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Sutra Finds New Suitor in Murray Hill’s Mercury Bar

Posted July 1, 2014 at 6:06 am

That headline pretty much sums it up. It appears as though owner Ariel Palitz – member of the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 – is ditching Sutra Lounge after all. Paperwork submitted ahead of this month’s meeting reveals a new suitor for the nightclub at 16 First Avenue. One Keith McKeon (aka Allyn LLC), current […]

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Fineline Tattoo is Offering $13 Tattoos this Friday the 13th

Last modified June 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm

If you’ve been waiting for a marathon tattoo day like we have, fret not, the wait is over! This Friday the 13th, Fineline Tattoo is offering a deal to get your ass through the door – tattoos are $13 apiece (+ $7 tip) from noon until 11pm; arms and legs only. Fineline has never done a […]

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DBA Co-Owner Dennis Zentek Dies, RIP

Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:08 am

It’s been a tough few years for neighborhood favorite d.b.a. The twenty-year-old bar broke news yesterday that co-founder Dennis Zentek, died Sunday evening. The official Facebook page confirmed the news with a post yesterday, but didn’t provide further details. It is with such a heavy heart that we make the announcement that our beautiful friend […]

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Burkina Changes Its Name to ‘Got It 4 Cheap’; Expansion Planned

Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

In 2011, Burkina NYC was chased from its home of seventeen years on East Houston to make way for a nightlife establishment that few frequent – Preserve 24. The urban outfitter eventually settled north of the border at 69 First Avenue, right beside Downtown Bakery. Though, it almost didn’t make it out alive. Back in […]

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Spiegel Restaurant Opens Today at 26 First Avenue

Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:06 am

That Moroccan restaurant which replaced the corner bodega at 26 First Avenue is ready to rock n roll. The five-month build-out is now complete. Spiegel, a new ethnic eatery by Noah Shalem, soft opened last night for friends and family; the public at large can partake later this afternoon. Menu is infused with elements of […]

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Memorial Party for Tattoo Legend Mike Bakaty at Bowery Electric Tonight

Posted March 14, 2014 at 6:04 am

On January 29, the tattoo community lost one of its legends – Lower East Side homesteader Mike Bakaty. The skin artist had succumbed to his fight with lung cancer at age 77. Now his Fineline family (which includes son Mehai) is throwing a bash to celebrate his life. This “party in memoriam” happens tonight at […]

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Spiegel Prepares to Bring (Kosher) Moroccan Cuisine to First Avenue

Posted March 4, 2014 at 5:22 am

Back in October, principal Noah Shalem received Community Board 3 approval for his new corner eatery at 26 First Avenue. Spiegel, as it’s called, sought a wine and beer pairing for its Moroccan/Israeli menu. The full service restaurant, set to debut imminently, carries a Kosher menu of meats and fish (no dairy on site). Since […]

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The Final Audio Interview with Pioneering Tattoo Artist Mike Bakaty of ‘Fineline Tattoo’, RIP

Last modified February 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

The tattoo community is grieving. Mike Bakaty, pioneer of Lower East Side tattooing, died last Wednesday evening after a bout with lung cancer. He was 77. Bakaty began inking customers out of his Bowery loft at McGurk’s Suicide Hall in 1976, during the height of the prohibition on tattooing in New York City. So the […]

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Commuter Composting Now Available on First Avenue and Houston Street

Last modified December 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

Composting in the neighborhood has gotten a lot easier. Until now, if you wanted to do the right thing, you had to drag your compost to the Union Square Market or over to the Lower East Side Ecology Center on Sundays. Now you can swing by The NYC Compost Project’s Commuter Composting on the west […]

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L’asso Ends Its East Village Location on 1st Avenue

Posted July 15, 2013 at 6:05 am

Word on the street is L’asso Pizza recently entered some difficult financial straits, and as a result, the newish East Village location at 107 First Avenue shuttered.

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