Ludlow Street

Essex Crossing Adjacent Properties on Ludlow Street Fetch $12M

Posted November 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Change may soon come to the Chinese food wholesaler at 89-91 Ludlow Street. The dual property just changed hands this month for $12.3 million. Buyer of record is an LLC linked to Brooklyn’s Xiaoling Huang. The two parcels in question, comprising a three-story commercial building and the adjacent lot where wholesaler C&L Restaurant Supply currently […]

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A Shovel Graveyard and the American Dream on Ludlow Street

Last modified October 31, 2019 at 7:32 am

More art for the vacant lot at 159 Ludlow Street. This time, it’s a collection of colored shovels arranged to mimic a cemetery. The headstone of the middle shovel carries the loaded message of “American Dream.” It’s a dual commentary on gentrification and on the billion-dollar indoor amusement park that opened at the Meadowlands this […]

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5-Story Bugs Bunny Mural on Ludlow Street

Posted October 23, 2019 at 5:17 am

Here’s what’s up, doc. A new Bugs Bunny mural underway on the facade of 161 Ludlow Street, overlooking the vacant lot next door, The artist – the city’s own, Jerkface (aka Incarcerated Jerkfaces) – began work on the portrait yesterday afternoon. He is apparently aiming for Friday completion. Jerkface is known for reinterpreting classic characters […]

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Mayor Wants to School ‘Night Owls’ to Not be Drunken Idiots in Hell Square

Posted October 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

The city yesterday announced a new “common sense” etiquette campaign targeted at drunk bar-goers for the benefit of area quality-of-life. Naturally, the pilot neighborhood is Hell Square on the Lower East Side, an over-saturated entertainment zone which boasts the highest concentration of liquor licenses in the state. Dubbed “Night Owl,” the initiative will disseminate kitschy […]

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Mini Rex Sober Karaoke Still Missing in Action

Posted October 22, 2019 at 5:06 am

Nearly three years later, the Mini Rex/Juicebox Heroes sober karaoke concept is still missing in action. The fall 2018 opening, and later, a targeted winter debut, did not pan out. Spring bloomed and summer sweltered and still no launch on Ludlow Street. Much of the delay, at least initially, was owed to outspoken area opposition […]

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Cuomo Signs New Law to Create State Liquor License Database

Posted October 8, 2019 at 5:01 am

Finally a ray of light for residents long plagued by bad operators with full liquor licenses. Last week, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill sponsored by local New York State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick that requires the State Liquor Authority to create and maintain a public database of information specific to […]

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Xeno Zero Returns to Lower East Side with Ludlow Street Store

Posted October 2, 2019 at 5:07 am

Xeno Zero just made its Lower East Side rebound. Almost two years after Xeno Zero vacated Orchard Street, they’ve set up shop around the corner to 21 Ludlow. The ground level, which previously housed a gallery. The Xeno Zero game center has been a popular draw, attracting collectors and hardcore gamers for various competitions. The […]

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Ludlow House Expansion Proceeds with New Building Permits

Posted September 23, 2019 at 5:07 am

More movement on the Ludlow House expansion, which is still proceeding rather slowly. Libation closed its doors forever in May of this year. Demise of the bridge-and-tunnel club was hastened by Ludlow House next door, which aims to redevelop the property into a venue annex. (They are leasing the property.) The plan is more than […]

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Slate’s New Expanded Store at 151 Ludlow Nets a (Temporary) Tenant with ‘CHRISHABANA’

Posted September 4, 2019 at 5:08 am

The renovated, more expansive retail space at 151 Ludlow Street is primed for occupancy, but nothing permanent yet. The first entrant to occupy is a trendy jewelry pop-up for CHRISHABANA. Based in a studio at 80 Bowery, CHRISHABANA prides itself on being a “punk rock” fashion. “Since its debut in 2008, the label is known […]

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Lucien Bahaj, ‘Pink Pony’ and ‘Lucien’ Fixture, Dies at 74

Posted August 5, 2019 at 5:03 am

Another of the old neighborhood guard has passed on. Lucien Bahaj, the local icon behind Lower East Side favorites Lucien and the Pink Pony, died last week. He was 74. According to published reports, he died on July 29. The Moroccan-born Bahaj founded his eponymous French bistro on First Avenue in 1998. It was a […]

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