Essex Street

‘Partybus Bake Shop’ Parks itself on Essex Street

Posted September 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

A different kind of party bus is rolling into the Lower East Side this fall. One ostensibly without the drunken mess. It’s Partybus Bake Shop, an artisanal bakery opening in the former Chinese seafood wholesaler at 31 Essex Street. Upon debut next month, expect a “rotating seasonal menu [of] classics including breads, pies, and cookies […]

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This Subway Pervert Masturbated and Urinated on Female Straphanger

Posted September 6, 2019 at 5:06 am

Police are in pursuit of a masturbating pervert who urinated on a Lower East Side straphanger, then jumped on her back as she fled. The encounter happened at around 2:00am on June 16 aboard a Manhattan-bound J train that was crossing the Williamsburg Bridge. According to the Daily News, the suspect started to jerk off […]

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Pizza Champ ‘Famous Hakki’ Plans New Chicken Spot on Essex Street

Posted September 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Lower East Side pizza champion is diversifying with a new spot dedicated to chicken. Hakki Akdeniz, who owns a plethora of pizzerias around the neighborhood, is planning to open Essex Chicken at 115 Essex Street. Just a few doors down from Champion Pizza. The 24-seat newcomer will boast a small menu of assorted chicken, […]

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Demolition Imminent for 11 Essex Street as 11-Story Micro-Unit Development Looms

Posted August 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

A Lower East Side tenement with a controversial history is coming down. The city issued the demolition permit for 11 Essex Street back in June, paving the way for redevelopment into micro-unit housing. The sidewalk bridge in place is further visual evidence. As previously reported, real estate scion Sion Misrahi parted with the neglected property […]

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‘Parkour Expo’ this Weekend Atop Seward Park High School

Posted August 22, 2019 at 5:05 am

Parkour enthusiasts take note: Move NYC is headed to the Lower East Side this weekend. Nomadic outfit The Movement Creative is setting up a temporary rooftop playground, composed of of 8,000lbs of metal pipe, joints, and wooden beams atop the New Design High School (nee Seward Park High School at 350 Grand Street). Movement Creative […]

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Beer Fridge on Essex Street Shuts Down

Posted July 8, 2019 at 5:03 am

Beer Fridge had been on ice of late. Now it’s officially closed. Cracks began to surface last summer when ownership sought occupants to share the retail space. Then, in December, the Essex Street beer shop “endured a heavy hit” of a busted refrigerator. This seemingly simple loss caused “ungodly repair costs, days of closure and […]

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‘Mom-and-Pop’ Installation in Seward Park Dismantled, Headed to Philadelphia

Posted June 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

The photographic tribute to mom-and-pop businesses on the Lower East Side is now gone. Acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers James and Karla Murray this week dismantled the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation, which had been seated in a Seward Park plant-bed for the last year. The duo has plans for a permanent revival, though. Yet not in […]

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Essex Crossing Announces Lottery for Site 8 Senior Housing

Posted June 20, 2019 at 5:03 am

Another Essex Crossing development is poised to debut. The housing lottery for the senior apartments at Site 8 is now live. There are a total of 92 affordable studio units up for grabs in the eight-story construction. To qualify, senior households (age 62+) must earn between zero and sixty percent of Area Median Income. Residents […]

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Online Petition Protests ‘Outrageous’ 67% Rate Hike at Essex Street Municipal Garage

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

First they came for street parking; now its the garages. Essex Crossing gobbled up roughly 500 parking spaces around the neighborhood, and many locals allege the fly-by-night rate hike at the Essex Street Municipal garage further prices out area longtimers. As previously reported, the city quietly raised all rates the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. […]

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Flowers Cafe Returns to Essex Street After 4 Years

Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

What’s old is new again. Flowers Cafe, the retro cafe displaced by development four years ago, returned to its Lower East Side stomping grounds last week. The business reopened around the corner at 39 Essex Street last Friday with a free bagel promotion. You may have seen the handbills in the vicinity. We first reported […]

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