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‘Forsythia’ Aims to Make it Where Kitty’s Canteen Couldn’t

Posted September 16, 2019 at 5:04 am

With Kitty’s Canteen closed and in the history books, another nightlifer is looking to open a restaurant at 9 Stanton Street. One that revives Italian cuisine at this address. The newcomer is a 24-seat Italian restaurant called Forsythia. The liquor license application questionnaire lists Jacob David Siwak as the principal for the business. At the […]

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The Fat Baby Space on Rivington Street is Again Epicenter of New Community Battle

Last modified September 11, 2019 at 6:57 am

When it comes to nightlife, few areas attract the controversial quite like the tiny block of Rivington Street, between Ludlow and Essex, in Hell Square. And so it goes that the problem child formerly known as Fat Baby is back in the center of a new battle with the community. The battlefield was set Monday […]

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‘GupShup’ Owner Heads to the Bowery with New Indian Restaurant

Posted September 9, 2019 at 5:04 am

Gramercy’s hip new Indian restaurant GupShup will soon have a Lower East Side sibling. Its owner, the Indian-born Jimmy Rizvi, is eyeing the Bowery for his latest vision. Site chosen is 245 Bowery, at the corner of Stanton Street, where Cata held court for six years until its demise. And it’s the second suitor at […]

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A ‘Suave’ Takeover of the Former Fat Baby is Underway

Last modified September 5, 2019 at 11:58 am

The former home of a problematic Hell Square nightclub could soon boast another. The commercial unit that previously hosted Fat Baby at 112 Rivington Street has been vacant since Rob Shamlian cut and ran in 2017. A steady stream of real estate listings ensued, pimping the space for as much as $23,000 per month. Two […]

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Pizza Champ ‘Famous Hakki’ Plans New Chicken Spot on Essex Street

Posted September 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Lower East Side pizza champion is diversifying with a new spot dedicated to chicken. Hakki Akdeniz, who owns a plethora of pizzerias around the neighborhood, is planning to open Essex Chicken at 115 Essex Street. Just a few doors down from Champion Pizza. The 24-seat newcomer will boast a small menu of assorted chicken, […]

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Party Boy Omar Hernandez Eyes Broome Street for New Club

Last modified September 4, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Like its predecessor, it was no happy ending for Better Days at 302 Broome Street. The nightclub recently shuttered after less than two years on the block. Oliver Stumm is apparently out, but the party will go on. Nightlife celebrity magnet Omar Hernandez is returning to the fray exactly one year from the closure of […]

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Serious Questions Remain as East River Resiliency Project Heads to Manhattan Borough President

Last modified July 17, 2019 at 9:08 am

The following first post was written by native Lower East Sider, Aidan Elias, who works to document the area’s rapid development. Back in mid-May, the Parks Department shared a presentation with the Community Board 3 Parks subcommittee regarding the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. (The ESCR project is the city’s flood protection plan which will […]

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DOT is Out of Touch with Chinatown ‘Gateway’ Art Installation [OP-ED]

Last modified July 16, 2019 at 9:45 am

From Dogman to the new Gateway, the city and its chosen artists don’t seem to get Chinatown. The DOT unveiled the “Gateways to Chinatown” design last week to a stunned audience at the transportation subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3. The proposed marker, to be installed in the triangle at the confluence of Canal, Baxter, […]

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‘Sour Mouse’ Bar and Game Room Coming to Delancey Street

Posted July 15, 2019 at 5:04 am

At the bottom of this Rainbow, not a pot of gold but a new rec room. Beneath the Delancey Street discount retailer, Rainbow, the proprietor of Black Cat LES is angling to open a hangout with plenty of bar sports. Keeping with the animal theme, Aaron Ho and Edward Wong will impart Sour Mouse, a […]

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City Sanitation Trucks Seize Pier 42 Space for Parking

Posted July 11, 2019 at 5:11 am

The perennially delayed Pier 42 public park has taken on a different function in the offseason. It’s returned to the previous purpose as parking lot. Several readers living on the waterfront point out that the Department of Sanitation, which maintains a hub just down the coast, has now taken to parking its trucks in the […]

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