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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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‘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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