2nd Avenue

Nearly a Decade Later, Faded Ad for ‘The Ludlow’ is Eclipsed by Development

Last modified November 14, 2017 at 9:07 pm

It was late 2008 when The Ludlow first opened its doors, ushering in an era of luxury living in Hell Square. The upscale rental development – arguably the first of its kind in this three-by-three block area – entered the scene just as area hyper-gentrification began to spiral out of control. Around that time, too, this […]

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Gregg Allman: Please Call Home (a Tribute)

Posted June 2, 2017 at 9:44 am

Won’t you fly high, free bird. On Sunday, May 27, 2017, the music died. At least for a little while. Southern rock, jam band, blues titan, Gregg LeNoir Allman passed away from liver cancer at the age of 69. He was a newlywed (7 times a lady, ah, musicians) and father of 5. Lynyrd Skynyrd […]

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5-Story Os Gemeos Mural Disappears Behind Rising Residential Construction

Posted May 8, 2017 at 5:12 am

After a two-year reign, the Os Gemeos B-Boy mural on 2nd Avenue is disappearing into history. Covered up by the rising residential development on its backside. It’s the second mural by the Brazilian twin artists to be hidden by speculation. The other, of course, being their 2009 painting on the original graffiti wall slab at East Houston […]

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This Subway Sticker Campaign Wants You to Recognize Rikers Island

Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:19 am

It’s one of the few geographic elements on the subway map without designation. But a trio of design students wants to make sure you know where Rikers Island is. Despite the recent movement (and momentum) – backed by Governor Cuomo – to have the prison closed due to its purported horrible conditions. With the red […]

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‘STOMP’ is Staying Put at the Orpheum, but Must Cough up $2.2M Fine

Posted May 6, 2016 at 5:15 am

STOMP is staying put, after all. An arbitrator’s ruling in December prohibits termination of its lease. A year ago, the long-running production informed the landlord of the Orpheum that the production would leave the building for an unnamed theater in Times Square. Off Broadway going Broadway. The disheartening news came at a bad time – […]

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Reliving ‘The Last Days at Mars Bar’ with Hank Penza [VIDEO]

Last modified April 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

It’s been six months since former Mars Bar patriarch, Hank Penza, passed away. He was 82. And almost five years since his establishment shuttered. One of his closest confidantes, Jenny Woodward, had access to Penza (one of the few, actually) during the final weeks before Mars Bar closed in 2011. She filmed loads of conversations […]

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Mosaic Man Embeds Lightpole Tribute to 2nd Avenue Explosion

Last modified April 1, 2016 at 9:00 am

Last Saturday was the first anniversary of the Second Avenue Explosion. To mark the occasion, local Councilwoman Rosie Mendez held a press conference outside the now-vacant lot. It was an opportunity for a moment of silence and also to announce the package of nine bills in City Council that call for tougher measures to prevent […]

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Bowie to B52s: First ‘David Bowery’ Now ‘B52 Avenue’

Posted March 18, 2016 at 11:52 am

The anonymous artist behind the “David Bowery” tribute on the Bowery during the January blizzard is at it again. This morning, the Lower East Side awoke to a newly-renamed street, “B52 Avenue.” Yes, as in the classic new wave band of yesteryear from Athens, Georgia. The tagged sign is, we’re told, an homage to the band, […]

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20 Years Later, 2nd Avenue Deli Slaying Remains a Cold Case; Owner’s Family Offering $150K Reward

Posted March 8, 2016 at 9:29 am

​Twenty years ago this past Friday, the beloved owner of the 2nd Avenue Deli – Abe Lebewohl – was murdered in an armed robbery. The suspect was never caught, but the Lebewohl family is not giving up. Back in 1996, Lebewohl was making his daily bank run in the company van when he was robbed […]

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GILF Hits 3 East Village Retail Victims with ‘Gentrification in Progress’ Tape

Posted March 3, 2016 at 5:16 am

Three beloved East Village stores were involved in a drive-by taping last night. Street artist GILF paid a visit to the trio of businesses, each having changed location or gone out for good. The familiar “Gentrification in Progress” tape criss-crossed the front of Trash & Vaudeville (relocated from St. Mark’s to East 7th Street), the Stage Restaurant […]

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