Sneak Peek Inside the New Scarr’s Pizzeria on Orchard Street

Posted November 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

Here is the first look inside the newer, larger Scarr’s Pizza on Orchard Street. As previously reported, owner Scarr Pimentel applied to remove and transfer the liquor license to 35 Orchard (aka 34 Allen) in what was formerly the Lam & Associates insurance office. (A building now shared with Cheeky Sandwiches.) Community Board 3 signaled […]

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On Orchard Street, this ‘Sweet’ Store Slings Books and Brine

Posted November 19, 2020 at 5:19 am

In the spiritual home of pickles, it’s the marriage of books and brine on the Lower East Side. Indeed, a new small business called Sweet Pickle Books just opened at 47 Orchard Street. The newcomer, as previously reported, is a secondhand store offering customers “used books, new pickles.” As well as vinyl records and assorted […]

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Opening Salvo in Elizabeth Street Garden Lawsuit Against the City

Last modified November 19, 2020 at 8:39 am

City Council voted to redevelop Elizabeth Street Garden in favor of the Haven Green affordable, senior housing mixed-use project last year, but two lawsuits filed prior to that determination are only now circulating the court system. Yesterday, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Debra James heard oral arguments from both legal teams as well as and the city’s […]

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Lands End II Complex Sold to Related for $435M

Last modified November 19, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Related Companies finalized a deal this week to acquire two Section 8 affordable housing properties on the Lower East Side waterfront. The $435 million transaction for Lands End II at 265-275 Cherry Street, first reported by the Real Deal, is touted as one of the largest multifamily deals to go through since the outset of […]

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This New Madison Street Microbrewery is ‘That Witch Ales You’

Posted November 18, 2020 at 5:05 am

That Witch Ales You is a new microbrewery that just debuted in Chinatown. Already more than six years in the making, the pun-heavy establishment finally opened its doors at 116 Madison Street last month. Instead of barber chairs and hair curlers, it’s now vats of suds. Roughly the size of a cramped studio apartment, That […]

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OddFellows Ice Cream Not Returning to the Lower East Side

Posted November 18, 2020 at 5:02 am

Six years on the Lower East Side, but frozen out by coronavirus, Brooklyn-based OddFellows ice cream won’t be reopening here. Both of its downtown ice cream parlors – on East 4th Street (2014) and the East Houston newcomer (2018) – shuttered at the outset of the pandemic lockdown late March. When asked if OddFellows would […]

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‘7 Elephants’ Brings Thai to East Broadway

Posted November 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s been two years since Malt & Mold quit the Lower East Side. Now, its former store on East Broadway is no longer vacant, ready for the next step. Storefront awning and branded paper in the windows of 221 East Broadway advertise the newcomer – a Thai spot called 7 Elephants. The restaurant – situated […]

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‘Double Chicken Please’ Brings Cocktails to Allen Street

Posted November 17, 2020 at 5:08 am

A roving pop-up bar that traveled around in a yellow Volkswagen minibus is now officially parked on the Lower East Side. Double Chicken Please, the cocktail bar concept from Huey Chang (Raku, Kura), Faye Chen, and Angel’s Share alum Gn Chan, is now serving at 115 Allen Street. The former home of Hill & Dale. […]

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Ubiquitous Flyers Finger Mayor and CM Rivera as ‘Destroyers’ of East River Park

Posted November 17, 2020 at 5:05 am

Opponents of the city’s billion-dollar East Side Coastal Resilience project flyposted hundreds of flyers around the neighborhood over the weekend. The imagery includes profiles of Mayor de Blasio and Councilwoman Carolina Rivera, accusing them both of being “destroyers” of East River Park, and endangering the neighborhood. These bills appear everywhere from the Bowery to the […]

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Rivington House Wrapped in Netting for Mount Sinai Conversion

Posted November 17, 2020 at 5:02 am

Most of Rivington House is currently wrapped in bars and netting. It’s full steam ahead for the conversion to the new Mount Sinai Behavioral Health facility. Public records show that the skeletal protrusion is related to the $2.1 million project of “Structural modifications including facade restoration” for 45 Rivington Street. Overall, Mount Sinai is investing […]

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