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Thirty Years on, Mercer Street Books is Crowdfunding to Keep Afloat

Last modified August 14, 2020 at 3:14 pm

The last of the old guard is facing an uncertain future. Beloved used book store in Greenwich Village, Mercer Street Books, could be the latest victim of the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The neighborhood fixture is in its 30th year of selling used and out-of-print books, as well as records, and currently staring […]

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Cop Injured in Hit-and-Run at Rivington Street Open Dining Area

Posted August 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

Police are on the hunt for a Mercedes Benz driver who struck an officer on duty patrolling the “open dining” area at Rivington and Allen Streets. The car was reportedly heading the wrong way on Rivington Street at 4:00am Tuesday morning when it struck an open street dining area near Sauce. Patrolling police confronted the […]

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State Suspends Las’ Lap for Coronavirus-Related Violations

Posted August 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another week, another few dozen city bars cited for coronavirus-related violations. Governor Cuomo yesterday announced that the recently anointed multi-agency task force suspended liquor licenses of 38 establishments around the Five Boroughs. One of which is here on the Lower East Side. The two-year-old Las Lap’ at 74 Orchard Street. In recent weeks, the bar, […]

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In Little Italy, the 129-Year-Old Caffe Roma Reopens

Last modified August 11, 2020 at 1:40 pm

Little Italy institution, Caffe Roma (127 Mulberry Street) is the latest restaurant that’s taking it to the streets. Shuttered since the pandemic hit in March, the 129-year-old establishment reopened on August 8, joining the lively outdoor dining scene that stretches down Mulberry from Broome to Canal Streets. The understated seating with oversized umbrellas can’t hold […]

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Bluestockings Bookstore Announces New Suffolk Street Location

Posted August 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

That was quick. Forced from its longtime Allen Street shop – due to coronavirus troubles and purported rent hikes – Bluestockings is ready for the next chapter. And it remains on the Lower East Side. The so-called feminist bookstore found a larger space on Suffolk Street just a few blocks southeast. It’ll take the store previously occupied […]

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Suffering the (Non-Masked) Night Crowds at Orchard and Broome [Updated]

Last modified August 7, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Hell Square hath multiplied. Come weekends, the block of Orchard and Broome is now its own crowded nightmare. This trend is years in the making, but reached critical mass this summer with the outdoor dining phenomenon as a result of coronavirus. Neighbors on the block are worried about these gatherings. Not so much the table […]

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Beloved Noodle House 88 Lan Zhou Closes August 15

Posted August 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

You have one week to enjoy the fruits of 88 Lan Zhou. The beloved Chinatown noodle house is set to close for good next week (August 15). Ownership blamed the coronavirus pandemic for rattling their hand-pulled noodle business. Yet, this isn’t the first brush with closure for 88 Lan Zhou, which debuted back in 2007. […]

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Topless Lap Dancing Leads to ‘Shinsen’ Bust on the Bowery

Posted August 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

A Japanese restaurant on the Bowery was caught offering topless lap dances and indoor drinking, in defiance of social distance protocols, officials said this week. According to Governor Cuomo’s latest report of top violators of coronavirus-related regulations, the nascent multi-agency task force caught Shinsen red-handed. Investigators observed at least 35 individuals, the majority not wearing […]

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Knife-Wielding Bike Thief Apprehended by Customers at Cluck’s Chicken on Essex Street

Posted August 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

A would-be bike thief was apprehended at Cluck’s Chicken on Essex Street, then pulled a knife, police said. Last Monday (July 27), the victim parked his electric bike near the entrance and walked to the rear. Soon after, at roughly 2:45pm, there was a commotion as the suspect attempted to make away with the $1,500 […]

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Captain and Owners Arrested for Liberty Belle Booze Cruise off Pier 36

Posted August 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

The captain and owners of a popular Manhattan party boat were arrested for defying coronavirus social distancing mandates and embarking on a crowded cruise, authorities said Sunday. Shortly after 8:00pm Saturday night, the Liberty Belle, a four-story river boat with a capacity of 600 people, left Pier 36 (Basketball City) for a booze cruise. More […]

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