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The Crazy Line Outside Trader Joe’s on Grand Street

Last modified April 6, 2020 at 7:47 am

This is the queue outside Trader Joe’s on Grand Street. Distanced six feet apart, the line of shoppers snaked around onto Clinton Street and up to Broome. It’s a scene that plays out daily amidst the COVID-19 shutdown, as residents scramble for groceries. We were told that management allows a store occupancy of fifty to […]

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Pickle Guys to Close Next Week, Hope to Reopen in May

Posted April 3, 2020 at 5:10 am

Some sour news indeed for Lower East Siders: The Pickle Guys are going on hiatus. Indefinitely. The brine stalwarts of Grand Street announced the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover. The pickle peeps hope to return at the beginning of May. The store will remain open […]

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HPD Issues Vacate Order to Grand Street Fishmonger for Apartment Conversions Above Store

Posted March 31, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s probably not the most opportune time to enforce a residential vacate order, yet nevertheless, the hammer falls. Yesterday afternoon, the city mobilized to 276 Grand Street, where the landlord is accused of creating “illegal apartments” on the fourth (6R) and fifth floors (8R) by subdividing the units. These conversions created potentially dangerous conditions that […]

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Shoplifter Pulls Knife When Confronted in Target Store at Essex Crossing

Posted March 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

The Target at Essex Crossing still has one on its proverbial back. This time, a violent shoplifter carrying a blade. At about 4:15pm Friday, employees called 911 after seeing a man stealing merchandise from the Grand Street store, police said. Security spotted the perp placing items inside a Trader Joe’s bag (the grocery is downstairs […]

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Spectrum Debuts New Essex Crossing Store on Grand Street

Posted February 25, 2020 at 5:06 am

Essex Crossing wouldn’t be complete without yet another big-box retailer, living up to the shopping mall persona many in the neighborhood always anticipated. The latest to plant a flag is Spectrum, which is sandwiched between Target and Trader Joe’s at The Rollins mixed-use development. Carrying the address of 396 Grand Street, this is the ninth overall […]

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GrandLo Cafe Receives $50K Grant from the Keith Haring Foundation

Last modified February 5, 2020 at 9:07 pm

GrandLo Cafe landed a substantial grant from the Keith Haring Foundation. Awarded to the Grand Street Settlement’s social enterprise job training program back in December, the $50,000 funding will be split over a two year span. It will allow the cafe, which debuted at Essex Crossing two years ago, to establish a mentoring program connecting […]

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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Hillman Houses Vandalized with Antisemitic Graffiti

Posted January 28, 2020 at 5:05 am

Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, also marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. Here on the Lower East Side, though, it was apparently occasion for some antisemitism. Someone scrawled an antisemitic message – “fuck Jews” paired with botched swastika – inside the Hillman Houses at 500 Grand Street. The […]

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The Year of the Rat Scurries In

Posted January 23, 2020 at 5:08 am

It’s the Year of the Rat! This week marks the 21st year of New York City’s Lunar New Year celebration, and no doubt the organizers are scurrying around in preparation for a veritable smorgasbord of festivities. As in years past, the festivities will kick off with the explosive Firecracker Ceremony Saturday morning at 11:00am (January 25) […]

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Grand Street Pickpocketer Arrested for Robbing Off-Duty Officer

Posted January 21, 2020 at 5:03 am

Maybe don’t pickpocket the police officer… Police arrested a man last Tuesday afternoon (January 14) who attempted to pickpocket an off-duty cop. The perp snatched the officer’s phone outside 500 Grand Street (near East Broadway), and ran off. But he was caught, arrested, and charged with robbery. (The 7th Precinct station house is around the […]

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At 79 Feet High, ASVP Goes Big at Essex Crossing Rental Building

Last modified January 3, 2020 at 11:55 am

Today, we take another gander at the massive eight-story mural commissioned by Essex Crossing. Street art duo ASVP has been painting the facade of luxury residence (which also counts 50% affordable units), The Rollins, since late-October. Progress appears steady, albeit slow. As previously reported, the piece daubs the western exposure of the building, and measures […]

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