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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 […]

After Local Pressure, First Park Pedestrian Recreation Area Reopens without MUD Coffee Kiosk

Last modified October 16, 2020 at 11:28 am

Most of First Park, which straddles the commuter corridor along East Houston Street and First Street, reopened as part of the City’s Phase 4 comeback plan. But soon after, the iron gates at the tail-end of the park, adjacent to the F Train stop on 1st Avenue, were padlocked by the Parks Department. The lock […]

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Marshalls LES Robbed by Man Brandishing a Needle

Posted October 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

The two-year-old Marshalls on the Lower East Side was robbed by a syringe-wielding man last week, cops said. The man, thought to be in his mid-20s, entered the store at 197 East Houston last Thursday night (October 10) shortly after 10:00pm. The perp was reportedly caught shoplifting, then confronted by the store manager. That’s when […]

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Mezetto will Not be Reopening on East Houston Street

Posted October 6, 2020 at 5:06 am

The novel coronavirus continues to wipe out city nightlife. Here on the Lower East Side, the latest victim is eight-year-old Mezetto. Like so many city establishments that closed at the outset of the pandemic shutdown, the Mediterranean spot will not be returning. “We are deeply saddened that its come to this [but] we at Mezetto would […]

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Celebrate 20 Years by Sharing Footage from First Show at Mercury Lounge

Posted September 29, 2020 at 5:02 am

You’re old. But you were young then. Perhaps you caught a fringe group at Mercury Lounge that night twenty years ago. Yeah Yeah Yeahs were just another on a stacked bill September 25, 2000, alongside other relative unknowns, including Candy Darlings, Kid Congo Powers, and The White Stripes (who had released their debut record months […]

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Jake Gyllenhaal Designed a Russ & Daughters T-Shirt to Help Benefit Struggling Eateries

Posted August 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal teamed up with local favorite Russ & Daughters to help raise funds for an organization seeking federal relief for the coronavirus-battered restaurant industry. Gyllenhaal designed the t-shirt, which features the iconic blue fish logo atop pink salmon tie-dye. He previously donned the gear during a handstand challenge with Tom Holland at the […]

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Sister of Murdered and Dismembered Tech Entrepreneur Speaks Out

Posted August 14, 2020 at 5:03 am

Exactly one month after 33-year-old tech entrepreneur, Fahim Saleh, was brutally murdered and dismembered in his Lower East Side apartment, his sister is speaking out with a memoir on Medium. In the blog post published yesterday, Ruby Saleh recounts her relationship with Fahim and her sorrow over his death. She said that her brother was […]

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