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Parks Department Installs Fence at Allen Mall Bathhouse in Response to Nadja Rose Madder

Posted September 23, 2021 at 5:02 am

The Parks Department is upping the ante on deterring a homeless artist from painting and gathering at the Allen Street Bathhouse. Earlier this week, the city began assembling an eight-foot chain-link enclosure to (partially) fence in the sidewalk plaza. It is on this spot that transgender artist Nadja Rose Madder has been transforming the brickwork […]

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Extell Residents in Cherry Street Tower Bark Foul Over Abundance of Dogs Despite No Pet Policy

Posted September 22, 2021 at 5:04 am

Residents of Extell’s “affordable tower” at 227 Cherry Street are barking foul over the proliferation of pitbulls, despite the no-pet policy. We are told by current tenants that leases contain a strict stipulation prohibiting pets in apartments, and that management (Wavecrest) seems deaf and/or slow to act about the apparent violations. By some estimates, there […]

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The Shameful State of Sara D. Roosevelt Park [OP-ED]

Posted September 20, 2021 at 5:01 am

The following editorial was written by longtime Lower East Sider and lifelong New Yorker Arthur Karpati. When I moved to the Lower East Side in 1999, I did so because of the dynamic nature of the neighborhood. Long one of the city’s great cultural crossroads—from Chinatown to Little Italy to Loisaida—it has also, in recent […]

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Graffiti Sheathed Burger King on Delancey Street Looks Burned Out [Updated]

Last modified September 17, 2021 at 7:41 am

Don’t call it a BK bust just yet. The Burger King on Delancey Street continues its devolution, but we are assured it remains operational. Despite its looks. Enveloped in graffiti and plywood boards for the majority of the pandemic (owing thanks to a car that landed inside the restaurant) the fast food joint had nevertheless […]

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Bay Area Export ‘Beloved Cafe’ Aims to Serve by Month End on Allen Street

Posted September 15, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Lower East Side will soon be flowing with golden milk. Beloved Cafe – a San Francisco-based vegan eatery and juice bar – is headed to 196 Allen Street. As previously reported, the new location is the first expansion for the company beyond its Bay Area environs. Ownership promises that the new cafe is to […]

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Now Reopened, Blue Moon Hotel Pins Survival on New Restaurant and Bakery

Posted September 14, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street hopes that diversification in its fifteenth year might bolster the bottom line. As part of its reinvention (and reopening), the Settenbrino family is looking to become more than just a “museum hotel” by creating food and beverage options. Specifically, two onsite establishments – Settenbrini’s enoteca and the Sweet […]

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Moscot Looks to be Opening Down the Block at 94 Orchard Street

Posted September 13, 2021 at 5:04 am

It appears Moscot is again on the move. And likely just down the block. Storefront buildout recently commenced on the ground floor of 94 Orchard Street, the pre-war tenement building CEO Harvey Moscot purchased last May for $4.75 million. Chatter at the construction site alleges that the century-old eyewear business will maintain a presence here […]

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The Transgender Artist Battling the City at the Allen Street Bathhouse

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

For months, the historic bathhouse situated in the median of Allen and Delancey Streets has been a battleground between city and street artist. The long-dormant building itself – erected as a bathroom for Second Avenue El passengers in the 1930s – has been a target of taggers and graffiti artists for years. Along came Nadja […]

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De Blasio’s Rezoning of SoHo/NoHo Becomes Lame Duck Race to Occupy Community Voice

Last modified September 9, 2021 at 11:13 am

When opponents of the SoHo rezoning staged a protest rally outside Manhattan Borough President’s Gale Brewer’s office, Democratic nominee for city council, Chris Marte, took to the megaphone with a rallying cry urging Brewer to “vote no.” As previously reported, Brewer didn’t conclusively say “no.” But she didn’t approve the rezoning application, either. Brewer eventually […]

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Residents of Flooded Orchard Street Tenement Allege Landlord Mum on Safety Inspections

Last modified September 10, 2021 at 4:53 pm

Residents in a flood-damaged Lower East Side tenement allege that the landlord has been unresponsive to cleanup and assessment. During Tropical Storm Ida last week, a torrent of rainwater cascaded through the bones of 96 Orchard Street. Dramatic video posted to Twitter shows waterfalls in the hallways and even a ceiling collapse. Tenants claim that […]

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