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Star Wars Meets Sgt. Pepper with ‘Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans’ [VIDEO]

Posted May 4, 2017 at 9:55 am

In honor of the nerdiest holiday of the year – May the 4th (be with you) – this was too good to pass up. Music-parody duo Palette-Swap Ninja just issued their latest labor of love, in which they’ve rescored Star Wars – A New Hope with a satirical retelling, via every song from the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts […]

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Watch this Guy Knock Over a Motorcycle on Pike Street for No Apparent Reason [VIDEO]

Last modified April 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Here’s an interesting one… So, this guy was walking down Pike Street, between East Broadway and Henry Street, on Monday at 10:38pm and decided to upend a parked motorcycle. It’s clear that he was pissed off about something; he commits to pushing the vehicle onto the sidewalk when it refuses to budge after the first […]

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Another Brawl outside The DL Engulfed Ludlow Street Last Night [VIDEO]

Last modified April 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm

It’s painfully clear that The DL, reigning supreme as one of the Lower East Side’s worst nightlife offenders, still cannot control its crowds. Another brawl erupted last night shortly after 11pm, during one of its Sunday night events. If you’re keeping score, this incident transpired exactly one year after another such fight spilled from the establishment and […]

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Getting Ready for Passover on the Lower East Side, Circa 1932 [VIDEO]

Posted April 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

Ever wonder what it was like getting ready for Passover in the Lower East Side ghetto of 1932? This brief video clip – entitled “Erev (night of) Pesach in the Lower East Side” – is a hyperlocal history lesson. In it we see the hustle-bustle of preparations before the spring holiday. Shoppers rush to pick […]

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The Tenement Museum was Featured in a Louis C.K. SNL Sketch this Weekend [VIDEO]

Posted April 10, 2017 at 5:10 am

The Lower East Side featured prominently on Saturday Night Live this weekend, as the Tenement Museum was setting for an immigrant-related sketch. We watch as a class tour visits the museum, where Kate McKinnon and Louis C.K. reenact a (fictional) Polish family that once lived here in 1913. It devolves into a comical session of […]

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This Was New York … in 1900 [VIDEO]

Posted March 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

Thank you to the Travel Film Archive for sharing some raw 1900 New York with the masses. Take a break from Instagram and watch our city turn street corners and a century. 20 plus minutes of “wow.” Every day was an adventure without apps and chats. As always…

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Cops Seek 2 Suspects who Chased, then Viciously Beat up Man on Orchard Street

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm

Apparently, the wave of violence on the Lower East Side has yet to break. The latest is the 24-year-old man who was viciously beaten in Hell Square early Friday morning. At approximately 3am, two assailants reportedly chased the William Franco north on Orchard Street, and caught up to him between Stanton and Rivington. The duo […]

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Fight with Cops Erupts Outside Mazaar Lounge, Prompting a Saturday Night Raid [VIDEO]

Last modified March 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

More nightlife-fueled violence in Hell Square this weekend. Roughly twenty-four hours after a 24-year-old man was brutally pummeled on Orchard Street, a brawl erupted on the doorstep of Mazaar Lounge just around the corner. It was the second such large-scale fight in the area within the last month. The violence originated from patrons exiting Mazaar, police […]

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This Clip Shows the Lower East Side in its Bygone Glory, Circa 1976 [VIDEO]

Last modified March 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Let’s rewind the tape to 1976… What follows is a reel that captures ordinary life on the Lower East Side at the time. Filmed as part of a travel guide for British audiences – Destination America by Thames TV – the short video begins at the corner of Orchard and Rivington Streets, and hits all […]

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Bottle Collecting Turned Violent on the Lower East Side Last Night [VIDEO]

Posted March 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

Trash is treasure, and in the underworld of bottle collection, competition is cutthroat. Case in point, the scene outside Seward Park High School on Essex Street last night. This is a known grazing spot for the bottle collectors of the Lower East Side. The so-called “Bottle Queens.” Indeed, the garbage bags deposited here burst with […]

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