Seward Park

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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Here’s Looking at James & Karla Murray’s ‘Mom-and-Pop’ Installation in Seward Park

Posted June 27, 2018 at 5:06 am

Acclaimed husband-wife photographers James and Karla Murray last week completed the installation of their Lower East Side mom-and-pop throwback inside Seward Park. “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” is a large-scale public art installation situated in a garden triangle beside the children’s playground. It consists of an 8-foot-high-by-12-foot-wide-by-8-foot-deep rectangular wood-frame, and includes four nearly-life-size photographs of family-owned […]

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‘Mom & Pop’ Art Installation Underway in Seward Park

Posted June 19, 2018 at 5:03 am

Husband-wife chroniclers of New York City storefronts, James & Karla Murray, have begun construction on the new outdoor exhibit for Seward Park that pays homage to disappearing mom-and-pop shops. “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” is a bittersweet large-scale public art installation that consists of an 8-foot-high-by-12-foot-wide-by-8-foot-deep rectangular wood-frame. The sculpture includes four nearly-life-size photographs of family-owned […]

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James & Karla Murray Fundraising for ‘Mom & Pop’ Installation in Seward Park

Posted May 24, 2018 at 5:11 am

Three months after first revealing their homage to the vanishing city, two prolific storefront chroniclers are raising money for its installation later this summer. Indeed, husband-wife artists James and Karla Murray just unveiled a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their Lower East Side mom-and-pop throwback. “Mom & Pops of the L.E.S.” is a bittersweet large-scale […]

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Artists Sought for Summertime Residency Inside Mobile Studio at Seward Park

Posted March 30, 2018 at 5:03 am

Seward Park continues its path toward showcasing more art programming. We’ve already seen the placement of the “Constellation” seating arrangement outside the libary, and news of an artistic homage to vanishing storefronts by photographers James and Karla Murray. Add one more… The Seward Park Conservancy (park stewards) this week announced its participation in a community-engaged […]

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