Little Italy

Mulberry Street Closes, Gets More Outdoor Dining Space

Posted July 8, 2020 at 5:07 am

Mulberry Street in Little Italy is now one of several stretches of city roadbed that is closed to car traffic in an effort to support outdoor dining for local restaurants. This comes in light of the extended pause on indoor dining, previously slated to open at half capacity this past Monday. This past Saturday morning, barricades […]

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Why Now is the Perfect Time to Visit Little Italy

Posted May 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

In the P.P. (pre-pandemic) era, Little Italy was bustling with a constant stream of tourists, drunk birthday party revelers, and a smattering of hosts belting out Frank Sinatra tunes. Perhaps this is why the last two months have felt particularly dead on the iconic stretch of Mulberry Street. Home to several independently owned, multi-generational restaurants […]

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Family-Owned Italian Eateries Still Stayin’ Alive on Mott Street

Last modified April 23, 2020 at 10:51 am

The COVID-19 shutdown has devastated myriad mom-and-pops, often rent-burdened, throughout the city. News reports of legendary bars and restaurants going out of business appear on an almost daily basis. Nothing is immune. Even well-established eateries with several locations, and with the advantage of digital marketing campaigns, have closed their doors during the lockdown. But on […]

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DOT is Out of Touch with Chinatown ‘Gateway’ Art Installation [OP-ED]

Last modified July 16, 2019 at 9:45 am

From Dogman to the new Gateway, the city and its chosen artists don’t seem to get Chinatown. The DOT unveiled the “Gateways to Chinatown” design last week to a stunned audience at the transportation subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3. The proposed marker, to be installed in the triangle at the confluence of Canal, Baxter, […]

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Councilwoman Chin’s Open Space Game as Haven Green Goes to City Council Vote Today

Last modified June 28, 2019 at 8:45 am

While the fate of Elizabeth Street Garden will ultimately be decided in the courts, today’s City Council vote on the Haven Green affordable housing project set to rise on the Garden marks the final chapter in the city’s Uniform Land-Use Process (ULURP). Garden advocates fear the vote will be another rubber-stamp action by the City […]

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Luxury Development Plagues Newly Reopened DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:05 am

The reimagined DeSalvio Playground debuted back in February. Now, four months later, access is partially restricted thanks to construction work on the neighboring luxury condo building. A tipster sent us this photos illustrating the closure of both the basketball court and rock climbing feature. Contractors set down heavy foam and plywood surfacing while construction concludes […]

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Mulberry Market Signage Goes up in Little Italy

Posted May 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

Months delayed, the forthcoming Mulberry Market finally has something to show for itself. Store signage was installed yesterday above the entrance to the highly-anticipated supermarket (stylized as MulberryMARKET). The new marketplace is apparently a “family business” that is years in the making. It replaces the decades-old MET Food, which was unable to negotiate favorable lease […]

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‘Nolita Chemists’ Pharmacy Done in by Massive Rent Hike After 30 Years

Posted May 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

Little Italy is losing more of its local character with the imminent departure of a long-running mom-and-pop pharmacy. Nolita Chemists is two weeks from demise, we’re told, with a lease renewal that apparently went south. The management company for the federally subsidized complex reportedly doubled the monthly rent on the store from $8,000 to $16,000. […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Supporters and Housing Advocates Clash at City Hall Hearing for Haven Green

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:55 am

Supporters rallying to save Elizabeth Street Garden lined the steps of City Hall last Thursday chanting: “No Rubber Stamp!” This was a message to Councilmembers inside who were about to hold a hearing on the controversial Haven Green project. As part of the city’s public land-use review process (ULURP), the Haven Green development, with its […]

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‘Mulberry Market’ Revises Opening Date in Little Italy to Early April

Posted March 14, 2019 at 5:05 am

Mulberry Market did not open last month in Little Italy as previously disclosed. Worksite chatter indicates that the launch date was instead pushed back to “early April.” The new supermarket is apparently a “family business” that is years in the making. It replaces the decades-old MET Food, which was unable to negotiate favorable lease terms […]

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