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‘Happy Ending’ Busted in Purported NYPD Vice Squad Sting, Appears Kaput

Posted May 24, 2017 at 9:37 am

It’s been a rocky tenure for the Happy Ending reboot on Broome Street, but the end now looks appears closer than ever. For the second time in five months, the nightclub was raided by the authorities. A tipster sent word that Happy Ending was raided by cops (accompanied by firefighters) a couple weeks ago, and […]

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Talde Team and Hotel 50 Bowery in Damage Control Over ‘Opium Den’ Themed Club

Posted May 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

In response to the opinion piece we ran on Monday regarding its controversial opium den-themed basement club, Green Lady, the Joie de Vivre hotel is in full damage control mode. (The New York Post also picked up the story.) Their public relations firm Wagstaff Worldwide would have you believe it’s semantics. They issued the following […]

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The Original Cocoron will Reopen on Delancey Street as Reservation-Only ‘Shabu Shabu Macoron’

Posted May 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

The new Cocoron at 16 Delancey Street is not so much an addition, but replacement for the original location. It debuted at the end of February, and offers a much larger dining experience for patrons. There are fifty seats, and the menu is apparently a hybrid of the two established locations (the other being Goemon […]

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Vacant Essex Street Lot Reborn as ‘Temporary’ Garden Space

Posted May 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

In a rather uncharacteristic turn of events, the property owner of 5 Essex Street is converting the long-dormant lot into green space. Over the last several days, workers were spotted marking off a rectangular parcel of land and adding a bed of gravel. A new plywood fence was also installed. Site intel reveals that a […]

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Hotel 50 Bowery is an Insult to Chinatown with its Insensitive ‘Opium Den’ Themed Club [OP-ED]

Posted May 22, 2017 at 9:33 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. Many Chinatown residents are disgusted that 50 Bowery’s Joie De Vivre glass hotel towers over the turn-of-the-century neighborhood, arguing how out of character it is compared to the surrounding area, while others show concern it may further fuel gentrification and displacement. Yet, the announcement […]

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Soil Sampling Begins for Controversial 1,000-Foot JDS Tower on Cherry Street

Posted May 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

With the environmental review process of the Lower East Side waterfront still ongoing, the sight of this familiar construction vehicle outside 80 Rutgers Slip is not reassuring. After all, these Davey Drills are oftentimes the first outwardly visible indication that new development is moving forward. As previously reported, this is the site (247 Cherry) where […]

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Losing Chris Cornell is More than Just a Headline

Posted May 19, 2017 at 10:32 am

“Black Hole Sun” was the first song I ever heard that completely scared the shit out of me. The way the music stretches like a creepy elastic band, the eerie ebb and flow of Chris Cornell’s crooning voice, and the ominous lyrical mantra beckoning an inescapable gravitational force with a giant ball of fire? Hell no! Nonetheless, […]

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Confirmed: Sunshine Cinema will Close Next Year

Posted May 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Confirmation. The Landmark Sunshine Cinema will close next year. As we first disclosed, the $31.5 million contract on the movie house closed yesterday. The New York Post followed up our story with some additional details and renderings. It looks like the structure itself will probably remain intact. East End Capital and K Property Group purchased […]

Rumor: Sunshine Cinema Sale a Done Deal

Posted May 18, 2017 at 10:17 am

We reported back in March that a buyer had a purported $31.5 million contract out on the 1898-era Sunshine Cinema. Now two months later, the rumor mill is again in overdrive mode. Word on the street is that the transaction reportedly closed yesterday. The Lower East Side blog further notes that the property may have been flipped a […]

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‘Regina’s’ Brings Italian Sandwiches and Imported Goods to Lower Orchard Street

Posted May 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

There’s a new sandwich shop to speak of on lower Orchard Street. Where Georgia’s Vintage once peddled vintage, a throwback deli counter called Regina’s is poised to open. The brown-paper window shades were deposed this week to reveal the new store, complete with hex-tiled floors and shelves of dry goods. Regina’s also incorporates the ghost […]

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