Allen Street Mall

Get Ready for Snack Stand and Bike Repair Service at Allen Mall Bathhouse

Last modified May 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm

For this classic Lower East Side structure, sixty years of dormancy is about to end. The old-time bathhouse situated in the Allen Street Mall at Delancey is on the precipice of reactivation. To become a “comfort station,” in the euphemistic lingo of city bureaucracy. Last night, the Parks subcommittee of Community Board 3 made sure […]

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City to Release RFP for Allen Street Mall Bathhouse Conversion

Last modified May 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm

The stout brick building sits in the Allen Street Mall, a deteriorating reminder of a nearly-forgotten past. The bathhouse dates back to the 1930s, and was originally constructed to service passengers on the Second Avenue El. These public restrooms had a short life, and went dark in the early 1950s after the elevated tracks were […]

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Meet LESter, the 7-Foot Snowgirl of Allen Street

Posted January 25, 2016 at 5:18 am

Sorry, Essex Street Snowman, you’ve been deposed. The Blizzard of 2016 (aka Jonas) birthed a new snow creature this year. Behold, “LESter,” the Snowgirl of the Lower East Side. (Note the gender.) She’s approximately seven feet tall, an Aquarius, loves strolls along the Allen Street Mall, and dudes with carrot noses. A discarded Con Edison […]

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Parks Department Clips the Glut of Bikes from Allen Street Mall Fences

Posted November 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

If you had a bike locked to the fence along the Allen Street Mall north of Delancey Street, there’s a good chance it’s gone. Forever. In a show of force, the Parks Department chose yesterday as the day of enforcement in the median parkway. Workers broke out the angle grinders and bolt cutters to remove […]

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Defective Benches in Allen Street Mall Receive Replacement Slats

Posted October 5, 2015 at 9:34 am

Yes, the Parks Department came through on broken promises over busted benches. The curve-shaped seating dotting the lower medians of the Allen Street Mall – basically left for dead – was finally remedied last week after more than a year of prodding. Prodding from both vocal community members and local politicians. The newer wood slats were installed, […]

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Defective Allen Street Mall Benches to Receive Upgrades Starting Today

Posted September 28, 2015 at 5:12 am

More than a year later, the New York City Parks Department is finally coming through on promises for the Allen Street Mall. Namely, the issue of those defective iron benches dotting the six renovated medians between Delancey and South Streets. (Still no updates for beleaguered medians north of Delancey, though.) When we first exposed the […]

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Replacement Slats for Seatless Benches Along Allen Street Mall to Arrive Next Month

Last modified August 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

A true fix, albeit belated, is reportedly on the way for the seatless benches dotting the Allen Street Mall. The update from Parks Department this week is that we should expect a remedy next month. “Replacement slats have been ordered and are expected by the end of September,” the city agency noted in a tweet […]

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Seatless Benches Along Allen Street Mall Remain Without Remedy

Posted August 11, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Allen Street Mall still suffers from absolute neglect. Respite nowhere in sight. Nothing new, really. Just look at the benches dotting the median from Delancey to South Street. Wood slats on most of the iron benches are either broken or gone altogether, leaving assless seating for those who pass. Locals have since taken to […]

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Six Years Later, Locals Calling for Completion of Allen Street Mall Upgrades

Last modified May 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

The Allen Street Mall – those eight segments of median running from South Street to East Houston – has come a long way in the last decade. Essentially beat up and left for dead, the Department of Transportation finally took notice that changes were needed, and began implementing upgrades six years ago. Project plans were […]

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Seatless Benches Along Allen Street Mall are Missing Slats Due to Manufacturer Defect

Posted October 23, 2014 at 6:10 am

When the city revamped the Allen Street Mall a couple years ago, residents welcomed the spiffy new street furniture. Late-night conversation sessions or mahjong games are a common sight around here. Not to mention homeless pitching camp for cookouts. However, the equipment is proving fairly cheap and unreliable. Those curvy benches in the medians are […]

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