Community Board Application Process Now Underway

Posted December 6, 2018 at 5:04 am

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Manhattan Community Board membership applications are now open for submission! The oft-polarizing (volunteer) political machine for the proverbial people of New York is looking for “passionate and engaged New Yorkers who are dedicated to making a difference in their neighborhoods.” Go get ’em. To be considered […]

City Planning Approves Two Bridges Skyscrapers, Opponents Threaten Legal Action

Posted December 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

The dystopian future in which glass towers wall off the Lower East Side waterfront is now much closer to happening. City Planning Commission yesterday approved controversial plans for three proposed skyscrapers that will drastically change the composition of the neighborhood. The Real Deal reported that the vote carried by a 10 to 3 margin, thereby […]

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Haven Green is Not up for the Challenge in Little Italy [OP-ED]

Last modified December 6, 2018 at 9:19 am

The debate over whether to bulldoze Elizabeth Street Garden in Little Italy for the Haven Green senior affordable housing continues tonight courtesy of Community Board 2. Co-developers of the seven-story mixed-use project – Pennrose Properties, Habitat NYC, and RiseBoro – are expected to present the “Final Design” at this public hearing. CB2 is anticipating a […]

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SantaCon is Coming to Town (on Saturday)

Posted December 5, 2018 at 5:05 am

Mark your calendars – Saturday is the day to hunker down and maybe not hit your favorite local hangout. SantaCon is coming to town. While the Lower East Side has been excluded from the official route in recent years, there remains plenty of spillover. (Exact start location is a secret until day of.) It begins […]

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The Human Dreidel Spins in the Subway [VIDEO]

Posted December 5, 2018 at 5:02 am

In which the celebration of Chanukah is taken to new heights. A straphanger snapped some quick footage of the human dreidel in action on Monday, spinning around the platform of the 14th Street IRT Station. He later boarded the train and continued spinning away, with other passengers trying to comprehend what was happening. Hope he […]

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Last Day for ‘Stanton Social’ is New Year’s Eve

Posted December 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

One of the more low-key, yet high-end eateries in Hell Square is closing out the year by closing down for good. Tao Group’s Stanton Social, serving its namesake street (between Orchard and Ludlow) for nearly two decades, will turn out the lights for good after New Year’s Eve. Chef-owner Chris Santos told the New York […]

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Talking ‘Velvet Underground Experience’ and Tales of Lou Reed

Last modified December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

The Velvet Underground’s first ever gig was at a high school in Summit, New Jersey, opening for 1960s garage band, The Myddle Class. Soon after the Velvets started their three-song set (and, yes, that included the song “Heroin”), most of the students walked out. Within one year, they had Andy Warhol as manager and were […]

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‘Karvouna Taverna’ ID’d as La Gamelle Successor on the Bowery

Posted December 4, 2018 at 5:03 am

At 241 Bowery, the storyline is four different restaurant concepts in six years. The Bowery Diner begat Chez Jef that begat La Gamelle that begat Karvouna. Back in February, we reported that the failed La Gamelle space on the Bowery would return to action as a new “authentic” Greek restaurant. It was supposed to have […]

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14-Screen Regal Movie Theater at Essex Crossing Opens this Month, and is Now Hiring

Posted December 4, 2018 at 5:00 am

You may have forgotten, but the Lower East Side is getting a multiplex. A first. Regal Cinemas is poised to open the fourteen-screen theater at Site 2 of Essex Crossing (aka The Essex). Sooner than you might think. A spokesperson for the mega-project recently confirmed in an email that Regal will officially cut the ribbon […]

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Chinatown USPS Branch is Now Designated the ‘Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office’

Posted December 3, 2018 at 10:06 am

Today, the United States Post Office branch in Chinatown is receiving an official new designation. On July 24, 2018, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, of New York’s 7th District, introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to designate the Chinatown USPS branch as the “Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office.” It has since been signed as Public Law No: […]

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