Essex Street

Beer Fridge on Essex Street Shuts Down

Posted July 8, 2019 at 5:03 am

Beer Fridge had been on ice of late. Now it’s officially closed. Cracks began to surface last summer when ownership sought occupants to share the retail space. Then, in December, the Essex Street beer shop “endured a heavy hit” of a busted refrigerator. This seemingly simple loss caused “ungodly repair costs, days of closure and […]

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‘Mom-and-Pop’ Installation in Seward Park Dismantled, Headed to Philadelphia

Posted June 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

The photographic tribute to mom-and-pop businesses on the Lower East Side is now gone. Acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers James and Karla Murray this week dismantled the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation, which had been seated in a Seward Park plant-bed for the last year. The duo has plans for a permanent revival, though. Yet not in […]

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Essex Crossing Announces Lottery for Site 8 Senior Housing

Posted June 20, 2019 at 5:03 am

Another Essex Crossing development is poised to debut. The housing lottery for the senior apartments at Site 8 is now live. There are a total of 92 affordable studio units up for grabs in the eight-story construction. To qualify, senior households (age 62+) must earn between zero and sixty percent of Area Median Income. Residents […]

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Online Petition Protests ‘Outrageous’ 67% Rate Hike at Essex Street Municipal Garage

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

First they came for street parking; now its the garages. Essex Crossing gobbled up roughly 500 parking spaces around the neighborhood, and many locals allege the fly-by-night rate hike at the Essex Street Municipal garage further prices out area longtimers. As previously reported, the city quietly raised all rates the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. […]

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Flowers Cafe Returns to Essex Street After 4 Years

Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

What’s old is new again. Flowers Cafe, the retro cafe displaced by development four years ago, returned to its Lower East Side stomping grounds last week. The business reopened around the corner at 39 Essex Street last Friday with a free bagel promotion. You may have seen the handbills in the vicinity. We first reported […]

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Old Man Hustle Expands with New Brooklyn Location

Posted June 5, 2019 at 5:05 am

For this tiny Lower East Side dive, the hustle is headed to Brooklyn. Borough cross-pollination is alive as Old Man Hustle, the six-year-old bar and performance venue at 39 Essex, just announced an expansion to Williamsburg. Brooklyn Vegan reports that DIY signage on the front door of the former Videology video store-cum-bar alerts the neighborhood […]

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With $6.4M Remodeling of Seward Park Underway, Pols Celebrate Official Groundbreaking

Posted June 3, 2019 at 5:07 am

The multimillion-dollar renovation of Seward Park is already six months deep. But the official groundbreaking transpired Friday morning with token media display and shovel poses. Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and members of Community Board 3 to celebrate the $6.4 million construction project. As previously reported, […]

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City Implements 67% Rate Hike at Essex Street Municipal Garage

Posted June 3, 2019 at 5:03 am

The Municipal Parking Garage on Essex Street is no longer affordable, if ever it was. Motorists learned last month of a spike in the rates. Notice of the increase recently posted onsite and immediately struck a chord with the community. Monthly dole ballooned from $300 to $500, or a 66.67% jump. The new pricing makes this […]

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Cactus Store Returns Saturday for Third Season on Essex Street

Posted May 22, 2019 at 5:06 am

Unless (or until) development takes hold at 5 Essex Street, the annual cactus retail setup will continue. For the third year running, the Los Angeles-based Cactus Store is set to return this season. Ownership confirmed the plans, and relayed an opening date of this Saturday (May 25). All the infrastructure is still in place, including […]

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Essex Market Vendor ‘Rainbo’s Fish Market’ Retires After More than 40 Years

Posted May 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

With all the fanfare the last couple weeks for the new Essex Street Market, it was pretty easy to miss the loss of two longtime vendors. At the end of April, shortly before the move across Delancey to Essex Crossing, the decades-old Rainbo’s fish market and sister vendor Tra La La Juice Bar both called […]

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