Coronavirus

NYC Nightlife Lobby Seeks Overthrow of Cuomo Phase 2 Executive Order

Posted June 22, 2020 at 5:02 am

Governor Cuomo last week signed an executive order that updates operating guidelines for food and beverage establishments as the city claws back to life today with Phase 2. But the nightlife industry is already pushing back. The statewide mandate essentially makes liquor licensed establishments responsible for ensuring compliance with open container, social distancing, and face […]

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Catholic Charities Hosting Food Distribution Pop-up on the Lower East Side Today

Posted June 19, 2020 at 5:04 am

The city is gradually reopening, yet plenty of folks remain in dire need of assistance. Especially relating to groceries Coming to the rescue is Catholic Charities of New York, which is hosting a pop-up food distribution table on the Lower East Side today. The nonprofit organization plans to hand out 500 boxes of food to […]

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Economy Candy Hits the Sidewalk with ‘Mystery Bags’ for Summerlong To-Go Shop

Posted June 19, 2020 at 5:02 am

Three months into the pandemic, Economy Candy remains a sweet spot on Rivington Street. Third generation co-owners Skye Greenfield Cohen and Mitchell Cohen are still operating as a two-person skeleton crew, walking two miles each way everyday, to fulfill online orders for anyone in need of a sugar fix. As previously reported, Economy Candy rearranged […]

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How Might Phase 2 Outdoor Dining Affect the Oversaturated LES?

Posted June 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

The so-called Phase 2 of the reopening begins on Monday, and with it, the return of restaurant dining. Albeit modified. The “Open Restaurants” plan put forth by the city last week envisions outdoor seating to dot the streets and sidewalks through October. Also starting next month, restaurants can place seating on roads already closed to […]

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Mayor de Blasio Got Tested for Covid-19 on the Lower East Side

Posted June 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

Mayor de Blasio made good on his promise to get tested for Covid-19. And he did so yesterday on the Lower East Side. The mayor posted a Twitter photo of his exam at Gouverneur Hospital yesterday afternoon, and came a day after he canceled public appearances due to illness. (The administration blamed a “stomach bug.”) […]

Hidden Gems: Chatting with Justin McKibben of Send Chinatown Love

Last modified June 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm

If you’re breathing a sigh of relief that some of your beloved, off-the-grid Chinatown restaurants are still in business, Send Chinatown Love could be to thank. The volunteer-run organization is the brainchild of software engineer and Chinatown resident, Justin McKibben. McKibben, 27, along with 26 core volunteers, have helped raise over $20,000 for seven immigrant-owned […]

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PingPod Resumes Ping Pong Reservations on Allen Street

Posted June 15, 2020 at 5:03 am

It might feel too soon, but don’t tell that to the folks at PingPod on the Lower East Side. Patrons were spotted playing ping pong at tables on both floors of 42 Allen Street Friday evening. Apparently socially distanced. A quick glimpse of their website shows that PingPod has resumed reservations as of last week. […]

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State Pols Angered by Lack of Social Distancing, Reconsider to-go Alcohol Sales for Bars

Posted June 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

By now you’ve seen it. Footage of St. Mark’s Place flooded with people, drinking and socializing as if on Bourbon Street. Nary a face mask or furlong of distance between. These scenes in the East Village over the weekend – and also in Hell Square on the Lower East Side – went viral with pundits […]

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Words of Wisdom While Quarantining with the Gaffigans [Interview]

Posted June 12, 2020 at 5:05 am

Quarantining with family can be tricky business; lots of light treading on the eternal quest to find a scrap of alone time. But imagine throwing five kids into the mix! Comedian Jim Gaffigan, and wife Jeannie, are living this reality. So, we thought there was no better family to ask about surviving lockdown, and what […]

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An Choi May End its Decade-Long Lower East Side Run [Updated]

Last modified June 10, 2020 at 7:46 pm

Word on the street is that local favorite, An Choi, may not return from the COVID-19 lockdown. Thus concluding more than a decade on the block for the Vietnamese restaurant. An Choi closed its doors in mid-March at the outset of the pandemic. Now, an anonymous tipster sends word that the lease on the space […]

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