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Little Italy Butcher Moe Albanese Dies from Coronavirus; Neighbors Pay Tribute

Last modified April 9, 2020 at 7:38 am

Moe Albanese, longtime Little Italy butcher and fixture of Elizabeth Street, passed away Tuesday evening due to complications from COVID-19. He was 95-years-old. The news was confirmed by his granddaughter, Jennifer Prezioso, in a post on Instagram. At the Albanese Meats butcher shop on Elizabeth Street, a makeshift memorial is underway. Flowers, candles, and condolence […]

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Thief Steals $5K of Tech Equipment from Grand Street Settlement Community Center at Rutgers Houses

Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

As we’ve seen, the COVID-19 shutdown does not deter crime. Police said that a man broke into, and robbed, the Grand Street Settlement community center at Rutgers Houses this past weekend. The suspect, pictured in the surveillance photo above, stole more than $5,000 worth of computers and equipment. The suspect remains at large. The area community […]

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DOB Unveils Real-Time Map Plotting Essential and Emergency Construction Sites

Posted April 6, 2020 at 5:03 am

At the end of March, Governor Cuomo froze almost all construction projects statewide in response to the fast-moving COVID-19 pandemic and its infection of 19 workers around the city. Only essential projects are granted a pass – infrastructure and transportation projects, emergency repairs, hospital building, and work on affordable housing. It is these exception jobs […]

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These Lower East Side Bars and Restaurants are Crowdfunding for their Staff [Updating]

Last modified April 5, 2020 at 8:39 pm

Definitely one of the hardest hit, New York City’s nightlife scene is suffering due to the COVID-19 shutdown. So much so, that businesses are trying everting to stay afloat. Some are successful, like Forgtmenot on Division Street, which morphed into a full-fledged grocery (“The General Store”). Under the banner of staff relief, bars and restaurants […]

Cuomo Shutters All NYC Playgrounds as COVID-19 Threat Intensifies

Last modified April 2, 2020 at 7:43 am

It’s finally happened, and this is why we can’t have nice things. All New York City playgrounds are closed to the public to promote “social distancing” during the COVID-19 shutdown. The order comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who circumvented Mayor de Blasio on the decision. Hizzoner had not yet ordered closed the playgrounds, but did […]

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Lower East Side Gets COVID-19 Testing Center at Gouverneur on Madison Street

Posted April 1, 2020 at 5:02 am

Good news for the Lower East Side. Starting today, locals can get tested for the novel coronavirus. According to an update yesterday from U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, New York City Health and Hospitals is opening a COVID-19 assessment and testing center outside Gouverneur Hospital on Madison Street. Physicians will assess patients and determine whether further […]

HPD Issues Vacate Order to Grand Street Fishmonger for Apartment Conversions Above Store

Posted March 31, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s probably not the most opportune time to enforce a residential vacate order, yet nevertheless, the hammer falls. Yesterday afternoon, the city mobilized to 276 Grand Street, where the landlord is accused of creating “illegal apartments” on the fourth (6R) and fifth floors (8R) by subdividing the units. These conversions created potentially dangerous conditions that […]

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City Removes Basketball Hoops from East River Park to Deter Group Activity During Outbreak

Posted March 30, 2020 at 5:03 am

It’s a full court press. The city is trying to deter people who continue to congregate for group activity in local parks. Specifically, the basketball courts, which have seen a relative surge in players flouting the “social distancing” mandate during the COVID-19 shutdown. “There will not be any basketball games because there will not be […]

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Grindr Date at Baruch Houses Gone Awry as Man Robbed with Taser, Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Last modified March 27, 2020 at 7:37 am

A man was threatened with a taser and robbed in the Baruch Houses this week after a Gindr meetup gone awry, police said. The victim had been corresponding with another man on the Grindr dating app, and arranged an early-morning meetup at the Baruch Houses on March 23. (Nevermind, COVID-19.) At 7:30am, the victim arrived […]

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Tales from the Shutdown: Upscale SoHo Stores Boarded up to Avoid Looting

Posted March 26, 2020 at 5:00 am

Normally brimming with customers, SoHo is a ghost town. Bereft of foot traffic. And now, multinational brands are fleeing the retail void left in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown. Several upscale stores across the neighborhood are now boarded up, allegedly due to fears of looting. Retailers such as Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Sephora, […]

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