Seward Park

Beer Fridge on Essex Street Shuts Down

Posted July 8, 2019 at 5:03 am

Beer Fridge had been on ice of late. Now it’s officially closed. Cracks began to surface last summer when ownership sought occupants to share the retail space. Then, in December, the Essex Street beer shop “endured a heavy hit” of a busted refrigerator. This seemingly simple loss caused “ungodly repair costs, days of closure and […]

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‘Mom-and-Pop’ Installation in Seward Park Dismantled, Headed to Philadelphia

Posted June 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

The photographic tribute to mom-and-pop businesses on the Lower East Side is now gone. Acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers James and Karla Murray this week dismantled the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation, which had been seated in a Seward Park plant-bed for the last year. The duo has plans for a permanent revival, though. Yet not in […]

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Already with NYPL, Seward Park Gains a ‘Little Free Library’

Posted June 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

Seward Park just gained a new library … in the shadow of another. And one that won’t nab you for late fees. Over the weekend, the Seward Park Conservancy unveiled the Seward Park Little Free Library. It’s a wee weatherproof cubby next to the small children’s playground inside the park, and operates on the standard […]

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With $6.4M Remodeling of Seward Park Underway, Pols Celebrate Official Groundbreaking

Posted June 3, 2019 at 5:07 am

The multimillion-dollar renovation of Seward Park is already six months deep. But the official groundbreaking transpired Friday morning with token media display and shovel poses. Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and members of Community Board 3 to celebrate the $6.4 million construction project. As previously reported, […]

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Seward Park is Getting Bulldozed, Courtesy of Parks Without Borders

Posted April 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

Now more than three years in the making, upgrades are underway in Seward Park, the oldest municipal park in the country. A project summary (with rendering) holds court on the park perimeter, providing the estimated “fall 2019” completion date. Initial projections had construction starting after Labor Day 2018 and lasting about a year. Thanks in […]

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Martin Keehn Boutique Celebrates New Home on Ludlow Street

Posted March 21, 2019 at 5:03 am

Menswear designer Martin Keehn began selling on the Lower East Side nine years ago. The boutique occupied a unique fractional address across from Seward Park – 27 1/2 Essex Street – until last summer. The eponymous store made the move around the corner to 53 Ludlow Street back in August. (This was the former home […]

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‘Beer Fridge’ on Essex Street is Teetering on the Brink of Closure

Posted December 21, 2018 at 5:03 am

Beer Fridge lost its own and is making an urgent appeal to the community. The Essex Street beer shop “endured a heavy hit” earlier this month when its large refrigerator broke down. This seemingly simple loss caused “ungodly repair costs, days of closure and an unfortunate amount of inventory made unsellable.” To that end, ownership […]

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Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza Gains New Seating

Posted October 24, 2018 at 5:02 am

One year after the city sealed off Straus Square to vehicular traffic, the pedestrian plaza is taking shape. It’s not just the planters and sandy pavement holding court. A half-dozen concrete barriers were repurposed as seating placements for the public. Each is colored with art. In the meantime, there is still no sign of the […]

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Chalkboard Wisdom: Randall’s Gets Controversial on Grand Street [Updated]

Last modified October 1, 2018 at 10:10 am

Randall’s Barbecue opened on Grand Street in August to mediocre reviews. They’re now joking (and irking) with a double entendre of a sandwich board outside the entrance. The two-toned message – “Let us get you drunk and fill you with our meat.” One reader quipped, “Really obnoxious, particularly given recent headlines (i.e. Brett Kavanaugh). What […]

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Grand Street 7-Eleven Closes Tomorrow

Posted August 30, 2018 at 5:07 am

The 7-Eleven outside the Seward Park Co-op on Grand Street is at the end of its life. Five years later, the franchisees have terminated their lease, and will close down for good tomorrow (August 31). Co-op management, which owns the one-story commercial strip, confirmed the closure to us earlier this month. Apparently, 7-Eleven corporate guaranteed […]

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