Allen Street

‘Bluestockings’ Celebrates 20 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted May 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

This month, the venerable Bluestockings celebrates a momentous milestone. Twenty years selling books from a storefront on Allen Street. Bluestockings – named for the 18th century intellectual women in the Blue Stockings Society – opened at 172 Allen in 1999. Its current model as a collectively-run, worker-owned bookstore and activist center followed a brief closure […]

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For the Lower East Side, ‘Where Goes the Neighborhood?’

Posted April 12, 2019 at 5:03 am

“There goes the neighborhood” is probably the most common cliche when discussing neighborhood gentrification. Each generation tends to label game-changing events as so cataclysmic that the end of status quo is predicted (e.g. Marshalls opening next to Katz’s Deli). But where? Artist and street commentator Adrian Wilson posed the statement above the Cheese Grille on […]

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Allen Street Parking Garage Pitched as Development Opportunity

Posted April 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

As Essex Crossing debuts piecemeal, property owners are looking to cash in. It’s causing a ripple effect around the neighborhood. Just a couple blocks away, 59 Allen Street is ready for its due and proper. The 8,800 square-foot, through-block structure – occupied by the Imperial Parking garage and galleries on the Eldridge front – is now […]

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Decades on, the Allen Street Domino’s Falls

Posted April 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

Domino’s Pizza held down the southwest corner of Allen and East Houston Streets for more than two decades, occupying a sprawling retail space adjacent to the subway station. Contrary to what you might think, this Domino’s (205 Allen) was almost always buzzing. Until this month. It’s gone dark. Storefront branding is now obscured, and multiple […]

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A Decade Later, Allen Street Hotel Finally has Something to Show for Itself

Posted March 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s not the crust in your eyes – the Allen Street Hotel is indeed showing itself. The mechanical system of bars and netting recently came down to reveal the glassy new facade. At first glance, The Allen, as it’s now named, appears to resemble the Pomeranc-designed Sixty (formerly, Thompson LES) just up the block. As […]

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Hanksy and Tom Hanks in a Room Together [VIDEO]

Posted March 8, 2019 at 5:06 am

In case you’re curious about the meta moment when the street artist formerly known as Hanksy met Tom Hanks, watch this quick video below. Hanksy, who dropped the puns and dad-jokes two years ago and pivoted under his name Adam Lucas, details his brief 2013 hangout with the actor after his performance on Broadway’s Lucky […]

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Where Sugar was, ‘Empire Gyro’ will Open on Monday

Posted February 13, 2019 at 5:03 am

After months of construction (and related delays) at the corner of East Houston and Allen Streets, Empire Gyro is finally ready to start serving the Lower East Side. The 24-hour fast-food restaurant will host the requisite friends and family event this Saturday. Grand opening to the public is next Monday (February 18), two months after […]

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Here’s Where the $1.25M Rivington House Settlement Money is Going

Posted February 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

In the wake of the Rivington House scandal, the Attorney General last year settled with the Allure Group for its nefarious conduct in shutting down and canceling the deed restriction that led to the $116 million sale of the former nursing home. Under the terms of the settlement, Allure is on the hook for $750,000 […]

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‘Empire Gyro’ Readies 24-Hour Allen Street Eatery for Christmastime Debut

Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:03 am

The tradition of 24-hour eateries at the southeast corner of Allen and East Houston continues with Empire Gyro. The new fast food Mediterranean spot, which takes over from the utilitarian Sugar Cafe, has been building out 200 Allen Street since early October. The menu is somewhat predictable, featuring soups, salads, kebabs, and shawarma. Empire Gyro […]

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‘Vivi Bubble Tea’ Cafe on Allen Street Shuttered by DOH [Updated]

Last modified December 11, 2018 at 11:50 pm

Vivi Bubble Tea on Allen Street recently had a run-in with the Department of Health. Inspectors visited the four-year-old Chinatown import in mid-October, and dropped the hammer big time. The franchise fell victim to 79 violation points largely due to vermin and lack of sanitization. It was closed for business for several weeks with brown […]

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