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CitizenM and the Bowery Bottleneck

Posted November 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

On the Bowery, between East Houston and Delancey Street, is a traffic problem that refuses to go away. It’s the perfect cocktail of construction and roadwork to create a 24/7 disaster situation. Much of the blame can be pinned on the CitizenM hotel development at the northeast corner of Delancey. This decade-running project first seized […]

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Essex Crossing’s First Park Comes Into View on Broome Street

Posted November 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Here is an early glimpse of the new park plaza Essex Crossing is bringing to the Lower East Side. Behind the boards at Site 5 – aka 145 Clinton Street – bones of the outdoor infrastructure are now in place. According to the weekly email update from Delancey Street Associates, this “plaza work” includes “staging […]

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Essex Street Market Warehouse Gets Demolition Death Shroud Ahead of Phase II Development

Posted November 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

More than seventy-seven years after its construction at the behest of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, another Essex Street Market building is on death’s door. The shroud of netting and scaffolding was affixed to the facade of 140 Essex Street (aka Site 8) last week. Another piece of Lower East Side history razed; yet the end is […]

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September Wines Might Not be on Stanton Street Much Longer [Updated]

Last modified November 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm

[Updated Below] The Lower East Side appears poised to lose one of its cherished businesses in the coming months. Hell Square is eating its own. September Wines & Spirits – the local mom-and-pop situated at Ludlow and Stanton Streets – might soon depart the neighborhood after more than a dozen years on the block. There […]

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Cafe Henrie Shutters on Forsyth Street After 2 Years

Posted November 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Cafe Henrie, the artsy eatery founded by nightlife maven (and street artist) Andre Saraiva on Forsyth Street, closed earlier this week. Thus capping two years on the block. All elements of the establishment are gone, replaced with token brown paper in the windows. In retrospect, the writing was on the wall back in the summertime […]

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What’s it Like Living or Working in Hell Square? [SURVEY]

Posted November 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

What’s it like to live and work in Hell Square? That’s the question behind the second phase of the Hunter College graduate program study that analyzed public health and safety risk of liquor density on the Lower East Side. No, this isn’t a farce. It’s a legit effort to figure out a way to make […]

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CB3 Takes Stand Against 3 Full Liquor Licenses in Hell Square

Posted November 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Denials were in the air last night, as the Community Board 3 SLA subcommittee dropped the hammer on three particular applicants within earshot of Essex and Rivington Streets. This intersection is considered by many to be one of the most problematic in Hell Square (on weekends) thanks to a cacophony of bar-goers, bottlenecked traffic, and […]

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Dump Truck Hits and Critically Injures Pedestrian on Ridge Street [Updated]

Last modified November 16, 2017 at 7:25 am

A registered nurse riding her bike on Ridge Street was struck and critically injured by a dump truck last night, according to several scanners and tipsters on the scene. The 50-year-old woman was hit near the intersection of Ridge and Stanton Streets shortly after 10pm and was reportedly pinned beneath the vehicle for some time. […]

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‘City Hats’ Relocating to East Houston Ahead of Bleecker Street Redevelopment

Posted November 15, 2017 at 5:01 am

All commercial retail is being liquidated from the northwest corner of Bleecker and Lafayette Streets, as redevelopment looms. A week after our report about the imminent relocation of Shapiro Hardware, its neighbor faces the same fate. City Hats at 63 Bleecker Street is moving operations just a few blocks south to Houston. They’ve recently inked […]

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Whynot Coffee Shutters Ahead of Una Pizza Napoletana Takeover on Orchard Street

Posted November 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Whynot Coffee on Orchard Street officially terminated operations over the weekend after a rocky four years on the block. Last night, movers were busy clearing out the enormous ground level space at 175 Orchard. It’s done. The paradox with Whynot, of course, is that it was forged in controversy over its quest for a full […]

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