Coronavirus

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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Landlord Jumps in for Liquor License After Pizza Beach Closure [Updated]

Last modified January 7, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Pizza Beach is cooked, for sure. The five-year-old eatery dismantled its sidewalk structure and packed up the dining room earlier this month. Not to return. And there is already a replacement, according to application materials submitted to Community Board 3. The landlord, Sherr Equities (Orchard Flavor Partners) plans to open a nightlife establishment here. Update: […]

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Sticky Rice Outdoor Dining Foiled by Orchard Street Bike Rack

Posted January 6, 2021 at 5:02 am

Sticky Rice is stuck between a rack and an empty place. Bike rack, that is. Thanks to the sprawling, Department of Transportation issued bike corral at its doorstep, the fourteen-year-old Thai restaurant is unable to erect any dedicated structure to accommodate larger-scale outdoor seating. Like the one next door at Dudley’s. (There are currently two […]

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Sammy’s Roumanian Confirms Closure, but Teases Possible Return

Last modified January 4, 2021 at 10:39 pm

Kvetch away. What began in the rumor mill this past week was confirmed as truth – Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse is permanently closed. However, ownership of the forty-seven-year-old restaurant is leaving the door open for a possible comeback. Responding after days of silence, the schmaltzy kosher-style restaurant took to Instagram to post its farewell. “It is […]

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Rumor: Sammy’s Roumanian Closes Chrystie Street Dining Room

Last modified January 2, 2021 at 7:32 pm

It certainly isn’t a happy new year here on the Lower East Side if rumors prove true that Sammy’s Roumanian is closed for good. The Chrystie Street restaurant closed back in mid-March with the rest of the city during the initial pandemic lockdown. And now it appears they didn’t survive. Photographers James and Karla Murray […]

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Two Bit’s Retro Arcade on Pandemic Pause, Promises Return

Posted December 30, 2020 at 5:16 am

Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade is now on pause until further notice. It was an eight-year run for the game room, which officially announced as much just before Christmas. Readers spotted trucks carting away the arcade cabinets from 153 Essex last week. The bar hadn’t been open since the onset of the pandemic last spring. Yet, signs […]

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Surplus Love, or How the Community Rallies Behind a Beloved Shopkeeper

Posted December 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

Army & Navy Bags, the decades-old surplus store at 177 East Houston still hangs by a thread. Yet, embraced by a loyal customer base, and a community unwilling to let it fail, the business, and owner Henry Yao, soldier on. The New York Times profiled Yao over the weekend, highlighting the origins of the shop […]

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On Orchard Street, Pizza Beach Packs it In

Posted December 23, 2020 at 5:03 am

Pizza Beach packed up its possessions last week and is now closed. The action transpired just before the indoor dining ban took hold last Monday. The Orchard Street dining room is now cleaned out, and its curbside corral dismantled and stacked inside. Frozen in time. Yet, it’s unclear whether this closure is permanent. Our requests […]

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Congress Passes Save Our Stages Act as Part of COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Posted December 22, 2020 at 5:19 am

Legislators in the US House of Representatives and Senate reached an agreement on a second stimulus package, which provides some $900 billion in pandemic relief, including to struggling independent venues as part of the Save Our Stages Act. The bill’s official language is not yet fully public, but Senators Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued […]

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