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When Salt-n-Pepa Filmed a Music Video Inside a Derelict Sunshine Cinema [VIDEO]

Posted February 15, 2018 at 5:07 am

Back in 1994, seven years before the Sunshine Cinema debuted for a second time, 143 East Houston Street was just another derelict Lower East Side building. Photogenic fodder for two local girls who reached stardom. Long after its stint as the Houston Hippodrome (Yiddish Theater) and, later, the “Sunshine Cinema” nickelodeon, the building itself fell on […]

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Developers Celebrate Destruction of Sunshine Cinema with ‘Preview’ Party Next Week

Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sunshine Cinema closed exactly three weeks ago after seventeen years on East Houston Street. The contents of the movie house – seats, appliances, sundries – were quickly expunged and discarded in two curbside dumpsters. Gung ho about its new nine-story office development, the nascent property owners at East End Capital and K Property Group want […]

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Saying Goodbye to the Sunshine Cinema Before its Imminent Demolition

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

Ain’t no sunshine when it’s gone. Nor light from that fabulous marquee. Landmark Theaters’ Sunshine Cinema ended its Lower East Side tenure Sunday night after nearly two decades on East Houston Street. We paid a visit on the penultimate night, and it was mobbed with moviegoers getting their last licks before another neighborhood favorite meets the wrecking […]

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Twofold Rent Increase Forces Mexican Mainstay ‘El Maguey y La Tuna’ to Close

Last modified January 22, 2018 at 9:20 am

This is how the elder statesmen of the Lower East Side are treated. Pushed to the curb. El Maguey y La Tuna on East Houston Street, the mom-and-pop restaurant serving Mexican cuisine to the neighborhood since 2002, has two months to live. It’s apparently closing at the end of March. The culprit, but of course, […]

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This is the 9-Story Glass Office Tower Replacing the Sunshine Cinema

Posted January 22, 2018 at 4:21 am

With the Sunshine Cinema now dark – the theater closed for good last night – we have the first look at the monstrosity to replace it. A nine-story glass tower that boasts 65,000 square-feet of commercial office space and ground-floor retail. The New York Times has the scoop on the first rendering of the project, […]

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City Approves 12-Story Provident Loan Bank Development on East Houston

Posted January 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

Any fading hope for a landmarked Provident Loan Society building on East Houston was dashed two weeks ago when the city approved plans for its redevelopment. Despite grassroots support to protect the century-old structure – and backing from Community Board 3 in December 2015 – no such designation ever transpired. Instead, its longtime owners, Elsa and […]

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The Sunshine Cinema will Close for Good on January 21

Posted January 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

The official closing date has been set for the Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street. A spokesperson for Landmark Theaters, the chain that owns the movie house, confirmed that the last day is just under two weeks from now. The date is January 21. Recognition of the closing date arrives exactly two months after the […]

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It’s Curtains for Sunshine Cinema, as City Approves Full Demolition

Posted November 10, 2017 at 5:09 am

The Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston – both the theater and its classic architecture – won’t last the winter. Plans to demolish the theater were filed with the city on Wednesday. That Davey Drill we spotted back in August was the first sign of demise… The full demolition proposed lay in stark contrast to the […]

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Macondo Looks Donezo on East Houston Street

Posted November 9, 2017 at 5:11 am

Macondo on East Houston appears to be down for the count. The restaurant closed for business yesterday – rather suddenly without notice – and the joint is already dismantled. Phone calls forward to the West Village outpost on Bank Street, which is still serving. Employees there noted that the Lower East Side hiatus is only […]

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Mayor de Blasio and CM Mendez Co-Hosting Town Hall Tonight

Posted October 12, 2017 at 9:24 am

‘Tis the season for town hall meetings. Tonight, Mayor Bill de Blasio and outgoing City Councilmember Rosie Mendez will co-host a town hall – this time with City Council District 2 denizens. The mayor sure is making the rounds this election year. This past June, Lower East Siders had a chance to lob questions at de Blasio and Councilmember […]

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