Essex Street

‘Beer Fridge’ on Essex Street is Teetering on the Brink of Closure

Posted December 21, 2018 at 5:03 am

Beer Fridge lost its own and is making an urgent appeal to the community. The Essex Street beer shop “endured a heavy hit” earlier this month when its large refrigerator broke down. This seemingly simple loss caused “ungodly repair costs, days of closure and an unfortunate amount of inventory made unsellable.” To that end, ownership […]

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Revisit Schmulka Bernstein’s on Essex Street with this Classic 1970s Primer [VIDEO]

Posted December 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

For such an iconic restaurant, it’s quite a shame that there isn’t much publicly accessible imagery of Bernstein-on-Essex (aka Schmulka Bernstein’s). Don’t fret. Here’s one better. Stock footage company Kino Library recently uploaded a short clip (0:38) shot in the 1970s, which describes the curious cuisine of Kosher Chinese food (and the phenomenon of eating […]

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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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