Rivington Street

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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Elevated Levels of Lead Dust Detected in Rivington Street Building Undergoing Renovation

Posted March 6, 2020 at 5:04 am

Elevated levels of lead dust were found in a Lower East Side property all too familiar with upscaling practices. A concerned tenant alerted us that the controversial landlord of 210 Rivington Street, Ariel Soudry, is still busy renovating apartments more than five years after acquiring the tenement from Samy Mahfar. And that there have been […]

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Mount Sinai Begins Work at New Rivington House Facility

Posted March 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

There is activity anew at Rivington House, where Mount Sinai is busy converting the former nursing home into its Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center. The hospital network filed for a slew of permits with Department of Buildings for various jobs on-premise. Included in the filings are plans for interior demolition, excavation, and foundation work. At street level, […]

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Potential Fat Baby Replacement Evicted Before Ever Opening

Last modified January 23, 2020 at 6:43 pm

The Fat Baby space is again up for grabs. Eviction papers were taped to the door last week, indicating that the latest proposal for the Suave Bar and Restaurant is dead in the water. Suave was the third suitor in the last year for 112 Rivington Street. Principal Erinson Salce (of Sahara East on First […]

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