Tales from the Shutdown: Gouge Away

Posted March 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

Sometimes, panic and shutdown brings out the worst of humanity. Such as gross opportunism at local stores. One Chinatown informant tells us that some neighborhood stores are marking up the most sought-after goods during this COVID-19 outbreak. For instance, the Hong Kong Supermarket at 157 Hester Street. Items like alcohol prep pads – $20 for […]

McNally Jackson Shutters its Stores over COVID-19, Lays off Staff (Temporarily)

Posted March 20, 2020 at 5:06 am

Another local purveyor is down for the count, thanks to COVID-19. All four McNally Jackson locations are now closed to foot traffic for business. The popular bookstore recently made the decision to temporarily lay off employees, making them eligible for unemployment, while also maintaining (and possibly extending) health insurance for staff members. They announced the […]

Essex Market is Still Open for Business

Posted March 20, 2020 at 5:03 am

Not even Essex Crossing is immune to the impact of COVID-19 spreading like wildfire throughout the city. Its marquee tenants are in various stages of flux. The Essex Market is open for the time being, albeit with limited hours of 8am to 8pm. Grocery vendors are open (at each vendor’s discretion), but prepared food vendors are […]

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Local Favorite Forgtmenot Transforms into Grocery During COVID-19 Shutdown

Last modified March 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm

With COVID-19 significantly interrupting the restaurant and nightlife game, some owners are resorting to drastic measures to stay on top. Forgtmenot, the popular locals hang on Division Street, is temporarily morphing into a grocery store. The “General Store.” Ownership constructed wood shelving and attached to the facade, and also cleared out the interior. We’re told […]

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Grey Lady is Handing out Free Quarts of Soup Today

Last modified March 19, 2020 at 8:59 am

Lower East Side seafood stalwart, Grey Lady, is handing out free soup to the community today. Their chef, Tadd Johnson, spent all week cooking a whopping 30 gallons of various soups. Apparently there are two walk-in refrigerators brimming with “proteins and produce” from both Grey Lady and sister establishment Canary Club. Options include broccoli-cheddar, potato […]

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Mount Sinai and Pols Agree that Reopening Rivington House Could Alleviate Hospitals Overwhelmed by COVID-19

Posted March 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

The local grassroots organization fighting to preserve Rivington House proposes to reopen the former AIDS home to stem the oncoming onslaught of COVID-19 patients. Its standard-bearer, Kathleen Webster, wrote the following editorial. The Governor asked for potential sites for hospital overflow related to COVID-19 patients. We asked Mount Sinai if they would offer Rivington House. […]

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The Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge Appeal to Fans to Help Float out-of-Work Staff

Posted March 18, 2020 at 5:04 am

The dominoes keep falling in the wake of the global pandemic. All industries are taking substantial financial hits because of COVID-19, including music venues. On the Lower East Side, two prominent clubs  – the Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom – have closed their doors indefinitely. In hopes of easing the financial burden for over 100 […]

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These Lower East Side and Chinatown Restaurants and are Still Open for Takeout and Delivery [Updating]

Last modified March 27, 2020 at 7:29 am

The restriction on eating out is now in place, with delivery and takeout the only option for folks wishing to patronize local restaurants. While establishments close to weather this COVID-19 outbreak, there are many more that remain open. What follows is an ongoing resource, in alphabetical order, to help Lower East Side and Chinatown denizens […]

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Katz’s Deli Wants you to Know that they ‘Aren’t Going Anywhere’ Amidst COVID-19 Shutdowns

Posted March 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Effective today, the city mandates that all bars and restaurants are closed to public dining, with sales limited to takeout and delivery only. Mayor de Blasio announced the drastic COVID-19 related measure in a tweet late Sunday, which was an about-face from his prior stance. The complete shutdown will be a dark road for the […]

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Bars and Restaurants can Sell Booze to-go During COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 17, 2020 at 5:09 am

Cocktails to-go are now legal in the city, albeit temporarily. Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that, as part of restrictions placed on nightlife to prevent the spread of COVID-19, licensed establishments are allowed to sell booze to go. He noted that this lifeline is not a permanent change, and is only in effect for the duration […]

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