Essex Street

International Center of Photography Readies January Reopening at Essex Crossing with Ginormous Photo Display

Posted December 13, 2019 at 5:06 am

Another big-box occupant at Essex Crossing goes live in just a few weeks. In January 2020, the International Center of Photography will unveil its “new, fully integrated” facility at 242 Broome Street. A ginormous, three-story photograph is currently hanging in the windows facing Essex Street as teaser ahead of launch. Shot by school alum Rochelle Brock, […]

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Art Basel Banana Surfaces on Essex Street

Posted December 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

Not since Velvet Underground has a banana polarized so. You may have seen the viral story about the banana fastened to a wall at Art Basel fetching $120,000 in the name of “art.” Back home on the Lower East Side, the locals have added their two cents about Maurizio Cattelan’s work (known for the golden […]

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Remodeled Seward Park Reopens to the Public

Last modified December 9, 2019 at 2:46 pm

The remodeled Seward Park is now open to the public. Completed in just about six months, this $6.4 million capital works project refreshed many of the deteriorating conditions of the park. And in arguably record timing. Improvements include new park furnishings, equipment, expanded garden area, and renovated library plaza. Yet probably the most significant change […]

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The $6.4M Redesigned Seward Park Reopens Next Week

Posted December 2, 2019 at 5:09 am

Years of planning, politicking, and fundraising culminates later this month in the opening of the redesigned Seward Park. Completed in just about six months, this $6.4 million capital works project refreshed many of the deteriorating conditions of the park. And in arguably record timing. As previously reported, the Seward Park Conservancy fought the last several […]

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Clayton’s Corner: One More for the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted November 21, 2019 at 5:08 am

Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson returns with his eponymous photo essay series, Clayton’s Corner. Patterson has documented thousands of locals posing at his front door on Essex Street over the last three decades. This unassuming neighborhood portal is legendary amongst locals, even though you probably haven’t heard of it. Hakki Akdeniz. Known professionally as Famous […]

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Samesa is the First Vendor Casualty in the New Essex Market

Posted November 19, 2019 at 5:09 am

Open only six months, the first vendor of the new Essex Market has gone belly up. Not one of the long-timers, though. Samesa ended its brief run earlier this month. Established by brothers Max and Eli Sussman in 2016, Samesa first announced its Lower East Side grab-and-go stall one year ago. The Middle Eastern restaurant […]

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Famous Hakki Opens ‘Cluck’s’ Fried Chicken Spot on Essex Street

Posted November 18, 2019 at 5:03 am

Famous pizza maker Hakki Akdeniz just unveiled his latest fast food concept. It’s chicken-focused fast food and seems poised to collect plenty of cash from weekend revelers in Hell Square. Cluck’s debuted last week at 115 Essex Street, mere steps from Hakki’s Champion Pizza. The signature menu offering here is the “chicken cone,” which is […]

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‘Country Of’ Boutique Delivers Vintage Ephemera to Essex Street

Posted November 14, 2019 at 5:03 am

Retail veterans of the Hester Fair continue to pollinate vacant storefronts on the other side of the street. Two in just the last few weeks, in fact. Partybus Bakeshop soft-opened on Tuesday. Down the block, Country Of also joins the fray. Country Of is a small pop-vintage boutique which took over the short-lived Cafe Grumpy […]

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Partybus Bakeshop Soft Opens on Essex Street

Posted November 13, 2019 at 5:05 am

The Partybus is parked on Essex Street and now serving. The new bakeshop – situated directly across from Seward Park – soft opened to the public yesterday. Founded by baker Jacqueline Russo Eng, Partybus Bakeshop got its start in the nearby Hester Fair before going brick-and-mortar at 31 Essex. It offers a “rotating seasonal menu […]

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Report: Notorious Landlord Michael Shah Arrested Twice for Allegedly Assaulting Girlfriend then Violating Protection Order

Last modified November 11, 2019 at 6:15 pm

Notorious landlord and developer Michael Shah, whose properties and bars dot the Lower East Side, was twice arrested this fall regarding the alleged assault of his model girlfriend. The news comes to light in a New York Post article that focuses more on Shah’s recent filing of a complaint related to a summertime “attack” in […]

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