On Grand Street, Where Weeds Tower Instead of Modular Condos

Posted September 10, 2019 at 5:02 am

The only thing missing from this picture is a tumbleweed rolling down Grand Street. The one-story pastels at 330-332 Grand Street were downed in a hurry, only to sit dormant. Long enough for weeds to grow into small saplings that eventually crossed the plywood threshold. Controversial Lower East Side property owner Daniel Wise – whose […]

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The Pile of Rubble that was the LaGuardia Bathhouse

Posted September 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

It had been dormant since the 1970s. Now it’s a pile of rubble. The LaGuardia Bathhouse – built in 1909 – met its unceremonious end last week after months of demolition work. A backhoe currently sits atop the heap of century-old masonry, clearing the site for an empty field. As previously reported, the city quietly […]

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Prince Tea House Starts Serving on the Bowery

Posted September 9, 2019 at 5:11 am

Something new is brewing on the Bowery. Promised for five months, the Prince Tea House is now operational in the Lighting District. The Lower East Side is the second Manhattan tea spot (134 Bowery) for the Flushing-based mini chain, which also counts four outer-borough locations in Queens and Brooklyn. Offerings include a variety of hot […]

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‘GupShup’ Owner Heads to the Bowery with New Indian Restaurant

Posted September 9, 2019 at 5:04 am

Gramercy’s hip new Indian restaurant GupShup will soon have a Lower East Side sibling. Its owner, the Indian-born Jimmy Rizvi, is eyeing the Bowery for his latest vision. Site chosen is 245 Bowery, at the corner of Stanton Street, where Cata held court for six years until its demise. And it’s the second suitor at […]

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East Village ‘Pinks’ Opening New Chrystie Street Cantina Next Week

Posted September 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

Pinks, the five-year-old East Village haunt, is readying its newest location for an opening next week. And the new spot is not too far from the year-old stall at the Bowery Market. But its presence is two years in the making. Pinks principal Avi Burnbaum first approached Community Board 3 back in October 2017 for […]

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Relive the Early 2000s LES Music Scene with ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ Exhibit

Posted September 6, 2019 at 5:08 am

Once more into the bathroom, dear friends… An art show commemorating New York’s beloved gritty indie music scene circa 2000s just set up shop, fittingly, on the Lower East Side. That’s right, this particular visual retelling, based on Lizzy Goodman’s 600-page oral history Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock & Roll in NYC […]

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This Subway Pervert Masturbated and Urinated on Female Straphanger

Posted September 6, 2019 at 5:06 am

Police are in pursuit of a masturbating pervert who urinated on a Lower East Side straphanger, then jumped on her back as she fled. The encounter happened at around 2:00am on June 16 aboard a Manhattan-bound J train that was crossing the Williamsburg Bridge. According to the Daily News, the suspect started to jerk off […]

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Bari Restaurant Equipment Lists Prince Street Building for Sale

Posted September 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

On the Bowery for decades, Bari Restaurant Equipment is now unloading some property. The business recently placed one of its corner buildings on the market. Following its purchase of 234 Bowery and 5 Prince Street in July 2016 for a combined $12.3 million, Bari relocated its manufacturing arm across the river to New Jersey. That […]

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Mayor Should Call ‘Collect’ for Borough-Based Jail Plan [OP-ED]

Posted September 5, 2019 at 5:09 am

As expected, the City Planning Commission this week rubber-stamped the controversial jail plan which would see the closure of Rikers Island in favor of four new borough-based jails. Next up is today’s City Council ULURP hearing, which will likely amount to just another mass validation session. Question is, besides the unofficial “common sense” caucus among councilmembers, […]

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A ‘Suave’ Takeover of the Former Fat Baby is Underway

Last modified September 5, 2019 at 11:58 am

The former home of a problematic Hell Square nightclub could soon boast another. The commercial unit that previously hosted Fat Baby at 112 Rivington Street has been vacant since Rob Shamlian cut and ran in 2017. A steady stream of real estate listings ensued, pimping the space for as much as $23,000 per month. Two […]

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