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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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Another Petition to Fix the Traffic Bottleneck at the Williamsburg Bridge Approach

Posted November 22, 2019 at 5:01 am

Any sort of long-term fix for the bottleneck at the Williamsburg Bridge approach remains elusive. In an effort to keep the issue from languishing as another political football, District Leader Daisy Paez drafted, and is circulating another petition. (Not online just yet.) The goal is to enact real change instead of “false promises and indifference” […]

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Caught Red-Handed: Spa Ordered Shut for Prostitution

Last modified November 18, 2019 at 10:25 am

Yet another Lower East Side “spa” is busted for prostitution. Grand Healing at 297 Grand Street was ordered shut by the police department at the end of October. It precedes the sex-related closure of Good Luck Spa on Orchard Street, yet appears part of the same crackdown. (Just take a look at that calligraphy in […]

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Street Art Duo ASVP Just Began Painting 8-Story Mural at Essex Crossing

Posted November 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

Tapped two months ago by Essex Crossing, street art duo ASVP is already headlong into its massive mural near Grand and Suffolk Streets. As previously reported, the piece daubs the western exposure of The Rollins (aka Site 5), and measures 10,600 square-feet — 220 feet long and as high as 79 feet tall. When complete, […]

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Pho Grand Reopens After Months-Long Hiatus

Posted November 4, 2019 at 5:06 am

The summertime hiatus is finally over for Pho Grand. The Vietnamese restaurant reopened on Grand Street yesterday. The months-long break was reportedly for store renovations, often a euphemism for “we’re packing up before anyone notices.” That wasn’t the case here at 277 Grand Street. And it’s unclear the real cause for closure. Pho Grand is […]

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Albert Trummer will Soon Open ‘La Bas’ in Grand Street Basement

Posted October 29, 2019 at 5:11 am

A notorious mixologist best known for setting his Chinatown bar-top on fire is finally opening his long-delayed Grand Street club. Apotheke vet Albert Trummer obtained his full liquor license for the basement of 324 Grand last January. Despite neighborhood protest. Now, a year later, he’s ready to talk about La Bas. Formerly named The Atelier, […]

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