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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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Trader Joe’s at Essex Crossing is Closed Today for ‘Cleaning Day’

Posted April 24, 2020 at 5:08 am

Trader Joe’s at Essex Crossing is closed today for a major scrub-down. The so-called “cleaning day” was previously planned, and is meant as an “additional precautionary cleaning and sanitization measure” to help stem the spread of COVID-19. Today’s closure is one of a dozen Trader Joe’s locations undergoing similar action this week. If this is […]

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Customer Alleges ‘Fine Fare’ is Price Gouging Paper Towels and Toilet Paper

Posted April 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

Price gouging is apparently alive and well around downtown during the COVID-19 shutdown. A Lower East Side resident shopping at Fine Fare on Grand Street encountered sky-high prices for two products most in demand – paper towels and toilet paper. The customer shared images of his receipt and purchase on Twitter Saturday evening. It shows […]

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Trader Joe’s at Essex Crossing to Close Next Week for ‘Cleaning Day’

Posted April 15, 2020 at 5:03 am

The Trader Joe’s basement outpost at Essex Crossing will temporarily close next week as part of an overall cleaning effort by corporate. The closure on April 24 is reportedly an “additional precautionary cleaning and sanitization” measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The grocery chain announced the cleaning schedule on Monday. It’s one of a […]

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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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