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Clayton’s Corner: Shine a Light on the Dark

Posted April 16, 2021 at 5:06 am

Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, nights are especially dark on the streets of the Lower East Side. Fewer businesses, less activity, less overall light. In this latest installment of Clayton’s Corner, the neighborhood documentarian shines a light on the darkness.

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Grassroots Campaign Afoot to Remove Susan Stetzer from CB3 District Manager

Posted April 15, 2021 at 5:02 am

Clearly, someone has a personal vendetta against Susan Stetzer, the longtime district manager of Community Board 3. Several wheat-paste posters surfaced on street surfaces around the neighborhood this week, demanding “Susan Stetzer out now” and to “clean up CB3.” The action appears part of a larger (anonymous) campaign to educate the neighborhood about the toxicity […]

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Man Fatally Stabs Brother in One of Two Knifings at Alfred Smith Houses this Weekend

Posted April 12, 2021 at 5:03 am

Two men were stabbed within twelve hours, one fatally, in separate incidents at the Alfred Smith Houses over the weekend. Both incidents transpired in the same building (15 St. James Place), one of which carrying the distinction of the first homicide of the year in the 5th Precinct. On Saturday afternoon, a domestic dispute at […]

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Zarin Fabrics Surrenders its Orchard Street Showroom to the ‘Sharks’

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:00 am

Here’s some unexpected news. Zarin Fabrics, the third-generation family owned business, recently surrendered its eight-year-old showroom on Orchard Street. Likely a retail victim of the coronavirus pandemic. And there is already a replacement in the making. (Zarin does not own the building, but still maintains a presence upstairs.) Sharks is coming. Self described as “your […]

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Man Shot Outside Sweet Chick on Ludlow Street Yesterday in Broad Daylight

Last modified March 31, 2021 at 2:08 pm

A man was shot yesterday afternoon in broad daylight outside Sweet Chick on Ludlow Street, cops said. The shooting transpired shortly after 1:30pm when an unknown gunman pulled up alongside a 23-year-old man sitting in his car, then shot him through the right thigh. The victim was taken to Bellevue in stable condition. An eyewitness […]

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Jing Fong Supporters Rally to Reopen, Boycott Landlord’s Other Businesses

Posted March 25, 2021 at 5:00 am

In the wake of Jing Fong closing, pressure mounts against Jonathan Chu, landlord of the former Chinatown eatery, to reopen the dining room. Handbills are now taped to surfaces in the vicinity of 20 Elizabeth Street, announcing a rally today, and calling for a boycott of Chu’s other businesses. As the poster attests, his family […]

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Racial Slurs at Essex Market Go Viral After Customer Altercation

Posted March 24, 2021 at 5:00 am

A viral video making the rounds shows a woman spewing racial slurs at the Davidovich Bakery at Essex Market. The writer and civil rights activist, Shaun King, posted the short video to Facebook and Instagram, seeking to identify the customer as punishment for her remarks. She is seen without a mask and with stroller in […]

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Seward Park Co-op Boots Hester Street Fair in Favor of New Operator

Last modified March 23, 2021 at 7:47 pm

Hester Street Fair became a victim of its own success this spring, as its Seward Park Co-op overlord gave it the old heave-ho in favor of something new. Last year’s unique COVID-19 season was likely its last. Curbed had the scoop. The sudden decision – Hester Street Fair was to reopen on April 10 for […]

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Pest Infestation Pushes Stanton Street Tenants to Sue Croman for 3rd Time in 4 Years

Posted March 17, 2021 at 5:04 am

Embattled tenants of 159 Stanton Street are again suing ex-con landlord Steve Croman. This time over a severe rodent infestation. According to a release from the Cooper Square Committee, residents are battling mice and roaches, owed largely to an upscaling project that dates back five years. More than half of the apartments, several of which […]

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Screaming ‘Go Guy’ Directs Traffic at Delancey and Chrystie

Last modified March 15, 2021 at 8:32 pm

A double-amputee in the intersection of Delancey and Chrystie Streets screams at traffic daily, catching the attention of locals who are both irked and driven to help. It goes like this. The wheelchair-bound man – whose legs were amputated – shouts orders at the top of his lungs. He’s apparently a resident of a nearby […]

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