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3-Alarm Fire Tears Through Grand Street Building in Midnight Blaze

Last modified September 17, 2020 at 7:03 am

Shortly after midnight, a raging fire tore through 303 Grand Street, just west of Allen. A thick plume of smoke billowed into the sky. According to various scanner sources, the blaze started in the back of the store, and quickly escalated into a three-alarm fire. Firefighters battled for more than thirty minutes before the flames […]

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SLA Suspends ‘Noree Thai Bazaar’ on Grand Street for Coronavirus Violations

Posted August 26, 2020 at 5:01 am

Lower East Side establishments continue to act in defiance of state coronavirus mandates. And ultimately pay the price. Newcomer Noree Thai Bazaar on Grand Street is the latest to fall victim to State Liquor Authority enforcement. The agency suspended the bar’s liquor license after investigators paid a visit last Friday. According to an update from […]

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Doughnut Plant Suspends Operations Until ‘At Least August’ Due to Pandemic Pressures

Posted July 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s not looking good for Doughnut Plant. The Lower East Side original is amidst a “temporary closure,” which doesn’t typically bode well in the food industry, especially during a pandemic. The writing may be on the wall based on the doughnut empire’s latest Instagram post: “We are making the difficult but necessary decision today: Our […]

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Grand Street Development Hits Market for $10.5M

Posted June 18, 2020 at 5:09 am

Finished four years ago, a Grand Street mixed-use development just hit the market. The six-story building at 328 Grand Street is on the chopping block for an asking price of $10.5 million. That coin gets you a property with two vacant commercial units (1 ground floor and 1 lower level) and five market rate apartments. […]

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Chinatown Mom-and-Pops Hit by Vandals and Looting [PHOTOS]

Posted June 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

The rioting and violence has clouded (and overwhelmed) the national protest movement formed in response to the controversial death of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops last month. It’s what dominates the narrative now. And no neighborhood is immune. Chinatown was also hard hit by looters this week. Mom-and-pop shops Buy Rite Pharmacy (215 Grand Street) […]

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‘La Flaca’ Looks Shuttered on Grand Street, but it’s Not [Updated]

Last modified June 1, 2020 at 3:14 pm

The novel coronavirus continues to decimate both life and business at will. La Flaca, the nearly ten-year-old Mexican restaurant on Grand Street, appears closed for good. But it’s not. Branded signage fell from the corner establishment last month. Update: we previously reported that La Flaca closed for good, but ownership informed us that they plan […]

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Lower East Side Ferry Route Permanently Reconfigured Due to Poor Ridership

Posted May 22, 2020 at 5:04 am

Spring and summer usually see peak ridership for the city’s nascent ferry system. However, as with everything else these days, the novel coronavirus got in the way. In response to the ongoing crisis, the NYC Ferry program is reducing service by an additional 20-percent. Three routes are permanently reconfigured, including the Corlears Hook line, which […]

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John Jovino, the Oldest Gun Shop in the City, Permanently Closes Due to COVID-19

Posted May 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

As more businesses reopen in Chinatown and Little Italy, one will not. The John Jovino Gun Shop has officially fallen victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Grand Street store is a relic, and photo magnet thanks to the revolver hanging from the facade – it opened in 1911 in the shadow of the former police […]

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Randall’s Barbecue Won’t be Returning to Grand Street

Posted May 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

As the proverbial curve flattens, so goes the restaurant business. Another victim of the COVID-19 shutdown on the Lower East Side – Randall’s Barbecue. Chef-proprietor Jared Male announced the permanent closure on social media last month. “We tried keeping our doors open as long as possible, but the time has come,” he noted. “When I […]

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The Pickle Guys are Back Open After a Brief Coronavirus-Related Shutdown

Posted April 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

After a brief hiatus owed to Passover and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pickle Guys are back in business on Grand Street. A welcome return to the neighborhood, the brine masters yesterday announced their return to retail, albeit with revised store hours and shopping policy. They’re also offering advance online ordering and providing curbside pickup, in […]

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