Elizabeth Street

A ‘Lovely Day’ for Open Restaurant Streets on Elizabeth and Spring Streets

Posted August 19, 2020 at 5:06 am

It’s a lovely day for open streets in Little Italy. With a street-closure permit obtained from the Department of Transportation, Elizabeth Street restaurants Lovely Day, Gohan-Ya, and Peasant will be expanding seating further into the roadbed and sidewalk starting this weekend. The trio of local eateries has successfully petitioned the city to close Elizabeth Street […]

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An Open Letter to DOE Proposing Outdoor Classes at Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted July 28, 2020 at 5:02 am

The following open letter to the Department of Education was penned by executive director of the Elizabeth Street Garden, Joseph Reiver. Dear Chancellor Carranza, As the City moves to reopen public schools, Elizabeth Street Garden would like to offer our grounds for outdoor classes.  We understand the complexity of ensuring that children safely receive their […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Reopens Post-Shutdown

Posted July 6, 2020 at 5:04 am

At a time when city folk are clamoring for more open space, the Elizabeth Street Garden comes to the rescue. The one-acre sculpture park – nestled in the middle of Little Italy – reopened to the public over the weekend. Yet, with limited hours. Temporary visitation is weekends from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There are also […]

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To Survive, Gohan-Ya Merges with Lovely Day On Elizabeth Street

Last modified June 10, 2020 at 9:41 am

Lovely Day on Elizabeth Street has become a local favorite because of its affordable home-cooking and cozy neighborhood vibe. But now the something-for-everyone menu, which already includes both Asian and American comfort food, is about to get even more diverse. Owner Kazusa Jibiki is merging the Japanese fare from her second restaurant, Gohan-Ya, into Lovely […]

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Little Italy Butcher Moe Albanese Dies from Coronavirus; Neighbors Pay Tribute

Last modified April 9, 2020 at 7:38 am

Moe Albanese, longtime Little Italy butcher and fixture of Elizabeth Street, passed away Tuesday evening due to complications from COVID-19. He was 95-years-old. The news was confirmed by his granddaughter, Jennifer Prezioso, in a post on Instagram. At the Albanese Meats butcher shop on Elizabeth Street, a makeshift memorial is underway. Flowers, candles, and condolence […]

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Legendary Little Italy Butcher Moe Albanese Battling COVID-19

Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:04 am

Moe Albanese, longtime Little Italy butcher and fixture of Elizabeth Street, is fighting for his life. The nonagenarian is struggling due to complications from COVID-19 infection, according to his granddaughter. “As I write this now, my grandfather is at the hospital due to complications from covid-19,” his granddaughter Jennifer Prezioso wrote on Instagram. “Moe is […]

‘Peasant’ to Stay on Elizabeth Street Under Chef Marc Forgione

Posted December 5, 2019 at 5:08 am

So, it turns out that Peasant will remain on Elizabeth Street, after all. But under new ownership. One month ago, we reported that founding chef-owner Frank DeCarlo reportedly decided against renewal. An apparent change of heart unfolded in the interim… The New York Times this week disclosed that DeCarlo sold the business to Marc Forgione, […]

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Former Home of Public on Elizabeth Street to Become 6-Story Office Development

Posted November 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Public restaurant on Elizabeth Street closed down in June 2017. It spent fourteen years serving in the former commercial bakery, and picked up Michelin nods along the way. Public was forced to close not by rent hike, but by construction on-premise. Chef and Avroko partner Brad Farmerie told Eater at the time that relocating […]

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Haven Green’s New Deal for Elizabeth Street Garden Site Throws Shade at the Community

Last modified October 31, 2019 at 9:11 am

While City Council over the summer approved Haven Green, an affordable housing development set to rise atop the Elizabeth Street Garden, nonprofit groups continue to fight for the beloved, Little Italy green space. Last Saturday, the endangered garden received an outpouring of support from the local community as over 2,300 people attended the annual “Harvest […]

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‘Peasant’ will Close Down After 2 Decades on Elizabeth Street [Updated]

Last modified November 5, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Come December, Peasant will be gone. Word on the street is that the lease is up at 194 Elizabeth Street, and co-owner Frank DeCarlo reportedly decided against renewal. Apparently it’s not a case of being pushed out, either. Consistently a critics’ darling, Peasant was founded in 1999 by John LaFemina and Frank DeCarlo. It initially […]

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