Coronavirus

Chinatown Street Sweepers Get Boost from Rep. Nydia Velazquez

Posted September 14, 2020 at 5:10 am

With street sweepers at a near standstill citywide these days, a group of volunteers continues to keep Chinatown clean. On their own dime. As previously reported, Chinatown activist Karlin Chan organized a weekly weekend gathering to remove litter and literally scrub down the grimy streets with brooms. Wiping away the garbage truck slime and greasy […]

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Fridays Under $40: Cheap Sweets

Posted September 11, 2020 at 5:07 am

In our Friday column, “Fridays Under $40,” Boogie writer Sara Graham again hits the streets to find cheap eats and affordable things to do during these weird times. The end of summer always feels like a weird transition, but this month feels stranger than usual. We got news this week from Governor Cuomo that dining […]

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All Vegan ‘Orchard Grocer’ Returns with Takeout Service

Posted September 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

Mooshoes has good news for local vegans. Its sidecar grocery space is back open after six months on the sidelines. When the pandemic shutdown hit in mid-March, Orchard Grocer pivoted to become a virtual vegan grocery store for the local community. Six months later, ownership has unveiled a to-go counter for their specialty house-made goods. As […]

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Delicatessen Replacement, La Pecora Bianca, Sets up on Prince Street

Posted September 10, 2020 at 5:02 am

Outdoor dining is still heating up even with Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday to allow indoor dining at 25% capacity. For La Pecora Bianca, which replaced Delicatessen on Prince Street, the heat is here. Lamps, that is. What appear to be kerosene heaters are now in place outside the new restaurant. While the exterior of La […]

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Tao’s ‘Vandal’ Nightclub Erased from the Bowery

Posted September 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

The economic fallout from the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year continues to devastate the nightlife realm. Even the big fish are reeling. Case in point is Tao, whose nightclub on the Bowery is now kaput. Indeed, Vandal had shut down with the rest of the city back in March, but ultimately didn’t make it through. […]

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SLA Suspends The Skinny Bar on Orchard Street for Coronavirus Violations

Posted September 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another longtime Hell Square nightclub over the weekend violated state-mandated coronavirus rules, and paid the ultimate price. The Skinny bar on Orchard Street, considered by many locals as a bad operator, was caught lax on its enforcement of patron social distancing and face coverings. These transgressions led the dedicated multi-agency task force to suspend their […]

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Chinatown Merchants Caught in the Middle of ‘Open Streets’ Fight [OP-ED]

Last modified September 4, 2020 at 6:57 am

It is fairly common knowledge by now that Chinatown businesses have suffered greatly since early January due to declining foot traffic caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and the citywide lockdown ordered two months later. Many Chinatown restaurant owners felt optimistic when the phased reopening of the city led to the “Open Restaurants” program, which allowed […]

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Fridays Under $40: Send Chinatown Love’s Food Crawl

Posted September 4, 2020 at 5:08 am

In our Friday column, “Fridays Under $40,” Boogie writer Sara Graham again hits the streets to find cheap eats and affordable things to do during these weird times. It’s been awhile since we chatted with the folks at Send Chinatown Love, the unofficial ambassadors of Chinatown’s mom-and-pop shops. Since the pandemic, they’ve been working hard […]

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Speedy Romeo Pizzeria on Clinton Street is Permanently Closed

Posted September 2, 2020 at 5:07 am

The Lower East Side outpost of Speedy Romeo is cooked. The four-year-old pizzeria on Clinton Street permanently closed down last month. Chef-owner Justin Bazdarich confirmed to Eater yesterday that the closure is permanent, and related to the pandemic. And that keeping it open “wasn’t sustainable” given the uncertainty about when indoor dining would return. But […]

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Tenement Museum Relaunches Walking Tours, but Indoor Programs Still on Hold

Posted September 2, 2020 at 5:04 am

While larger museums and cultural institutions around the city are reopening after a pandemic-induced sidelining, here on the Lower East Side, the Tenement Museum will remain dark. No indoor programming at 97 Orchard Street for the foreseeable future. Historically appropriate, in a sense. Tenements were harbingers of disease throughout the generations due to overcrowding small […]

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