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Estranged Cro-Mags Bassist Harley Flanagan Sues Band

Posted May 30, 2018 at 5:03 am

Estranged Cro-Mags bassist, Harley Flanagan, is again battling the band. This time, in court. Flanagan, who previously attacked his former bandmates before a Webster Hall gig six years ago, claims that he alone owns the trademark to the name of the band which he founded in 1981, and that the current lineup usurped the group. According […]

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Webster Hall Sells for $35M to AEG Live and Barclays Center Ownership [Updated]

Last modified April 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Webster Hall sold out. The Ballinger family, which owned and operated the concert hall (formerly The Ritz) for the last twenty-seven years, sold the business to a partnership consisting of AEG Live and owners of the Barclays Center (aka Brooklyn Sports Entertainment). According to the New York Post, the deal was valued at roughly $35 […]

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It’s Time to Seriously Protest Moxy Hotel’s Demolition of an East Village Block

Posted October 19, 2016 at 9:43 am

Grab the pitchforks. Marriott hotels, vis-a-vis landowner Lightstone Group, began demolition of a half-block of East Village history earlier this month to construct a 300-room lodge. That’s Moxy. The hotel, that is, geared specifically toward millenials with disposable income. The doomed real estate in question is five “landmark-eligible” buildings comprising 112-120 East 11th Street (across from Webster Hall). […]

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Shepard Fairey is Painting a New Mural on 1st Avenue

Posted September 29, 2016 at 5:05 am

For the second time in as many years, the Little Italy Street Art Project collective has convinced Shepard Fairey to add color to the Lower East Side. This time, it’s not on the Bowery, but further north. The legendary street artist chose an exposed tenement wall at 1st Avenue and East 11th Street to impart a […]

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Rally Today to Protest East 11th Demolition for Marriott’s Moxy Hotels

Last modified October 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Lacking moxie, Moxy is about destruction. Indeed, parent company Marriott hotels, vis-a-vis landowner Lightstone Group, is about to raze a half-block of East Village history to construct a 300-room lodge geared specifically toward millenials with disposable income. That’s Moxy. Word of its inroads into the neighborhood first started circulating in February 2015. Now, a year-and-a-half […]

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Icon Realty Principal Faces Potential Criminal Charges for ‘False Filings’ at DOB

Last modified June 15, 2016 at 9:35 am

Icon Realty is often considered one of the more reviled landlords citywide. It’s another example following the trend of multimillion-dollar acquisitions followed by tenant harassment. And now, finally, some discipline. The Department of Buildings recently charged Icon co-owner Terrence Lowenberg for false filings on a construction permit for 56 West 11th Street. Hearing on the matter […]

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Skater Pinball Hang Reciprocal Skateboards is Now Closed for Good

Posted March 25, 2015 at 9:13 am

Shitty news from the skateboard front. EV Grieve reports that Reciprocal Skateboards at 402 East 11th Street has shut down shop, after five-going-on-six years of residing in the East Village. The business closed over the weekend. It’s a fatality move on skaters and pinballers alike. Favorite haunts like this are an endangered species, becoming fewer and farther (read: Brooklyn) between, in a neighborhood going the way […]

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Today in LES History: The First Free Public Bathhouse is Landmarked

Last modified March 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm

On this day in… 2008 – The first free public bathhouse in New York City, located at 538-540 East 11th Street, was designated a landmark. The bathhouse first opened in 1905 in a predominantly German neighborhood, closed in 1958, then converted into a garage that operated until 1995. Today, the historic, neo-Italian Renaissance structure serves […]

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Webster Hall to Host Charity Boxing Event with ‘FDNY Bravest’ Team

Last modified February 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

The FDNY Bravest Boxing team is giving it the old one-two for charity in two short weeks. The team has accepted an international challenge, taking on The Garda Club, a group of fighters from the Irish National Police Force and Dublin Fire Brigade. They’re dubbing it “Downtown Donnybrook” and it’ll be at Webster Hall in […]

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That Time When Pete Seeger (Briefly) Stayed on the Lower East Side

Posted January 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

By now you know – folk icon and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at 94. So let’s briefly revisit the time when the legendary musician lived on the Lower East Side. Back before he was famous; back before speculators renamed the area the East Village as a cheap alternative to the more expensive Greenwich Village; back […]

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