Destruction of the LES Ecology Center’s Compost Yard is Folly [OP-ED]

Posted January 14, 2020 at 5:04 am

This editorial is drawn from a letter to the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, as written by East River Park Action, a local group composed of longtime Lower East Side residents and sustainability professionals. We are really shocked to learn that Mayor de Blasio is planning to destroy the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s (LESC) compost […]

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First Look at Uncle Boons Offshoot ‘Thai Diner’ on Kenmare

Last modified January 14, 2020 at 7:41 am

Critics’ downtown favorite Uncle Boons is on the precipice of expansion. Southbound and down. Its Thai Diner offshoot is almost ready to go at 186 Mott Street. Word on the street is any day now. Initial target opening had been October 2019. Now, it’s anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, storefront itself – previously home to short-lived The […]

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Gouie NY Principal Takes Lalito Space on Bayard

Posted January 13, 2020 at 5:06 am

When Winnie’s karaoke dive departed its original Bayard Street home in 2015, Lalo was quick to capitalize. Elements of El Rey (chef Gerardo Gonzalez) and Dudley’s (Mateusz Lilpop and Ben dos Remedios) later imparted the Mexican-Cali concept called Lalo. (Winnie’s eventually found a new home on East Broadway three years ago.) Now the life cycle […]

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NYPL Ranks its Top Library Checkouts of All Time

Last modified January 13, 2020 at 9:41 am

As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, the New York Public Library released its top ten checkouts of all time. And some of the results are surprising. The list was culled from a variety of criteria, including historic checkout and circulation data (for all formats, including e-books), overall trends, current events, popularity, length of time […]

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HSBC Bank is Headed to the Corner Delancey and Ludlow Streets

Posted January 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

Here is the real reason why the Claw Money boutique is no longer at Delancey and Ludlow Streets. Blame the bank. Traser signage in the window of 101 Delancey indicates that HSBC is opening a new branch here at the southeast corner. Further homogenizing this stretch of the Lower East Side. Indeed, by last count […]

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‘Station to Station’ David Bowie Tribute Appears at Broadway-Lafayette Subway Stop

Last modified January 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

It was four years ago today that we lost David Bowie. The pop-star chameleon passed away in 2016 after a secret eighteen-month bout with liver cancer. He died just two days after turning 69, and delivering a swan-song record called Blackstar. Now, the subway station one block from his old residence sports a streetside tribute. Someone […]

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It’s Time to Apply for Manhattan Community Board Membership

Posted January 10, 2020 at 5:05 am

It’s that time of year again – Manhattan Community Board membership applications are now available for submission. The oft-polarizing (volunteer) political machine of New Yorkers is once again seeking some fresh faces. Each Community Board has fifty seats, filled for two-year terms by volunteers, and ultimately selected by the Borough President and local City Council […]

That Bumble Wine Bar isn’t Coming to Prince Street, After All

Posted January 10, 2020 at 5:03 am

Turns out Bumble won’t be opening a coffee-wine bar in Little Italy, after all. A landlord representative from 47 Prince Street disputed our story this week, and noted that Bumble is apparently no longer poised to open its 70-seat Brew concept. Even though the popular dating app previously signed the lease on the space, and […]

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When a Subway Fare Beater Jumps the Turnstile During a Press Conference for OMNY [VIDEO]

Posted January 9, 2020 at 5:07 am

The MTA on Tuesday held a press conference in the subway about the rollout of the OMNY payment system. During the announcement, in which new station rollout and the “5 million taps” milestone were noted, a straphanger apparently jumped the turnstile. Or, rather, sidled through. As this news footage from ABC attests, a man is […]

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Longtime Chinese Grocer on Rutgers Street is Closing Down

Posted January 9, 2020 at 5:05 am

The New Fuzhou Supermarket spent more than a decade holding down the southeast corner of Henry and Rutgers Streets. Not for much longer, though. The familiar leasing signs are now in place along the store frontage at 146 Henry. New Fuzhou was always a great place to observe and document street theater. From the hustlers […]

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