Where Sugar was, ‘Empire Gyro’ will Open on Monday

Posted February 13, 2019 at 5:03 am

After months of construction (and related delays) at the corner of East Houston and Allen Streets, Empire Gyro is finally ready to start serving the Lower East Side. The 24-hour fast-food restaurant will host the requisite friends and family event this Saturday. Grand opening to the public is next Monday (February 18), two months after […]

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Parks Department Readies New Public Bathrooms at ‘Stanton Storehouse’

Posted February 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

Discussion over the fate of the Stanton Street storehouse inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park is back on the front burner. Its partial renovation to include new bathrooms is now underway. Earlier this week, the Sara D. Roosevelt Coalition announced intentions to rally on the proverbial doorstep tomorrow in order to demand the return of the […]

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Landmarked Bowery Savings Bank Building Heads to Auction, Could Fetch $50M+

Last modified February 12, 2019 at 9:57 am

[Updated below] The Bowery Savings Bank building could be the next domino to fall in the increasingly aggressive Bowery real estate market. The property at 130 Bowery went on sale yesterday for the first time in nearly twenty years. That the 32,000 square-foot space – currently home to the high-end Capitale catering hall – hit […]

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Brigitte Closes (Again) 3 Months After Remodeling

Posted February 12, 2019 at 5:05 am

Well, that didn’t last long at all. The rebooted version of Brigitte, which had been closed for much of last summer undergoing renovations, is down for the count. Again. Brigitte reopened this past November, and promised “something great,” but instead foundered less than three months later. The establishment is now dark. A reader opines that […]

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McNally Jackson Plots Massive Expansion with 2 New Bookstores

Posted February 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

What appeared to be desperation just a few months ago is now completely turned around for McNally Jackson Books. Despite the scare back in October, the independent book shop is staying at 52 Prince Street, as first reported here. So sound is their business, in fact, that the company just spawned two new large-format bookstores. […]

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Cops Fatally Shoot Knife-Wielding Man in Extell Tower on Cherry Street

Last modified February 11, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Two police officers shot and killed a 32-year-old knife-wielding man while responding to a domestic dispute on the Lower East Side waterfront Friday morning. It all went down at Extell’s recently-completed, thirteen-story affordable housing complex on Cherry Street. According to multiple news reports, police received a 911 call from 227 Cherry Street at about 7am […]

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Is the Mayor Honoring Sun Yat-Sen to Neutralize Opposition to Proposed Chinatown Jail? [Op-Ed]

Last modified February 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. In a shameless display of “carrot dangling,” councilwoman Margaret Chin arranged for Mayor de Blasio to visit Chinatown during the Lunar New Year celebration last week (February 5). While delivering the usual New Year greetings, he announced two specific honors for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen: […]

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110-Year-Old LES Bathhouse Deemed Unstable, to be Demolished for Turf Field

Posted February 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

The LaGuardia Bathhouse, a Lower East Side relic abandoned since the 1970s, is to be demolished in the coming months, and replaced with a new playing field. The city quietly determined in mid-December that the crumbling building, situated alongside the Little Flower Playground on Madison Street, is not structurally sound and at risk of collapse. […]

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City Honors Sun Yat-sen with Permanent Monument and Columbus Park Plaza Renaming

Posted February 8, 2019 at 5:08 am

To commemorate the Lunar New Year, the City announced this week that wheels are in motion to permanently install the bronze statue of 20th-century revolutionary and founder of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. This public artwork has been on display since late 2011 in the north plaza of Columbus Park, and after getting […]

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Anna Sheffield Moves to Bleecker Street in Search of Foot Traffic

Posted February 8, 2019 at 5:04 am

The Anna Sheffield jewelry boutique spent five years on Orchard Street until its move from the Lower East Side last year. But the eponymous owner found refuge on Bleecker Street just off the Bowery. The new space at 19 Bleecker Street is much larger, and joins the myriad trendy establishments that already dot the area. […]

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