Coronavirus

One Week After Reopening, Nathan Straus Playground is Again Locked

Last modified October 30, 2020 at 7:08 am

Not so fast. One week after the Parks Department unlocked Nathan Straus Playground to the public, it’s again gated. Readers report that the padlocks returned on Tuesday without any communication from the city. As reported, the Lower East Side park, which abuts the Attorney Street cul-de-sac, had been closed without notice for nearly a month […]

Astor Place Hair to Close Permanently Next Month Due to Pandemic

Posted October 29, 2020 at 5:02 am

You’ve seen, you’ve read, you’ve heard. News broke over the weekend that Astor Place Hairstylists, a bastion of affordable cuts, is closing down for good. Barring some miracle, the 74-year-old business will be another victim of this dreadful pandemic. Apparently, management informed staff last Friday. Its final day on the namesake block is at the […]

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SLA Suspends Rochelle’s on Chrystie Street for COVID Violations

Posted October 26, 2020 at 5:07 am

Another Lower East Side bar was caught flouting state COVID-19 related regulations earlier this month. The state’s multi-agency task force busted Rochelle’s (aka Leave Rochelle out of It) after an inspection on October 9, Governor Cuomo’s office announced late Friday. Investigators observed seven patrons standing and mingling inside 19 Stanton Street without face masks. The […]

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The Chic COVID Test in Little Italy that Costs $300

Last modified October 23, 2020 at 8:07 am

In a clash between the Pre-Covid New York CIty and the new, abnormal, meet Rapid Test NYC. This new endeavor brings boutique COVID-19 testing to Little Italy, with its no-wait rapid swab testing at 232 Elizabeth Street. No lines and a posh waiting room await the discerning citizen looking for immediate results. The interior has […]

Pandemic Pitch: Essex Crossing Tries to Lease its Office Space

Last modified October 22, 2020 at 9:38 am

One of the crown jewels of the Essex Crossing mega project – namely, 350,000 square-feet of Class A commercial space – is also an Achilles Heel of sorts. And now, a first look. The Commercial Observer spilled ink this week on the challenges of renting this office space during pandemic times, even referring to the […]

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Upside Pizza Heads to Little Italy, Replacing Pomodoro on Spring Street

Posted October 20, 2020 at 5:03 am

Out with the old style, in with the new. Pomodoro Pizzeria, which shuttered at the outset of the pandemic, is to be replaced by the popular midtown slice shop, Upside Pizza. Founder Noam Grossman and partners Eli and Oren Halali (behind 2 Brothers and Taqueria Diana) together submitted an application to Community Board 2 for […]

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Petisco Vegano to Close Tomorrow, Blaming ‘Difficult’ Landlord

Posted October 19, 2020 at 5:03 am

Petisco Vegano, the reimagined iteration of Cafe Petisco, this week joins the rank of restaurant closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Last day in business is tomorrow (October 20). Ownership took to Instagram Friday evening with a screed blaming the landlord for making it “extremely difficult for us to operate” since March. Apparently, there was […]

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Ice & Vice ‘Unable to Overcome’ Pandemic Challenges, Closing November 1

Posted October 14, 2020 at 5:15 am

Ice & Vice is a goner, another in a long line of local small businesses succumbing to the challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. The seven-year-old dessert endeavor announced the news last week on Instagram, noting that the final day in business for its three locations is November 1. “As hard as we’ve tried, we […]

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Seward Park Co-op Imposes Steep Fines for Residents Violating Face Mask Guidelines

Posted October 13, 2020 at 5:07 am

Members living in the Seward Park Co-op must now abide by in-house COVID-19 protocols or face fines. Per the latest update to shareholders, residents “must wear a mask, respect social distancing guidelines, and limit the number of people getting into the elevator at the same time by not exceeding one family per ride.” Those caught […]

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Doughnut Plant Hopes to Reopen on the LES this Weekend

Posted October 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

For Doughnut Plant, the “temporary closure” of the Lower East Side original might soon reach conclusion. You’ll recall that the area favorite shuttered back in July due to challenges of operating during the pandemic. Now, three months later, they’re slowly getting back to normal. Doughnut Plant reopened the downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City outposts […]

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