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RIP Lower East Side Man in White, ‘Jimmy Blanco’

Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s a sad day for the Lower East Side. Jimmy Becker, known colloquially as “Jimmy Blanco” for perennially roaming the streets dressed in all white, passed away this week after a battle with Lymphoma. It’s believed he was about 69 or 70. Apparently, a neighbor in his building called EMS a couple weeks ago after […]

Century and A Half-Old Wood Frame House on Grand Street on the Market for $5.4M

Last modified January 17, 2019 at 12:09 pm

The People would most likely choose a lesser price tag, but so it goes for $5.4 million. Along the gateway to Grand Street stands number 527, a three-story frame house, currently home to beloved People Choice Pharmacy, a Mom-and-Pop shop for the ‘hood. The folks at People, currently on a month-to-month lease, cater to Lower […]

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Bye, By Robert James: Steep Rent Hike Forces Boutique from Orchard Street

Posted January 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

By Robert James is saying bye to Orchard Street after just over ten years in business. Like so much local retail, the upscale clothier fell victim to a sizable rent hike. Truth be told, the proverbial writing was on the wall last August when the eponymous owner led a successful crowdfunding campaign to keep the […]

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‘Tonic Tapes’ Revisits Band Demos from Music Venue

Posted January 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

The once-beloved Tonic celebrates its death date this spring, marking twelve years since its demise at the hand of gentrification. Priced out, the music venue closed forever on April 13, 2007 after a performance by John Zorn. (It was Friday the 13th that year.) Being sandwiched between two luxury condo developments – Blue and the […]

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Woman Mugged by 2 Men on Clinton Street Friday Night

Posted January 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

A woman was mugged on Clinton Street by two assailants late Friday night, police said. Sources say the victim had been exiting 107 Clinton Street shortly after 10pm when the two thugs asked for some change. After she declined, they pounced, snatching the wallet from her hand. The force of the mugging was enough to […]

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Curtains for ‘12 Corners’ Coffee Shop on East Broadway

Posted January 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

One of the better coffee shops on the eastern fringe of Chinatown just closed down. 12 Corners, which co-anchored the Crossroads building at Rutgers and East Broadway, fell victim this week after more than six years on the spot. The locals joint was beloved by many who lived in the area. The closure is not […]

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‘Sauce’ Takes its Pizzeria Next Door on Rivington Street

Posted January 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

Sauce is taking its pizza concept into familiar territory. The space next door. Four months after opening a standalone pizza parlor in the East Village, Sauce is bringing the concept back home. No longer content with its pizza window at the northeast corner of Allen and Rivington Streets, the pizzeria recently acquired the lease on […]

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Domino’s Pizza Franchise Opening in Luxury Rental Building on Stanton Street

Last modified January 9, 2019 at 9:38 am

The Lower East Side might be gentrifying at a rapid rate, but chain pizza finds a way. It’s evolution. Indeed, somehow a Domino’s Pizza franchise is soon to open in the luxury rental building at 196 Stanton Street (between Clinton and Attorney). This latest outpost – the second such “pizzeria” on the Lower East Side […]

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Albert Trummer Scores Liquor License on Grand Street Against Community Opposition

Posted January 8, 2019 at 5:02 am

It’s been a year since word dropped that notorious mixologist Albert Trummer was headed to a Lower East Side basement for his latest venture. Not much progress until now, though. Despite vehement opposition, Trummer recently netted a full liquor license. You’ll recall that Trummer, whose claims to fame include Apotheke, Sanatorium, and S’zen Cocktail Lounge […]

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Essex Crossing Senior Housing Rises Halfway to the Top

Posted January 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

The first Essex Crossing development north of Delancey Street is headlong into its ascent. It’s more than halfway to the top. Demolition of the brick Essex Street Market warehouse and the subsequent debris removal from 140 Essex (aka Site 8) officially completed almost a year ago already. It stood on this spot – at the […]

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