Bowery

JR’s Anti-Gun Mural on the Bowery Tagged in Response to Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Posted October 28, 2018 at 11:20 am

Friday evening, street artist JR imparted an anti-gun mural at the Bowery Wall in collaboration with TIME Magazine, replacing the Tristan Eaton treatment from months earlier. In a twist of tragedy, the visual conversation proved timely after an anti-Semitic gunman murdered eleven Jewish congregants at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Some twenty-four hours […]

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Zhen Wei Fang Gets Going at Former Congee Bowery Space

Last modified October 25, 2018 at 8:59 am

For the second time in as many years, the folks behind Congee Bowery are switching it up. Yet keeping it in the family. You’ll recall that Congee Bowery transitioned to Hot Pot Village in the summer of 2017. Now, just over a year later, a grand opening celebration is underway for Zhen Wei Fang. The […]

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The Bowery Lighting District Just Lost its Biggest Store, Lighting by Gregory

Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Bowery Lighting District is reeling after losing its biggest store. Lighting by Gregory – located between Kenmare and Broome Streets for decades – faded from the landscape last week. The business shuttered, leaving behind multiple storefronts at 156-158 Bowery for the take. Apparently the company is in the throes of Bankruptcy filing, and the […]

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Purported Rent Hike Pushes Chinatown’s ‘Sing Kee’ Out of Business

Posted October 5, 2018 at 5:11 am

The well-regarded Chinatown restaurant, Sing Kee Seafood, just went bust. Sing Kee served a family-style menu of traditional Cantonese comfort food. But it closed down for good in mid-September after roughly seven years on the Bowery. No announcement to patrons, just shuttered gates during business hours. The closure is reportedly another instance of a rent […]

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Skatewear Brand ‘Supreme’ Heads to 190 Bowery

Posted October 3, 2018 at 5:00 am

Supreme is reportedly coming to the Lower East Side, albeit on a temporary basis. The pioneering skatewear brand is apparently negotiating a lease for retail space at the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery. Per Crain’s Business, which first reported the news yesterday, the lease would be temporary while the twenty-four-year-old Lafayette Street headquarters undergoes […]

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Mayor Appoints ‘Preservationist’ LPC Chair

Posted October 2, 2018 at 5:04 am

It took more than five months, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission has a new leader. Last Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio appointed, and City Council confirmed, Sarah Carroll as the new Chair, replacing predecessor Meenakshi Srinivasan. Local preservationists appear cautiously optimistic with the twenty-four-year LPC vet, as she’s apparently the first LPC head in decades with […]

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MoMA Wins Trademark Injunction Against ‘MoMaCha’ Cafe on the Bowery

Posted October 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

That headline-grabbing art-cafe on the Bowery, MoMaCha, is in hot water and will need to change its tune. As expected by many, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) filed a lawsuit five months ago, and last week won a preliminary injunction in federal court against the tea room, forbidding the business from using or promoting […]

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CitizenM Debuts Modular Bowery Hotel, Yet Still Hogs the Roadway

Posted September 28, 2018 at 5:04 am

This is the CitizenM red carpet as seen yesterday evening. The twenty-story modular hotel is now open, boasting 300 rooms, restaurants, and a 5Pointz Museum of Street Art. Yet traffic on its doorstep is still snarled by the years-running staging grounds. It was around this time two years ago that CitizenM completely altered the traffic […]

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Ace Hotel’s ‘Sister City’ Opens on the Bowery in January

Last modified September 25, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Sister City, the name bestowed upon the new 12-story Ace Hotel on the Bowery, is on the precipice of launch. Five years after news first broke of their arrival on the Lower East Side. However, the hotel, which took over the building from Salvation Army, is no longer slated for a “Fall 2018” opening. The […]

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Report: Bowery ‘Tech Incubator’ Buildings Sell for Combined $48.5M

Posted September 6, 2018 at 5:02 am

Remember those much-publicized “tech incubator” buildings on the Bowery? They just changed hands. Located within a block of each other, both buildings – 135 Bowery and 161 Bowery – just sold to Marx Realty for a combined $48.5 million. The sale follows more than a year after former owner Caspi Development began peddling the properties […]

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