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Wegmans Market to Open at Former Astor Place Kmart

Posted July 30, 2021 at 5:00 am

Something rather unexpected. Not two weeks after Kmart terminated its presence in Astor Place, its replacement is announced. From left field – Wegmans is to open its first Manhattan grocery at this location. The well-regarded, Rochester-based chain already maintains a store in Brooklyn. Curb your enthusiasm, though, as the new Wegmans won’t open at 770 […]

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Astor Place Kmart Throws in the Towel After 25 Years

Posted July 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

Attention Kmart shoppers, no more blue light specials for Astor Place. The twenty-five-year-old location is officially kaput. As first reported by EV Grieve yesterday, this once-bustling downtown Kmart shuttered suddenly on Sunday. Apparently, employees weren’t told of the closing date until this past Friday. Signs announcing the final days were circulated throughout the store a […]

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Astor Place Hair Saved by Deep Pocketed Investors, Including its Landlord

Posted November 24, 2020 at 5:15 am

Astor Place Hair was all set to close this week, concluding an impressive seven-decade run. The pandemic reduced customers and business plummeted. Thanks to an eleventh-hour cash infusion, though, the barbershop will stay put. Indeed, news broke yesterday that a conglomerate of investors joined forces to raise the necessary capital. The group includes financier Jonathan […]

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Astor Place Hair to Close Permanently Next Month Due to Pandemic

Posted October 29, 2020 at 5:02 am

You’ve seen, you’ve read, you’ve heard. News broke over the weekend that Astor Place Hairstylists, a bastion of affordable cuts, is closing down for good. Barring some miracle, the 74-year-old business will be another victim of this dreadful pandemic. Apparently, management informed staff last Friday. Its final day on the namesake block is at the […]

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About that Mass SantaCon Subway Fare Evasion

Posted December 17, 2019 at 5:01 am

Amidst the SantaCon madness this past Saturday, a gaggle of costumed activists jumped the turnstiles at the Astor Place subway station in the East Village. A video showing the mass action immediately went viral on Twitter. It was unclear at the time whether this was coordinated or just a bunch of revelers partying for SantaCon. […]

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Mosaic Man Revamps NYPD Tribute Pole in Astor Place

Posted September 12, 2017 at 5:17 am

Jim “Mosaic Man” Power just revamped his NYPD tribute pole in Astor Place (aka “in the line of duty”). The legendary local artist has been raising funds for months to help complete the final pieces of his “Mosaic Trail” restoration project. We happened upon the Mosaic Man last Friday as he glued an assortment of shards […]

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MUD Coffee Returned to Astor Place this Week with Astor Plate Kiosk

Last modified July 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

With years of construction upgrades finally in the rearview, the redesigned Astor Place just brought more food options to the area. And with familiar faces. MUD Coffee (sans truck) made its return this week as part of a new snack stand by Perry Mallas called Astor Plate. The Village Alliance, the business improvement district behind […]

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Cirque du Soleil Acquires the Blue Man Group for ‘Tens of Millions’

Last modified July 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

Independent off-Broadway theater sustained a major hit last week. The Blue Man Group – founded on the Lower East Side nearly 30 years ago – was gobbled up by Cirque du Soleil. The two entities agreed on a deal reportedly worth “tens of millions,” with the “mutual aim of expanding Blue Man’s reach beyond its […]

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Dedication of Restored ‘Mosaic Trail’ Light Poles in Astor Place Delayed Until Thursday

Posted November 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

For Jim Power, the culmination of his fight to keep his accomplished “Mosaic Trail” passing through Astor Place will have to wait a couple more days. Inclement weather today and tomorrow forced the Village Alliance business improvement district to postpone the dedication ceremony until Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm. Yet another hurdle that proves it wasn’t an […]

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Seven ‘Mosaic Trail’ Light Poles Reinstated Around the Reconfigured Astor Place

Posted November 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

Last week was a busy one in the reconfigured (nay, sanitized) Astor Place. The pedestrian plaza is officially “reopened” after two years under the knife, and the Alamo Cube is again spinning. The final component to complete the trifecta – Jim Power’s Mosaic Trail light poles – is also in place. Seven of the Mosaic […]

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