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East Broadway Bodega Held up at Gunpoint

Posted August 12, 2020 at 5:08 am

Two men held up a Lower East Side bodega at gunpoint this past Friday, police said. The suspects – described as African American males – entered the He Xie Grocery at 154 East Broadway at approximately 6:47pm, drawing firearms and demanding cash. They made off with $1,500, and fled on a moped. Surveillance video from the […]

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Repairs to Sandy-Damaged F Train Tunnel Coming Next Month

Posted July 28, 2020 at 5:10 am

Surprising no one, more hiccups in store for the F Train. According to the MTA, the Rutgers Street Tunnel – the last of the tunnels running under the East River affected by Hurricane Sandy eight years ago – will begin rehab next month. Prep work starts in August, with most of the heavy lifting getting […]

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Free Kosher ‘Grab and Go’ Meals Available on the LES

Posted May 5, 2020 at 5:03 am

Kosher “Grab-and-Go” meals are now available on the Lower East Side for those in need during the pandemic. Folks can now pick up free meals on weekdays at Public School 134 (293 East Broadway). This spot, alongside the Washington Heights outpost (P.S. 48, located at 4360-78 Broadway), are the first two kosher-specific locations since the Department […]

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Straphanger at East Broadway Station Chases Down Mugger to Retrieve his Wallet

Posted April 3, 2020 at 5:08 am

Criminals are still out there, in spite of the COVID-19 lockdown. Especially in the largely empty subway stations. East Broadway station again lives up to its dangerous reputation with a mugging there last week. According to police, a man entered the station at Rutgers Street and East Broadway at 8:45pm on March 24 to purchase […]

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Metrocard Vending Machines are Always Broken at East Broadway Station

Posted March 3, 2020 at 5:04 am

Scamming and hooliganism inside the East Broadway subway station remains a chronic problem. Especially the so-called “swipe swindling” that doesn’t seem to fade. A reader pointed out that the Metrocard vending machines were compromised again last week just one day after being fixed. Apparently the kiosks were repaired on Wednesday, and broken again Thursday. Seems […]

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F Train Subway Tunnel to Undergo $100M Sandy-Related Repairs Next Year

Posted February 27, 2020 at 5:14 am

F train riders, get ready for a shutdown. The Rutgers Tube, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan beneath the East River, took on 1.5 million gallons of saltwater during the Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, and is next in line for repair. According to a report in The City, undergo at least $100 million worth of […]

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Chatham Square Library Closed for ‘Building Repairs’ Until Next Month

Posted February 20, 2020 at 5:06 am

The Chatham Square Library is currently down for maintenance. The so-called “building repairs and improvements” are scheduled to last through February 29, with the library itself to reopen the following Monday (March 2). Until then, borrowers can return books and periodicals to the Seward Park branch just down East Broadway. The Chatham Square branch of […]

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NYPL Ranks its Top Library Checkouts of All Time

Last modified January 13, 2020 at 9:41 am

As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, the New York Public Library released its top ten checkouts of all time. And some of the results are surprising. The list was culled from a variety of criteria, including historic checkout and circulation data (for all formats, including e-books), overall trends, current events, popularity, length of time […]

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These are the Top Checkouts at NYPL Branches on the Lower East Side In 2019

Last modified December 20, 2019 at 7:38 am

The New York Public Library just released every bookworm’s favorite year-end list: 2019’s top checkouts. This year’s favorite page turner from the city stacks was none other than the autobiography, Becoming, penned by former First Lady Michelle Obama. But Lower East Side branches opted for a variety of bestsellers this year. The Seward Park branch’s […]

Togo to go: Bronze Dog Statue in Seward Park is Relocated

Posted November 8, 2019 at 5:02 am

The bronze dog sculpture near the East Broadway entrance to Seward Park is easy to miss. Before its relocation last week, he had been buried in the brush, guarding the small children’s playground (i.e. the tot lot). Now, as part of the ongoing $6.4 million “Parks Without Borders” renovations, he’s on the move. So this […]

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