14th Street

This Subway Florist Hangs it up After Decades Peddling in 14th Street Station

Posted July 1, 2019 at 5:04 am

When we first reported on the hardships of the 14th Street subway florist, it appeared time was short. Two months later, though, that fate is sealed. Friday was the last day in business for Periklis Tsoumas, who has been peddling petals on the platform of the 1st Avenue L station since 1972. Continuing the tradition […]

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I was a Butcher at the Meat Market of Yore; this is my Story [PHOTOS]

Posted June 11, 2019 at 5:09 am

“…So Richie…waddaya doin’ here…killing time? ” -Frankie “the Hat” In July of 1977, shortly before the Blackout, and the arrest of the notorious Son of Sam (aka David Berkowitz), I moved back to the city after a five-year stint in Lincoln, Nebraska. I had been invited to stay with a childhood friend, and his fiancé, […]

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Time is Short for the Longtime Subway Florist of 14th Street

Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

With the rebranded L train “slowdown” one day away, time is slim for the longtime subway florist on 14th Street. Our roving photographer – Lower East Side native Robert Carmona – caught up with the subterranean peddler last month to learn the latest. Periklis Tsoumas, who has been at the 1st Avenue and 14th Street […]

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Tell the MTA How You Feel About Changes to M14 Bus Route

Posted April 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

In two months, Department of Transportation and the MTA will drastically change the M14 bus route. It’s a new Select Bus Service plan that will eliminate several “local” stops along the line. Local politicians subsequently blasted the proposed changes to the crosstown bus line. They demanded supplemental local service similar to the M15 route along […]

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Tensions Mount as L-Train Construction Zone on 14th Street Reduces Hours

Posted March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am

The roadway of East 14th Street between Avenue B and First Avenue has been a construction zone for months, emitting plumes of dust and constant noise (and mysterious ooze). At work is an L train entrance at Avenue A, elevators on the north and south sides of 14th Street, as well as a new substation […]

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‘Escape from Hell’ with this L-Train Shutdown Board Game

Posted December 28, 2018 at 5:09 am

If you think playing the mind numbing sacchrine classic Candyland is one of Dante’s circles of hell, you’re certainly not wrong … but this might actually be worse. Artist Hunter Fine, the mastermind behind pop-up bed bug hotels, hipster traps, and squeakeasies throughout the neighborhood, has designed a new kind of board game nightmare, based […]

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14th Street Residents Shine Light on Health Concerns During L-Train Renovations

Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Ongoing work on the Canarsie Tunnel repair has created gridlock along East 14th Street. So much so, that neighbors and elected officials are banging the drum about the effects on the surrounding neighborhood. And have been for the better part of the last year. Yesterday morning, Assemblyman Harvey Epstein rallied with area neighbors outside the […]

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The Human Dreidel Spins in the Subway [VIDEO]

Posted December 5, 2018 at 5:02 am

In which the celebration of Chanukah is taken to new heights. A straphanger snapped some quick footage of the human dreidel in action on Monday, spinning around the platform of the 14th Street IRT Station. He later boarded the train and continued spinning away, with other passengers trying to comprehend what was happening. Hope he […]

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MTA Hosts Another L-Train Shutdown Town Hall Amidst 14th Street Devastation

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:02 am

With Canarsie Tunnel rehab poised to deadlock East 14th Street, and already a complete bottleneck, the MTA is really starting to hear it from the locals. An attempt to assuage the populace is underway, as the city tonight hosts a town hall related to the impending doom. Polly Trottenberg, Department of Transportation Commissioner, and Andy […]

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MTA: Debris Removal for Damaged Canarsie Subway Tunnel will Happen on Congested 14th Street

Last modified September 16, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Between the L Train Shutdown and development along East 14th Street, the whole area is a battered construction zone. The MTA began working on the Avenue B electrical substation and the purported Avenue A exit for the new 1st Avenue L station in September 2017. Since then, residents of Stuyvesant Town and across 14th Street have […]

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