Ron Castellano

How One Chinatown Block is Mobilizing Against the Controversial ‘Le Baron’ Replacement

Last modified June 28, 2017 at 9:51 am

Le Baron has been dead in the water since June 2015, having dipped out for a “summer vacation” that ultimately proved permanent. Two years later, elements of the former ownership are still committed to opening a new nightclub on the spot, but Chinatown residents aren’t having it. So much so, that the Chinatown Residents Block […]

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Shady Le Baron Replacement in Chinatown Tries Again for Liquor License

Posted June 20, 2016 at 5:14 am

Chinatown longtimers aren’t taking too kindly to the influx of newcomer nightlife. Whether it’s the cool kids at Mr. Fong’s, the incoming Winnie’s replacement on Bayard Street, or faux area aesthetic of Chinese Tuxedo, none are seemingly welcome. A unified front is established, spearheaded by neighborhood activist Karlin Chan. His latest conquest is 32 Mulberry Street, […]

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Is this Le Baron ‘Small Plates’ Replacement a Bait-and-Switch?

Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:12 am

The shiny shoes of Le Baron will be filled, and by a familiar face at that. Former co-owner Ron Castellano (Santos Party House, Rosette) seeks to impart a “sushi restaurant and bar” in the former home of Le Baron at 32 Mulberry Street. The as-yet-unnamed establishment (MJK Foods LLC) will serve a menu of small plates, […]

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Your Chance to Adopt the World Famous ‘Dirty Gaga’ Bodega Cat

Posted June 17, 2015 at 10:22 am

Animal lovers living in a big city are faced with challenges every day; you win some battles, and lose some. Protecting and caring for the left-behind and marginalized kitties, puppies, birdies, and whatnots is something that a large portion of New Yorkers just never even think about. For some people, it’s a full time job, […]

Dirty Gaga and the Albacore Affair: How One Street Cat Got a New Lease on Life in the LES

Last modified June 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Thousands of New Yorkers follow @bodegacatsofinstagram, others contribute to the hashtag #bodegacats, and newcomer @brooklynbodegacats is an artful twist on the topic. It’s no secret, we love our shop cats for many reasons. It can be hard as an animal lover not to worry about the welfare of some cats, as I have seen more […]

Rosette Probably Won’t Be Serving Much Longer on the Lower East Side

Posted September 2, 2014 at 6:06 am

Nine months after its much-ballyhooed debut, Rosette and its American contemporary cuisine will likely bid adieu to the Lower East Side. The restaurant at 171 East Broadway – opened by Ron Castellano and chef Nick Curtin (Acme) in December 2013 to replace LTO – is now eyed by some new blood. According to application materials on file […]

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When Jarmulowsky’s Bank Helped with Immigrant Boat Passage; Plus the Legend of the Cupola

Posted February 6, 2014 at 10:36 am

The current hotel conversion of the iconic, Beaux Arts-style Jarmulowsky Bank Building at 54 Canal Street prompted a closer look at the roots of this 1912 landmark. It briefly housed a financial institution which became a proverbial backbone to the immigrant community of the Lower East Side. Owner Sender Jarmulowsky had been banking in the […]

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More on the Proposal to Restore the Iconic Cupola to the Jarmulowsky Bank Building

Posted February 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

The Jarmulowsky Bank Building will return to its former glory. That is, if Community Board 3 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission ultimately approve architect Ron Castellano’s designs to reinstate the signature cupola atop this Lower East Side icon. As part of the hotel underway at this address (54 Canal aka 9 Orchard), the hope is […]

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‘Rosette’ Takes the Reins from LTO at 171 East Broadway

Posted December 16, 2013 at 5:36 am

Like the short-lived pop-up restaurant concept itself, the Limited Time Only (“LTO”) sign at 171 East Broadway stayed true to its name. It was up for a couple years, and finally deposed last week. Why, you ask? Simple. A new establishment is opening well under the foodie radar. It’s called Rosette, and according to one […]

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Jarmulowsky Hotel Update: Water Tanks Gone, ‘Distinctive Sidewalk’ Coming Soon

Posted June 25, 2013 at 6:12 am

With an approved certificate of appropriateness in hand, exterior modifications are already underway at the future Jarmulowsky hotel. Rooftop changes atop 54 Canal Street are now visible from street level. Most notably the loss of both aged water tanks; the elevator housing remains for the time being. Meanwhile, the tenement neighbor at 60 Canal Street still […]

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