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‘Protocinema’ Installation Takes Over Embattled G&S Sporting Goods Space on Essex Street

Posted March 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

For the first time since G&S Sporting Goods departed the Lower East Side three years ago, 43 Essex Street boasts a new retail occupant, albeit temporary. It’s a pop-up gallery, naturally. Protocinema is not as it sounds, rather a roving arts program with dual headquarters in New York City and Istanbul. It now occupies a space […]

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‘Chillhouse’ Eases onto Essex Street, Serving Coffee and Massages

Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:04 am

After months of planning and build-out, Chillhouse is now up and running on Essex Street. And already drawing crowds; the place was busy last night when we ambled past. The kitschy concept is a hybrid that pairs spa services with a small cafe menu (i.e. tavern parlor). Touted as the “modern path to total relaxation […]

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Alleged Neo-Nazi Behind Clockwork Attack Posts Bail, Released from Rikers Island Last Week

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm

The alleged Neo-Nazi behind last month’s attack on twin brothers outside Clockwork Bar posted bail last week, and was released from Rikers Island. On February 11, a group of guys associated with the white supremacist gang, 211 Crew, were at Clockwork for an afterparty deejayed by lead singer of the right-wing “oi” band Lonewolf. They […]

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Mini Rex ‘Dry Karaoke’ Concept Still Eyeing Leftfield on Ludlow

Last modified March 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Leftfield on Ludlow Street is still for sale, and the leading contender for takeover is a nebulous “dry karaoke” establishment called Mini Rex. The five-year-old skater hang, which also doubles as incubator for baby bands, first telegraphed this move last month when the sale of assets crossed Community Board 3. (It triggers a new license […]

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Fight with Cops Erupts Outside Mazaar Lounge, Prompting a Saturday Night Raid [VIDEO]

Last modified March 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

More nightlife-fueled violence in Hell Square this weekend. Roughly twenty-four hours after a 24-year-old man was brutally pummeled on Orchard Street, a brawl erupted on the doorstep of Mazaar Lounge just around the corner. It was the second such large-scale fight in the area within the last month. The violence originated from patrons exiting Mazaar, police […]

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‘Factory Tamal’ Finally Opens on Essex Street

Posted March 10, 2017 at 5:15 am

The latest entrant to the budget eats enclave on Essex Street is here. Factory Tamal, which took over the lease from Cabalito Pupuseria at the end of December, finally made its debut this week. The cubbyhole snack shop had been ready to go since mid-January, but was sidelined due to purported permit issues. All the while, a […]

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New Harold Hunter Mural Goes up on Essex Street

Posted March 9, 2017 at 5:05 am

Skater-idol Harold Hunter gets a life-size tribute mural down on Essex Street. Streetwear brand Homies Wonderland decided to dispense with the three-year-old Haculla artwork on its roll-down gate, and instead go with a portrait of fallen comrade, Harold Hunter. Street artist behind the mural is Trihumph, who spent three days last week painting. The memorial […]

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Boss Tweed’s Saloon on Essex Street is a Goner

Posted March 9, 2017 at 5:00 am

For a bar, being closed on a weekend is pretty telling. Or on any peak night, for that matter. It’s a signal that business could be on the rocks. Such is the case for Boss Tweed’s, which hasn’t been open lately. Gates have been shuttered for consecutive days the past week, including through the weekend. Ghost […]

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Dr. Phil TV Drama ‘Bull’ is Taking Over the Lower East Side Today

Last modified March 8, 2017 at 9:22 am

CBS is poised to fully take over the neighborhood today to film scenes for its new show, Bull. And we haven’t seen a production presence like this on the Lower East Side since HBO invaded with Vinyl. There are dozens of “no parking” signs littered from Essex/Delancey over to East Houston/Clinton. Bull premiered back in […]

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Despite New Signage, Dogs Are Still Allowed in Seward Park

Posted March 8, 2017 at 5:11 am

Don’t worry, dog owners. Those spiffy new park rules signs at Seward Park are incorrect and will be swapped. Last week, we heard from several readers that Seward Park was no longer allowing dogs inside the green space, leashed or otherwise. It then appeared confirmed with the new forest-green signs bolted to the fences. However, […]

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