Coronavirus

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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Tre on Ludlow Street Returns Next Month with New Chef

Posted April 21, 2021 at 5:01 am

The following guest post was written by Bowery Boogie reader Colton Moore. Tre, the locals Italian restaurant on Ludlow Street, is set to reopen on Saturday, May 1. It’s the first time back open since the pandemic-related sidelining in December. Returning diners will be surprised (and treated) to a new menu; rather than offering full […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Shine a Light on the Dark

Posted April 16, 2021 at 5:06 am

Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, nights are especially dark on the streets of the Lower East Side. Fewer businesses, less activity, less overall light. In this latest installment of Clayton’s Corner, the neighborhood documentarian shines a light on the darkness.

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Shuttered GrandLo Cafe Becomes Community Resource Center at Essex Crossing

Posted April 5, 2021 at 5:06 am

GrandLo Cafe might be done, but its service to the community is not. Under the same moniker, the short-lived coffee shop at 178 Broome, which permanently closed last year at the outset of the pandemic, has since been reincarnated as a community neighborhood center. And its latest endeavor is free COVID-19 testing, happening twice per […]

The Pyramid Club Shutters After 42 Years on Avenue A

Posted April 2, 2021 at 5:05 am

The Pyramid Club, the legendary alt venue in Alphabet City that influenced the drag, gay, and punk scenes in the eighties, is the latest commercial victim of the coronavirus pandemic. It will not return, thus capping 42 years of partying at 101 Avenue A. Like the countless bars and restaurants across the city, the Pyramid […]

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