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With COLORS Faded, the ‘Bun Hut’ Takes 178 Stanton Street

Posted May 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

Where COLORS faded, a new concept for 178 Stanton Street. That’s right, gone not three months, and the ground floor space is again occupied. This time by a fast-casual newcomer called the Bun Hut. It’s an Asian fusion joint that combines Chinese Bao with culinary elements from the Caribbean. Signage is already in place and […]

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The Pandemic Through the Eyes of a Teenager on a CitiBike [VIDEO]

Last modified May 27, 2020 at 7:06 am

Earlier this month, a local teenager took to the empty streets of New York City with only a bicycle and iPhone to document. His name is Arjun Govind, a student of LaGuardia High School (the Fame school) on the Upper West Side. The well-produced short film is a glimpse at the initial stages of the […]

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There is Now a Wall of Face Mask Vending Machines on Delancey Street

Posted May 26, 2020 at 5:00 am

On Delancey Street, face mask vending machines are multiplying like mogwai in a bathtub. Where there was one, there are now three servicing the neighborhood. As first reported on Bowery Boogie, entrepreneur David Edelman of RapidMask2Go placed a single vending machine outside 156 Delancey in late-April. Its placement went viral, and the story hit the […]

Scarr’s Pizza Reopens Today for Pickup and Delivery

Posted May 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

On the sidelines for two months, Scarr’s Pizza reopens on the Lower East Side today. The popular Orchard Street pizzeria had shuttered in mid-March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic seized control of the city. Customers can order only for pickup or delivery (via Caviar); no slices. Still no word on how this extended closure ultimately […]

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Man Seriously Injured in Stabbing at Ludlow and Delancey

Posted May 21, 2020 at 5:03 am

Cops say that a man was seriously injured in a stabbing on the fringe of Hell Square late Monday night. The twenty-something was stabbed in the “upper abdominal” area during an altercation with an unknown assailant near the northeast corner of Ludlow and Delancey Streets. The police report noted a “large pool of blood” on […]

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John Jovino, the Oldest Gun Shop in the City, Permanently Closes Due to COVID-19

Posted May 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

As more businesses reopen in Chinatown and Little Italy, one will not. The John Jovino Gun Shop has officially fallen victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Grand Street store is a relic, and photo magnet thanks to the revolver hanging from the facade – it opened in 1911 in the shadow of the former police […]

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Why Now is the Perfect Time to Visit Little Italy

Posted May 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

In the P.P. (pre-pandemic) era, Little Italy was bustling with a constant stream of tourists, drunk birthday party revelers, and a smattering of hosts belting out Frank Sinatra tunes. Perhaps this is why the last two months have felt particularly dead on the iconic stretch of Mulberry Street. Home to several independently owned, multi-generational restaurants […]

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Woman Harasses Straphanger in Anti-Asian Attack at Delancey Street Station

Last modified May 18, 2020 at 12:02 pm

A woman is wanted for harassing a fellow straphanger during the Friday morning commute, and threatening her with anti-Asian sentiments, police said. The incident took place on the F train at 7:45am, just outside the Delancey Street/Essex Street subway station. The victim herself filmed the harassment in real time, showing the attacker cursing and slapping. […]

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Gem Spa Loses its Iconic Signage

Posted May 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

The finality of losing Gem Spa officially took hold over the weekend. The iconic signage and awning were deposed from the southwest corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place, and the contents of the store liquidated. It now looks like any other retail vacancy on the Lower East Side. Gem Spa, which dates back […]

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Signs of Life Emerge in Chinatown as Mom-and-Pop Spots Reopen for Takeout [GUEST]

Posted May 15, 2020 at 5:04 am

The following guest post was penned by Sara Graham. In March, many of Chinatown’s affordable family-owned eateries shuttered temporarily. Not all New York City gems can be found on Seamless or Caviar, so it’s been hard to know how to support these businesses in the interim. With the advent of warmer weather and no definitive […]

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