Essex Street

Three Years After its Demise, ‘Flowers Cafe’ Returns to Essex Street

Posted November 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

Flowers Cafe is sprouting once again on the Lower East Side. Three years after new development forced its demise. The mom-and-pop establishment will soon open around the corner from its longtime Grand Street headquarters. Teaser signage arrived in the windows of 39 Essex Street, heralding the imminent arrival of Flowers Cafe on the Go. (Grace […]

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Founded on the Lower East Side, B’nai Brith Celebrates 175 Years

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

The oldest Jewish service organization in the world began here on the Lower East Side, and this year celebrates a major milestone. B’nai Brith International (“Sons of the Covenant”) – now in its 175th year – was founded on Essex Street in October 1843 by a dozen immigrants of German-Jewish descent. Of course, at that […]

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Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Concludes with LES Finale Nov. 11

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

The abbreviated final season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown is underway. Indeed, nearly over. But you’ll need to wait another few weeks for the Lower East Side/East Village treatment. The highly-anticipated episode is the finale, airing November 11 on CNN. (It actually premieres at the Food Film Festival in New York on October 24.) It’s the […]

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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Lower East Side Episode Airs Next Month

Posted September 7, 2018 at 5:09 am

The posthumous season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series premieres on September 23. And with it, the television debut of the Lower East Side episode. The highly-anticipated episode (locally, at least) first aired as part of the Tribeca TV Festival a couple weeks ago, but will finally hit the small screen next month. Scenes were […]

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RIP Kenny Shopsin, Iconic Owner of Shopsin’s General Store

Posted September 4, 2018 at 5:08 am

Word began circulating over the holiday weekend that the patriarch of Shopsin’s General Store, Kenny Shopsin, just passed away. He reportedly died on Sunday. Now located in the soon-to-be-demolished Essex Street Market, Shopsin’s General Store is actually a product of Greenwich Village. Kenny Shopsin took over the bodega at 63 Bedford Street (at Morton) in […]

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‘Crossing Delancey’ 30 Years Later to See the Lost Lower East Side

Posted August 27, 2018 at 5:03 am

​Before Guss’ Pickles departed the Lower East Side in 2010 for the depths of Brooklyn, one poster in its tiny storefront always stood apart. It was a faded movie bill for Crossing Delancey, the 1988 romantic comedy starring Amy Irving that basically put the neighborhood on the silver screen. Its subtle presence at the shop […]

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‘Greens and Grains’ Health Spot Surprises at Former Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street

Posted August 13, 2018 at 5:02 am

Boss Tweed’s Saloon is not returning to Essex Street, as reported. Instead, a replacement is not only here, but almost ready to go. Large-print marquee signage installed this month announces Greens and Grains, an untested new health-conscious eatery focusing on “nutritious bowls.” No liquor is served here (at least not yet), and the license associated […]

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Bringing Good Luck to Chinatown with ’88 Gates’ Mural Project

Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:11 am

While the Lower East Side is busy with 100 Gates, Chinatown is on its way to completing 88. Murals, that is. You may have noticed the sudden uptick in Chinese-style artwork on security gates around Chinatown. Look no further than the Yu family, which lives in the neighborhood, and is independently funding a beautification initiative […]

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Beer Fridge Seeks ‘Shop Share’ Arrangement on Essex Street

Posted July 10, 2018 at 5:03 am

Beer Fridge opened less than a year ago, and now it’s soliciting for retailers to share its tiny space at 41 Essex Street. Its proprietor took to Craigslist a couple weeks ago seeking a “retail partner to shop share or host small pop-up events at our prime location.” This intention to sublet the tiny 350 […]

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Here’s Looking at James & Karla Murray’s ‘Mom-and-Pop’ Installation in Seward Park

Posted June 27, 2018 at 5:06 am

Acclaimed husband-wife photographers James and Karla Murray last week completed the installation of their Lower East Side mom-and-pop throwback inside Seward Park. “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” is a large-scale public art installation situated in a garden triangle beside the children’s playground. It consists of an 8-foot-high-by-12-foot-wide-by-8-foot-deep rectangular wood-frame, and includes four nearly-life-size photographs of family-owned […]

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