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City Honors Sun Yat-Sen with Plaza and Permanent Statue in Columbus Park

Posted November 15, 2019 at 5:13 am

Mayor de Blasio, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and other politicians this week dedicated a slice Chinatown’s Columbus Park to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. This past Tuesday, what would have been the 153rd birthday of the founding father of China, also marked the return of the bronze statue after the city excavated a new permanent home. The area […]

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At the New Metro Acres on Clinton Street, Traces of a Long Lost Supermarket

Posted November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

Back in June, news dropped that Fine Fare would cease operations at 175 Clinton Street, and that City Acres Market was opening. Now, the transition to the locals-branded Metro Acres is nearly complete. Change abounds inside the supermarket where everything is getting a tune-up, from aisles and signage, to the product itself. Notably, though, workers […]

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Construction Resumes at 139 Bowery, Awaiting 14-Story Payload

Posted November 13, 2019 at 5:09 am

There is finally construction activity to report at the 139-141 Bowery development site. The spot has been largely dormant ever since the double-wide walk-ups were summarily razed three years ago. With the area now buzzing, the march toward a fourteen-story future continues. Plans to redevelop the properties, in one form or another, date back to […]

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How One LES Block is Losing Because of Ongoing MTA Work

Posted November 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

As the MTA continues its infrastructure work outside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the surrounding community continues to bear the brunt. As we’ve been reporting, the job is to replace the outdated subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed at Forsyth and Delancey Streets. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency […]

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Report: Notorious Landlord Michael Shah Arrested Twice for Allegedly Assaulting Girlfriend then Violating Protection Order

Last modified November 11, 2019 at 6:15 pm

Notorious landlord and developer Michael Shah, whose properties and bars dot the Lower East Side, was twice arrested this fall regarding the alleged assault of his model girlfriend. The news comes to light in a New York Post article that focuses more on Shah’s recent filing of a complaint related to a summertime “attack” in […]

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Hawk This: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Orchard Street Pedestrian Mall

Posted November 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

The daytime bustle of Orchard Street Sundays is dead. But the Lower East Side Partnership, the area’s business improvement district, seeks a revival. Several readers wrote us this past week regarding the removal of traffic signs denoting the weekly Sunday pedestrian mall on Orchard Street, the only closure of its kind in the Five Boroughs. […]

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Allen Street Mall Bathhouse Conversion to Concessions Appears Underway

Posted November 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

There is activity anew at the Allen Street Mall bathhouse, a mass transit holdover from the 1930s. Plans to convert the building into a food concession date back several years at this point. Boogie readers spotted movement inside the city relic over the weekend. Workers clearing out detritus from the rear entrance as well as […]

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New Roma Pizza Shutters as Essex Crossing Looms

Posted October 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

New Roma Pizza, a longtime fast food fixture at the northeast corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, closed for good last night. And quietly, at that. The contents of the pizzeria – furnishings and cooking equipment – are the subject of an onsite auction later this morning. New Roma has been holding down 116 Delancey […]

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Family Alleges Negligence in Death of Worker at LES Synagogue Site

Last modified October 29, 2019 at 10:03 am

The law firm representing the construction worker killed in the Lower East Side synagogue collapse last week outlined more details of what happened. According to a press release by the Platta Law Firm, it appears the legal investigation centers on a negligence claim. Apparently the two victims, including the deceased – Ridgewood resident Stanislaw Supinski […]

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‘Peasant’ will Close Down After 2 Decades on Elizabeth Street [Updated]

Last modified November 5, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Come December, Peasant will be gone. Word on the street is that the lease is up at 194 Elizabeth Street, and co-owner Frank DeCarlo reportedly decided against renewal. Apparently it’s not a case of being pushed out, either. Consistently a critics’ darling, Peasant was founded in 1999 by John LaFemina and Frank DeCarlo. It initially […]

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