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Coppelia Eyeing former Macondo for New 24-Hour Diner

Posted January 31, 2020 at 5:00 am

A popular 24-hour Chelsea diner is expanding to the Lower East Side. The nine-years-running Coppelia is currently eyeing 157 East Houston for its next location. This spot, in particular, has devolved into a vandalized mess since Macondo closed down in 2017. Liquor license application materials on file with Community Board 3 confirm the news. The […]

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Eight Years Post-Bowery, Billy’s Antiques is Brooklyn-Bound

Posted January 30, 2020 at 4:06 am

Since his high-profile departure from the Bowery eight years ago, Billy Leroy has threatened a permanent comeback for his eponymous antiques business. Now, it will return, albeit in the outer boroughs. Word on the street is that Leroy acquired a “single family home” on Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn, and will open Billy’s Antiques on the […]

‘Station to Station’ David Bowie Tribute Appears at Broadway-Lafayette Subway Stop

Last modified January 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

It was four years ago today that we lost David Bowie. The pop-star chameleon passed away in 2016 after a secret eighteen-month bout with liver cancer. He died just two days after turning 69, and delivering a swan-song record called Blackstar. Now, the subway station one block from his old residence sports a streetside tribute. Someone […]

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Sunshine Cinema Office Development Hit with Stop-Work Order over Excavation

Posted December 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

The city halted construction on the commercial office development set to replace the former Sunshine Cinema. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Department of Buildings deployed inspectors to the project site and subsequently issued a full stop-work order due to excavation activities. Public records show that “foundation work with excavators” caused “structural cracks” in both the […]

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‘Nostalgia Train’ is Back on the Rails this Holiday Season

Posted December 4, 2019 at 5:07 am

All aboard! The Nostalgia Train is back. The New York Transit Museum and the MTA has again brought the festive flavor of yesteryear to the underground. The preserved 1930s R1-9 train cars are now in regular rotation every Sunday from now until New Year’s, an annual tradition on the rails since 2007. The weekend train […]

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LES Subway Entrances Gain Flashy New Ad Displays

Posted November 6, 2019 at 5:09 am

In a not-so-surprising move, the MTA unveiled new high-definition screens atop subway entrances along East Houston Street. Dispensing with the analog look at the 2nd Avenue and Broadway-Lafayette stations. That short reprieve from any advertising – roughly a one-month honeymoon – is officially over. As of yesterday afternoon, the flashy displays, manufactured by SoHo’s Videri, […]

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Bank of America Plants itself Beside Destroyed Sunshine Cinema

Posted October 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

With a commercial office building rising on the ashes of the Sunshine Cinema, it’s no wonder that a retail bank is moving in next door. Bank of America is planting itself in the long-fallow shop at the southwest corner of East Houston and Eldridge Streets. Work permits on file with the Department of Buildings give […]

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Nine-Story Sunshine Cinema Replacement Now Under Construction

Posted September 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

Ain’t no sunshine when it’s gone. Except that which shines unencumbered through the vacant lot formerly known as the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. An historic building that dated back to 1898, and once counted itself part of the Yiddish theater scene. In place of that history, homogeneity. The construction crew has been busy around the project […]

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White is the New Red at Sterile 250 East Houston

Posted September 26, 2019 at 5:03 am

It took more than five months, but the makeover of 250 East Houston – formerly known as Red Square – is pretty much complete. Literally whitewashed from its hue of masonry to a more sterile, Instagram-friendly white. Change here is top to bottom. The iconic Vladimir Lenin statue was previously relocated across the street, and […]

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Whole Foods Hogs Sidewalk with Amazon Prime Now Delivery Bike Fleet

Posted September 19, 2019 at 5:09 am

The Whole Foods on the Bowery thinks it owns the sidewalk. Just look to the entrance, where a gaggle of delivery bikes, with long flatbeds hitched, are parked awaiting parcels. It even wraps around onto the Bowery. This is the fleet of vehicles whose sole purpose is fulfilling Amazon’s Prime Now delivery service. The sidewalk […]

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