount as L-Train Construction Zone on 14th Street Reduces Hours

Posted March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am

The roadway of East 14th Street between Avenue B and First Avenue has been a construction zone for months, emitting plumes of dust and constant noise (and mysterious ooze). At work is an L train entrance at Avenue A, elevators on the north and south sides of 14th Street, as well as a new substation […]

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‘Selina’ to Open NYC Flagship Hotel on the Bowery this June

Posted March 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

Selina is coming to the Bowery sooner than you might think. The new eight-story development at 138 Bowery is basically ready to go. Long gone are the construction materials and fencework; and the lobby is already attended, with a receptionist sitting guard behind a desk. Selina seems to be in a preview mode of sorts […]

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A Decade Later, Allen Street Hotel Finally has Something to Show for Itself

Posted March 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s not the crust in your eyes – the Allen Street Hotel is indeed showing itself. The mechanical system of bars and netting recently came down to reveal the glassy new facade. At first glance, The Allen, as it’s now named, appears to resemble the Pomeranc-designed Sixty (formerly, Thompson LES) just up the block. As […]

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‘Sunita Bar’ Fades from Norfolk Street After 16 Years

Posted March 12, 2019 at 5:05 am

“My story is the story of what’s happening on the Lower East Side, with all the changes, development, and greedy landlords,” small business owner Sunita Lofters quips. She is the sole proprietor of the eponymous bar at 106 Norfolk Street, which concluded business this month after sixteen years on the block. The establishment now sits […]

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Rumor: Levain Bakery Headed to Bleecker Street for First Downtown Spot

Posted March 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

When the remodeled and restored 59 Bleecker Street returns, word on the street is it’ll offer a pair of upscale retail tenants. Namely, Levain Bakery. Founded on the Upper West Side twenty-five years ago by competitive swimmer friends Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, Levain is a cafe famous for its six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. […]

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Following Fire, Black Seed Bagels in Little Italy is Closed Until Further Notice

Posted March 8, 2019 at 5:09 am

The flagship Black Seed Bagels – serving Little Italy for the last five years – was hollowed out by fire early yesterday morning. A computer printout taped to the vestibule confirms the obvious – the specialty bagel joint is closed until further notice. Still no word on the exact cause of the fire, but firemen […]

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In Coordinated Action, Opposition Files Lawsuit to Halt Elizabeth Street Garden Development

Last modified March 7, 2019 at 8:48 am

Following months of legal threats, opponents of a plan to redevelop the Elizabeth Street Garden have filed twin lawsuits to stop it from happening. The garden itself and the separate nonprofit devoted to its protection (Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden) filed the action against the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in Manhattan Supreme […]

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Time is Ticking for the Allure Group to Create LES Health Care Facility as Part of Rivington House Settlement

Last modified March 6, 2019 at 10:18 am

The legal fallout from the Rivington House scandal continues, as the Allure Group literally pays for its nefarious roles in the cancelation of the deed restriction that ultimately led to the $116 million sale of the former nursing home. Under the terms of the settlement with the New York Attorney General last year, Allure is on […]

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De Blasio Suddenly Lovestruck over Chinatown as High-Rise Jail Plan Looms [OP-ED]

Posted March 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by outspoken Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. The Bill de Blasio-Margaret Chin sitcom’s latest episode raises interesting questions. Has Mayor de Blasio developed Chinatown fever? Or just a sudden taste for authentic chop suey? In his third neighborhood visit in as many weeks, last Thursday night he delivered Lunar New Year […]

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‘Dizzy’s’ Reactivates Long-Dormant Allen Street Space Last Held by Rayuela

Last modified March 6, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Now nearly four years buried, the former home of Rayuela may finally see a permanent tenant. Ever since the Spanish tapas restaurant shuttered in mid-2015, the unique space at 165 Allen Street has been rather dormant. Hosting only the occasional pop-up or private event. Now, one Alexandria Alcala is looking to impart an establishment called […]

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