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Dr Smood Shutters LES Outpost After 3 Years

Posted December 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

Three years later, the Dr Smood organic cafe on the Lower East Side is flatlined. Readers relayed that the neon signs hanging inside 181 East Houston Street were deposed yesterday, along with the writing on the windows. The light housings now sit discarded. When reached for comment, a spokesperson stated only that, “sadly [the cafe] […]

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Marriott’s Moxy Hotel on the Bowery Begins 18-Story Ascent

Posted December 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

The first elements of the new Moxy hotel on the Bowery are now visible. Peeking above the tattered boards at Bowery is a network of structural steel beams. Department of Buildings signage onsite promises a rather optimistic completion date of “spring 2022.” Given progress thus far, though, meeting the goal seems unrealistic. As reported, the […]

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Shooting on Henry Street Leaves Man with Ankle Wound

Posted December 2, 2020 at 5:02 am

A man opened fire on the Lower East Side late Friday night, injuring one person. Surveillance footage from Henry and Montgomery Streets at 11:43pm shows the suspect exit a car and start shooting. Five rounds shot, according to eyewitnesses. Cops say that one of the rounds hit the 32-year-old victim in the left foot, and […]

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Schaller & Weber Planning New Restaurant on Cleveland Place

Last modified December 4, 2020 at 9:16 am

Schaller & Weber, the butcher-cum-eatery founded on the Upper East Side in 1937 by namesakes Ferdinand Schaller and Tony Weber, hopes to impart a new bar-restaurant entity on Cleveland Place in Little Italy. Principal and third-generation owner of the original, Jeremy Schaller, is on the Community Board 2 docket this evening to apply for a […]

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Arlene’s Grocery on ‘Life Support,’ Closing February 1

Posted November 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

With live music in total freefall for the pandemic-fueled duration, performance venues are barely hanging on. Here on the Lower East Side, iconic rock venue Arlene’s Grocery is officially on the endangered list. The establishment at 85 Stanton Street made a serious public appeal over the Thanksgiving weekend in an attempt to try and stave […]

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B&H Dairy Robbed, Cash Register Stolen

Posted November 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

B&H Dairy is licking its wounds following yet another criminal incident on-premise. Late Monday night, the restaurant was robbed. Ownership reported on Facebook that its front door was compromised and its cash register stolen. The perp ran with the bounty around the corner to East Seventh Street, where co-owner Ola Abdelwahed found the machine busted […]

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Astor Place Hair Saved by Deep Pocketed Investors, Including its Landlord

Posted November 24, 2020 at 5:15 am

Astor Place Hair was all set to close this week, concluding an impressive seven-decade run. The pandemic reduced customers and business plummeted. Thanks to an eleventh-hour cash infusion, though, the barbershop will stay put. Indeed, news broke yesterday that a conglomerate of investors joined forces to raise the necessary capital. The group includes financier Jonathan […]

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Metro Acres Supermarket Finally Makes its Mark on Clinton Street

Posted November 23, 2020 at 5:03 am

The transition is complete. More than a year into its tenancy at 175 Clinton Street, Metro Acres is now at home. In other words, store signage is finally in place, with nary a sign of Fine Fare. The changeover had been gradual since Metro took over, to say the least. First with repositioning (and upscaling) […]

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Sneak Peek Inside the New Scarr’s Pizzeria on Orchard Street

Posted November 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

Here is the first look inside the newer, larger Scarr’s Pizza on Orchard Street. As previously reported, owner Scarr Pimentel applied to remove and transfer the liquor license to 35 Orchard (aka 34 Allen) in what was formerly the Lam & Associates insurance office. (A building now shared with Cheeky Sandwiches.) Community Board 3 signaled […]

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Lands End II Complex Sold to Related for $435M

Last modified November 19, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Related Companies finalized a deal this week to acquire two Section 8 affordable housing properties on the Lower East Side waterfront. The $435 million transaction for Lands End II at 265-275 Cherry Street, first reported by the Real Deal, is touted as one of the largest multifamily deals to go through since the outset of […]

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