Coronavirus

Tre on Ludlow Street Returns Next Month with New Chef

Posted April 21, 2021 at 5:01 am

The following guest post was written by Bowery Boogie reader Colton Moore. Tre, the locals Italian restaurant on Ludlow Street, is set to reopen on Saturday, May 1. It’s the first time back open since the pandemic-related sidelining in December. Returning diners will be surprised (and treated) to a new menu; rather than offering full […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Shine a Light on the Dark

Posted April 16, 2021 at 5:06 am

Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, nights are especially dark on the streets of the Lower East Side. Fewer businesses, less activity, less overall light. In this latest installment of Clayton’s Corner, the neighborhood documentarian shines a light on the darkness.

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Shuttered GrandLo Cafe Becomes Community Resource Center at Essex Crossing

Posted April 5, 2021 at 5:06 am

GrandLo Cafe might be done, but its service to the community is not. Under the same moniker, the short-lived coffee shop at 178 Broome, which permanently closed last year at the outset of the pandemic, has since been reincarnated as a community neighborhood center. And its latest endeavor is free COVID-19 testing, happening twice per […]

The Pyramid Club Shutters After 42 Years on Avenue A

Posted April 2, 2021 at 5:05 am

The Pyramid Club, the legendary alt venue in Alphabet City that influenced the drag, gay, and punk scenes in the eighties, is the latest commercial victim of the coronavirus pandemic. It will not return, thus capping 42 years of partying at 101 Avenue A. Like the countless bars and restaurants across the city, the Pyramid […]

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The Benefits of Pop-up Vaccine Sites in Ethnic Enclaves like Chinatown

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:02 am

The state last week brought a pop-up vaccine site in the heart of Chinatown, which was well received by the community. Last Wednesday (March 24), Lieutenant Governor Kathy Holchul announced hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses would be made available to Chinatown residents and surrounding areas. Queues for appointments formed almost immediately at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent […]

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Regal Movie Theater at Essex Crossing Reopens in May

Posted March 30, 2021 at 5:00 am

Movie theaters returned from a year-long coronavirus hiatus earlier this month, stoking potential recovery. The only multiplex on the Lower East Side – Regal Essex Crossing – will reopen at reduced capacity later this spring. The cinema behemoth posted the list of reopening dates to its website, slotting Essex Crossing for a May 7 return. […]

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Top Hops Beer Shop Bids Farewell to Orchard Street After 9 Years

Last modified March 18, 2021 at 10:52 am

After nearly a decade of serving suds to the Lower East Side, Top Hops Beer Shop is closing its brick-and-mortar location on Orchard Street. And on the hunt for a new flagship. In a letter to customers yesterday afternoon, ownership only partly blames the novel coronavirus for the seemingly sudden closure, yet doesn’t elaborate on […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Site Today at Educational Alliance

Posted March 16, 2021 at 5:09 am

The Educational Alliance today will operate as a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site. The Manny Cantor Center at 197 East Broadway will distribute doses to those who qualify, but predominantly to individuals over the age of 60. Hours run from 10:00am to 5:00pm, today only. This Lower East Side vaccine pop-up gives older adults in the […]

The Clemente Center Hosts Blood Drive Today

Posted March 16, 2021 at 5:08 am

The Lower East Side is in need of some blood. Today, the Clemente Soto Velez Center hopes to help with that, by hosting its third community blood drive. Currently there are only 27 donors signed up for today’s drive, compared to 140 donors back in June. Thus, they are encouraging all New Yorkers who are […]

Essex Crossing has a COVID-19 Vaccine Site

Last modified March 25, 2021 at 9:49 pm

An enormous, vacant commercial storefront at Essex Crossing is now COVID-19 vaccination site. The ground floor of 244 Broome Street, the fourteen-story condo building that also houses the International Center of Photography and the Gutter bowling alley, was recently transformed to administer doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Lines that snake around the block are a […]