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Vinny Vella, Actor and Pulse of Little Italy, Dies at 72

Last modified February 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm

Who’s better than you? Vinny, that’s Who. Little Italy residents this week are mourning the loss of Vinny Vella. The local legend, and character actor, died of complications from liver cancer on Wednesday (February 20) at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife Margaret-Anne, and his children Benjamin and Anthony Hernandez, Lauren […]

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City Honors Sun Yat-sen with Permanent Monument and Columbus Park Plaza Renaming

Posted February 8, 2019 at 5:08 am

To commemorate the Lunar New Year, the City announced this week that wheels are in motion to permanently install the bronze statue of 20th-century revolutionary and founder of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. This public artwork has been on display since late 2011 in the north plaza of Columbus Park, and after getting […]

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When Lord & Taylor Ruled Lower East Side Fashion [HISTORY]

Posted December 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

Lord & Taylor will close its landmarked Fifth Avenue building in a few short weeks after more than a century in business. WeWork acquired the historic property in a blockbuster $850 million deal last year. The department store had originally planned to take space in the “bottom floors” while the co-working company reigned above. But […]

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Chinatown Pushes for Congressional Gold Medal to Honor Chinese American War Heroes

Posted November 2, 2018 at 9:30 am

This Saturday, folks will have a unique opportunity to attend an event that not only commemorates local veterans, but one that may help give these unsung heroes their deserved recognition in the eyes of the Federal government. Throughout United States history, over 16,000 Chinese Americans participated in all four theaters of World War II. As […]

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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter Vilified ‘HIAS’ Organization Founded on the Lower East Side

Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:08 am

Saturday morning, a man named Robert Bowers murdered eleven Shabbat worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It’s been widely reported in the aftermath that he vilified the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a Jewish organization founded more than one hundred years ago on the Lower East Side. Not long before Bowers opened […]

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Founded on the Lower East Side, B’nai Brith Celebrates 175 Years

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

The oldest Jewish service organization in the world began here on the Lower East Side, and this year celebrates a major milestone. B’nai Brith International (“Sons of the Covenant”) – now in its 175th year – was founded on Essex Street in October 1843 by a dozen immigrants of German-Jewish descent. Of course, at that […]

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Revisiting the Rise of Brooks Brothers on the Lower East Side

Posted October 12, 2018 at 5:06 am

Brooks Brothers shuttered its Financial District store yesterday (October 11), a location the company held for the last 45 years. The landlord, Brookfield Properties, hopes to “overhaul the property.” “The store is closing due to the landlord’s plans for extensive renovations and changes to the building,” Brooks Brothers VP global public relations told Patch. “We […]

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Celebrating 125 Years of the ‘House on Henry Street’

Last modified September 17, 2018 at 9:42 pm

The Henry Street Settlement is making waves as it continues with its year long quasquicentennial celebration of providing social services, arts, and healthcare to the Lower East Side and throughout the city. Of note, “The House on Henry Street,” a new permanent exhibit funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Sun Hill […]

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The Village Voice is Killed Off for Good

Posted September 4, 2018 at 5:04 am

The Village is barely recognizable anymore and it just lost its Voice. As you’ve seen or likely heard, the Village Voice is gone after more than sixty years reporting the local beat. The news dropped Friday afternoon – in the true spirit of Labor Day – exactly one year after publication ceased on the print […]

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Ruminating on the Summer Blackout of 2003 [PHOTOS]

Posted August 14, 2018 at 5:08 am

We originally ran a version of this story five years ago. Seemed fitting to revisit on the fifteenth anniversary of the Blackout… August 14, 2003 was a seasonably warm Thursday, and coincidentally, the conclusion of a fruitful downtown work experience. To everyone else, though, it was just another day at the office. So, when the […]

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