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City Council Zoning Committee Approves ‘Union Square Tech Hub’ Without Area Protections

Posted August 3, 2018 at 5:04 am

The controversial upzoning of a public site at 120 East 14th Street to accommodate the Union Square Tech Hub is one step closer to happening. If passed by the full City Council next week, a 23-story building dedicated to co-working space, tech training, and offices will rise atop the former P.C. Richard & Son. However, […]

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Target Apologizes for its Controversial CBGB ‘Tribute’

Posted July 26, 2018 at 5:09 am

Target’s tail is now between its legs. The retailer debuted its new small-format downtown store with East Village-themed pomp and circumstance Saturday afternoon. Rather than embracing community, though, the opposite happened. The insensitive stunt, which included a Target-branded CBGB canopy (TRGT) and related merchandise as props, was universally panned. Public outcry about the commercial co-opting […]

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Report: Clash Superfan Determined to Prove Correct Concert Date of ‘London Calling’ Cover Shot

Posted June 6, 2018 at 5:02 am

It’s one of the most iconic photographs in rock history. The image of bassist Paul Simonon smashing his guitar on stage at the Palladium in the fall of 1979, which later appeared as the album art for The Clash’s seminal effort, London Calling. However, one rabid fan now calls into question the date of said […]

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Will Tech Hub Save the East Village or Turn it Into Silicon Alley? [OP-ED]

Posted March 8, 2018 at 5:10 am

The following op-ed was written by Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. On February 28, Community Board 3 voted to include in their approval of a proposed Tech Hub on 14th Street the condition that (among many other things) the City move ahead with longstanding requests for rezoning of […]

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The City Should Recognize ‘International Clash Day,’ the Only Day that Matters

Last modified March 28, 2018 at 10:57 pm

What began as an impromptu quip on a local Seattle radio station in 2013 is now a full-fledged grassroots campaign. All in the name of The Clash, the only band that matters. Four years ago, a deejay at KEXP, an influential left-of-the-dial radio station, arbitrarily declared February 7 as “International Clash Day.” (The only day that […]

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Iconic Music Promoter Frank Wood Talks Beastie Boys, Bruce Springsteen, and the Grateful Dead [INTERVIEW]

Last modified April 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

The following is a guest post by Jack D’Isidoro When Frank Wood walks into Otto’s Shrunken Head, a hole-in-the-wall tiki bar on an empty stretch of 14th Street in the Lower East Side, he doesn’t even acknowledge me. Instead, he shuffles past with his cane, asks the woman behind the bar if he has any […]

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Today in LES History: Biggie is Arrested for Assault Outside the Palladium

Posted March 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

On this day in… 1996 – reports surfaced that rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Chris Wallace) and his friend Damian Butler were arrested for assaulting two autograph seekers after a performance by Faith Evans (Biggie’s then-wife) outside the former Palladium night club, 126 East 14th Street. The fans “had words” with the rapper before heading off […]

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Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue on 14th Street is Designated a Landmark

Posted October 29, 2014 at 6:02 am

Local activists kept the faith and a Lower East Side icon was saved. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and its supporters, the 150-year-old German Romanesque-style Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue at 334 East 14th Street is now officially designated a city landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission decreed the protective […]

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Dunkin Donuts’ Noisy HVAC Units on 14th Street Driving Neighbors Crazy

Last modified October 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

7-Eleven netted mainstream coverage a couple weeks ago for the wrong reasons. Since opening the controversial Alphabet City location on Avenue A last year, neighbors have been kept awake at all hours with its overactive air conditioning and refrigeration units. The narrative quickly became the type of grassroots story that eventually made it to the […]

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Artist Mark Panzarino Arrested for Chalking the Grounds of Union Square

Last modified May 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Chalk? Childhood past-time. Each piece with a lifespan of pretty much a couple days, or until it rains. It seems that despite the various chalkings of the Lower East Side as recently as last week, and also in tribute to the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory for a decade, chalk artist Mark Panzarino was […]

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