Ludlow Street

‘Electrical Issue’ Sidelines Ludlow Street’s Sweet Chick Indefinitely

Posted January 22, 2018 at 5:12 am

Celebrity-backed Sweet Chick has been closed and on the ropes for the last three days. Apparently, there were some unspecified “electrical issues,” and Con Edison came to shut down the waffles-and-chicken restaurant just before the busy rush on Friday evening. Computer printouts taped to the vestibule say the same – that it’s closed “temporarily” and […]

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Michael Shah Spent $19M on this Hell Square Tenement Building

Posted January 19, 2018 at 5:11 am

On Wednesday, we reported that Michael Shah (Delshah Capital) picked up the Hell Square tenement at 138 Ludlow Street. With the transaction now public, it appears the controversial landlord paid $19 million for the property. Spending that kind of coin on a pre-war walkup means one thing. The requisite upscaling to luxury living. “Despite its […]

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Michael Shah Scoops up 138 Ludlow Street in Hell Square

Posted January 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Fresh off the failed bid to score a liquor license for Dos Cientos, news comes down the pike today about landlord Michael Shah acquiring a Hell Square walk-up building. His DelShah Capital firm reportedly purchased 138-140 Ludlow Street under the shell company “DS 138 Ludlow LLC.” The sale just closed, so final price has yet […]

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Hell Square Hell: Inside 151-153 Ludlow Street During Slate’s Luxury Conversion [Updated]

Last modified January 19, 2018 at 7:33 am

[Updated below] It’s construction hell for these Hell Square tenements. The side-by-side properties comprising 151-153 Ludlow Street are together amidst an upgrade, with tenants apparently in the crossfire. Another play on the same old song and dance. Rivington House co-owner Slate Property Group purchased the two buildings for $12.5 million over the summer and plotted […]

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‘El Luchador’ on Ludlow Street Closes After Burst Water Pipe

Posted January 5, 2018 at 5:08 am

This weather is taking no prisoners. El Luchador, the taco shack at 132 Ludlow Street, closed earlier this week due to a burst water pipe in the building. The announcement is posted behind the drawn security gate, alongside a Department of Health closure notice. The DOH came by and closed the place on Wednesday. It’s […]

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After 43 Years on Grand Street, Seward Park Liquors is Moving to Ludlow

Posted January 2, 2018 at 5:03 am

In the coming weeks, Seward Park Liquors will leave its namesake territory. The Seward Park Co-op board ultimately voted against renewing their retail lease back in April after more than 43 years at the base of the residential complex. However, owner John DeBlasio is in the process of moving the business just a few blocks […]

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Friends Throw ‘Mayor of Ludlow Street’ Heartwarming Homecoming

Last modified December 20, 2017 at 9:13 am

The so-called “Mayor” of Ludlow Street – 68 year-old Richie Chang – returned home for a brief visit over the weekend. He’s been healing in exile since last July, when he was hospitalized with a serious, yet still unknown condition. One friend drove him back to the Lower East Side on Sunday, which included a […]

La Margarita Pizza to Combine Operations at 168 Ludlow Street by Month’s End

Last modified December 21, 2017 at 7:17 am

For La Margarita pizza on Ludlow Street, the lengthy transition period is concluding. It’ll soon complete a relocation just up the block. Last day at 151 Ludlow Street is the end of this month. The handwritten sign below is posted to the front door. This move across the way to 168 Ludlow Street (formerly home […]

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Hi-Thai Successor ‘Copper Throat’ Now Serving on Ludlow Street

Posted December 19, 2017 at 5:17 am

Eat-pisode on Ludlow Street (aka Hi-Thai) went out of business back in July after a decade-long Hell Square tenure. The “gem-sized Thai bistro” (their words) had shuttered without warning or announcement. Five months on, though, there is a replacement restaurant. Now, the new voice of Ludlow Thai food is something called, rather strangely, Copper Throat. […]

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Early ’00s LES Rock History ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ will be Adapted into Docu-series

Posted December 15, 2017 at 5:17 am

You may have seen this… New York’s beloved gritty indie musc scene circa 2000s is getting a second life, through a four-hour docu-series. That’s right, the resurgence is a visual retelling based on Lizzy Goodman’s 600-page oral history called Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock & Roll in NYC 2001-2011. The documentary will […]

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