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Marshalls LES Robbed by Man Brandishing a Needle

Posted October 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

The two-year-old Marshalls on the Lower East Side was robbed by a syringe-wielding man last week, cops said. The man, thought to be in his mid-20s, entered the store at 197 East Houston last Thursday night (October 10) shortly after 10:00pm. The perp was reportedly caught shoplifting, then confronted by the store manager. That’s when […]

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Swapping those Disgusting Subway Tiles at East Broadway Station

Posted October 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

The oft-neglected East Broadway subway station is getting something of a facelift. No more wall-sucking sludge monsters. Indeed, for years these shit-brown deposits subsisted on the subway wall tiles. Growing bigger with each passing year. But now, some much-needed attention. As part of the renovation plan of the Hurricane Sandy-damaged Rutgers Tube – which connects […]

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SoHo/NoHo Rezoning – Rotten from the Core [OP-ED]

Posted October 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos and Lynn Ellsworth of Human-Scale NYC. In January 2019 the Department of City Planning, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer held a series of public meetings with the thinly veiled goal of rezoning the adjoining, historic neighborhoods of SoHo and NoHo. To say it […]

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Doughnut Plant Hopes to Reopen on the LES this Weekend

Posted October 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

For Doughnut Plant, the “temporary closure” of the Lower East Side original might soon reach conclusion. You’ll recall that the area favorite shuttered back in July due to challenges of operating during the pandemic. Now, three months later, they’re slowly getting back to normal. Doughnut Plant reopened the downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City outposts […]

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Neighbors Petition to Co-Name Part of St. Mark’s Place for Late Punk Icon Jimmy Webb

Posted October 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

If neighbors are successful, a section of St. Mark’s Place will be named for the late Jimmy Webb. There is a grassroots campaign afoot to co-name the corner for the neighborhood stalwart. Webb spent two decades on this block working for Trash & Vaudeville, before departing to create I Need More on Orchard Street. The […]

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The New ‘Sourdough Bakery’ Slinging Breads on Ludlow Street

Posted October 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

The unique storefront at the confluence of Ludlow, Canal, and Division Streets boasts a new bakery. Mel opened at 1 Ludlow Street in early September, but you might not know it. While the exterior received a coat of navy blue, the blinds are usually drawn during the day. It is here that baker Nora Allen, […]

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Stolen Years Ago, Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel Installs Replica Clock

Posted October 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

When it comes to the Jarmulowsky Bank Building, instances abound of “first time in a long time.” From its restored facade, windows, and wooden doors to the historically accurate cupola replica. Now it’s time to add the clock to that tally, too. Indeed, as part of the years-running hotel conversion spearheaded by DLJ Real Estate […]

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Tenants Fearful of Uptick in Crime at Extell’s Affordable Building on Cherry Street

Last modified October 6, 2020 at 7:34 pm

[Updated below] While real estate speculation along the Lower East Side waterfront continues, albeit gradually due to ongoing lawsuits, one skyline newcomer is reportedly plagued with crime. For Extell Development Corp. the plan from the get-go was two as-of-right towers at Cherry Street and Pike Slip. One Manhattan Square being the crown jewel with million-dollar […]

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Ten-Story Condo Ready to Fill Hole Left by Irreplaceable Artifacts Decades Ago

Posted October 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

More than two years in the works, the construction of a luxury condo atop a long-vacant Second Avenue pit will proceed, thanks to a construction loan secured by the developer. Development firm Station Companies scored a $13.75 million construction loan for its ten-story building here at 14 Second Avenue. Owner Daniel Vislocky is behind the […]

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MUD Quietly Closes First Park Coffee Kiosk

Posted October 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

MUD Park, the seven-year-old kiosk cafe inside First Park, is silent. The coffee offshoot closed recently without any explanation. Neighbors tell us the coffee counter closed in early September due to lack of business. The gates on either end of the park pass-through are now padlocked. However, a return is apparently still considered. When reached […]

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