Motor City Bar on Ludlow Street was Traded for This

Last modified April 9, 2015 at 9:24 am

The beloved Motor City Bar closed forever back in June 2013. Two years later, the replacement is rearing its head. The new venture – backed in part by Joseph Torres of recently-departed Foundation nightclub – has been a long time coming. 127 Ludlow Street went under the knife around this time last year, and the […]

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Foundation Nightclub Owners to Open ‘Mazaar Lounge’ on Essex Street, Neighbors Fear Bait-and-Switch

Posted March 11, 2015 at 5:13 am

One former problem child is set to return under new banner… Foundation nightclub spent more than four controversial years operating at 137 Essex Street, eliciting numerous run-ins with both neighbors and the Department of Health. The establishment closed late last year, and went under the knife back in December with the requisite construction shed. Gut […]

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Motor City Gate and Gut on Ludlow; ‘Set BBQ Bistro’ Coming Soon

Posted May 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

The last vestiges of Motor City Bar have been completely wiped from 127 Ludlow Street. We paid another round of respects just a couple weeks ago when the storefront gate was lifted. Now the security mechanism (and its “one way” mural) has been completely pried from the exterior, and instead replaced with a fresh sidewalk […]

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Catch What’s Left of Motor City Bar on Ludlow Street Before It’s Replaced

Last modified April 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

The dearly departed Motor City Bar shuffled off this mortal coil on the final day of June last summer. It was an epic sendoff party that lasted a week, and included plenty of cheap beer and live music. A good portion of the space was stripped immediately after the demise, but silence quickly took hold […]

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Owners of ‘Foundation’ Still Vying to Take Over Motor City Bar Space on Ludlow Street

Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:06 am

The Motor City Bar has been dead five months, thanks to the landlord refusing a lease renewal. It’s now rolling over in its grave… Principals of the three-year-old Foundation around the corner on Essex Street are the hopefuls behind the Motor City Bar replacement. Community Board 3 first heard the case for 127 Ludlow Street (“JMDR”) […]

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Foundation on Essex Shuttered by Health Department

Posted July 1, 2013 at 6:10 am

Foundation is back on the shitlist.

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Foundation on Essex Receives Second DOH Closure Notice

Posted October 19, 2011 at 6:41 am

The tumultuous history of eighteen-month-old nightclub Foundation, located at 137 Essex, continues with news of another Health Department violation.

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Foundation on Essex Shuttered by Department of Health

Posted August 25, 2011 at 6:09 am

Closed again. The year-old Foundation at 137 Essex Street is having a rough summer here on the Lower East Side.

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Foundation Felled by NYPD Crackdown

Last modified June 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Velvet ropers Foundation at 137 Essex Street are the most recent victims of the Seventh Precinct nightlife crackdown.

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Work Has Resumed at 265 East Houston

Posted July 7, 2010 at 6:13 am

Limited work has resumed at 265 East Houston, the corner lot with a recent history of developer negligence.  The planned eight-story structure of market rate living hit a substantial roadblock back in April when foundation drilling caused dangerous vibrations and cracks in the neighboring 255 East Houston.  So bad was this destabilization, that day care center […]