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Whole Foods Bowery Replaces its Beer Room with ‘Coffee Bar’

Posted April 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

As part of its overarching effort to liven it up and rebrand, the ten-year-old Whole Foods Bowery just closed their enormous beer room. The store ended operations yesterday, but won’t stay empty long. The food emporium is about to impart an “exciting new coffee bar” in the space. Whole Foods is certainly going through all sorts of changes of […]

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NYPL to Upgrade the Hamilton Fish Park Branch Library on East Houston

Posted April 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

The New York Public Library is poised to upgrade one of its Lower East Side facilities. Up next, the Hamilton Fish Park branch on East Houston Street. Built in 1960, the Hamilton Fish branch is a one-story brick masonry building sitting in a shared complex with the gifted academic enterprise, New Explorations into Science Technology […]

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DeVotchKa had Mercury Lounge Dancing Late Friday Night [PHOTOS]

Posted April 11, 2017 at 5:02 am

While the collective gaze of music press was fixated across the river at Barclays for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, DeVotchKa held court at a sold-out show on the Lower East Side. At the Mercury Lounge, where, the band admits, they truly “belong.” “We spent a lot of years on this […]

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Brooklyn’s ‘Tramezzini’ Opening Sandwich Shop on East Houston 

Posted April 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two Smorgasburg vendors are setting up shop, side by side, on East Houston Street. Last week saw the arrival of Wowfulls, the snack shop specializing in, you guessed it, waffles. This week comes word that fellow Instagram-ready cohort, Tramezzini, is up next. No, not Trapizzino, which just debuted on Orchard Street last month. A tiny sign above […]

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With Lawsuits Settled, 49 East Houston Street Returns to Market for About $20M

Posted April 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

When the plywood boards came down last week, it was a sure sign of revival for 49 East Houston Street. The vacant lot lay follow for nine years due to a perfect storm of economic turmoil and subsequent litigation. Now, former building owner Steve Stollman, who sold the property to the investors Michael Hirtenstein and […]

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‘Gatsby’ Goes Big with 5-Story Mural on its LES Hotel

Posted April 4, 2017 at 5:05 am

That nascent street art endeavor (nay, developers’ tool), The New Allen, tagged its biggest mural to date, yet not even on the namesake street. They strayed two blocks west to Forsyth Street. Project Organizers commissioned Tony “Rubin” Sjoman to paint the west-facing exposure of the Gatsby Hotel on East Houston. Site chosen for the mural […]

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Fallow for a Decade, Activity Anew at 49 East Houston Lot

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:17 am

Holy shitballs! There is actually activity to report at 49 East Houston Street, forever the vacant lot and dumping ground. Yesterday evening, two crowbar-wielding workers were spotted dismantling the splintered plywood, revealing the void created here a decade ago. Word on the street is that the property is up for sale, though we haven’t spotted any listings […]

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The Newest Condo Building on East Houston Ascends 3 Stories

Posted March 28, 2017 at 9:45 am

The upward progress of 287 East Houston is really heating up. Several months into construction activities, the forthcoming condo building has breached the plywood perimeter, and now sits at three stories. That’s roughly a quarter of its final height. Upon completion, the 120-foot-tall brick-and-steel replacement will boast twenty-eight apartments across 29,070 square-feet of floor area […]

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Rumor: Sunshine Cinema to Sunset, as $31.5M Contract Nears Closing

Posted March 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two years after word first circulated that the Sunshine Cinema at 139-143 East Houston was being shopped on the market for $35 million, a buyer is allegedly under contract. The news arrives a few months after the president of Landmark Theaters, which operates the Sunshine, noted that transforming a theater into a high rise is […]

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Neon Outage Puts Unfortunate ‘Ugh’ in Russ & Daughters

Posted March 16, 2017 at 5:16 am

It’s always fun to see what words are created when neon signs are on the fritz. Sorta like a game of hangman. Today brings an unfortunate outage to Lower East Side classic, Russ & Daughters. Most of the letters on the marquee are dark, except the ironic “UGH” (and “ZER”). A tad embarrassing. But it’s […]

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