Monroe Street

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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Harold Hunter Weekend 2018 is Announced for the Lower East Side

Posted May 21, 2018 at 5:07 am

Each year, the programming celebrating the life of skateboard legend Harold Hunter grows more ambitious. The eponymous nonprofit foundation behind the annual event – now in its 12th season – last spring transformed the one-day skate jam into a weekend-spanning occasion. For the 2018 go-round, the focus is on what Harold loved most – skating, […]

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Amidst Vehement Opposition, CB3 Denies ‘Marilyn’ on Monroe Street

Posted May 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Two Bridges neighborhood last night was in sync with Community Board 3 over opposition to the proposed sub-grade cocktail den at 73 Monroe Street, The Marilyn. The SLA subcommittee stood firm in its denial of the application. As previously reported, Luis Gil, Umi Mucktar-Barnes, Kai Mucktar-Barnes, and Thomas Bonsignore (former partner of the late […]

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‘The Marilyn’ on Monroe Nets Instant Opposition; ‘Brigitte’ Approved for Canal Club

Posted April 17, 2018 at 5:06 am

Last night, Community Board 3 heard two applications for basement clubs, both with opposite results. The Marilyn on Monroe faced stiff backlash from area residents worried about the intrusion of nightlife into this pocket of Chinatown. As previously reported, Luis Gil, Umi Muktar-Barnes, Kai Mucktar-Barnes, and Thomas Bonsignore (former partner of the late Sasha Petraske) […]

Former Partner of Sasha Petraske Eyes Monroe Street Nightspot, The Marilyn

Posted April 3, 2018 at 5:08 am

It’s been almost three years since a second-floor blaze vacated 73 Monroe Street and displaced dozens of tenants. As often happens, alas, a fire cleared the way for upscaling to take hold. Luxury rentals resulted, and a leasing sign perenially holds court near the entrance. Now, on this third anniversary of sorts, plans have emerged […]

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