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La Pecora Bianca to Open Another Outpost at Former Delicatessen Space on Prince Street

Posted October 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

Delicatessen shuttered suddenly last month after eleven years in Little Italy. However, its demise is actually months in the making, and with a big-name takeover on the way, to boot. The 2,000 square-foot corner space at 265 Lafayette (aka 54 Prince) is to become the third Manhattan outpost of La Pecora Bianca. And renovations are […]

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Cafe Gitane Head Eyes Long-Dormant 264 Bowery Store

Posted September 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

The notorious commercial space at 264 Bowery is finally back in play after five years of dormancy. The only action at this spot in the interim was a steady stream of real estate listings pimping the doomed space. (Most hovered around $18K.) Yet now it looks like there is a taker. Luc Levy, principal behind […]

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Venezuelan ‘Areppas’ Chain Eyes Cleveland Place in Little Italy

Posted August 27, 2019 at 5:07 am

A Venezuelan cafe that debuted in Midtown East two years ago is now headed to Little Italy. Areppas (stylized with two P’s) is currently eyeing the vacated retail storefront at 25 Cleveland Place, an address that spent two years as an outpost of PokéSpot. As you might surmise, the fast-casual establishment offers an array of arepas. […]

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Charlie Bird Sommelier Eyes Prince Street for New Venture

Posted June 4, 2019 at 5:06 am

Almost a year and a half after Miss Paradis declared renovations and shut down altogether, another applicant for 47 Prince Street. This time, one with much local clout. Public records indicate that Charlie Bird sommelier Grant Reynolds is on tap to bring a new establishment to the northwest corner of Mulberry Street. The requisite notices […]

If You’re Still Confused About SoHo/NoHo Rezoning, Tomorrow’s CB2 Meeting is for You

Posted April 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

If you’re still confused or frustrated by the city’s SoHo/NoHo Community Planning Process, Community Board 2 is providing residents a chance to pose questions and voice their opinions on the potential rezoning of the historic districts. The advisory body’s Land-Use committee is tasked with the complex and overlapping issues of zoning and special permits in […]

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Chaotic SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Meeting Leaves Locals Guessing

Last modified February 8, 2019 at 10:36 am

Department of City Planning, Councilwoman Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer together just launched a plan to examine the unique zoning of SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods. Be afraid; real estate speculation can’t be too far behind. The official mission statement of this politically-charged endeavor expresses how the process is meant to “examine key land […]

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After Six Years of Debates, CB2 Tenders Final Denial of ‘Haven Green’ at Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted January 28, 2019 at 9:09 am

The longstanding debate over redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden (ESG) concluded its tenure in the Community Board system last Thursday night with an unequivocal denial by the full board. While strictly advisory in nature, this judgment represents an important, yet somber, victory for garden faithful who have rallied with local elected officials for the last six years […]

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CB2 Holds Final Hearing Tonight on Haven Green’s Controversial Plans for Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified January 14, 2019 at 7:31 am

While Community Board 2 won’t produce a final resolution on the redevelopment of Elizabeth Street Garden until a full-board meeting scheduled for January 24, tonight’s “big meeting” before the Elizabeth Street Garden Working Group committee will offer the community its best chance to weigh in on the controversial Haven Green affordable housing project. This time, CB2 […]

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Bluestone Lane to Open Large Cafe on Kenmare Street

Posted November 28, 2018 at 5:06 am

Bluestone Lane is on a tear. The Aussie-style business is poised to open another location in Little Italy. Unlike at 35 Spring Street, though, this new spot will fall under its “cafe” roster. Only much larger. You may have noticed the teaser signage that recently appeared in the windows of 19 Kenmare Street. It reads, […]

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‘POPS’ Goes the Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified September 5, 2018 at 8:48 am

Developers behind the controversial Elizabeth Street Garden affordable housing project are going straight to the public with their plans. Now, area locals will have another chance to interact with Haven Green, the proposed seven-story, “deeply affordable” senior housing development and its Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) that together replace the garden. Pennrose Properties, Habitat for […]

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