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Big Real Estate Plots Area Domination with ‘LES is More’ Summit at the Sunshine Cinema

Posted January 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

“L.E.S. is more.” This cringeworthy slogan, a played-out play-on-words, has long been co-opted by the real estate industry in order to sell the Lower East Side. Most specifically, the Lower East Side Partnership, whose singular mission is to increase property values for the area stakeholders. Now, big real estate is holding a summit along those lines […]

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MooShoes Full Service Vegan Grocery Opens at the End of the Month on Orchard Street

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:10 am

MooShoes reopened back in September with a totally new look. The popular cruelty-free shoe shop divided its retail space at 78 Orchard Street, and is now getting into the food game. Quite literally narrowing the retail shopping experience allowed ownership to introduce Orchard Grocer, as we first reported. The full service vegan grocery will feature […]

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With the Debut of ‘S’zen Mixology Lounge’ this Week, Another THOR Spot for Embattled Hell Square

Posted January 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Embattled neighbors call it one of the most problematic operators dotting Hell Square. One that seemingly gets away with everything. Somehow the Hotel on Rivington continues to open (and close) new establishments on-premise without the benefit of public scrutiny. The latest future grievance to arrive is a second-floor nightspot dubbed S’zen Mixology Lounge (i.e. scene + zen). […]

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Five Years Delayed, ‘Package 4’ of East River Esplanade Finally Ready to Proceed

Posted January 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

The war of attention between the city agencies is finally over. Package 4 of the East River Esplanade, already delayed five years, is ready to proceed. Gears are in motion to beautify the stretch of waterfront between Catherine Street and Pike Slip. In the end, it was a single, century-old length of subterranean piping that […]

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‘Red Compass’ Closes Down After a Year on Orchard Street and Probably Won’t Reopen

Posted January 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Here’s some news that will shock no one. Red Compass, the ill-fated Georgian restaurant at 154 Orchard Street, is apparently out of business. The sub-level rat den restaurant has been closed for consecutive nights, and without notice. The only clue of its demise is the “Rent Demand” letter taped to the shuttered gates. According to […]

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Looks Like the 10-Year-Old ‘Dressing Room’ is not Long for Orchard Street

Posted January 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

On Orchard Street, sneakers and spirits are threatened, as the Dressing Room may soon undress for the last time. Tombstone leasing signage, courtesy of Samy Mahfar’s REAL New York brokerage, is presently affixed above the door. There are no listings online yet, and the proprietors didn’t immediately return a request for comment. Before the “museum block” […]

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Just for One Day: When I Painted ‘David Bowery’ as Tribute to David Bowie

Posted January 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Today, on the first anniversary of David Bowie’s death, the anonymous artist behind the now-infamous “David Bowery” tribute street sign tells all. This is the real story of how it came to pass, in his own words.  Like most great ideas, it wasn’t mine. Stuart Wilson went to pay respects to the David Bowie tribute […]

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Tavern on Jane, Clinton Craft House Get CB3 Green Light

Posted January 10, 2017 at 5:13 am

The SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 met yesterday evening to discuss this month’s applicants. With only a few items on the agenda, it clocked in as one of the shortest meetings in recent years. Tavern on Jane, 349 East 13th Street Probably the biggest news of the night was that Tavern on Jane principal Michael […]

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Post-Snow, the Lower East Side Dressed in White [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

Herewith, some photos from the first snowstorm of 2017 (and aftermath). All were shot in and around the Lower East Side with frozen fingers and wet camera lens. A blanket of snow is the perfect equalizer; it levels the playing field. Run-of-the-mill tensions and stresses of living in the big city easily fade with each […]

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Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge’ up for Liquor License Renewal

Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:00 am

One of Hell Square’s worst nightclubs is up for a liquor license renewal. Indeed, ownership of Mazaar Lounge is scheduled to appear before Community Board 3 tonight during the SLA subcommittee meeting. Mazaar Lounge – helmed by controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir – opened in the […]

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