Houston Street

CB3 Signals Approval of Parkside Lounge Rooftop Expansion

Posted February 25, 2021 at 5:02 am

Parkside Lounge now has official community backing for its rooftop expansion. Operating at the corner of East Houston and Attorney Streets since 1997, the bar is struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. To alleviate, it’s headed upstairs with a plan to add seating on the rooftop of the one-story building. Co-owner Christopher Lee […]

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Sunshine Cinema Office Development Reaches Halfway Mark

Posted January 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Sunshine Cinema couldn’t be further down the horizon. Especially as each steel beam is knocked into place. Progress on the new office building at 143 East Houston Street is certainly visible now. Its skeleton recently reached the halfway mark, as it climbs to a total height of about nine stories. As previously reported, owners […]

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Parkside Lounge Proposes Roof Deck to Survive Pandemic

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

Parkside is headed upstairs. Indeed, the Parkside Lounge hopes to build a roof deck atop its one-story building that would hold sixteen additional tables. Co-owner Christopher Lee explains that shifting the crowd upstairs would both help business stay afloat and maintain control over patrons. “It’s been a very interesting year trying to deal with the […]

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Cuban Restaurant ‘Mi Salsa Kitchen’ Opening in Mezetto Space

Posted December 28, 2020 at 5:04 am

Mezetto closed last March during the pandemic lockdown, never to recover. Now, another suitor is rolling the proverbial dice at 161 East Houston Street. The Community Board 3 notice for liquor license application is posted to the front door of the corner establishment (at Allen Street). Mi Salsa Kitchen is the newcomer, a restaurant serving […]

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Surplus Love, or How the Community Rallies Behind a Beloved Shopkeeper

Posted December 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

Army & Navy Bags, the decades-old surplus store at 177 East Houston still hangs by a thread. Yet, embraced by a loyal customer base, and a community unwilling to let it fail, the business, and owner Henry Yao, soldier on. The New York Times profiled Yao over the weekend, highlighting the origins of the shop […]

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The ‘Candid’ Alligator in the Bathroom at Katz’s Deli

Posted December 23, 2020 at 5:01 am

There was once a time when Katz’s Deli found itself smiling on “Candid Camera.” The show recently dusted off an old clip starring Katz’s Deli, described as a “landmark eatery in New York City; always crowded and always very good.” During the five-minute throwback segment, posted on YouTube this week, a fake janitor tricks patrons […]

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Dr Smood Shutters LES Outpost After 3 Years

Posted December 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

Three years later, the Dr Smood organic cafe on the Lower East Side is flatlined. Readers relayed that the neon signs hanging inside 181 East Houston Street were deposed yesterday, along with the writing on the windows. The light housings now sit discarded. When reached for comment, a spokesperson stated only that, “sadly [the cafe] […]

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OddFellows Ice Cream Not Returning to the Lower East Side

Posted November 18, 2020 at 5:02 am

Six years on the Lower East Side, but frozen out by coronavirus, Brooklyn-based OddFellows ice cream won’t be reopening here. Both of its downtown ice cream parlors – on East 4th Street (2014) and the East Houston newcomer (2018) – shuttered at the outset of the pandemic lockdown late March. When asked if OddFellows would […]

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Sunshine Cinema Office Development Begins 9-Story Ascent

Posted November 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

The Sunshine Cinema disappeared more than a year ago. Now, the replacement construction is starting to rear its proverbial head. The steel skeleton recently reached a height of two stories, thanks to ongoing crane work. In the meantime, the middle of the block remains an obstacle course of traffic barriers, fences, and sidewalk bridges. (Let’s […]

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Lower East Side Reaction to Biden Presidential Victory

Posted November 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Jubilation remains in the air just days after Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States. Whether from rooftop or blacktop, pedestrians, motorists, and residents made feelings known. Honking horns, pots clanging, screaming, and the like became the Saturday afternoon symphony. Then yesterday evening, the canvas above the […]