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Rent Hike Forces Häagen-Dazs Out of Chinatown After 41 Years

Posted September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

The longstanding Häagen-Dazs ice creamery in Chinatown will soon close its doors at the corner of Bayard and Mott Streets. The store has been at 53 Mott Street since 1977. A purported rent hike is the culprit, ending the decades-long tenure. The $10,000-per-month lease is up November 30, which doubles as the final day in […]

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International Center of Photography at Essex Crossing Takes Shape, Seeks Liquor License

Posted September 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

Its brief stint on the Bowery is limited. Come next year, the International Center of Photography will consolidate operations at Essex Crossing. The new headquarters has gradually taken shape over the last several months, and the boxy building finally resembles the initial rendering. Installation of exterior “aluminum screen” paneling recently completed, and most of the […]

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New Target at Essex Crossing is Plagued by Thefts

Posted September 18, 2018 at 5:04 am

For shoplifters, the bullseye on the facade of 400 Grand Street is an invitation. Indeed, the small-format iteration of Target at Essex Crossing has become just that in the short month since it opened. According to police sources at the 7th Precinct, there have been 42 reported thefts inside the second-floor retailer since the August […]

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CNBC’s ‘American Greed’ Focuses on Ex-Con Landlord Steve Croman

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:03 am

Ex-con Steve Croman is now the subject of a television hit piece by CNBC as part of its American Greed series. The second half of the program is dedicated to the notorious landlord in a segment appropriately called “Lousy Landlord.” You’ll recall that Croman completed his “white collar” sentence on June 1, having served eight months […]

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MTA Hosts Another L-Train Shutdown Town Hall Amidst 14th Street Devastation

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:02 am

With Canarsie Tunnel rehab poised to deadlock East 14th Street, and already a complete bottleneck, the MTA is really starting to hear it from the locals. An attempt to assuage the populace is underway, as the city tonight hosts a town hall related to the impending doom. Polly Trottenberg, Department of Transportation Commissioner, and Andy […]

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At Mahfar’s 113 Stanton Street, Workers Fall Through the Ceiling [PHOTOS]

Last modified September 13, 2018 at 9:23 am

Renovations are again heating up at 113 Stanton Street, a notorious SMA Equities (Samy Mahfar) property with a history of tenant revolt. The tenement was one of several Lower East Side properties at the center of a civil lawsuit against SMA that eventually settled in March 2016. (It included a settlement sum to 23 tenants plus […]

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The New Essex Market at Essex Crossing Pushed Back to November

Posted September 12, 2018 at 5:02 am

The new Essex Street Market is no longer opening this month as previously announced. Along the way, the timeline subtly changed to a nebulous “fall 2018.” Instead, a November launch is now on the books. The Economic Development Corp. – owner of the 78-year-old market – couldn’t be pinned down for an actual date, but […]

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Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel Lays out Plans for its Nightlife

Posted September 11, 2018 at 5:05 am

More than five years into remodeling, the new Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel is entering the phase of community outreach for the requisite onsite liquor licenses at 9 Orchard Street. To that end, developer DLJ Partners engaged with neighbors at a meeting of the SPaCE Block Association last week. In short, DLJ Partners is seemingly on a […]

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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Lower East Side Episode Airs Next Month

Posted September 7, 2018 at 5:09 am

The posthumous season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series premieres on September 23. And with it, the television debut of the Lower East Side episode. The highly-anticipated episode (locally, at least) first aired as part of the Tribeca TV Festival a couple weeks ago, but will finally hit the small screen next month. Scenes were […]

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Community Boards Hold Joint Meeting Over Chinatown High-Rise Jailhouse

Posted September 6, 2018 at 5:04 am

Hyperlocal pressure over the proposed “community-based” jailhouse for Chinatown has resulted in yet another public session. This one, a joint effort between the two affected Community Boards, will further open the floor for discussion. Community Boards 1 and 3 are set to host a joint event tonight to further unpack plans for the high-rise cell […]

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