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‘Delicatessen’ Shuttered Suddenly Yesterday After 11 Years on Prince Street

Last modified September 12, 2019 at 9:50 am

After eleven years situated at the nexus of SoHo and Little Italy, Delicatessen and its Macbar sibling, closed suddenly yesterday morning. Many longtime breakfast regulars were stunned by the closure. Delicatessen, a 2,000 square-foot faux deli, debuted in the summer of 2008 as an extension of Chelsea’s Cafeteria. It was a cacophonous hotspot out of the gate, and […]

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The Fat Baby Space on Rivington Street is Again Epicenter of New Community Battle

Last modified September 11, 2019 at 6:57 am

When it comes to nightlife, few areas attract the controversial quite like the tiny block of Rivington Street, between Ludlow and Essex, in Hell Square. And so it goes that the problem child formerly known as Fat Baby is back in the center of a new battle with the community. The battlefield was set Monday […]

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On Grand Street, Where Weeds Tower Instead of Modular Condos

Posted September 10, 2019 at 5:02 am

The only thing missing from this picture is a tumbleweed rolling down Grand Street. The one-story pastels at 330-332 Grand Street were downed in a hurry, only to sit dormant. Long enough for weeds to grow into small saplings that eventually crossed the plywood threshold. Controversial Lower East Side property owner Daniel Wise – whose […]

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Bari Restaurant Equipment Lists Prince Street Building for Sale

Posted September 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

On the Bowery for decades, Bari Restaurant Equipment is now unloading some property. The business recently placed one of its corner buildings on the market. Following its purchase of 234 Bowery and 5 Prince Street in July 2016 for a combined $12.3 million, Bari relocated its manufacturing arm across the river to New Jersey. That […]

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A ‘Suave’ Takeover of the Former Fat Baby is Underway

Last modified September 5, 2019 at 11:58 am

The former home of a problematic Hell Square nightclub could soon boast another. The commercial unit that previously hosted Fat Baby at 112 Rivington Street has been vacant since Rob Shamlian cut and ran in 2017. A steady stream of real estate listings ensued, pimping the space for as much as $23,000 per month. Two […]

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Slate’s New Expanded Store at 151 Ludlow Nets a (Temporary) Tenant with ‘CHRISHABANA’

Posted September 4, 2019 at 5:08 am

The renovated, more expansive retail space at 151 Ludlow Street is primed for occupancy, but nothing permanent yet. The first entrant to occupy is a trendy jewelry pop-up for CHRISHABANA. Based in a studio at 80 Bowery, CHRISHABANA prides itself on being a “punk rock” fashion. “Since its debut in 2008, the label is known […]

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‘Grinch’ Developer Dumped Rotting Garbage, Garden Advocates Allege in $5M Lawsuit

Last modified September 3, 2019 at 9:21 am

The Children’s Magical Garden last week filed a lawsuit against the owner-developer of the neighboring parcel, accusing him of bullying and harassment. Specifically with regard to the recent dumping of trash into the green space. The Horizon Group – whose principal, David Marom, acquired the vacant lot from Serge Hoyda in 2013 – has been […]

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Masked Men Rob Norfolk Street Boutique at Gunpoint

Posted August 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

Two masked men robbed a posh boutique on Norfolk Street this past Sunday afternoon in broad daylight, police said. The gunpoint robbery unfolded as if in a movie storyline. The two men entered Maryam Nassir Zadeh at 123 Norfolk Street shortly after 1:00pm. The first – dressed in black pants, white shirt, and face obscured […]

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Demolition Imminent for 11 Essex Street as 11-Story Micro-Unit Development Looms

Posted August 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

A Lower East Side tenement with a controversial history is coming down. The city issued the demolition permit for 11 Essex Street back in June, paving the way for redevelopment into micro-unit housing. The sidewalk bridge in place is further visual evidence. As previously reported, real estate scion Sion Misrahi parted with the neglected property […]

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East Broadway Yeshiva Hit with Antisemitic Graffiti

Posted August 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Metivta Tiferet Yerushalayim building at 145-147 East Broadway fell victim on Saturday to an apparent antisemitic act. A vandal scrawled this caricature of a Jewish man with the word “evil” written beneath. The graffiti was reportedly scrawled while Shabbat morning services were underway inside. Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. […]

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