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Hester Street Collaborative Paints Allen Street Mall Sidewalk

Last modified September 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm

The uneven foot trap that is the Allen Street Mall now boasts some interesting sidewalk art.  Beginning at the long-dormant public bathrooms at the intersection of Delancey, a white crosswalk snakes its way northward to East Houston. At random spots along the way, the path is interrupted by globe-like neighborhood map markers.

Feel Good Friday: Aesop Rock

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:53 am

Aesop Rock, “None Shall Pass” (2007)

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The A-Team Takes Manhattan by Storm (Back in 1983)

Posted June 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

In honor of the new A-Team feature-film remake, which debuted at the box office this past weekend, it seems apropos to flashback to the 1983 episode entitled “The Out-of-Towners.” In this particular episode, the fearless foursome of John “Hannibal” Smith, “Howling Mad” Murdock, B.A. Baracus, and Templeton “Faceman” Peck mobilize to save Delancey Street shopkeepers […]

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Feel Good Friday: The Hold Steady

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:54 am

The music video for the Hold Steady’s “Stay Positive” is ripe with Lower East Side street scenes, circa 2008.  Shout-outs include the graffiti wall, the old Playstation billboard, Red Square, and the Schapiro’s Wines mural on Essex. The Hold Steady, “Stay Positive” (2008)

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8-Bit Evil Destroys Manhattan [Video]

Posted April 8, 2010 at 9:45 am

In general, people possess a strong craving for disaster movies, especially when New York City plays victim.  But what if, say, Manhattan was destroyed by 8-bit evil instead of tidal waves, real asteroids, or earthquakes.  This awesome video should enlighten us. Be careful out there.

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Inside Ideal Hosiery on a Rainy Sunday

Last modified March 18, 2010 at 7:38 am

Sunday afternoon, we stopped into Ideal Hosiery at 339 Grand Street to pick up a few items, and haggle with the shopkeep.  Stepping off the rain-soaked sidewalk, the interior was equally musty, yet welcoming nonetheless.

Guss’ Pickles Moving in Two Weeks

Posted February 25, 2010 at 6:26 am

Guss’ Pickles has been eerily quiet recently.  Our last dozen attempts to purchase full sours were met with the stark reality of a roll-down security gate. Alas, their time on the Lower East Side draws nigh.

Trailer for Vanishing City

Last modified February 24, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Thanks to Jeremiah for digging up this trailer for the upcoming Vanishing City film.  Can’t wait!

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Jewish Week Article About the Lower East Side

Posted February 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm

In the current issue of the Jewish Week, author Sarah Litwin discusses change, gentrification, and preservation in the Lower East Side.  It’s like a Cliffs Notes of the last few years in the neighborhood. Notable quote: The appearance of vegan bakeries, trendy boutiques and restaurants in the last five years has changed the neighborhood scenery […]

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Official Trailer Available for How to Make it in America

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:38 am

It seems like just yesterday that How to Make it in America was filming almost every week in the neighborhood.  The frequency of Lower East Side shoots rivaled that of Law & Order!  Now, barely two months after production wrapped, the HBO series is ready to go.  The series premiere airs on February 14.

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