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Cuomo Shutters All NYC Playgrounds as COVID-19 Threat Intensifies

Last modified April 2, 2020 at 7:43 am

It’s finally happened, and this is why we can’t have nice things. All New York City playgrounds are closed to the public to promote “social distancing” during the COVID-19 shutdown. The order comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who circumvented Mayor de Blasio on the decision. Hizzoner had not yet ordered closed the playgrounds, but did […]

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City Removes Basketball Hoops from East River Park to Deter Group Activity During Outbreak

Posted March 30, 2020 at 5:03 am

It’s a full court press. The city is trying to deter people who continue to congregate for group activity in local parks. Specifically, the basketball courts, which have seen a relative surge in players flouting the “social distancing” mandate during the COVID-19 shutdown. “There will not be any basketball games because there will not be […]

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Solidcore Gym Takes over Former ICP Space on the Bowery

Posted March 10, 2020 at 5:09 am

With the International Center of Photography long gone from the Bowery and living large at Essex Crossing, its former headquarters is now a gym. Well, part of it. The gargantuan ground floor of 250 Bowery was divided to create a new gym called Solidcore. Signage for the establishment went up at the end of last […]

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The Gutter’s Lower East Side Bowling Alley to Open at Essex Crossing ‘So Soon’

Posted March 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Five years after a bowling alley was first announced for Essex Crossing, the finish line is “so soon.” The Lower East Side iteration of The Gutter (aka The Gutter L.E.S.) – it’s based in Long Island City – is opening imminently, according to the Essex Crossing Instagram. It’s a 12-lane bowling alley occupying roughly 17,000 […]

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‘Kobe and Gigi Bryant Park’ Makeshift Memorial in the Subway

Posted January 29, 2020 at 5:07 am

The subway tributes to fallen basketball all-star Kobe Bryant continue apace. Monday saw the arrival of “Kobe” tapes above a Bryant Park station marker. (Similar subway nods included Aretha Franklin following her death in 2018.) Yesterday afternoon, the gentleman in this photo taped a bouquet of flowers to one of the load-bearing columns in the […]

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On the ‘Ground’ with the New Madison Street Soccer Pitch

Posted January 27, 2020 at 5:06 am

In the month-and-change since we broke the news, the large-scale indoor soccer field on Madison Street is making quick progress. Transforming a long-vacant commercial warehouse on the edge of Chinatown. Last week, The Ground, which was founded last year around the corner on Monroe, made the expansion official by whitewashing 130 Madison and imparting branded […]

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Cherry Street Hockey Rink Resurfaced with Turf Field

Posted November 12, 2019 at 5:04 am

Street hockey players in the city, but the Lower East Side especially, are now short-handed. The ever-reliable Tanahey Playground rink on Cherry Street is officially gone. The city removed the rotting boards and benches last week, and completed carpeting the concrete with AstroTurf. As first reported last summer, the space was repurposed to accommodate organized […]

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Game Over for ‘Water World Amusements’ Arcade on Essex Street

Posted October 17, 2019 at 5:07 am

Much like the movie of same, Water World Amusements unceremoniously sunk. The arcade, which opened just over a year ago at 35 Essex Street, is no more. Gaming cabinets remain locked in the dark retail space, while leasing signage dominates the store marquee. That this game room failed to hit is not a shock. Water […]

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PS 142 Mini Soccer Pitch Debuts in Attorney Street Playground

Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:03 am

Seven months after the city announcement, there is a new mini soccer pitch on the Lower East Side. Last week, PS 142 on Attorney Street cut the ribbon on the new play space. Essentially, blacktop painted with the lines of a soccer field. The play-yard addition is sponsored by the nascent NYC Soccer Initiative, a […]

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Bird Watching on the Lower East Side this Weekend

Posted October 11, 2019 at 5:06 am

Binoculars at the ready! This weekend, the Urban Park Rangers from the Department of Parks and Recreation are hosting a birding session on the Lower East Side. The Rangers will guide enthusiasts of all levels to the best spots in the neighborhood, and the city at large, to catch fall migratory birds in action. Bring […]

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