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85 Bowery Tenants Allege Landlord Reneged on Deal for Return Home

Last modified June 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

The saga of 85 Bowery continues today with tenants alleging that landlord Joseph Betesh reneged on a negotiated deal for families to return home. Hunger striking tenants a couple weeks ago had called off the protest after an alleged accord was in the offing. Resident leaders are holding a press conference on the steps of […]

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Why CitizenM is the Worst Neighbor on the Bowery [OP-ED]

Posted June 15, 2018 at 5:02 am

The following editorial was written by longtime reader, and frequent commenter, Big Tim Sullivan. After a seemingly never-ending construction period, CitizenM has been “reaching out” to neighbors to enlist their help and garner support for approval of the hotel’s much-needed liquor license. (For CanteenM on the ground level and CloudM on the rooftop.) They need […]

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Banksy’s Protest Mural Erased from Bowery Wall

Posted June 13, 2018 at 5:15 am

Banksy made international headlines this past March with his 70-foot protest statement at the Bowery mural wall. As of this week, it’s now erased. He and street artist Borf together imparted the message mural, aimed at highlighting the plight of Turkish painter and journalist Zehra Dogan, imprisoned by the Turkish regime in a wave of […]

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Cherche Midi Shuts Down for Good on Sunday

Posted June 8, 2018 at 5:03 am

The end of the line is here for another Keith McNally establishment. Come Sunday evening, Cherche Midi will be just another memory for the Bowery. The French spot, which replaced Pulino’s four years ago, closes for good on Sunday (June 10). This is the second high-profile closure on the Lower East Side for team McNally […]

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‘SleePare’ Online Bedding Purveyor Joins Bowery Lighting District

Posted June 6, 2018 at 5:09 am

Down in the Bowery lighting district, this store has gone to sleep. Online mattress retailer SleePare counts 166 Bowery as its brick-and-mortar outpost. It’s the second bedding shop within two blocks, behind organic mattress showroom Nest, and is now operational. SleePare apparently designed “state of the art software” with “machine learning” that compares customer preferences – based […]

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‘Hecho en Dumbo’ to Shutter After More than 8 Years on the Bowery

Posted June 5, 2018 at 5:05 am

Hecho en Dumbo is closing up shop. Management officially disseminated the news Sunday evening, thus concluding more than eight years on the Bowery. The imminent shutter – this Saturday (June 9) – was expected these last several months. Indeed, we first spotted real estate listings for the commercial condo at 354 Bowery exactly one year […]

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Hunger Strike Ends as 85 Bowery Nears Deal with Landlord to Return Home

Last modified June 4, 2018 at 7:08 am

Things might be looking up for the displaced residents of 85 Bowery, who are claiming victory after another brief hunger strike against landlord Joseph Betesh. At ground zero of the rally Friday (City Hall) and in front of roughly one hundred supporters, advocates announced that 85 Bowery tenants ended the hunger strike as a deal […]

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At City Hall with the 85 Bowery Hunger Strike [PHOTOS]

Last modified May 31, 2018 at 9:14 am

Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery gathered yesterday on the steps of City Hall to protest their plight. The rally was a resumption of the media-friendly hunger strike meant to humanize the frustration due to the ongoing displacement and delays in building repairs. And to put an end to Mayor de Blasio’s so-called “displacement agenda.” Seven […]

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MOMACHA Responds to MoMA Lawsuit, Raises Stakes with Expansion

Posted May 30, 2018 at 5:09 am

Down on the Bowery, a tiny tea shop has ruffled the feathers of the Museum of Modern Art. MOMACHA, the months-old matcha cafe and “exhibition space,” opened with little fanfare at 312 Bowery, yet quickly attracted a legal response. MoMA filed a lawuit in Manhattan federal court in April, accusing the establishment of willfully “infringing […]

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Exiled Tenants of 85 Bowery Resume Hunger Strike Tomorrow

Posted May 29, 2018 at 5:07 am

No housing, no food. Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery will resume the hunger strike this week in an effort to spread awareness of their collective plight. The protest action against controversial landlord Joseph Betesh, the second in the last few months, begins anew tomorrow morning (11am) on the steps of City Hall. We are told […]

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