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The ‘Prestige’ of Tagging the Bowery Mural Wall

Posted May 24, 2019 at 5:26 am

The four-month tenure of Tats Cru at the Bowery Mural Wall has concluded. A change of the guard is happening as we speak. The Wall was whitewashed yesterday. And it didn’t take long at all for a tagger to go big with spray-paint script spelling “Prestige.” Whomever is behind it left a trail of paint […]

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Mulberry Market Signage Goes up in Little Italy

Posted May 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

Months delayed, the forthcoming Mulberry Market finally has something to show for itself. Store signage was installed yesterday above the entrance to the highly-anticipated supermarket (stylized as MulberryMARKET). The new marketplace is apparently a “family business” that is years in the making. It replaces the decades-old MET Food, which was unable to negotiate favorable lease […]

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Essex Market Vendor ‘Rainbo’s Fish Market’ Retires After More than 40 Years

Posted May 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

With all the fanfare the last couple weeks for the new Essex Street Market, it was pretty easy to miss the loss of two longtime vendors. At the end of April, shortly before the move across Delancey to Essex Crossing, the decades-old Rainbo’s fish market and sister vendor Tra La La Juice Bar both called […]

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Long-Fallow Grand Street Development Reaches 3-Story Height

Posted May 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

You probably forgot about 355 Grand Street. And with good reason. This onetime pit had been vacant for over two years already, ever since the historic 200-year-old Federal-style row house was demolished. The luxury payload is now well underway. Finally, there is actual visible progress toward what will soon become a six-story mixed-use development. Work on the […]

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Longtime Nightlife Promoter Eyes Vacated ‘Stanton Social’ Space for New Lounge [Updated]

Last modified May 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Stanton Social is not five months in the grave, and we already have a preview of the next chapter. The collective ownership of the liquor license – twenty-four individuals, in fact – are divesting with a corporate change. Two new principles are instead taking the reins at 99 Stanton Street, effectively creating a new business. […]

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Epstein’s Bar is Whitewashed and Rebranded as ’82 Stanton’

Posted May 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

In other news of nightlife name changes, the rebooted Epstein’s NYC is no longer. The bar is still there, of course, but the newish ownership is now trying on a new identity. Last week, Epstein’s painted its corner facade white. A literal whitewashing of its image, perhaps to shed its skater sports vibe for something more […]

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MTA Capitulates, Restores Critical Bus Stops to M14 SBS Proposal

Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

Winner, winner, chicken dinner… Two months after the MTA surprised the community by axing numerous local stops on the M14 (A/D) bus line as part of its conversion to express SBS, the city has capitulated. The announcement of reversal came Tuesday night at the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3, during a presentation by MTA […]

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On Broome Street, RPM Becomes the ‘Emma Peel Room’

Posted May 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Within the last week or so, six-year-old RPM Bar on Broome Street underwent an identity change. The corner bar is now called the Emma Peel Room. The changes appear cosmetic only, as we’re told that ownership remains intact. That much is also confirmed by public records at the State Liquor Authority showing Matthew Kelly as […]

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Today is the Anniversary of 2 Devastating Lower East Side Fires

Posted May 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

Today, May 14, is a day that lives in infamy on the Lower East Side. Two fires, separated by eight years, devastated the properties, displaced tenants, and ultimately led to new development. Hong Kong Supermarket Fire (2009) It was exactly ten years ago. May 14 was a Thursday that year. That night, with the smell […]

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Red Square Rooftop Clocks Erased (but will Return)

Posted May 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

If you look up, you may have noticed that the rooftop clocks are gone from the building formerly known as Red Square. Its erasure, as reported by EV Grieve, is part of the overall renovation plan implemented by the Dermot Company, which purchased the upscale residential complex for $100 million in 2016. Other modifications at […]

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