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Good News/Bad News for East River Park [OP-ED]

Posted October 30, 2020 at 5:07 am

The following editorial was written by Pat Arnow, a photographer and writer on the Lower East Side who helped found East River Park Action in 2019.  East River Park will remain entirely open and untouched by construction through the end of the year. The latest delay in the massive flood control project – the $1.45 […]

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Parisi Bakery Building on Elizabeth Street Listed for $5.99M

Posted October 29, 2020 at 5:07 am

The NoHo building housing Parisi Bakery is up for sale, and the store may not survive. Robert Parisi – building owner and former head baker of the family business – listed 290 Elizabeth Street on the market. He’s seeking $5.99 million for the seven-unit, mixed-use tenement. Parisi purchased the property in 1983 for $200,000, property […]

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Deaf Tenants Allege Years of Neglect and Poor Living Conditions on Forsyth Street

Posted October 27, 2020 at 5:00 am

Deaf tenants in HUD housing on the Lower East Side are organizing to demand better living conditions after years of purported neglect. The buildings comprising 174-184 Forsyth Street were constructed in March 1994 specifically for low-income deaf and hearing-impaired tenants. New York Society for the Deaf owns the six-story, half-block complex, which was financed by […]

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SLA Suspends Rochelle’s on Chrystie Street for COVID Violations

Posted October 26, 2020 at 5:07 am

Another Lower East Side bar was caught flouting state COVID-19 related regulations earlier this month. The state’s multi-agency task force busted Rochelle’s (aka Leave Rochelle out of It) after an inspection on October 9, Governor Cuomo’s office announced late Friday. Investigators observed seven patrons standing and mingling inside 19 Stanton Street without face masks. The […]

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Weeks-Long Closure of Nathan Straus Playground was Due to Parks Department ‘Oversight’

Posted October 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

Until yesterday, the Nathan Straus Playground was locked up, leaving the community without a popular public amenity for three weeks. The playground, which abuts the Attorney Street cul-de-sac, had been closed without notice or communication from the city. Though the adjacent school, PS140, did have access. When reached for comment yesterday, the Parks Department admitted […]

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Start of $1.45B East River Park Resiliency Project Delayed

Last modified October 22, 2020 at 9:37 am

The planned demolition of East River Park for the new coastal resiliency project is delayed, the city recently revealed. The initial scope of the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project pegged a start date of September 2020, when areas of the coastline would be roped off ahead of construction. That was the plan through […]

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Looking at the Luxury Conversion of the Former Bialystoker Nursing Home

Posted October 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

Conversion of the former Bialystoker Nursing Home is well underway on East Broadway. Work commenced a year ago, but visible progress is now palpable. The landmark building – designated as such in 2013 – is encased in scaffolding, elevator shaft, and cranes, and windows busted out. In the near future, it will yield more luxury […]

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CB3 Committee Approves Grassroots Plan to Save Historic East River Park Buildings

Last modified October 19, 2020 at 5:13 pm

An ambitious grassroots proposal to rehabilitate two endangered East River Park structures received backing from Community Board 3 last week. As previously reported, two Art Deco gems rooted in East River Park were recently deemed eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Both the […]

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Friday’s Under $40: Ways To Feel Better

Posted October 16, 2020 at 5:03 am

In our Friday column, “Fridays Under $40,” Boogie writer Sara Graham again hits the streets to find cheap eats and affordable things to do during these weird times. New York Magazine’s the Cut recently ran a funny-cuz-it’s true story about how our collective posture is getting worse by the day, due to myriad issues, among […]

Marshalls LES Robbed by Man Brandishing a Needle

Posted October 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

The two-year-old Marshalls on the Lower East Side was robbed by a syringe-wielding man last week, cops said. The man, thought to be in his mid-20s, entered the store at 197 East Houston last Thursday night (October 10) shortly after 10:00pm. The perp was reportedly caught shoplifting, then confronted by the store manager. That’s when […]

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