Rivington Street

When Rivington House Wouldn’t Clean its Garbage Mess, a Neighbor Stepped In

Posted July 2, 2020 at 5:06 am

A Good Samaritan took responsibility where a multimillion-dollar hospital system would not. As previously reported, the outside of Rivington House – future home of Mount Sinai’s future Behavioral Health facility – essentially devolved into decrepitude with the accumulation of trash at the doorstep. Untouched for days on end. But one Lower East Sider took matters […]

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Mount Sinai Can’t be Bothered to Clean Trash from Rivington House

Posted June 30, 2020 at 5:03 am

Rivington House is a trash-strewn mess, and it doesn’t appear that the Mount Sinai overlords care about cleanup. At the outset of the COVID-19 lockdown, the future Behavioral Health facility erected a plywood shed to help repel the homeless that tend to loiter and sleep at the doorway. Activity that has transpired on the spot […]

Economy Candy Hits the Sidewalk with ‘Mystery Bags’ for Summerlong To-Go Shop

Posted June 19, 2020 at 5:02 am

Three months into the pandemic, Economy Candy remains a sweet spot on Rivington Street. Third generation co-owners Skye Greenfield Cohen and Mitchell Cohen are still operating as a two-person skeleton crew, walking two miles each way everyday, to fulfill online orders for anyone in need of a sugar fix. As previously reported, Economy Candy rearranged […]

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The Reason You Don’t See Trash Cans on the Lower East Side

Posted June 5, 2020 at 5:02 am

You may have noticed the lack of trash cans on street corners around the Lower East Side this week. Vanished seemingly overnight. As a precaution this week, the city quietly removed receptacles from neighborhoods overwhelmingly hit by unrest and looting following the killing of George Floyd. It’s estimated that roughly 2,000 were temporarily towed citywide, […]

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Thieves Continue to Target ‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ on Rivington Street

Posted May 26, 2020 at 5:05 am

With coronavirus lockdown the new normal, crime is seemingly on the rise around the Lower East Side. And Ginger & Lemongrass, the two-year-old Vietnamese restaurant at 153 Rivington Street, is apparently a ripe target. The business last week fell victim to theft for the second time in as many months. “The Lower East Side is […]

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M’Finda Kalunga Garden Remains Closed to the Public for the ‘Time Being’

Posted April 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

The green respite of M’Finda Kalunga Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park will remain shuttered for the duration. Like everything else these days, it’s fallen victim to the COVID-19 outbreak, and social distancing mandates from the city and state. The garden usually stays closed over the winter months, then reopens sometime in April. “According to […]

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Shed Goes up at Rivington House for Mental Health Facility

Last modified April 29, 2020 at 5:54 pm

The conversion of Rivington House into a behavioral health facility is on pause during the shutdown, but there is still onsite activity to report. Tuesday morning, workers constructed a new plywood shed outside the front entrance of the Mount Sinai owned property. Department of Buildings yesterday approved several permits related to the project. However, seeing […]

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Sauce Restaurant Donates More than 2,000 Pizzas to Hospitals

Posted March 30, 2020 at 5:07 am

Popular local Italian joint, Sauce Restaurant, is donating hundreds of pizza pies to hospitals around New York City. It all started when a nurse from an unidentified hospital called to order a pizza. She reportedly expressed that staff was working long shifts caring for COVID-19 intake, and not eating enough. And that most restaurants were […]

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Economy Candy Relying on Candy Pack Deliveries to Stay Afloat During COVID-19 Shutdown

Last modified March 23, 2020 at 7:43 am

The candy man can because he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good … even during a pandemic. Like other steadfast shops on the Lower East Side, Economy Candy is rearranging their business model slightly during these trying times, in hopes of staying afloat and minimizing impact on employees in whatever way […]

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Mount Sinai and Pols Agree that Reopening Rivington House Could Alleviate Hospitals Overwhelmed by COVID-19

Posted March 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

The local grassroots organization fighting to preserve Rivington House proposes to reopen the former AIDS home to stem the oncoming onslaught of COVID-19 patients. Its standard-bearer, Kathleen Webster, wrote the following editorial. The Governor asked for potential sites for hospital overflow related to COVID-19 patients. We asked Mount Sinai if they would offer Rivington House. […]

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