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Watch Mayor de Blasio’s Reaction to Rivington House Accusations at Town Hall Last Night [VIDEO]

Posted June 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was open season on Mayor de Blasio during last night’s “sold out” town hall assembly. Lower East Siders peppered Hizzoner with a barrage of questions and grievances related to myriad hyperlocal concerns. Councilwoman Margaret Chin served as moderator. And while many in the room saw opportunity for clarity, political challengers with a horse in […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Won’t Survive, Here’s Why

Last modified June 21, 2017 at 7:58 am

The fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, on the Lower East Side for 167 years, is coming down. And there isn’t much that can be salvaged. That was the determination presented to the Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 3 last night, alongside news that the Department of Buildings already approves full demolition of the city-designated landmark. Structural […]

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Let Gotham Show You How Getting NYC Apartment Insurance is Fast, Friendly, Affordable and Easy

Posted June 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

When it comes to apartment insurance, getting it quick is good, but getting the right policy is even better when it comes time to file a claim. It all comes down to service. A steady and experienced hand knows the right questions to ask. Here are a few situations when it can make all the […]

City Approves 8-Story Essex Crossing Senior Building at Site 8

Posted June 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Demolition of another original Essex Street Market building is imminent. The city approved razing the 77-year-old building at 140 Essex Street (aka Site 8) in March. As of last week, developer Beyer Blinder Belle can move forward with its current proposal, and with it, the commencement of Essex Crossing Phase 2. The new development planned […]

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Trendy LA-Based ‘Cactus Store’ Now Selling out of Essex Street Greenhouse

Posted June 19, 2017 at 9:33 am

The seven-years-dormant lot at 5 Essex Street is now a temporary open-air Cactus market. The store launched last Thursday evening with an invite-only party, but opened to the public on Saturday during the torrential downpours. News of this retail endeavor – The Cactus Store – was shrouded in secrecy for weeks, until we first broke […]

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Black Tap LES Opens Today, Further Crowding Congested Ludlow Street

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Get ready, Hell Square denizens. Life on Ludlow Street might feel a bit more congested starting in a few hours. Black Tap LES is slated to debut at 177 Ludlow Street later this morning (one day earlier than expected). Last Thursday night was the obligatory “friends and family” launch, and the weekend was reportedly spent […]

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David Choe’s Mural at the Bowery Wall is Painted Over

Last modified June 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm

The controversial David Choe mural at the Bowery wall was painted over within the last 24 hours. It comes as Goldman Properties began facing mounting pressure from the community over commissioning artwork by a man who bragged about an alleged sexual assault in 2014. The Goldman firm has yet to comment on the selection, and, to […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Posted June 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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‘Trash and Vaudeville’ Manager Jimmy Webb Spins off New Rock Boutique on Orchard Street

Last modified June 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm

It’s now a rock-and-roll type of block. With the ten-year-old Dressing Room months in the grave, its inevitable replacement at 75 Orchard Street has surfaced. Jimmy Webb, primary buyer for and longtime manager of Trash and Vaudeville, is heading south of the Delancey divide for a new retail concept. The new store is called I […]

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‘Minnie’s’ to Serve up American Comfort Food at the Old Tapeo 29 Spot on Clinton Street

Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

You’ve probably been wondering about what’s happening at the northwest corner of Clinton and Stanton Streets. For the last several months, the former home of Tapeo 29 underwent a complete transformation. Inside and out, and totally under the radar, with additions like the installation of new flower beds or the leveled corner entrance and its […]

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