West 3rd Street

The Provincetown and Wilf Hall Signage Unveiled

Posted July 2, 2010 at 6:25 am

The new NYU construction at 133-139 Macdougal Street, built on the ruins of the old Provincetown Playhouse, is almost ready to roll.  In just the last few weeks, much of the heavy-duty machinery, scaffolding, and traffic barricades have been relieved of their duties.  Instead, there are NYU security guards.  But that’s not all.

The Half Pint Expanding Into Adjacent Space

Posted June 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

For the better part of a few months, a sidewalk shed has occupied the concrete outside 74 West Third Street..  Doors to the phantom construction site recently opened, revealing bar-type renovations.

Town Tavern on West 3rd Under New Management

Last modified November 1, 2010 at 12:14 am

The perennial Greenwich Village frat-dive, Town Tavern, is now under new management.  Yellow signs in the windows announce this fact, as does the brown paper obscuring shots of the interior.

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McDonald’s PlayPlace on Sixth Avenue Dismantled

Posted June 11, 2010 at 6:25 am

The behemoth McDonald’s outpost at the corner of West Third Street and Sixth Avenue is undergoing a playground change. A McChange, as it were.  Yesterday afternoon, a pair of handymen dismantled the entire fenced-in playground with saws and other assorted machinery.

West 4th Newsstand Revived

Posted June 11, 2010 at 6:18 am

Defying the odds, the unique corner newsstand at the junction of West Third and Sixth Avenue was revived earlier this week.  For a little over a year, the green box had fallen into disrepair, papered with stickers, flyers, and the like.  But now it’s back, having dodged the Cemusa glass bullet.

Hey Vans, Punk Was from NYC

Posted June 3, 2010 at 6:18 am

In its latest ad campaign, Vans is claiming that punk was a “UK movement that took over the world.”  Umm, what about the Ramones?  Even though the statement is somewhat true, it will nevertheless be debated ad infinitum.  Indeed, as this tagger points out, “Punk was from NYC.” Spotted near the corner of Sullivan and […]

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Brickwork at New NYU Legal Facility on MacDougal

Posted April 27, 2010 at 6:27 am

Remember the Provincetown Playhouse (est. 1916) on MacDougal?  Like so many buildings across downtown, the last remaining piece of the historic structure is now held hostage by NYU.  Nevertheless, after a year wrought with overzealous demolition, stop work orders, and new construction, the legal facility is finally taking shape.

Triona’s Replaces Pinch at 237 Sullivan Street

Posted April 14, 2010 at 6:23 am

The Pinch bar at 237 Sullivan Street is reportedly under new ownership after a five-year run, and with it, an identity change.  Last week, a new awning (and new color scheme) was unveiled for the successor, Triona’s.  Meanwhile, signage for Pinch still hangs up above. Triona’s, 237 Sullivan Street, (212) 982-5222

New Ad Mural for Village Chess Shop

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

For nearly 80 years, various vendors utilized 234 Thompson Street to cater to the neighborhood; the latest incarnation was Thompson Street News.  It shuttered in December 2006 amidst neighborhood outcry, and has since remained quietly vacant.  Indeed, the last semblance of activity was the placement of a sign which read, “save our newsstand, save our […]

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Coming Soon: Pubblico Espresso Bar at 124 MacDougal

Posted March 11, 2010 at 6:26 am

Just two short months after Esperanto Cafe called it quits, a new java joint is opening a few doors north at 124 MacDougal Street.  Signs hanging in the papered windows above the underground Rabbit Club advertise a Pubblico Espresso Bar.