Houston Street

After Local Pressure, First Park Pedestrian Recreation Area Reopens without MUD Coffee Kiosk

Last modified October 16, 2020 at 11:28 am

Most of First Park, which straddles the commuter corridor along East Houston Street and First Street, reopened as part of the City’s Phase 4 comeback plan. But soon after, the iron gates at the tail-end of the park, adjacent to the F Train stop on 1st Avenue, were padlocked by the Parks Department. The lock […]

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Marshalls LES Robbed by Man Brandishing a Needle

Posted October 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

The two-year-old Marshalls on the Lower East Side was robbed by a syringe-wielding man last week, cops said. The man, thought to be in his mid-20s, entered the store at 197 East Houston last Thursday night (October 10) shortly after 10:00pm. The perp was reportedly caught shoplifting, then confronted by the store manager. That’s when […]

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Mezetto will Not be Reopening on East Houston Street

Posted October 6, 2020 at 5:06 am

The novel coronavirus continues to wipe out city nightlife. Here on the Lower East Side, the latest victim is eight-year-old Mezetto. Like so many city establishments that closed at the outset of the pandemic shutdown, the Mediterranean spot will not be returning. “We are deeply saddened that its come to this [but] we at Mezetto would […]

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Celebrate 20 Years by Sharing Footage from First Show at Mercury Lounge

Posted September 29, 2020 at 5:02 am

You’re old. But you were young then. Perhaps you caught a fringe group at Mercury Lounge that night twenty years ago. Yeah Yeah Yeahs were just another on a stacked bill September 25, 2000, alongside other relative unknowns, including Candy Darlings, Kid Congo Powers, and The White Stripes (who had released their debut record months […]

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Jake Gyllenhaal Designed a Russ & Daughters T-Shirt to Help Benefit Struggling Eateries

Posted August 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal teamed up with local favorite Russ & Daughters to help raise funds for an organization seeking federal relief for the coronavirus-battered restaurant industry. Gyllenhaal designed the t-shirt, which features the iconic blue fish logo atop pink salmon tie-dye. He previously donned the gear during a handstand challenge with Tom Holland at the […]

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Sister of Murdered and Dismembered Tech Entrepreneur Speaks Out

Posted August 14, 2020 at 5:03 am

Exactly one month after 33-year-old tech entrepreneur, Fahim Saleh, was brutally murdered and dismembered in his Lower East Side apartment, his sister is speaking out with a memoir on Medium. In the blog post published yesterday, Ruby Saleh recounts her relationship with Fahim and her sorrow over his death. She said that her brother was […]

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Katz’s Deli Launches its Own Delivery Service

Posted July 31, 2020 at 5:03 am

Katz’s Deli this week launched its own local delivery service, bypassing third-party sites. Customers can now go directly to the Katz’s website and place orders for delivery. They are kicking off the new functionality with free delivery for the first 132 customers, a nod to its time on the Lower East Side (code: SINCE1888). Delivery […]

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With Statues Toppling, is there a Double Standard over the Lower East Side Lenin?

Last modified July 29, 2020 at 11:26 am

As statues are deposed and defaced around the country, one Lower East Side fixture still stands tall – Vladimir Lenin. He oversees the downtown environs from his perch atop 178 Norfolk Street, arm outstretched towards the hallmark of American capitalism: Wall Street. This begs a question – how can an icon for a dictator who […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe to Close on Sunday After 9 Years

Posted July 21, 2020 at 5:02 am

Gaia Italian Cafe is entering its final week on East Houston Street. Capping a near-decade run in the neighborhood. Apparently, the landlord of 251 East Houston decided not to renew the lease on the sub-level space, which expires on July 31. Last day in business at this address for the restaurant is a few days […]

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Ex-Personal Assistant Arrested in Gruesome Murder of Tech CEO Fahim Saleh on the Lower East Side

Last modified July 17, 2020 at 5:21 pm

The former personal assistant of Fahim Saleh is in custody for the gruesome murder and dismemberment of his old boss in his Lower East Side condo. Tyrese Devon Haspil, 21, was arrested in connection with the crime and is expected to be charged with the murder of Saleh — who was found decapitated and dismembered […]

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