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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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‘The Modern Chemist’ Chain Opens LES Outpost at East Houston and Orchard

Posted September 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

Trendy local chain, The Modern Chemist, now has a presence on the Lower East Side. The company just debuted this new outpost in the other half of what was once American Apparel at East Houston and Orchard Streets. A sandwich board out front advertises the new opening. The Modern Chemist, which counts three other locations […]

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Man Arrested After Attempted Kidnapping of 5-Year-Old Boy Outside Katz’s Deli

Posted September 3, 2019 at 5:19 am

Catching up on some Hell Square news over the holiday weekend… Police arrested a man late Saturday after he attempted to kidnap a five-year-old boy outside Katz’s Deli. Eric Visa, 46, approached the child as he was walking near the famous Lower East Side restaurant with his family shortly before midnight, according to various published […]

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HSBC Branch and Upgraded Subway Entrance for New East Houston Development

Posted July 29, 2019 at 5:02 am

What’s a new office development without its token anchor bank? The six-story commercial development at 606 Broadway (aka 19 East Houston) is finally ready for the big-time. HSBC recently planted a flag there, and the branch is already operational. As is the new Broadway-Lafayette subway entrance, which had been obscured these last few years by […]

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The Iconic Sunshine Cinema Building is No More

Posted July 10, 2019 at 5:04 am

The sun finally set on the Sunshine. Next up, boutique office space to further dull any edge still in the neighborhood. The iconic Lower East Side theater at 141 East Houston is now pulverized, having spent the better part of the last few months under drills. Daylight is now visible where the decorative marquee previously […]

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Envisioning a Future SoHo-NoHo with Mixed-Use Zoning

Last modified June 13, 2019 at 9:19 am

SoHo and NoHo residents are no doubt anxious to see if any of their input gained from four public engagements had any effect on the Department of City Planning. But those who participated shouldn’t be a surprised if tonight’s “Preliminary Presentation” of results from the Envision SoHo and NoHo Planning Process will reveal a recommendation […]

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BIRDLINK Installation on Lower East Side Provides Habitat for Local Wildlife

Posted June 13, 2019 at 5:05 am

Local wildlife is happy with a new artist installation in the northwest corner of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Artist Anina Gerchick introduced her newest BIRDLINK last weekend beside the East Houston Street basketball courts. It’s a seven-tier, sixteen-foot “deployable habitat” that overflows with native plants. Each of the “towers” together provide a home for nineteen […]

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Katz’s Deli Celebrates 30 Years of ‘When Harry Met Sally’

Posted May 29, 2019 at 5:05 am

It was the orgasm heard ’round the world… This summer, Katz’s Delicatessen will double down on its pop cultural acclaim. And by that, we mean When Harry Met Sally. The iconic movie with the immortalized Lower East Side scene celebrates its 30th anniversary in July, and the deli is celebrating with a month of movie-related […]

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‘Sunshine Cinema’ Gets its Demolition Death Shroud

Posted May 20, 2019 at 5:02 am

Hope you got your final photos for posterity, as the facade of the Sunshine Cinema is forever lost. Demolition death shroud – consisting of scaffolding and netting – is now firmly in place, effectively obstructing progress of the takedown within. Owner-developers East End Capital and K Property Group, who together purchased the Lower East Side […]

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Red Square Rooftop Clocks Erased (but will Return)

Posted May 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

If you look up, you may have noticed that the rooftop clocks are gone from the building formerly known as Red Square. Its erasure, as reported by EV Grieve, is part of the overall renovation plan implemented by the Dermot Company, which purchased the upscale residential complex for $100 million in 2016. Other modifications at […]

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