Avenue A

A Hidden Taco Spot Sees the Light Of Day on Avenue A

Posted September 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Just a few nights ago, while eating at La Contenta on Norfolk Street, I noticed a staircase leading to a basement with a sign that read “Lower East Side Toy Company,” and recalled a hazy night of my mid-20s. “Isn’t there a hidden bar down there?” I asked my friend who I was dining with. […]

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Fate of Samuel Cox Statue in Tompkins Square Park Remains Uncertain

Posted August 18, 2020 at 5:05 am

The statue of Samuel Cox residing in Tompkins Square Park is on the proverbial chopping block. 2nd District Councilwoman Carlina Rivera is calling for Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver to remove the 19th century figurehead from the public eye. “Historians and numerous New Yorkers have highlighted that Cox’s history – beyond his work regarding pro-labor policies […]

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Odessa Restaurant on Avenue A Closes this Week After 25 Years

Last modified July 13, 2020 at 9:53 am

Odessa Restaurant, long a bastion of late night cheap eats and great conversation, is set to close for good later this week. Word is circulating on social media that the 24-hour Ukrainian diner ends its Alphabet City tenure on Sunday (July 19). Here it stood for twenty-seven years. Staff is starting to tell customers about the […]

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Map Tool Shows What Businesses are Open Around the East Village During COVID-19

Posted April 20, 2020 at 5:15 am

There is a new map tool making the rounds that lists “essential” businesses open and operating during the COVID-19 shutdown. Data is crowdsourced from the community via tips and submission forms, then plotted. The endeavor was launched by “East Village residents that love our neighborhood small businesses and independent organizations.” Notably, the East Village Community […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Drugs and Anti-Police Protests

Posted January 31, 2020 at 5:03 am

In the 1980s, abandoned buildings dotted Ludlow Street between Stanton and Rivington, on the east side. Often these spaces became a drop-off for garbage and home base for drug dealers selling product. The spray-painted message warned sellers would be photographed. Due to the number of locations that sold illegal drugs, as well as the volume […]

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Report: Protected Bike Lanes Underway for Alphabet City

Posted November 20, 2019 at 5:03 am

Protected bike lanes may be on the way to Alphabet City. With the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project on the near horizon, the Department of Transportation is attempting to make good on its recent promise to cyclists, by improving city bike infrastructure surrounding the project. “DOT, in consultation with Council members and other local stakeholders, […]

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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ on the Lower East Side Airs this Fall

Posted August 3, 2018 at 5:03 am

No longer in doubt, CNN confirmed this week that the posthumous season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown will air in the fall. Meaning, the highly-anticipated Lower East Side treatments will follow. Apparently, only one episode was completed before Bourdain’s tragic suicide in France eight weeks ago, according to the Los Angeles Times. The remaining few […]

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This Documentary Tells the Story of Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A

Posted June 11, 2018 at 5:11 am

It’s the age-old tale of resilience in the face of adversity; this one in particular hits close to home. That of Ray’s Candy Store. Friend and filmmaker Arya Ghavamian is hoping to take his kinship with shopkeep Ray Alvarez and share it on the silver screen. Over the past four years, he’s been recording the history, conversations, […]

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Inkstop Tattoo Parlor Closing Down after 2 Decades in the East Village

Posted May 8, 2018 at 5:09 am

The wells have run dry for Inkstop Tattoo on Avenue A. Head tattoo artist and shop owner, Eric Rignall, announced last week on social media that the business would close down at the end of summer. “Sometime “by August 1,” which means any day now, really. Thus concluding an impressive twenty-one year run in the […]

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‘May Day’ Punk Matinee at Tompkins Square Park [PHOTOS]

Posted May 3, 2018 at 5:04 am

Last Sunday was the May Day punk matinee at Tompkins Square Park. Alphabet City denizen and photographer Destiny Mata and Joe Richie were both in attendance. They sent in the following dispatch. On April 29, the punx had their May Day, in the great tradition of Tompkins Square Park Sunday Matinees. Keeping with the spirit […]

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