Coronavirus

Fix the Hell Square Chaos: An Open Letter to CB3 and Elected Officials

Posted June 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

The following open letter was written by a concerned resident of Hell Square who wishes to remain anonymous. Dear Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer, Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Council member Margaret Chin, Council Member Carlina Rivera, Borough […]

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Pianos Returns to Ludlow Street in July

Posted June 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

When Pianos announced its indefinite closure at the outset of the pandemic last year, hysteria gripped the local newsscape. So much so, that the Lower East Side venue backtracked the initial messaging to state that reopening would happen when safe to do so. That time is apparently now. Being a bar and performance venue, Pianos […]

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Pandemic Shift: Tom and Jerry’s

Posted June 11, 2021 at 5:07 am

On March 16, 2020, New York City bars were ordered shut by the governor. While some waited for reopening, many wondered if that would happen. In “Pandemic Shift,” co-creators Andrew Hunter and Aaron Fischer captured the moments and moods of service workers in front of their closed establishments. Here is Kris, bartender at Tom & […]

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Chinatown’s ‘Dr. Clark’ Looks to Open Club Next Door on Bayard Street

Posted June 10, 2021 at 5:08 am

Dr. Clark opened last year days before the city went into lockdown. Tough timing aside, it’s now ready to expand with another liquor establishment just next door on Bayard Street. The upscale restaurant, which specializes in Hokkaido Japanese cuisine, officially launched in early March of 2020, just as cases of Covid-19 first surfaced in New […]

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Tenement Museum Reopens June 12 with Orchard Street Block Party

Posted May 27, 2021 at 5:07 am

Fresh off its year-long pandemic sidelining, the Tenement Museum is poised to reopen on June 12. The Lower East Side institution will mark the occasion with a block party at its Orchard Street doorstep. The grand reopening event starts at noon on Saturday, June 12, with live entertainment, giveaways and brand-new programming, including the “Reclaiming […]

Jing Fong’s Centre Street Restaurant Confirmed

Posted May 27, 2021 at 5:00 am

Shuttered for just two weeks, location of the Jing Fong revival is now confirmed. We reported last week that Jing Fong would reopen nearby at 202 Centre Street. What was then rumor is now truth. Indeed, the agenda for Community Board 2 notes that ownership seeks a removal and relocation of its liquor license to […]

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The Pandemic Shift: Milano’s Bar

Posted May 19, 2021 at 5:02 am

We are excited to launch a new collaboration called “Pandemic Shift,” a photo series dreamed up by photographer Andrew Hunter and bartender liaison Aaron Fischer. Together they are telling stories of the countless bartenders and shift workers who were affected by the coronavirus pandemic over the last year. On March 16, 2020, all who hadn’t […]

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Jing Fong to Downsize with 125-Seat Chinatown Eatery

Posted April 30, 2021 at 5:02 am

Jing Fong will rebound in Chinatown later this spring, albeit on a much smaller scale. The downsized comeback – first reported by the New York Post this week – is described as a 125-seat restaurant at an undisclosed address in the neighborhood. Of course, this is a fraction of the footprint of its Elizabeth Street […]

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No Masks, Bro: Terrace Party at Essex Crossing Draws Ire

Posted April 26, 2021 at 5:05 am

The mild Saturday weather brought out some pre-pandemic social activities at Essex Crossing. Including a terrace gathering at the Rollins building, with nary a face mask in sight. Community leader Daisy Paez, who herself publicly struggled with the novel coronavirus last year, shared video of the gathering on Twitter. Partygoers are seen drinking, embracing, and […]

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This Mott Street Bakery has Distributed More than 70K Free Meals in Chinatown

Posted April 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

What began as a one-off to help Chinatown seniors and homeless at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic has become a major charity operation. Patrick Mock, who manages the bakery at 46 Mott Street, started handing out meals in April 2020, just as price gouging and produce scarcity took hold. The volunteer effort to distribute […]

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