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Exit through the Ludlow Street Food Court

Posted August 2, 2021 at 5:02 am

Exit through the food court. Indeed, the vacant Ludlow Street lot made famous by Banksy over a decade ago is now a mini food court. Under the radar, too. The first day of operations at 159 Ludlow was apparently Friday, including two food trucks, produce vendors, and picnic table seating. One of the vendors is […]

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Wegmans Market to Open at Former Astor Place Kmart

Posted July 30, 2021 at 5:00 am

Something rather unexpected. Not two weeks after Kmart terminated its presence in Astor Place, its replacement is announced. From left field – Wegmans is to open its first Manhattan grocery at this location. The well-regarded, Rochester-based chain already maintains a store in Brooklyn. Curb your enthusiasm, though, as the new Wegmans won’t open at 770 […]

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Seward Park Co-op Faces Dire Financial Reality

Posted July 27, 2021 at 5:05 am

The financial standing at the Seward Park Co-op is apparently dire. Thursday afternoon, the board distributed a report outlining various updates. It speaks for itself. Of particular note is the so-called “Capital Update,” in which the board details the deterioration of “brick ties” on facades throughout the housing complex. To remediate the issue is a […]

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An Open Letter to Scott Stringer: Save East River Park

Last modified July 26, 2021 at 7:59 am

The following open letter was penned by Lower East Sider Kim Sillen. Dear Comptroller Stringer, Ten years ago, you were a terrific advocate for the Grand Street neighborhood on the Lower East Side, when you helped Friends of Gulick Park secure funding for the renovation of this small park that lies at the intersection of […]

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Woman Punched in the Face, Robbed in Early-Morning Mugging on Chrystie Street

Posted July 26, 2021 at 5:03 am

A woman was mugged in a violent early-morning ambush on Chrystie Street last Friday, police said. The 29-year-old victim was reportedly walking near the corner of Stanton and Chrystie Streets at around 5:10am when the male thief approached her from behind, socked her in the face and threw her to the ground. Once down, the […]

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The Sara D. Roosevelt Park ‘Pit’ Becomes a LES Homeless Encampment

Posted July 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Anyone passing through Sara D. Roosevelt Park these days bears witness to the dire situation there. Specifically the section between Delancey and Broome Streets, where the benches around the sunken court have become a homeless encampment. As before in the northern reaches of the park, this area, nicknamed “The Pit,” is now a ground zero […]

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With Completion Date Delayed, Subway Ventilation Project Foments Chaos on Forsyth Street

Posted July 16, 2021 at 5:00 am

Already in play for nigh on four years years, the job to replace outdated subway ventilation apparatus fifteen beneath the roadbed at Forsyth and Delancey Streets is now full throttle. The criss-crossing network of fencing around construction creates havens for illicit activity – drug deals, shooting up, public sex, and attempted assaults are now par […]

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Museum of Chinese in America Reopens this Week Amidst Community Backlash

Posted July 14, 2021 at 5:17 am

The Museum of Chinese in America – whose archive at 70 Mulberry Street was destroyed by fire in January 2020 – returns this week from its pandemic-induced closure. Yet, many in the Chinatown community are trying to spoil those plans with a boycott. The main museum facility is to reopen tomorrow at 215 Centre Street […]

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Neighbors Band Together in Opposition to ‘Junkyard’ Dining Sheds

Posted July 12, 2021 at 5:00 am

Last week, Governor Cuomo signed legislation extending the state’s outdoor dining program for another year. The announcement comes as the city simultaneously works to make the dining shed a permanent reality via the Open Restaurants initiative started during the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, the Department of City Planning and Department of Transportation proposed a text amendment […]

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Elected Officials Act Like Only the Wealthy are Entitled to Open Green Space [OP-ED]

Posted July 9, 2021 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos, an East Village resident. Governor Cuomo recently unveiled his plans for an Essential Workers Monument at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. The “Circle of Heroes” would honor the essential workers who carried the City through the pandemic. While the intent is honorable, it would require destroying […]

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