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Vision Urbana Donates 1,500 Turkeys to NYCHA Residents in Largest Turkey Drive on the Lower East Side

Posted November 25, 2020 at 8:05 pm

The turkeys are coming! This week, Vision Urbana announced the largest ever turkey drive on the Lower East Side. It’s a feat which provides turkeys to over 1,500 families in NYCHA this Thanksgiving. Door-to-door turkey drop-offs have already begun, via Vision Urbana’s food pantry home delivery network. Just in time for folks to have their […]

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Live Music from the ‘Fiore Escape’ on Essex Street

Last modified November 23, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Lower East Side resident, and COVID-19 survivor, Jill Fiore, continued the Fiore Escape concert concept with a second show on her Essex Street fire escape. Fiore spent this past Saturday evening performing from the second-floor fire escape of her walkup (above Delancey Car Service). It was the second such performance – behind the show on […]

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OddFellows Ice Cream Not Returning to the Lower East Side

Posted November 18, 2020 at 5:02 am

Six years on the Lower East Side, but frozen out by coronavirus, Brooklyn-based OddFellows ice cream won’t be reopening here. Both of its downtown ice cream parlors – on East 4th Street (2014) and the East Houston newcomer (2018) – shuttered at the outset of the pandemic lockdown late March. When asked if OddFellows would […]

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Patacon Pisao Venezuelan Spot Returns to Essex Street Next Week

Posted November 11, 2020 at 5:03 am

Closed for renovations during pandemic times, six-year-old Patacon Pisao is set to reopen on Essex Street. Brown butcher paper in the windows typically conveys a shuttered business. But the Venezuelan sandwich shop is making some modifications to improve the business. “We’re making it more accessible for customers and easier for our employees to work,” ownership […]

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Salon 94 Bounces from the Bowery

Last modified November 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm

When an art gallery set foot beneath the Sunshine Hotel flophouse on the Bowery, it represented another milestone in the hyper-gentrification of the ancient thoroughfare. A decade on, however, the showroom is gone. Salon 94 is no longer on the Bowery, having vacated its perch at the corner of Stanton Street. Instead, leasing signage holds […]

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Hundreds Converge on East Broadway to Mourn Influential Rabbi

Posted November 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

Hundreds converged on the Lower East Side yesterday morning to pay last respects to Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, a religious luminary who passed away Friday at the age of 91. It was a sea of black hats and suits – Orthodox Jews – who assembled along East Broadway near Rutgers Street. The funeral ceremony took place […]

No More Sizzle, as ‘Burger People’ Fizzles on Ludlow Street

Posted November 6, 2020 at 5:06 am

The Burger People are no longer slinging on Ludlow Street. The hole-in-the-wall grease pit – which replaced Mikey’s Burger earlier this year – shuttered without notice this week. It lasted a mere nine months at 134 Ludlow Street, no doubt a victim of these pandemic times. Burger People debuted in January of this year, picking […]

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Inside SoHo’s Frozen Zone: Plywood, Protests, and Paint

Last modified November 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm

On the day after the election, a few locals drinking outside of Fanelli Cafe on Prince Street could be heard debating the reason why SoHo was once again boarded up. One man insisted that the city was headed for another Covid-19 outbreak, and that the stores were preparing that reality; the other man fired back […]

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Forsythia Now Serving Pasta to Stanton Street After Pandemic Delay

Last modified November 5, 2020 at 1:58 pm

An East Village pasta pop-up, and pandemic refugee, finally settles in its permanent home on the Lower East Side. Forsythia was initially bound for 9 Stanton Street, and first appeared before Community Board 3 more than a year ago. The intention included a Memorial Day 2020 debut, but the novel coronavirus had other plans, forcing […]

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Delancey Subway Station Loses its Newsstand

Posted November 4, 2020 at 5:04 am

With ridership at historically low levels on the subway, the station mini-marts that feed off such traffic are likewise suffering. The MTA told The City publication this fall that 35 of the 215 subterranean retail spaces in the subway — more than 16% of all storefronts in the system — have gone out of business since […]

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