Essex Street

Knife-Wielding Bike Thief Apprehended by Customers at Cluck’s Chicken on Essex Street

Posted August 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

A would-be bike thief was apprehended at Cluck’s Chicken on Essex Street, then pulled a knife, police said. Last Monday (July 27), the victim parked his electric bike near the entrance and walked to the rear. Soon after, at roughly 2:45pm, there was a commotion as the suspect attempted to make away with the $1,500 […]

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Childhood Friends from LES Open Juice Bar at Essex Market

Posted July 30, 2020 at 5:04 am

With the Essex Market now back to some sense of normalcy, there is also some new blood flowing in. Essex Squeeze, a juice bar founded by two childhood friends from the Lower East Side (Cedric Hernandez and Charles DeLaCruz), joins the roster of vendors. The business serves up what you might expect – healthy options […]

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Protestors on the Lower East Side Vandalize NYPD Vans

Last modified July 28, 2020 at 11:05 am

Citywide protests are again turning violent. Protestors on the Lower East Side Saturday night were caught on video vandalizing three NYPD vans, slashing tires, spray-painting graffiti, and smashing windows, police said yesterday. The footage – released by cops – shows hooligans damaging the vehicles stationed on Essex Street, just north of Delancey. One man is […]

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Fridays Under $40: A Casual Date Night

Posted July 17, 2020 at 5:08 am

In our new Friday column, “Fridays Under $40,” contributor Sara Graham hits the streets to find cheap eats and affordable things to do during these weird times. To introduce some novelty to our routine, my fiancé Chris and I have started weekly date nights—sometimes that’s just a Scrabble game inside or a stroll around the […]

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LES Cop Shooting Still Cold Case 8 Years Later

Posted July 7, 2020 at 5:11 am

Eight years later, it remains a cold case. In the early morning hours of July 5, 2012, two cops sustained gunfire during a drug bust in the Seward Park Extension on Essex Street. The shooter is still wanted for attempted murder of a police officer, and remains at large. Officers Brian Groves and Eric Corniel chased a suspected […]

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Vendors Return to the Market Line on the Lower East Side

Posted July 7, 2020 at 5:07 am

As the city slowly attempts to normalize in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown, so too does Essex Crossing. Its underground food court – the Market Line – is now back to business. Several vendors returned and are open, albeit via pick up and delivery only. Those who live within a ten-mile radius of the Market […]

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Beverly’s Bar Shutters After 7 Years on Essex Street

Posted July 6, 2020 at 5:02 am

The pink neons have gone dark, as Essex Street loses one of its cool kid hangs. Beverly’s, the trendy art bar founded in late-2012 by Sweet Paradise veteran Leah Dixon, closed forever last week. Just shy of its eighth birthday. A leasing sign hangs awkwardly from the rolldown gate. “We are looking reality in the […]

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Seward Park Reopens After COVID-19 Closure

Posted June 22, 2020 at 5:05 am

With the big thaw of Phase 2 reopening today, the public parks around the city are likewise reanimating. Friday afternoon saw the reopening of both Tompkins Square Park in Alphabet City and Seward Park here on the Lower East Side. The gardens, playgrounds, and courts in the latter are finally back in play for public usage […]

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Clayton Patterson Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment

Posted May 28, 2020 at 5:07 am

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian, Clayton Patterson, is getting his own biography. An illustrated one, at that. The colorful homage is curated by Julian Voloj, and features the work of eighteen artists paying tribute to Patterson’s life and works in graphic novel form. The anthology is aptly titled, Clayton: Godfather of Lower East Side Documentary. […]

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Despite Governor’s Recent Reopening Mandate, Seward Park Courts Remain Padlocked [Updated]

Last modified May 22, 2020 at 10:38 am

During this Covid-19 pandemic, students and community have forfeited sports and other outdoor activities for weeks.  They crave a resumption in activity, yet here on the Lower East Side, are blocked by the collective Seward Park high schools. The padlocks remain in place on a valuable neighborhood asset – the Seward Park Campus/Community Playground, situated […]

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