ray’s candy store

This Documentary Tells the Story of Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A

Posted June 11, 2018 at 5:11 am

It’s the age-old tale of resilience in the face of adversity; this one in particular hits close to home. That of Ray’s Candy Store. Friend and filmmaker Arya Ghavamian is hoping to take his kinship with shopkeep Ray Alvarez and share it on the silver screen. Over the past four years, he’s been recording the history, conversations, […]

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How About an Evening ‘Tasting’ at Ray’s Candy Store Tonight?

Posted August 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

Now that the summertime (bougie) Restaurant Week has come to a close, time to spend an evening with an Alphabet City classic. Indeed, there is a special “tasting” event later this evening at Ray’s Candy Store. For the accessible ten-spot cover charge, proprietor Ray Alvarez will serve a “5-course meal including selections of Ray’s famous […]

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Downtown Ghosts: The Lower East Side’s Day/Night Conflict

Last modified October 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

Richard Ocejo, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, just released a new book about the economic impact of bar proliferation on the Lower East Side. It’s called Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City. Ocejo will be part of a panel discussion on the […]

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GROUPLOVE Discusses New Record and Waxes Nostalgic About the LES [INTERVIEW]

Last modified June 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

We’re sitting in the lobby of Atlantic Records in midtown, pounding a Dixie Cup of H2O and a bag of greasy potato chips, fidgeting about what to ask.

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When ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’ Took Over Tompkins Square Park

Posted February 15, 2013 at 6:28 am

Die Hard with a Vengeance. It’s the quintessential action movie – fast-talking New York detective John McClane battles German bank robbers on the city streets. You know, everyday type shit. Anyway, it’s been on TV a bunch recently and we were reminded of the substantial screen time of both Tompkins Square Park and Avenue A. […]

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Mourning Bob Arihood One Year Later

Posted October 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

One year ago today, a tight-knit group from the community gathered outside Ray’s Candy Store to mourn the loss of East Village photographer-activist Bob Arihood

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Taking Care of Ray on Avenue A

Posted April 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

Despite the peaks and valleys of his business, what with gentrification ruining the neighborhood, die-hard patrons are taking care of him in his old age.

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Ray’s Candy Store Cameo in “How to Make it in America”

Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:13 am

Ray’s Candy Store made its cable television debut in episode number fifteen, “The Friction.” More after the jump!

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Chico Paints Bob Arihood Tribute on Ray’s Awning

Posted October 6, 2011 at 6:19 am

Chico didn’t waste much time in delivering on his promise from Tuesday night – to paint the neighborhood in honor of Bob Arihood. More after the jump!

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Clayton’s Corner: More on Bob Arihood’s Candlelight Vigil

Last modified July 3, 2012 at 7:51 am

Neighborhood chronicler Clayton Patterson was one of many local luminaries in attendance the other night to celebrate the life of Bob Arihood.

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