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Starbucks on Delancey Street Robbed at Knifepoint Days Before Knifing outside its Doors

Posted March 24, 2020 at 5:09 am

Coronavirus can’t curb crime on the Lower East Side. There were two knifepoint robberies last week in as many days, in and outside the Starbucks on Delancey Street. The first incident happened inside the coffee shop last Thursday (March 19) at noon. A robber took unspecified loot, and threatened an employee with a knife in […]

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Tales from the Shutdown: Gouge Away

Posted March 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

Sometimes, panic and shutdown brings out the worst of humanity. Such as gross opportunism at local stores. One Chinatown informant tells us that some neighborhood stores are marking up the most sought-after goods during this COVID-19 outbreak. For instance, the Hong Kong Supermarket at 157 Hester Street. Items like alcohol prep pads – $20 for […]

Local Favorite Forgtmenot Transforms into Grocery During COVID-19 Shutdown

Last modified March 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm

With COVID-19 significantly interrupting the restaurant and nightlife game, some owners are resorting to drastic measures to stay on top. Forgtmenot, the popular locals hang on Division Street, is temporarily morphing into a grocery store. The “General Store.” Ownership constructed wood shelving and attached to the facade, and also cleared out the interior. We’re told […]

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Mount Sinai and Pols Agree that Reopening Rivington House Could Alleviate Hospitals Overwhelmed by COVID-19

Posted March 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

The local grassroots organization fighting to preserve Rivington House proposes to reopen the former AIDS home to stem the oncoming onslaught of COVID-19 patients. Its standard-bearer, Kathleen Webster, wrote the following editorial. The Governor asked for potential sites for hospital overflow related to COVID-19 patients. We asked Mount Sinai if they would offer Rivington House. […]

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Bars and Restaurants can Sell Booze to-go During COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 17, 2020 at 5:09 am

Cocktails to-go are now legal in the city, albeit temporarily. Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that, as part of restrictions placed on nightlife to prevent the spread of COVID-19, licensed establishments are allowed to sell booze to go. He noted that this lifeline is not a permanent change, and is only in effect for the duration […]

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Supreme x North Face Collaboration Crowds the Bowery Amidst COVID-19 Fears

Posted March 16, 2020 at 5:04 am

Around the city, panic is setting in over the COVID-19 outbreak. Restaurants are bleeding customers, and groceries are becoming scant. But that doesn’t stop the gear-heads queuing outside Supreme on the Bowery for the product launch of a collaboration with North Face. This was the sight outside the Germania Bank Building Thursday afternoon. A line […]

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Time Looks Short for ‘il Mattone’ Pizzeria on East Houston

Posted March 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

Less than a year after opening on the Lower East Side, it appears time is short for il Mattone. This third Manhattan outpost for the pizzeria – behind the West Village and Tribeca – opened at 147 East Houston in May 2019. It renovated and took over the space formerly occupied by Lucky’s Burger. But […]

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Jarmulowsky Bank Sheds its Scaffolding After 6 Years

Posted March 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another major milestone for the historic Jarmulowsky Bank. Three months after the new replica cupola returned to the rooftop, the shroud of scaffolding and netting is coming down. This construction apparatus has been affixed to the facade of the Jarmulowsky Bank since 2014. An eyesore now a sight for sore eyes. And renovations for the […]

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Cops Seek Lower East Side Arsonist Lighting up Trashcans

Last modified March 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

Police are on the hunt for a suspect wanted in connection with several dumpster fires within the last week. Since last Wednesday, there have been four dumpster fires across the Lower East Side. Three of which transpired early Sunday morning after 1:00am – 305 Madison Street, 301 Henry Street, and 40 Gouverneur (Vladek Houses). The […]

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Owner of Incomplete Allen Street Hotel to Take Over Sago Hotel Next Door

Posted March 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

The owner of a decade-old, yet incomplete Hell Square hotel is poised to take over the competition next door. The Sago Hotel, which debuted on the block four years ago, has the proverbial target on its back. Owner of the long-delayed Allen Street Hotel (aka The Allen), Morad Kalimian, submitted an application with Community Board […]

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