Celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the 1900s Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted September 18, 2020 at 5:09 am

Sundown tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish new year with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. To celebrate, below is a small collection of photos, courtesy of the Library of Congress, illustrating how Jews of the early 1900s celebrated the holiest of days while living in the ghetto of the Lower East Side. You’ll notice […]

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The New Museum Returns to the Bowery from Pandemic Sidelining

Posted September 18, 2020 at 5:07 am

After being sidelined for six months, the New Museum is back. They reopened their doors earlier this week to the public at large. As previously noted, three new exhibits will grace the space and run through the remainder of 2020; “Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment,” “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach,” and “Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around […]

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Mission Chinese to Shutter East Broadway Restaurant Due to Coronavirus Challenges

Posted September 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

Mission Chinese Food, the popular Nuevo-Chinese restaurant, is to close its flagship Lower East Side location at the end of the month. In a lengthy missive posted to Instagram, chef-owner Danny Bowien explained the challenge of operating during pandemic times and the ultimate decision to close. “We faced the difficult decision as a business to […]

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Lingerie Traded for ‘Original Goose Country’ on Rivington Street

Posted September 17, 2020 at 5:03 am

There is a new leather vendor headed to Orchard Street. Taking the place previously occupied by a lingerie shop and cafe. Signage appeared this week outside 83 Rivington Street, announcing the forthcoming arrival of Original Goose Country. This is the first brick-and-mortar for the outerwear brand, which came into the scene in 2018. Its founders […]

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Night and Weekend Work on F Train Tunnel Rehab to Begin on Monday

Posted September 17, 2020 at 5:01 am

The MTA next Monday will begin work on the rehabilitation of the Rutgers Tube, a subway tunnel under the East River that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy eight years ago. The long-awaited repairs include track replacement, signal equipment, cabling, tunnel lights, and new pumps. The MTA is also installing a backup generator connected to the […]

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3-Alarm Fire Tears Through Grand Street Building in Midnight Blaze

Last modified September 17, 2020 at 7:03 am

Shortly after midnight, a raging fire tore through 303 Grand Street, just west of Allen. A thick plume of smoke billowed into the sky. According to various scanner sources, the blaze started in the back of the store, and quickly escalated into a three-alarm fire. Firefighters battled for more than thirty minutes before the flames […]

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The ‘Mahjong Social’ Mural on Orchard Street

Posted September 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

The brick space made famous five years ago with Hanksy’s “Dump Trump” mural now carries a different message. The nascent Chinatown Mural Project imparted a new artwork – its second – at the corner of Orchard and Canal Streets. Dubbed “Mahjong Social,” the piece shows four pigeons playing the game together. It honors the Chinese […]

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Chinese Rice Noodle Cart Returns to Rutgers Street

Last modified September 17, 2020 at 6:59 am

Rice noodles returned to Rutgers Street last week for the first time since the pandemic sidelined the business. Now, more than six months later, the popular food cart is back on its perch. Still positioned outside Wu’s Wonton King. The Rice Noodle Cart has been in operation for over twenty years. It’s a cheap (and […]

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Ray’s Bar on Rivington Benefits from City’s Latest ‘Open Street’

Last modified September 16, 2020 at 9:20 am

Another Lower East Side street is now closed off to traffic on weekends for outdoor dining, Mayor de Blasio announced last Friday. Celebrity-owned (Justin Theroux) Ray’s Bar is the “host” for the road closure of Rivington Street between Chrystie and the Bowery. This outdoor dining initiative, launched by de Blasio back in June to allow […]

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Painting Begins Anew at the Bowery Mural Wall [Updated]

Last modified September 15, 2020 at 5:08 pm

As the seasons change, so too does the artwork at the Bowery Mural Wall. As previously reported, Raul Ayala with Groundswell is the current artist decorating the Goldman Properties marketing vehicle. He and his crew began working on the piece this week. (Our prior intel had confirmed the artist as Mojo.) So far, a backdrop […]

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