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Bagel Boss Debuts Latest Outpost at Former OddFellows on East Houston

Last modified August 20, 2021 at 1:09 pm

On Tuesday, long-standing local chain, Bagel Boss, debuted its latest outpost – the Little Italy storefront previously occupied by Oddfellows ice cream shop on the corner of East Houston and Mott Streets. Bagel Boss owner-manager, Alex, tells us that it’s been busy since opening day. But that their launch came with a bit of an […]

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Gigs to See on the Downtown Music Circuit the Month of August

Posted August 2, 2021 at 5:47 am

The downtown music scene is approaching pre-pandemic levels, thanks in large part to increased bookings at many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. August looks more promising than any schedule in the past 16 months. Here are some highlights of upcoming shows this month, along with photographs from a few of the more active venues in July. […]

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Hit-and-Run Driver Kills E-Bike Delivery Worker on East Houston

Posted July 12, 2021 at 5:02 am

A hit-and-run driver, who may have been chased by police beforehand, struck and killed a delivery cyclist on the Lower East Side late Thursday night. Shortly after 11:00pm, the driver of a black Subaru Outback hit 24-year-old Borkot Ullah on his e-bike while crossing East Houston Street at Clinton Street. The motorist did not stop, […]

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In Crowdfunding Push, Army & Navy Bags Surpasses $110K in Donations

Posted June 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

While the pandemic continues to ebb ever so slightly, many small businesses remain on the brink. Army & Navy Bags is one such struggling mom-and-pop, but luckily there are those in the community who wish to keep it buoyed. One year since a successful crowdfunding campaign netted north of $60,000, Brandon Stanton of Humans of […]

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Russ & Daughters Settle Style Spat with Nick Liberato and Borscht Belt Deli

Posted June 7, 2021 at 5:05 am

The soul of Jewish appetizing was the subject of a flare-up late last month. Between the old guard, Russ & Daughters, and New Jersey newcomer Borscht Belt Delicatessen. The heart of the matter was an accusation by the Lower East Side institution that Borscht Belt and its chef, Nick Liberato, ripped off the iconic look […]

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Russ & Daughters Accuses Celebrity Chef Nick Liberato of Stealing its Design for ‘Borscht Belt Deli’

Posted May 24, 2021 at 5:00 am

Russ & Daughters is calling out celebrity chef Nick Liberato for stealing its unique style for a new restaurant. In a rather scathing Instagram post, the fourth-generation co-owners didn’t mince words. They allege that Liberato, host of the Netflix show Restaurants on the Edge), lifted the in-store experience for his soon-to-open Borscht Belt Delicatessen in […]

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The Pandemic Shift: Milano’s Bar

Posted May 19, 2021 at 5:02 am

We are excited to launch a new collaboration called “Pandemic Shift,” a photo series dreamed up by photographer Andrew Hunter and bartender liaison Aaron Fischer. Together they are telling stories of the countless bartenders and shift workers who were affected by the coronavirus pandemic over the last year. On March 16, 2020, all who hadn’t […]

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Botanica Bar Looks to Annex Adjacent Vacant Lot

Posted May 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

The long-fallow lot wedged between Milano’s Bar and Botanica might soon reactivate. Indeed, the latter watering hole seeks to annex the space for outdoor dining and drinking. Application materials submitted to Community Board 2 reveal that owner Mark Connell is planning to use the vacant square-footage to accommodate seating for about 44 patrons. The goal […]

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Gaia Cafe is Gone, but Namesake Chef is Busy Cooking for her Customers

Posted April 6, 2021 at 5:02 am

The beloved Gaia Italian Cafe shuttered last July after nine years on East Houston, one of scores of eateries that closed due to complications from coronavirus. However, its namesake chef didn’t stop. No, Gaia Bagnasacco is very much still active, sating fans’ appetites with her home cooking. As previously reported, the search remains in play […]

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Bagel Boss Headed to Former OddFellows on East Houston

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:02 am

A Long Island bagel institution is expanding with a new outpost in Little Italy. Bagel Boss, the half-century old bakery, this week planted a sign at 55 East Houston Street, in the store formerly occupied by OddFellows. Its presence presents competition to the trendy Black Seed Bagels just a few blocks south on Elizabeth Street. […]

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