127 2nd Avenue

With Lease Renewed, B&H Dairy Undergoes Makeover

Posted November 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

Currently celebrating eighty-one years on the Lower East Side, B&H Dairy has a new look. Last week, the restaurant took a three-day break in order to spruce things up a bit. Updated equipment, new floors, wainscoting, and a fresh coat of paint. Of greater importance, however, is the official update (via Facebook) that a lease […]

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B&H Dairy Reopens This Morning After Five Months on the Sidelines

Posted August 14, 2015 at 5:11 am

The headline says it all. Rejoice! After five grueling months, the beloved B&H Dairy restaurant reopens this morning at 9am. The restaurant was without proper gas hookup in the wake of the deadly Second Avenue Explosion at the end of March. There had been a number of setbacks and plenty of frustration for co-owners Fawzy […]

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B&H Dairy Hopes to Reopen on 2nd Avenue in 10 Days

Posted July 21, 2015 at 5:16 am

Fingers crossed … B&H Dairy announced yesterday afternoon that they hope to reopen at 127 Second Avenue in ten days. Inspectors are finally getting through. “The fire chief has given B&H the green light to open,” notes an official Facebook post from owners Fawzy Abdelwahed and Ola Smigielska. The next steps are to patch the […]

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B&H Dairy is One Step Closer to Reopening, Yet Frustration Mounts

Posted July 6, 2015 at 5:11 am

For the 73-year-old B&H Dairy, the frustration is mounting. Three months after the deadly Second Avenue explosion at its doorstep, reopening is still well on the horizon. Yes, the gears are in motion, but it’s painfully slow. The first DOB permit was issued last week, needed for installation of the requisite $28,000 fire suppression system; […]

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A Battlefield Update Regarding B&H Dairy and its Struggle to Reopen

Posted June 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

Here’s an update from the battlefield, where B&H Dairy continues its post-explosion pursuit to finally reopen at 127 Second Avenue. The dispatch comes courtesy of Andy Reynolds, East Village resident and ad-hoc advocate for B&H. June 29 B&H and City Hall update, following an email exchange between me and Susan Stetzer, District Manager, Community Board 3, […]

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Three Months Post-Explosion, B&H Dairy Struggling While the City Does Nothing to Help

Last modified June 29, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Just over three months since the tragic Second Avenue Explosion, B&H Dairy remains caught in a quagmire of bureaucratic bullshit. The longtime lunch counter – operating since the 1930s – was supposed to have reopened already. Yet, navigating the alphabet soup of city agencies keeps delaying the process, and the business is in mortal danger. […]

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B&H Dairy Hopes to Reopen by Wednesday of this Week

Posted April 6, 2015 at 5:16 am

B&H Dairy has been closed since the explosion that rocked Second Avenue eleven days ago. Con Edison shut the gas lines to the store for fear of a possible leak. Meanwhile, owner Fawzy Abdelwahad has been sorting out the particulars. In real terms, that’s lots of business lost, and one establishment that will certainly need […]

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