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Nitecap Says Goodnight to Rivington Street After Six Years

Posted September 29, 2020 at 5:10 am

Nitecap probably needs one right about now. The basement bar – founded in 2014 by David Kaplan and Alex Day of Death & Co. fame – announced its permanent closure on Instagram last night, citing challenges due to COVID-19 and debts still owed. Nitecap closed down, with the rest of the city, at the outset […]

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78 People Caught Flouting Social Distancing Rules at Bowery Karaoke Bar

Posted September 28, 2020 at 5:07 am

A karaoke bar on the Bowery was busted by the Sheriff’s office Friday night for violating COVID-19 social distancing regulations. According to a report in Gothamist, seventy-eight people were spotted inside K-One Karaoke Bar at 97 Bowery eating and drinking at about 2:30am on Saturday morning. No distancing or masks. Sheriff Joe Fucito, head of […]

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Grave Marker Fund for Homeless Man Beaten to Death on the Bowery Last Year

Posted September 25, 2020 at 5:10 am

It’s been exactly one year since the city was rocked by the fatal bludgeoning of homeless men on the Bowery while they slept. Of the five beaten by 24-year-old attacker Randy Santos, four ultimately died – Chuen Kwok, Anthony Manson, Florencio Moran, and Nazario Vasquez-Villegas. In the days that followed the murders, elected officials and nonprofits held […]

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International Center of Photography to Reopen Next Week

Posted September 24, 2020 at 5:14 am

The International Center of Photography is reopening in one week. Sidelined for more than six months (almost immediately after its debut at Essex Crossing), the 40,000 square-foot museum and school is making its galleries and gift shop accessible to the public. On tap are four exhibitions to “address this tumultuous time, marked by the effects of […]

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These 3 Developments Threaten to Sever Chinatown Traffic Arteries in the Coming Years [Op-Ed]

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:15 am

As if the climate wasn’t dire enough for Chinatown businesses and residents amidst the pandemic, a proverbial perfect storm is brewing. Long-suffering Chinatown businesses, like much of the city, are encouraged by the loosening of indoor dining restrictions and remain hopeful for a return to some level of normalcy. However, it could be short-lived due […]

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Chinatown Fair Arcade in Danger of Eviction

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

During pandemic times, sharing buttons on game cabinets and sweating over dance games poses a difficult challenge for the remaining brick-and-mortar arcades. Especially the Chinatown Fair Arcade down on Mott Street. No stranger to survival – the 77-year-old arcade had shut for over a year before its revival in 2012 – Chinatown Fair now faces […]

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Get a Piece of Mission Chinese Food Before it Closes

Posted September 21, 2020 at 5:03 am

Mission Chinese Food is permanently closing its flagship restaurant on the Lower East Side, as previously reported. It lasted nearly six years on East Broadway before coronavirus imposed the business, like so many others. And now Mission is selling off some of its furnishings and ephemera with a stoop sale today. Items include restaurant equipment and […]

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‘Sour Mouse’ Game Hall Launches on Delancey Street Next Week

Last modified September 21, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Six months delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown, a basement game hall is finally set to open on the Lower East Side. Headquartered beneath 110 Delancey Street (former home of discount retailer Rainbow), Sour Mouse relies on bar games with the hope of “revitalize community” in the neighborhood. To that end, the establishment boasts billiards, shuffleboard, […]

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Mission Chinese to Shutter East Broadway Restaurant Due to Coronavirus Challenges

Posted September 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

Mission Chinese Food, the popular Nuevo-Chinese restaurant, is to close its flagship Lower East Side location at the end of the month. In a lengthy missive posted to Instagram, chef-owner Danny Bowien explained the challenge of operating during pandemic times and the ultimate decision to close. “We faced the difficult decision as a business to […]

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Ray’s Bar on Rivington Benefits from City’s Latest ‘Open Street’

Last modified September 16, 2020 at 9:20 am

Another Lower East Side street is now closed off to traffic on weekends for outdoor dining, Mayor de Blasio announced last Friday. Celebrity-owned (Justin Theroux) Ray’s Bar is the “host” for the road closure of Rivington Street between Chrystie and the Bowery. This outdoor dining initiative, launched by de Blasio back in June to allow […]

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