Early Edition: December 16

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Look Before Crossing the Allen Street Mall

Posted December 7, 2009 at 6:35 am

Every day, without fail, countless pedestrians cross the street (jay-walking and otherwise) with eyeballs buried in iPods, iPhones, Blackberries, and the like. Slaves to the handhelds.  Perhaps these habits were the impetus behind the recent addition of “Look” arrow-inlays in each of the intersections of the Allen Street Mall. Highly reminiscent of the sidewalks in […]

Casa Mezcal at 86 Orchard Street

Posted November 23, 2009 at 6:38 am

Back in late 2008, Eater first brought news that a Mexican restaurant-cum-cultural center was to occupy 86 Orchard Street (former home of Majestic Hosiery). It was reported at the time that the venture, dubbed Casa Mezcal, would maintain a four-level presence – cinema/live music in the basement, bar/restaurant on the main level, a gallery on […]

Return of the Sidewalk on Lafayette

Posted November 20, 2009 at 6:11 am

Four days after our subway connection progress report, the subterranean construction work at the northeast corner of Lafayette Street and Houston is now capped with cement.  All hail the return of the sidewalk!

Backpack Advertising Invading Sidewalks

Posted September 23, 2009 at 6:19 am

The last thing this town needs is more intrusive advertising.  It’s bad enough with the stacks of unwanted delivery menus, obnoxious DirecTV doormats, and unavoidable pavement stencils.  Well, soon we may need to contend with something conceivably more annoying.  Backpack billboards.  Such back-vertising if you will, threatens to crowd the already over-saturated sidewalks. Nevertheless, some […]

White Slab Palace Sidewalk Shed

Posted August 21, 2009 at 6:08 am

White Slab Palace is currently welcoming a new steel addition to its Allen Street facade. According to recently-filed DOB permits, “100 linear feet of heavy duty sidewalk shed” is in the works for the purpose of “remedial repairs.” Perhaps the new furniture is in response to the alleged falling debris that one bartender told us […]

Rivington Sidewalk Replaced

Posted August 12, 2009 at 6:19 am

As we speak, an L-shaped section of Rivington sidewalk between Orchard and Allen Streets is being replaced.  Be careful out there, it’s a concrete jungle.