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Two Bridges Waterfront Esplanade is Closed to Pedestrians for July 4 Fireworks

Posted July 2, 2019 at 5:03 am

Apparently, a closeup view of the fireworks is now an elitist activity. For the first time in recent memory, local residents will not be allowed to watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks from the esplanade of the Two Bridges waterfront. The annual tradition of incendiaries is back by the Brooklyn Bridge for the first […]

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Wheeling Around the Lower East Side with ‘Common Books’ [INTERVIEW]

Last modified March 28, 2019 at 9:05 am

There is something to be said for a well-loved book, and area local Brittany Bond recently started a mobile book business to deliver just that. Common Books is a pushcart typically stationed by Seward Park that offers paperbacks with a focus on female authors. We caught up with Bond to hear more about her unique […]

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City Council Bill Hikes Fines on LED Billboard Barges

Posted March 27, 2019 at 5:04 am

It’s a day of reckoning for the fleet of floating billboards. City Council is mulling a new bill to increase fines on the LED barges, advertising which officials believe to be illegal under zoning code. These floating billboards first started appearing in the New York waterways last October. It’s an intrusive 60-foot screen that usually […]

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This Lower East Side Peddler Sells ‘Common Books’ from a Mobile Cart

Posted January 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

There is a literary peddler wheeling around the Lower East Side. If you see a woman wheeling a book cart down by the river with her young daughter in tow, you are crossing paths with Common Books. Area local Brittany Bond just started the mobile book business, and her first day pounding pavement was last […]

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Floating Billboard Barges are the New Reality for LES Waterfront

Posted October 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the gold rush of the Lower East Side waterfront comes the vultures. Several readers have noticed the recent influx of billboard barges floating across the East River. As this area continues to gentrify, and with the prospect of three new large-scale luxury developments looming, those eyeballs are obviously evermore valuable to advertisers. Such tactics […]

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‘Wild Style’ Celebrates 35th Anniversary with East River Fete

Posted August 8, 2018 at 5:04 am

Pioneering hip-hop film Wild Style turns 35 this year. Tomorrow night is another homecoming tribute. Much like five years ago – the event is part of Summerstage – the celebration includes a screening at the East River Bandshell. Plus, the opportunity to mingle with luminaries from the era. Director Charlie Ahearn is master of ceremonies […]

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FDNY Memorial for Dallas Firefighter Who Died in East River Helicopter Crash

Posted March 13, 2018 at 5:11 am

Yesterday evening, on Second Avenue, a battalion of firefighters gathered to honor a Dallas firefighter who died in the tragic helicopter accident Sunday. The memorial was held outside A. Provenzano Lanza funeral home, where dozens of uniformed firefighters and their respective vehicles stood in somber salute. Twenty-six-year-old fireman Brian McDaniel – with Station 36 in […]

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East River Esplanade at Pier 35 Gets New Seating Arrangements

Posted February 5, 2018 at 5:03 am

A slew of new seating options is now available along the East River Esplanade by the entrance to Pier 35. Wood-and-steel benches are currently being installed at the perimeter railing, facing the Brooklyn side. Part of the exercise pitch was also seized for this purpose. Pier 35, meanwhile, isn’t much closer to delivery, despite some […]

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The East River is Freezing Over [PHOTOS]

Posted January 8, 2018 at 5:12 am

Two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures and the East River is packed with ice floes. The waterway is freezing around the edges and bouncing with the tide – on both sides. Although, not quite as dramatic as those reports from the nineteenth century when a land-bridge was created from a frozen East River. For instance, in […]

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The Paths to ‘Pier 42’ Are Rife with Delays, but Shed will Be Demolished this Fall

Posted June 30, 2017 at 9:33 am

It’s a textbook example of hurry up and wait. Despite landing $12 million back in March 2016 (on top of the initial $16 million earmarked), no amount of politicking seems to speed up the stalled Pier 42 project. If you recall, it was first announced in 2012, and the initial timeline provided by landscape architect Mathews Nielsen was completion in […]

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