Coronavirus

A Scene, Unseen: LES Music Venues, Musicians Stay Visible Despite Closures

Posted June 4, 2020 at 5:09 am

By the time this article is published, 11 weeks of self-isolation will have passed. It’s been 11 weeks since many of us have gone to work, since grocery stores have felt safe, and since handshakes have felt friendly. And those are only the most banal, everyday changes. When it comes to the moments we share […]

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Lower East Side Businesses Boarded up their Storefronts Amidst Citywide Looting

Posted June 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

When the pandemic hit, it was mainly the luxury stores in SoHo that began boarding up the windows for fear of looting. It’s now a reality in the atmosphere following the controversial death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in Minneapolis police custody. For days, looters took to the streets, oftentimes piggybacking off […]

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Chinatown Mom-and-Pops Hit by Vandals and Looting [PHOTOS]

Posted June 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

The rioting and violence has clouded (and overwhelmed) the national protest movement formed in response to the controversial death of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops last month. It’s what dominates the narrative now. And no neighborhood is immune. Chinatown was also hard hit by looters this week. Mom-and-pop shops Buy Rite Pharmacy (215 Grand Street) […]

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Despite Lockdown, ‘Bel-Fries’ Overcrowded Ludlow Street with a Major Party on Sunday

Last modified June 2, 2020 at 10:39 am

What lockdown? In Hell Square, it’s almost as if the last few months were in vain. Sunday afternoon saw an overflowing party for the opening Bel-Fries on Ludlow Street. It was seemingly planned for maximum marketing value, despite the COVID-19 lockdown. A “Miami style” event with luxury cars, deejay booth, professional photo rigs, and plenty […]

‘La Flaca’ Looks Shuttered on Grand Street, but it’s Not [Updated]

Last modified June 1, 2020 at 3:14 pm

The novel coronavirus continues to decimate both life and business at will. La Flaca, the nearly ten-year-old Mexican restaurant on Grand Street, appears closed for good. But it’s not. Branded signage fell from the corner establishment last month. Update: we previously reported that La Flaca closed for good, but ownership informed us that they plan […]

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Time to Demand Cuomo and de Blasio Protect Workers and Small Businesses in Reopening Plan (OP-ED)

Last modified May 29, 2020 at 2:13 pm

The following editorial was written by Zishun Ning of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side. The New York City and State governments are still failing to protect people’s health and livelihood after two months of “PAUSE.” The number of deaths and infections remain high. Patients with COVID-19 are still turned away, despite […]

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Orchard Street Shop Continues Pushing Pencils During a Pandemic

Posted May 29, 2020 at 5:05 am

Many independent neighborhood businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including CW Pencil Enterprise. Established in 2014, the pencil purveyor of Orchard Street is feeling the pains of the pandemic and adjusting as best they can during. Owner Caroline Weaver explains how they’ve been trying to keep the business afloat. “Adapting to this new […]

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Skateboarders Are Scaling the Fence at Coleman Skatepark, Flouting Shutdown

Posted May 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

The brief, state-ordered hiatus from skateboarders grinding under the Manhattan Bridge has concluded. Though, not officially. Signs remain in place at many city playgrounds announcing full closure until further notice. Still not much of a deterrence, though. For instance, the popular Coleman Skatepark on Monroe Street. Skaters have begun scaling the fence of late, flouting […]

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Disaster Squared: Coronavirus and Hurricanes Poses Deadly Threat to Lower East Side [OP-ED]

Posted May 28, 2020 at 5:03 am

The following editorial is written by Pat Arnow. For more than a year, the city has been ignoring solid community opposition to a massive flood control project that will demolish East River Park, and do the opposite. Now, with a furious hurricane season predicted, not listening could prove dire for these unwealthy sections of the […]

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Two Lower East Side Businesses Join ‘American Dream’ Food Court in the Meadowlands

Posted May 27, 2020 at 5:10 am

A host of New York City businesses are headed to the gargantuan American Dream complex in north Jersey. Two of which hail from the Lower East Side, we’ve just learned. Empanada Mama, with locations on Allen Street and Hell’s Kitchen, recently signed a lease to join the party. Apparently the deal was forged during the […]

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