151 Essex Street

LES Dwellers and Frustrated Residents Target Scourge of Gotham Court with Open Letter Campaign

Posted October 14, 2015 at 9:28 am

That’s it, the gloves are off. It appears that the LES Dwellers Association is coordinating a “Community Awareness Campaign” to shame the rowdy residents of Gotham Court. Indeed, the block association and affected tenants (both within and without) are behind a new flyer initiative in Hell Square that highlights the ongoing issues in the frat complex. The handbills […]

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Under Scrutiny, Gotham Court is Replacing Its Problematic Roof Deck

Posted September 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

It would appear the Johnny-come-lately owners of Gotham Court – Hubb NYC – are finally addressing the behavior of its tenants. A neighbor recently had an exchange with management, who indicated that the rooftop of Gotham Court (Essex building) is now off limits to tenants. Sealed. When pushed about the rowdy residents, the spokesperson noted […]

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What Gotham Court is Doing to Tame the Fratty Beast

Posted August 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Gotham Court frat compound (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex) has been a nuisance for years, but only now getting lots of attention. The frequent rooftop ragers, loud balcony parties, and overall wanton disregard for Hell Square neighbors are, frankly, par for the course. But with the recent sale of the complex to Hubb NYC this June […]

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8-Hour Rager Underscores Frat Scourge of Gotham Court in Hell Square

Posted July 31, 2015 at 5:00 am

The inmates have taken control and the babysitter Nurse Ratched is nowhere to be found. The drunken frat compound that is Gotham Court certainly lived up to its reputation over the weekend. We’re hearing from folks in the vicinity that an apartment at 151 Essex Street held “one of the biggest deck parties of the […]

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Gotham Court on Ludlow Street is a Drunken Frat Compound that Must be Tamed

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Last month, we learned that the Gotham Court complex in Hell Square (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex) changed hands for the second time in as many years. Four Winds Real Estate flipped the pair of conjoined buildings for $29.1 million, pocketing $10 million in profits on their initial investment. Hubb NYC is the new owner of record. […]

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Tijuana Picnic Opens Next Week on Essex Street; Here’s a Look Inside

Posted October 21, 2014 at 6:04 am

While not readily apparent, the old Laugh Lounge space at 151 Essex Street is almost completely transformed. Behind those bombed-out windows the tables are set, with Tijuana Picnic nearly ready to begin service. Word on the street is that the Mexican/Asian fusion establishment – under construction since May 2013 – opens next week. Tijuana Picnic […]

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Take a Peek Inside ‘Tijuana Picnic’ on Essex, the Latest from Acme/Indochine Team

Posted July 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

What was once dubbed “South Central” on Essex Street is now rechristened Tijuana Picnic. The Laugh Lounge successor is the brainchild of Jean-Marc Houmard and Hui Chi Lee, both vets of Indochine and Acme. Chef Alex Lopez is importing a fusion cuisine that mixes the palates of Mexico and Southeast Asia. And while the disheveled […]

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Work Quietly Kickstarts at Acme Vets’ South Central on Essex

Posted October 14, 2013 at 6:00 am

The exterior of Laugh Lounge at 151 Essex has devolved into a favored target for street artists. Since the comedy club closed last year, the space collected its fair share of tags and pasters. But this won’t last too long. Brown paper is in the windows, and the store is now an active worksite. Indeed, […]

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Proposed ‘South Central’ Plans 2 Open Houses at 151 Essex

Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:40 am

In a preemptive move, it appears South Central is embarking on some neighborhood goodwill ahead of this months SLA subcommittee meeting.

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Acme, Indochine Vets Bringing ‘South Central’ to Former Laugh Lounge on Essex

Posted May 3, 2013 at 6:13 am

The Post-It note that’s been stuck to the door of the former Laugh Lounge was totally misleading. Neighbors around here knew that the establishment wouldn’t reopen as a comedy club.

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