Coronavirus

Economy Candy Rebounds with New Store Layout

Posted September 14, 2021 at 5:03 am

Economy Candy officially returned from the pandemic sidelines with a block party and fresh store layout. The celebration involved the Big Gay Ice Cream truck outside 108 Rivington Street, and Gotham chocolates parked inside doling free samples. In the remodel, the store did not lose any of its old-school-warehouse-meets-Willy-Wonka charm. And it’s now substantially easier […]

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Economy Candy Returns with Labor Day Weekend Bonanza

Posted September 3, 2021 at 5:07 am

It’s back! After staying afloat during the pandemic, this weekend marks the grand reopening of Economy Candy. To celebrate, owners Skye and Michell Cohen planned special events throughout the Labor Day weekend for candy lovers. Each day will feature different free chocolate samples (FINE & RAW from Brooklyn, Gotham Chocolates, Goodio from Finland and Tony’s […]

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Musicians are Touring, Despite the COVID Risks

Posted August 26, 2021 at 5:07 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. The numbers of touring musicians continues to increase, even while numerous larger-profile artists announced this month that they were cancelling at least some parts of their tours due to COVID-related […]

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Report: Community Boards Citywide Resisting Mandated Return to In-Person Meetings

Posted August 23, 2021 at 5:03 am

There is a mutiny of sorts forming among leaders of the city’s 59 community boards regarding a mandate that in-person meetings resume next month. Some chairs are even vocalizing plans to defy state law to keep sessions online and COVID-safe. After Governor Cuomo suspended in-person government meetings last year as part of his coronavirus state […]

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This Sprawling Hester Street Dining Shed has HVAC Hookup

Posted August 16, 2021 at 5:03 am

Pandemic-era dining sheds are veering from the initial purpose, now becoming fully-fledged outdoor dining rooms. Some more brazen than others, like the one at Izakaya on East Fourth Street which briefly flirted with a mezzanine level. Ambition is in the curbside air. Restaurants are now installing HVAC systems – mainly window units – in order […]

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Bands Are Canceling Downtown Shows at Breakneck Pace

Last modified August 12, 2021 at 6:57 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. There are rising concerns in some corners of the music community about a full return to live shows. A few examples affecting downtown venues… Limp Bizkit was supposed to headline […]

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CB2 Cancels Week of In-Person Meetings After Fully Vaccinated Members Test Positive for COVID-19

Posted August 4, 2021 at 5:09 am

Community Board 2 canceled all in-person meetings this week due to concerns about the spread of the so-called Delta variant of coronavirus. CB2 announced the news in an email blast, and revealed that two of its fully vaccinated board members who attended the full board meeting on July 26 tested positive for COVID-19. “To ensure […]

The Post-Pandemic Rebound of Downtown Music Venues

Posted July 23, 2021 at 5:17 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Many musicians are hearing applause again for the first time in sixteen months. Sometimes, the applause as they walk on stage is thunderous. Music fans are enthusiastically returning to live […]

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Neighbors Band Together in Opposition to ‘Junkyard’ Dining Sheds

Posted July 12, 2021 at 5:00 am

Last week, Governor Cuomo signed legislation extending the state’s outdoor dining program for another year. The announcement comes as the city simultaneously works to make the dining shed a permanent reality via the Open Restaurants initiative started during the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, the Department of City Planning and Department of Transportation proposed a text amendment […]

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Local Concert Promoters and Venues Await Federal Assistance

Last modified July 7, 2021 at 7:22 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Shortly after the pandemic closures began in March 2020, the National Independent Venue Operators Association (NIVA) formed and lobbied the federal government with the Save Our Stages Act to prevent […]

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