Coronavirus

Legendary Little Italy Butcher Moe Albanese Battling COVID-19

Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:04 am

Moe Albanese, longtime Little Italy butcher and fixture of Elizabeth Street, is fighting for his life. The nonagenarian is struggling due to complications from COVID-19 infection, according to his granddaughter. “As I write this now, my grandfather is at the hospital due to complications from covid-19,” his granddaughter Jennifer Prezioso wrote on Instagram. “Moe is […]

Parks Department Locks Coleman Skatepark Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Posted April 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

Kids will be kids, rebelling against the authority. In this case, skateboarders who defied “social distancing” mandates to grind it out at Coleman Skatepark. The popular skater haunt – situated on Monroe Street beneath the Manhattan Bridge – remained so despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Even after the city closed the adjacent field and playground last […]

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Another Show of Love for City First Responders Now Hangs Above the FDR

Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:17 am

The Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR is a popular place to make a statement. Many a banner has hung from this chain-link fencing. And now, it’s adoration for the city’s first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday morning, a handwritten sheet appeared on the bridge with the message – “NYC loves RNs + […]

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Local Small Businesses Fundraising Meals for First Responders in COVID-19 Crisis

Last modified April 7, 2020 at 10:34 am

Lower East Side businesses are pooling resources to send meals to first responders during the COVID-19 crisis. For the next month, several small businesses tapped by the Lower East Side Partnership are sending meals to first responders (NYPD, FDNY, EMS) And the business improvement district is raising money to fund it. So far, Williamsburg Pizza, […]

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Thief Steals $5K of Tech Equipment from Grand Street Settlement Community Center at Rutgers Houses

Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

As we’ve seen, the COVID-19 shutdown does not deter crime. Police said that a man broke into, and robbed, the Grand Street Settlement community center at Rutgers Houses this past weekend. The suspect, pictured in the surveillance photo above, stole more than $5,000 worth of computers and equipment. The suspect remains at large. The area community […]

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Chinatown Asks, Where’s the Beef? [OP-ED]

Posted April 6, 2020 at 5:08 am

In scenes reminiscent of life in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, where long lines were the norm for basic necessities and food, the past couple weeks of coronavirus quarantine have shown a crack here at home. Despite federal and state leaders’ calls to remain calm and reassurances that there are bountiful supplies of meat, vegetables and […]

The Crazy Line Outside Trader Joe’s on Grand Street

Last modified April 6, 2020 at 7:47 am

This is the queue outside Trader Joe’s on Grand Street. Distanced six feet apart, the line of shoppers snaked around onto Clinton Street and up to Broome. It’s a scene that plays out daily amidst the COVID-19 shutdown, as residents scramble for groceries. We were told that management allows a store occupancy of fifty to […]

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DOB Unveils Real-Time Map Plotting Essential and Emergency Construction Sites

Posted April 6, 2020 at 5:03 am

At the end of March, Governor Cuomo froze almost all construction projects statewide in response to the fast-moving COVID-19 pandemic and its infection of 19 workers around the city. Only essential projects are granted a pass – infrastructure and transportation projects, emergency repairs, hospital building, and work on affordable housing. It is these exception jobs […]

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Pickle Guys to Close Next Week, Hope to Reopen in May

Posted April 3, 2020 at 5:10 am

Some sour news indeed for Lower East Siders: The Pickle Guys are going on hiatus. Indefinitely. The brine stalwarts of Grand Street announced the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover. The pickle peeps hope to return at the beginning of May. The store will remain open […]

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Straphanger at East Broadway Station Chases Down Mugger to Retrieve his Wallet

Posted April 3, 2020 at 5:08 am

Criminals are still out there, in spite of the COVID-19 lockdown. Especially in the largely empty subway stations. East Broadway station again lives up to its dangerous reputation with a mugging there last week. According to police, a man entered the station at Rutgers Street and East Broadway at 8:45pm on March 24 to purchase […]

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