Fix the Hell Square Chaos: An Open Letter to CB3 and Elected Officials

Posted June 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

The following open letter was written by a concerned resident of Hell Square who wishes to remain anonymous. Dear Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer, Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Council member Margaret Chin, Council Member Carlina Rivera, Borough […]

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Report: Chalk Artist Hash Halper Dies After Jumping from Brooklyn Bridge

Posted June 17, 2021 at 5:06 am

A street artist known for drawing chalk hearts on the surfaces of downtown has died. The New York Post reports that pop art creative Hash Halper, aged 41, leaped from the Brooklyn Bridge last Friday. He did not survive the fall. The colorful hearts began in 2014, while the self-proclaimed “New York Romantic” worked at […]

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Marte City Council Campaign Fights Back Against PAC Smear Ads

Last modified June 17, 2021 at 5:55 am

As soon as early voting began last weekend, District 1 City Council candidate Christopher Marte found himself in the crosshairs of a series of attack ads launched by Common Sense NYC Inc., a Super PAC whose top three funders are Stephen Ross, Ronald Lauder, and Jack Cayre. While City Council campaign dollars are limited, Super […]

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Pedestrian Fatally Struck in Intersection of Bowery and Delancey

Posted June 16, 2021 at 5:08 am

Crossing Delancey is a dangerous game. Early Tuesday morning, the driver of an SUV struck and killed a man crossing the thoroughfare by the Bowery. Apparently, the pedestrian had been crossing the street at 3:40am, when a westbound 2001 Nissan Pathfinder changed lanes before colliding with the victim. The driver – coincidentally, another 52-year-old man […]

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Il Laboratorio del Gelato Expands to New Jersey

Posted June 16, 2021 at 5:03 am

The brains behind frozen treatery Il Laboratorio del Gelato have, once again, expanded operations. Only this time, they’ve left the neighborhood and crossed state lines. The latest creamery in the stable is located in Montclair, New Jersey, on the corner of Valley and Bellevue. Owner Jon Snyder is no stranger to the expansion game – […]

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Veselka Returns to Essex Crossing After Pandemic Year

Last modified June 20, 2021 at 9:46 pm

Veselka is finally coming back below the Delancey divide. The decades-old Ukrainian institution returns to Essex Crossing this Saturday, reinstating its presence in the Market Line after a year on the sideline. However, it’ll occupy a much smaller footprint in the “Mini Market” at the base of the Essex Market staircase, a pandemic era version […]

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How ‘Sweet’ it is to be Back at Chelsea Music Hall

Posted June 15, 2021 at 5:05 am

How sweet it is to be back. Sweet, the long-running comedy show born on the Lower East Side nearly two decades ago, returns tonight after the pandemic-imposed sidelining. The comeback show is at its new home at the Chelsea Music Hall. The lineup features Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che, Rachel Feinstein, and […]

Pianos Returns to Ludlow Street in July

Posted June 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

When Pianos announced its indefinite closure at the outset of the pandemic last year, hysteria gripped the local newsscape. So much so, that the Lower East Side venue backtracked the initial messaging to state that reopening would happen when safe to do so. That time is apparently now. Being a bar and performance venue, Pianos […]

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A Hate Crime in Chinatown Sows Division in Response [OP-ED]

Posted June 14, 2021 at 5:08 am

The random attack on a 55-year-old woman in the heart of Chinatown shattered the relative sense of security in the neighborhood. Following this sucker-punch incident in front of 65 Bayard Street, activists demanded reaction from lame-duck de Blasio or any of the mayor hopefuls. It was the opposite – a real shitshow typical of Chinatown […]

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Post-Pandemic Hell Square Rings True at Hair of the Dog

Last modified June 14, 2021 at 6:48 am

Hell Square is back to its normal self, reviving the weekend chaos after a marginal break during pandemic times. Residents note that this past Saturday night was particularly hellish, and headquartered outside Hair of the Dog on Orchard Street. There, in the middle of the street, someone installed a powerful three-foot-high portable speaker and proceeded […]

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