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‘Beastie Boys Square’ Might Soon Return for Street Co-Naming Consideration

Posted March 30, 2017 at 5:17 am

Hold it now… It’s a campaign three years in the making, and a proverbial thorn in the side of Community Board 3. Nevertheless, the Beastie Boys Square proposal is back on the front burner. 99 Rivington Street – currently Wolfnights – was featured prominently on the cover of the second Beastie Boys LP, Paul’s Boutique. […]

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‘Protocinema’ Installation Takes Over Embattled G&S Sporting Goods Space on Essex Street

Posted March 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

For the first time since G&S Sporting Goods departed the Lower East Side three years ago, 43 Essex Street boasts a new retail occupant, albeit temporary. It’s a pop-up gallery, naturally. Protocinema is not as it sounds, rather a roving arts program with dual headquarters in New York City and Istanbul. It now occupies a space […]

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Birds & Bubbles Appears Donezo After Less Than 3 Years on Forsyth Street

Posted March 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

The birds are quiet, and the bubbles flat. Word on the street is that chef Sarah Simmons’ Birds & Bubbles venture on Forsyth Street is kaput. Last night, the dining room was dark and marquee neon switched off. While the restaurant’s social media is keeping mum on the matter, a reader living within earshot noted […]

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Health Department Shutters Serafina Ludlow 4 Months into Operations [UPDATED]

Last modified March 27, 2017 at 8:39 am

Several local brunch seekers pointed out that the four-month-old Serafina satellite at Ludlow and Rivington Streets was closed for business this weekend. Mysteriously, and without any notice or letter to patrons. Since the main line to the restaurant rang forever, we phoned other Serafina locations for more detail. Apparently there are some ambiguous “issues” to resolve, […]

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Dick-Faced Trump Paster Appears at Hanksy’s ‘Dump Trump’ Wall on Orchard Street

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:07 am

It was a beacon of anti-Trumpism for more than a year. Until this past January when Hanksy’s Dump Trump Mural was whitewashed. The narrative at the time suggested that the building owners received a letter from the city last summer to clean up this shit or face fines. But the real reason was that they […]

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Moscot’s Former Delancey Street HQ is Now in Ruins Ahead of 12-Story Redevelopment

Posted March 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

The eighty-three-year-old building that housed Moscot for nearly as long (i.e. 75 years) is now obliterated. A wrecking crew tasked with erasing this history has been busy onsite the last month or so. As of yesterday afternoon, most of the structure is gone, including the frame. What remains are the bones and debris; a ghost […]

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Rumor: Sunshine Cinema to Sunset, as $31.5M Contract Nears Closing

Posted March 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two years after word first circulated that the Sunshine Cinema at 139-143 East Houston was being shopped on the market for $35 million, a buyer is allegedly under contract. The news arrives a few months after the president of Landmark Theaters, which operates the Sunshine, noted that transforming a theater into a high rise is […]

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‘Simply Hooked’ is One Inspection from Clinton Street Launch

Posted March 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Simply Hooked is simply one inspection from its maiden voyage. The Clinton Street fish-and-chips joint peeled away the white butcher paper from its windows not too long ago, and instead replaced with artwork of whales and sea life from students in the New Amsterdam School (62 Avenue B). Behind that veneer, the operation is basically ready […]

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CB3 Endorses New Public Bathrooms at ‘Stanton Storehouse’

Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

What’s another two years when the community already waited three decades? Two years. That’s the estimated timeline for the Stanton Storehouse to finally return to the community, albeit partially. Community Board 3 last night approved the Parks Department proposal to convert part of the building into a public comfort station (which is a euphemism for […]

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Mahfar Irks Embattled Residents with Rowdy Pop-Up ‘Club’ in Former Las Venus Space

Last modified March 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Samy Mahfar is looking to plug the storefront vacancy at 113 Stanton Street. Neighbors didn’t like what happened there last night, though. You’ll recall that Las Venus relocated back in May 2016 after more than twenty years on the Lower East Side. This business was pissed away for a vacancy that has been sitting warehoused […]

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