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Grand Street Guild Inches Closer to Development of Affordable Towers

Posted September 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

It was one year ago when renderings first circulated of two new towers for the Lower East Side skyline. Now there is more updated information on the affordable housing project by the Grand Street Guild. If Department of Buildings approves the applications and zoning modifications, the massive development would break ground behind St. Mary’s Church, […]

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Hit Hard by Coronavirus Closure, Punjabi Deli & Grocery Crowdfunds to Stay on the Lower East Side

Posted August 31, 2020 at 5:00 am

Punjabi Deli & Grocery is struggling, and recently launched an online fundraising campaign to help keep it afloat. The bodega had remained shut for nearly four months. Sidelined at the outset of COVID-19, and returning only in mid-July. The round-the-clock operation at 114 East 1st Street took a massive hit during the closure, aggravating an […]

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Appeals Court Reverses Decision Blocking Two Bridges Towers

Posted August 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

In a major upset, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court yesterday sided with a gaggle of developers in the long-running dispute over four skyscrapers on the Lower East Side waterfront. The verdict reversed the lower court ruling that had essentially blocked the wall of glass from happening. State Supreme Court Judge Arthur […]

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Is ‘No Fun’ No More on Ludlow Street?

Posted August 27, 2020 at 5:00 am

Is Hell Square hotspot, No Fun, no more? Hell Square denizens are quick to note that the Ludlow Street nightclub, which had been operational this summer, is silent. For instance, last Saturday night – prime time – the bar was shuttered. People loitered out front, but not paying customers. Perhaps most telling, though, was the […]

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Getting By: Karho Leung of Barbershop ‘12 Pell’

Last modified August 25, 2020 at 11:59 am

In our new series “Getting By,” Lower East Side residents and business owners share how they’re navigating the new normal of pandemic times. Our first outing is with Karho Leung of barbershop and events space, 12 Pell. Journal Entry: April 22, 2019 (Pre-Covid Reflections) It’s 6:45 pm, and I am finally sitting down for my first […]

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Saxon + Parole Looks to be Shuttered on the Bowery

Posted August 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

Saxon + Parole has yet to re-emerge from the months-long coronavirus lockdown. And looks to be closed for good on the Bowery. Several readers noticed the closure at 316 Bowery and that a truck recently carted away fixtures from the restaurant. However, we have been unable to confirm whether Saxon + Parole will reopen. Ownership did […]

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Fate of Samuel Cox Statue in Tompkins Square Park Remains Uncertain

Posted August 18, 2020 at 5:05 am

The statue of Samuel Cox residing in Tompkins Square Park is on the proverbial chopping block. 2nd District Councilwoman Carlina Rivera is calling for Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver to remove the 19th century figurehead from the public eye. “Historians and numerous New Yorkers have highlighted that Cox’s history – beyond his work regarding pro-labor policies […]

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Open-Air Live Comedy Series on Orchard Street Draws Neighborhood Ire

Posted August 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

Each Thursday night, hundreds gather for open-air entertainment on Orchard Street. And neighbors are incensed. “Horseplay at Sunset” is a free weekly comedy show stationed outside Regina’s Grocery. A makeshift podium sits curbside for a line of participating comics. Performers are properly distanced from the crowd; yet the crowd itself is not, with face coverings […]

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SLA Cancels SET Liquor License Over Coronavirus Safety Violations on Ludlow Street

Last modified August 17, 2020 at 9:47 am

Hell Square is now without one of its more problematic establishments. The State Liquor Authority last week canceled the license of SET LES, which had been suspended in July for coronavirus-related violations. The agency held a special assembly on August 12 to consider whether to allow several establishments to reopen that had been shut down […]

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Ode to the Doomed Trees of East River Park [OP-ED]

Posted August 13, 2020 at 5:05 am

The following editorial was written by Lower East Sider, Barbara Katz Rothman. There’s something truly sad about the sight of a dead tree. Look at that photo of the tree killed by the storm last week. We think of trees and use them as metaphors, so often, even by “urban types” like me who actually prefer city skylines […]

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