Broome Street

Two Scoops: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Expanding into New Essex Street Market

Last modified December 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

The beloved Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is expanding to the Lower East Side next year. It will take up residence inside the new Essex Street Market facility as part of Essex Crossing. This cross-neighborhood expansion is a first for the popular scoop shop, which has been serving its namesake neighborhood for four decades. Second-generation owner […]

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Last 2 Parking Lots on Delancey Street Closing in the Next Month for Essex Crossing Towers

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

For the first time in fifty years – since the notorious “urban renewal” slum clearance of 1967 – the last two parking lots on Delancey Street will soon go under the knife. The parcels are incorporated into the Essex Crossing development, and as such, are ready for their luxury payload. The Lower East Side Partnership […]

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Do Big Belly Trash Compacting Bins Contribute to Litter Problem?

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 11:23 am

This photo says it all, really. Namely that those Big Belly receptacles might not actually be working to plan. The multi-thousand-dollar trash bins began appearing across the streets of Chinatown and the Lower East Side earlier this fall, but are they helping or just part of the problem? Despite the best of intentions, an overflowing Big […]

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Essex Crossing’s Affordable Condo Lottery is Now Live

Posted December 4, 2017 at 5:17 am

Another Lower East Side affordable housing lottery is in full swing – this time, units at Essex Crossing’s Site 1 are up for grabs. The 14-story building positioned at 242 Broome Street will have a total of 55 residential units; 11 of these units are available to households earning no more than 125% AMI (Area […]

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‘GrandLo Cafe’ Kickstarts Crowdfunding Campaign Ahead of Winter Debut

Posted November 29, 2017 at 5:05 am

The Grand Street Settlement is a couple months away from opening GrandLo Cafe at Essex Crossing Site 6. In the meantime, however, the social service institution has jumpstarted a Kickstarter campaign to assist completion of the nonprofit coffee shop concept (aka “nosh for profit”). All of the donations collected – roughly $7,600 of the $25,000 […]

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Essex Crossing’s First Park Comes Into View on Broome Street

Posted November 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Here is an early glimpse of the new park plaza Essex Crossing is bringing to the Lower East Side. Behind the boards at Site 5 – aka 145 Clinton Street – bones of the outdoor infrastructure are now in place. According to the weekly email update from Delancey Street Associates, this “plaza work” includes “staging […]

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Martin Scorsese Spent His 75th Birthday Filming ‘The Irishman’ in the Cold Night

Posted November 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

On the occasion of his 75th birthday, Martin Scorsese spent Friday evening on the not-so-mean streets of the Lower East Side. Filming the much-hyped film for Netflix, The Irishman. (The crew all sported big buttons reading “I’m a friend of Marty Scorsese” to celebrate his age milestone.) For twelve hours, the corner Orchard and Broome […]

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Perp Collared for Beating Retired Cop and Stealing His Gun in Broome Street Bodega

Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:18 am

The man who roughed up a retired cop early Saturday morning and ran off with his gun is now in police custody, according to published reports. Forsyth Street resident Rafael Calderon, 37, was arrested Monday and charged with robbery, grand larceny, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. The 49-year-old retired cop had reportedly been visiting […]

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‘Barrio Chino’ Just Changed its Image on Broome Street

Posted October 30, 2017 at 5:12 am

Longtime neighborhood favorite Barrio Chino (Spanish for Chinatown) has an altogether different appearance now. Gone is the soot-stained orange look of 253 Broome Street. Replaced instead with a shiny white sheen. Barrio Chino opened in July 2003, and is consistently ranked as a top area option for Mexican food.

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LES Ice Cream Bandit Hits 3 Stores in 2 Weeks

Posted October 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

There’s apparently an ice cream bandit on the loose. The 7th Precinct confirms that the perp struck twice on the same day earlier this month (October 13), stealing frozen flavors from both Rite Aid on Grand Street and the Big Apple Grocery at 219 East Broadway. The suspected thief is a 25-year-old African American male, police […]

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