Mayor’s Borough-Based Jail Plan Defunded $473M and Now on Hold

Posted July 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

Grassroots groups in diametric opposition to the city’s borough-based jail plan this week declared victory at its delay. For now. Last week, City Council and Mayor de Blasio approved the $88.1 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year. Within the accompanying report, the city mentioned, “Planned commitments for new borough-based jails have been reduced by […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Reopens Post-Shutdown

Posted July 6, 2020 at 5:04 am

At a time when city folk are clamoring for more open space, the Elizabeth Street Garden comes to the rescue. The one-acre sculpture park – nestled in the middle of Little Italy – reopened to the public over the weekend. Yet, with limited hours. Temporary visitation is weekends from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There are also […]

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Beverly’s Bar Shutters After 7 Years on Essex Street

Posted July 6, 2020 at 5:02 am

The pink neons have gone dark, as Essex Street loses one of its cool kid hangs. Beverly’s, the trendy art bar founded in late-2012 by Sweet Paradise veteran Leah Dixon, closed forever last week. Just shy of its eighth birthday. A leasing sign hangs awkwardly from the rolldown gate. “We are looking reality in the […]

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Fireworks and ‘Wild West’ Lawlessness at Pier 35

Posted July 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

Pier 35 on the July 4 holiday was crazy, according to several reader reports. An extension of the nightly fireworks that have plagued the pandemic shutdown for months. However, as neighbors noted, the Independence Day iteration of pyrotechnics lasted much longer – eight straight hours. Neighbors tell us that at least 300 hundred people were in […]

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Under Presure from Chinatown, Mayor Pledges $80M to Restore 70 Mulberry Street

Posted July 3, 2020 at 5:02 am

The fire-scorched school building at 70 Mulberry Street will see life anew, thanks to massive city funding. Mayor de Blasio announced yesterday in his morning press briefing that the new budget contains a line item for $80 million dedicated to restoration of the historic building. Hizzoner spent a solid four minutes discussing how Chinatown was […]

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Fearing COVID-19 Resurgence, De Blasio Halts Indoor Dining Indefinitely

Posted July 2, 2020 at 5:07 am

Not so fast. Phase 3 of the reopening plan is slated to launch on Monday. However, it arrives without the resumption of indoor dining at bars and restaurants, as initially conceived. Mayor de Blasio announced the news at his morning presser yesterday, citing the nationwide surges of COVID-19 cases and the elevated dangers of indoor […]

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When Rivington House Wouldn’t Clean its Garbage Mess, a Neighbor Stepped In

Posted July 2, 2020 at 5:06 am

A Good Samaritan took responsibility where a multimillion-dollar hospital system would not. As previously reported, the outside of Rivington House – future home of Mount Sinai’s future Behavioral Health facility – essentially devolved into decrepitude with the accumulation of trash at the doorstep. Untouched for days on end. But one Lower East Sider took matters […]

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Chillhouse Shutters Original Essex Street Spa

Posted July 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

The list of coronavirus-related business closures is getting longer by the week. Today brings word that an Essex Street newcomer has bitten the dust. Chillhouse, a millennials-style spa at 149 Essex Street, is the latest to fall. Ownership announced the permanent shutter in an e-mail to customers Tuesday afternoon. “As we all know too well […]

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Hamilton Fish Park Pool to Reopen by August 1

Posted July 1, 2020 at 5:02 am

In an about-face, the city announced yesterday that at least fifteen public pools will reopen across the Five Boroughs. Included in the lucky list is the Hamilton Fish Park pool, known to locals as the “Pitt Pool.” But the cooldown will have to wait another month. The reopenings are scheduled for August 1, and are […]

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Cocoa Bar Closes its Clinton Street Cafe

Posted July 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

Cocoa Bar closed its doors for the last time during the coronavirus shutdown. The Lower East Side offshoot of the Brooklyn original is now another statistic for businesses lost during the pandemic. The casual cafe and wine bar – heavy on the chocolate – spent thirteen years serving from its perch at 21 Clinton Street. Tombstone […]

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