Rivington Street

City Partially Lifts Year-old Stop-Work Order at Rivington House

Posted June 20, 2017 at 5:17 am

Here we go… The Department of Buildings last week lifted, in part, the stop-work order on Rivington House. It was first issued by the city fourteen months ago, in the wake of the budding scandal revolving around the controversial deed lifting and subsequent condo flip. The partial rescind is causing concern amongst neighborhood activists and […]

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Boulton & Watt Team Eyes Purchase of Shamlian’s Hell Square Empire

Posted June 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Most anything related to Hell Square nightlife these days is usually bad news, newcomers or otherwise. Now, it appears three of the most problematic establishments are again being pitched in a manner befitting a fire sale. Controversial owner Rob Shamlian is again seeking buyers for his trio of Hell Square hot-spots – Fat Baby, Spitzer’s […]

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‘Wolfnights’ will Expand to Bleecker Street Next Fall

Posted June 5, 2017 at 5:09 am

Late night Lower East Side pit-stop, Wolfnights, is about to roll up to the West Village. The Hell Square-based fast food eatery will debut a Bleecker Street location next fall. Wolfnights announced the expansion to 235 Bleecker Street on its Facebook page (with plenty of emoji). Wolfnights first opened at 99 Rivington Street six years […]

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Grand Street Settlement Continues its Protest of Masaryk Towers Path Closure

Posted June 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

With the sealing of a gate, it was the clink heard ’round the Lower East Side. Masaryk Towers sealed its passageway between Pitt and Columbia Streets last month, citing alleged proliferation of drug use/sales, fights, vandalism, speeding bikes and mopeds, and litter as the final cause. Many neighbors in the community were upset. Most vocal, […]

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‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ Vietnamese Spot Posts up at Former Calexico on Rivington Street

Posted May 30, 2017 at 9:28 am

The recent tale of 153 Rivington Street begins with Australian fare, morphs to sit-down Mexican cuisine, and now to Vietnamese stylings. After two years, and a flood of real estate listings later, the space previously occupied by Calexico (and Bondi Road) is finally filled. Remember that this is a Steve Croman-owned property, so there was […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Rivington’s Falafel Guys Fighting City to Survive

Posted May 22, 2017 at 10:09 am

I understand many people believe New York City is a nicer, safer place now that international corporate capitalism has homogenized, standardized, and washed away so much of what made it edgy. They applaud such sentiments on the Lower East Side, where drugs and crime have largely been eliminated from public view. I am not one […]

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There is a New Beastie Boys Mural at Ludlow and Rivington

Last modified May 22, 2017 at 7:27 am

Hold it now, the Beastie Boys mural on Ludlow Street is updated. Danielle Mastrion, the street artist who painted the original artwork on the Wolfnights facade three years ago, was tapped for an encore this weekend. The predecessor was swiftly erased with blue paint and reborn. The small sidewalk party and mural painting was essentially a PR […]

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New LISA Project Mural at Allen Street Hotel is a Plug for ‘Five Points Festival’

Posted May 19, 2017 at 5:12 am

Where Tristan Easton’s ad-mural for Guess failed, another in this style is currently underway beside the Allen Street Hotel. The hoteliers reactivated a relationship with the Little Italy Street Art Project to bring street artist KaNO to the corner of Rivington Street. The new artwork is actually a plug for the inaugural Five Points Festival, a […]

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LES Landlord Hit with $1.2M Lawsuit over Hell Square Airbnb Scheme

Posted May 16, 2017 at 5:08 am

It’s being called the biggest crackdown on a landlord illegally using Airbnb, and it happened on the Lower East Side. Naturally. City prosecutors filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against building owner Rose King in Manhattan Supreme Court for running a small network of transient hotels in three of her properties. Rooms were described as “comfy […]

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Schiller’s is Closing this August After 14 Years on Rivington Street

Posted May 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Here’s one from left field. The old guard of early-2000s Lower East Side hangouts is down another. Schiller’s Liquor Bar is closing down for good this summer after a fourteen-year tenure on Rivington Street. Last day in business will be sometime in August, according to an email distributed to customers. “We send our thanks to […]

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