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‘Karvouna’ Evicted from the Bowery After Less than a Year

Posted January 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

Restaurants can’t seem to make it work at 241 Bowery. The latest entrant, Karvouna Mezze, just joined the growing list of failures at this address. The City Marshal paid a visit to the restaurant and shut it down. All told, Karvouna lasted barely one year. Partners Dimitris Vlahakis, Wei Chen, and Chef Giuseppe Scalco (Merakia […]

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This Sixty-Foot Horse Mural Painted on Broome Street Facade

Last modified January 17, 2020 at 7:53 am

Where a giant veiny penis mural once held court, a Broome Street building facade now boasts some new art. Swedish street artist Shai Dahan painted a sixty-foot horse on the side of 303 Broome Street. It’s a reimagining of the traditional Dala Horse (aka Dalecarlian Horse), which is often used as a national symbol of […]

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Destruction of the LES Ecology Center’s Compost Yard is Folly [OP-ED]

Posted January 14, 2020 at 5:04 am

This editorial is drawn from a letter to the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, as written by East River Park Action, a local group composed of longtime Lower East Side residents and sustainability professionals. We are really shocked to learn that Mayor de Blasio is planning to destroy the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s (LESC) compost […]

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Gouie NY Principal Takes Lalito Space on Bayard

Posted January 13, 2020 at 5:06 am

When Winnie’s karaoke dive departed its original Bayard Street home in 2015, Lalo was quick to capitalize. Elements of El Rey (chef Gerardo Gonzalez) and Dudley’s (Mateusz Lilpop and Ben dos Remedios) later imparted the Mexican-Cali concept called Lalo. (Winnie’s eventually found a new home on East Broadway three years ago.) Now the life cycle […]

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That Bumble Wine Bar isn’t Coming to Prince Street, After All

Posted January 10, 2020 at 5:03 am

Turns out Bumble won’t be opening a coffee-wine bar in Little Italy, after all. A landlord representative from 47 Prince Street disputed our story this week, and noted that Bumble is apparently no longer poised to open its 70-seat Brew concept. Even though the popular dating app previously signed the lease on the space, and […]

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LES Ecology Center Compost Program in Danger of Being Bulldozed Due to Resiliency Project

Last modified January 9, 2020 at 10:23 am

The Lower East Side Ecology Center is fighting to save its compost program in the face of the revised $1.45 billion coastal resiliency project. As previously noted, the city changed the overall timetable to a tiered structure. So, rather than closing the entire park, the project will happen in phases starting next fall with a […]

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City Planning Commission to Vote on Controversial Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Towers this Month [Updated]

Last modified January 8, 2020 at 11:32 am

In early-December, the City Planning Commission convened a public hearing on the controversial development proposed for the fire-scorched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site at Norfolk and Broome Streets. No vote followed. As previously reported, the project (aka GO Broome) is a two-towered joint venture between the Chinese-American Planning Council nonprofit and the Gotham Organization. Together, the […]

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CB3 to Hear Application for Another Intercity Bus Stop at Canal and Allen

Posted January 7, 2020 at 5:01 am

The timing of another intercity bus application for Canal Street couldn’t come at a worse time. Indeed, the Chinatown bus industry is back in the spotlight this week due to the horrific highway pileup in Pennsylvania Sunday morning, in which five were killed and sixty injured. Z&D Tour, whose bus hit an embankment on the […]

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This Blight is Possible for the Corner of Attorney and Delancey Streets

Posted January 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

The low-rise, northwest corner of Attorney and Delancey Streets is ready for the big time. Years of pop-ups and short-lived businesses finally culminates this year with its listing on the open market. Indeed, with Essex Crossing now operational and exerting upward real estate pressure, the two vacant buildings at 176-178 Delancey are the next dominoes […]

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Chinatown Bus Company Involved in Horrific Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash, Killing 5

Posted January 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

A Chinatown bus with a station on Canal Street was involved in a horrific traffic accident early Sunday morning in Southwest Pennsylvania that killed five and injured sixty. The interstate coach – headed to Cincinnati via the Pennsylvania Turnpike – hit an embankment, on a downhill curve in Mount Pleasant Township, about 35 miles southeast […]

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