Essex Street

L.E.S. Kitchen Served its Last Burgers on Essex Street

Posted June 25, 2018 at 5:03 am

The scruffy, cheap-eats destination block of lower Essex Street is down one. L.E.S. Kitchen officially closed down on Friday night after two years headquartered between Hester and Canal. Chinatown native Chris Wong launched the burger joint in May 2016 (preceded for a year by the Juicery), and appeared a hit with locals. It was a […]

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There was a Slashing on Essex Street Yesterday Morning

Posted June 22, 2018 at 5:08 am

A Brooklyn man was slashed across the face early yesterday morning on Essex Street, police said. At roughly 3:00am Thursday, a 35-year-old male victim was struck with a sharp object outside 153 Essex Street (Two Bit’s Retro Arcade and the former Legacy Deli), causing a laceration and bleeding to the left side of his face. He […]

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With ‘Water World Amusements,’ Essex Street Gains Another Arcade

Posted June 20, 2018 at 5:02 am

Gather your spare change, the most unlikely contender for Essex Street commercial retail is now plugged in and turned on. Water World Amusements, a new arcade, just opened at 35 Essex Street (near Hester). It’s the second such game room within five blocks. However, unlike the five-year-old Two-Bits Retro Arcade up the bend, this game […]

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‘Mom & Pop’ Art Installation Underway in Seward Park

Posted June 19, 2018 at 5:03 am

Husband-wife chroniclers of New York City storefronts, James & Karla Murray, have begun construction on the new outdoor exhibit for Seward Park that pays homage to disappearing mom-and-pop shops. “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” is a bittersweet large-scale public art installation that consists of an 8-foot-high-by-12-foot-wide-by-8-foot-deep rectangular wood-frame. The sculpture includes four nearly-life-size photographs of family-owned […]

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Ninja Grill Hibachi on Essex Street Reopens Tomorrow

Posted June 13, 2018 at 5:13 am

In case you’ve been going through withdrawal, the Ninja Grill hibachi restaurant on Essex Street is set to return tomorrow. Thus concluding a three-month stay on the sidelines. As previously reported, the kitschy Ninja Grill opened at 103 Essex Street back in December. It appeared well received; based on initial Yelp reviews, the fast food […]

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Revisiting Anthony Bourdain’s Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted June 11, 2018 at 5:09 am

With news still fresh of Anthony Bourdain’s passing, the tributes, photos, and memories continue to fill inboxes and social media feeds. Bourdain was found dead early Friday morning of suicide while filming on location in France. His friend and chef colleague Eric Ripert found him. According to the Associated Press, Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny announced […]

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Clayton Patterson Kisses for New York Times Magazine

Posted June 7, 2018 at 5:06 am

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson and wife Elsa Rensaa are together on the front page of the New York Times Magazine this week. Smooching. The cover is one of 24 unique takes for the occasion, in which couples kissed during a 24-hour period back in mid-May. Photographer Ryan McGinley captured the images. Patterson […]

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‘Cactus Store’ Kicks off Second Lower East Side Residency on Saturday

Posted May 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Cactus Store is back for a second season on the Lower East Side. The Los Angeles-based company has been busy of late, readying the vacant lot at 5 Essex Street. A quick visit reveals a forest-like setup of “hearty” bamboo shoots, quite the departure from the open space “theater setup” from last summer. The […]

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James & Karla Murray Fundraising for ‘Mom & Pop’ Installation in Seward Park

Posted May 24, 2018 at 5:11 am

Three months after first revealing their homage to the vanishing city, two prolific storefront chroniclers are raising money for its installation later this summer. Indeed, husband-wife artists James and Karla Murray just unveiled a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their Lower East Side mom-and-pop throwback. “Mom & Pops of the L.E.S.” is a bittersweet large-scale […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Kids at the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted May 18, 2018 at 5:09 am

Clayton Patterson’s front door is legendary. This portal to his home and Outlaw Art Museum at 161 Essex Street served as backdrop for thousands of shots. Locals from around the neighborhood posed (and still pose) in front of the door. Many such photos were included in his Front Door Book from 2009. This particular shot […]

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