Monroe Street

Skateboarders Are Scaling the Fence at Coleman Skatepark, Flouting Shutdown

Posted May 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

The brief, state-ordered hiatus from skateboarders grinding under the Manhattan Bridge has concluded. Though, not officially. Signs remain in place at many city playgrounds announcing full closure until further notice. Still not much of a deterrence, though. For instance, the popular Coleman Skatepark on Monroe Street. Skaters have begun scaling the fence of late, flouting […]

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Parks Department Locks Coleman Skatepark Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

Kids will be kids, rebelling against the authority. In this case, skateboarders who defied “social distancing” mandates to grind it out at Coleman Skatepark. The popular skater haunt – situated on Monroe Street beneath the Manhattan Bridge – remained so despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Even after the city closed the adjacent field and playground last […]

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Cuomo Shutters All NYC Playgrounds as COVID-19 Threat Intensifies

Last modified April 2, 2020 at 7:43 am

It’s finally happened, and this is why we can’t have nice things. All New York City playgrounds are closed to the public to promote “social distancing” during the COVID-19 shutdown. The order comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who circumvented Mayor de Blasio on the decision. Hizzoner had not yet ordered closed the playgrounds, but did […]

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Cops Seek Lower East Side Arsonist Lighting up Trashcans

Last modified March 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

Police are on the hunt for a suspect wanted in connection with several dumpster fires within the last week. Since last Wednesday, there have been four dumpster fires across the Lower East Side. Three of which transpired early Sunday morning after 1:00am – 305 Madison Street, 301 Henry Street, and 40 Gouverneur (Vladek Houses). The […]

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Elderly ‘Canners’ Prove it’s Time to Raise the Bottle Deposit [OP-ED]

Last modified November 7, 2019 at 8:35 am

Canning. It sounds like a job in a processing plant, or maybe a sport. But it’s not; it’s a legit side hustle for many seniors to supplement social security or other benefits. We’ve all seen them on the downtown streets of the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and the financial district, lugging bagfuls or pushing heaping […]

City Council Passes Bill that Keeps Knickerbocker Village Affordable for 50 Years

Posted November 1, 2019 at 5:08 am

City Council passed a resolution Thursday afternoon that preserves affordable housing at Knickerbocker Village for the next fifty years. The bill provides a property tax abatement that will help offset future rent hikes. Years ago, management for the Two Bridges residential complex announced a rent hike of 13% to account for upgrades to the aging […]

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Coleman Playground Gets Upgrades Ahead of East River Park Closure

Posted August 23, 2019 at 5:03 am

Coleman Playground, in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, is another of the parks along the Lower East Side coastline receiving upgrades due to the city’s billion-dollar resiliency project. As a result, East River Park will close for at least 3.5 years. The displaced open area is being redistributed to these other parks, with an […]

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Get in on ‘theGround,’ the New Indoor Soccer Pitch on Monroe Street

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

Monroe, the restaurant on its eponymous street beneath the Manhattan Bridge, is no longer. The indoor sanctuary of greenery – that veritable forest – is now sanctuary to something different altogether. A sanctuary to sport. The southern Mediterranean eatery shut shop back in February after less than two years and is now officially reborn. It’s […]

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Harold Hunter Day Marks 13 Years with Weekend of Skateboarding Events

Posted May 31, 2019 at 5:04 am

The thirteenth annual celebration of the life of skateboarder Harold Hunter is now underway. The eponymous nonprofit foundation behind the annual event – the Harold Hunter Foundation – transformed the former one-day skate jam into a weekend-spanning occasion in the spring of 2017. And so it continues this year. Harold Hunter was a skater-slash-actor, and […]

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CC’s Cafe Space on Monroe Street Hits the Market

Posted May 21, 2019 at 5:03 am

CC’s Cafe on Monroe Street might not last. Rumors of its demise – aka the owner wanting to surrender – have appeared over the last couple years. But now it appears more likely. This retail listing on Craigslist for the 700 square-foot restaurant space went live several days ago. Asking rent is $6,500 per month. According […]

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