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How COVID and a Bus Stop Chased Benson’s from Essex Street

Last modified January 22, 2021 at 2:42 pm

The following guest post was penned by Boogie reader Sydney Fishman. For five years, Benson’s held down the corner of East Houston and Essex Streets with craft beers, sumptuous burgers, and the occasional movie night. The movie nights, according to owner Annie Morton, were the highlight of Benson’s tenure on the Lower East Side. Before […]

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Eighteen Groups Sign Open Letter Demanding Transparency over CB3 Removal of Committee Chairs

Last modified January 20, 2021 at 7:49 am

Eighteen community groups within Community Board 3 on the Lower East Side this week co-signed an open letter to city and state officials urging inquiry into the removal of Alexandra Militano and Carolyn Ratcliffe as chairs of the SLA and Arts & Culture subcommittees, respectively. The shakeup, apparently inspired by a stated “new direction” for […]

Chinatown Welcomes New Easy Access COVID-19 Testing Sites

Posted January 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Finally a step in the right direction. Pop-up COVID-19 test sites opened in Chinatown yesterday, providing much-needed alternatives to locals seeking a swab. The sites – one at 62 Mott Street, and the other at Confucius Plaza – offer walk-in swab tests and antibodies tests. Center Laboratories is handling testing and results, which are emailed or texted […]

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Covid Killed ‘Wall of Sound’ Producer Phil Spector; Revisiting The Ronettes Outside Parisi Bakery

Last modified January 19, 2021 at 10:45 am

Phil Spector, the legendary “Wall of Sound” producer, music impresario, and convicted murderer, died on Saturday of purported complications from Covid-19 at the Health Care Facility in Stockton (California), after being transferred from prison. He was 81. Incarcerated for murdering Lana Clarkson in 2003, Spector would spend his final years behind bars. Which makes paying […]

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Stringer Promises ‘Fair Share’ of PPP for City Businesses

Posted January 14, 2021 at 5:05 am

City Comptroller (and mayoral candidate) Scott Stringer held a press conference yesterday at the Chinatown kiosk on Canal Street, announcing a plan to funnel federal Payroll Protection (PPP) dollars to New York city businesses. It certainly triggered an uncomfortable memory of last year’s PPP fiasco. The first round of PPP went into effect just a […]

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‘Open Streets’ Town Hall Yields More Questions than Answers

Last modified January 14, 2021 at 11:33 am

Tuesday night’s Town Hall on Open Restaurants and Open Streets, hosted by Community Boards 3 and 6 – left residents with more questions than answers regarding the long-term impact these pandemic-era health and economic neighborhood solutions have on a post-COVID city. However, the online meetup did bring a wide scope of information in terms of […]

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Little Gio’s Pizza Rolls up Orchard Street Outpost

Posted January 13, 2021 at 5:01 am

One less pizzeria for Hell Square. Little Gio’s Pizza recently closed down its Orchard Street annex. Token butcher paper in the windows signals the end of this road. The expansion outpost of the First Avenue pizzeria lasted about a year. It replaced the locals favorite, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, which shuttered in May 2018 thanks to […]

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The Pandemic Newcomers to Chinatown Restaurant Scene

Last modified January 12, 2021 at 11:45 am

Opening a new business is always risky but opening in the middle of a pandemic takes “cojones.” And that’s exactly what three Chinatown entrepreneurs did. Recall that the economic devastation in Chinatown already dates back one year. The onset of Covid-19 overseas caused sharp declines in revenue for most businesses already struggling to survive on […]

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Rest Assured, Economy Candy is Still Open

Posted January 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

With a spate of legendary institutions shuttering during pandemic, word began circulating over the weekend that Economy Candy was the latest victim. Not so. The candy shop, on the Lower East Side for more than eighty years, remains alive, slinging sweets from its doorstep at 108 Rivington Street. The above photo was taken on Saturday […]

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Notorious West 3rd Street McDonald’s Goes Belly Up

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:05 am

Not even McDonald’s can hack it right now. The long-running locations aren’t immune, either. The decades-old Greenwich Village restaurant on West Third Street, across from the legendary basketball courts (aka “The Cage”), is now dark. Storefront branding was stripped and interior furnishings are gone, and the store dormant. This often chaotic, rock-and-roll McDonald’s was notorious, […]

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