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“End the 24-hour workday” and “No More 24” was the rallying cry from Chinese Staff and Worker’s Association.
04/30/2021
Protesting Chinese-American Planning Council and the 24-Hour Workday

“End the 24-hour workday” and “No More 24” was the rallying cry from Chinese Staff and Worker’s Association.

Yesterday, employees of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) protested outside the headquarters of the nation’s largest Chinese-American social services organization at 150 Elizabeth Street in Chinatown. The action was for what they considered unfair wage practices as home-care attendees. ....

The C**k is headed downtown.
04/30/2021
The C**k Heads to Fat Baby

The C**k is headed downtown.

The C**k is headed down. The self-proclaimed “rock and roll fag bar” may soon move to Hell Square. To an address notorious among locals for being a boisterous pain in the ass. Application materials on file with Community Board 3 reveal that the nightclub marked 112 Rivington Street – the f...

"These massive luxury spires would block our light, air, and more than double the number of apartments in a two-block ra...
04/28/2021
On the Lower East Side Waterfront, the Fight is Not Over [OP-ED]

"These massive luxury spires would block our light, air, and more than double the number of apartments in a two-block radius."

The following Op-Ed was written by Tenants United Fighting for Lower East Side (TUFF-LES), a waterfront group aimed at “preserving affordability, appropriate and diverse commercial and residential community development, disaster recovery preparedness, resiliency and environmental quality.̶...

This ten-year Lower East Side veteran is now kaput.
04/28/2021
Masalawala Leaves Essex Street After Decade-Long Run

This ten-year Lower East Side veteran is now kaput.

When real estate listings first surfaced last month, it was the first real indication that Masalawala probably wouldn’t last much longer on Essex Street. And sure enough, the ten-year Lower East Side veteran is now kaput. Eater reported the scoop yesterday, noting that the lease on 179 Essex e...

Tenants of Lands End II might be out of luck with their parking situation.
04/28/2021
Lands End II Tenants Demand Transparency Over Parking Lot Closure Related to New Towers

Tenants of Lands End II might be out of luck with their parking situation.

Tenants at Lands End II on the Lower East Side waterfront are faced with a difficult prospect in the literal backyard. The rear perimeter parking lot is the stage for a gargantuan 700-foot development, and now those car owners are essentially out of luck. Buts it’s the messaging that has some resi...

"Bringing diverse communities together in solidarity against our common threat is deeply needed, especially in this time...
04/26/2021
Chinatown, LES, SoHo and NoHo Unite Against the City’s Agenda for Luxury Development [OP-ED]

"Bringing diverse communities together in solidarity against our common threat is deeply needed, especially in this time of increasing hate crimes and polarizing divisions."

The following editorial was co-written by the Chinatown Working Group and Village Preservation. The Chinatown Working Group, representing communities of Chinatown and the Lower East Side, stands together with SoHo and NoHo communities to oppose the City’s development agenda and its displacement co...

Surprising no one.
04/26/2021
No Masks, Bro: Terrace Party at Essex Crossing Draws Ire

Surprising no one.

The mild Saturday weather brought out some pre-pandemic social activities at Essex Crossing. Including a terrace gathering at the Rollins building, with nary a face mask in sight. Community leader Daisy Paez, who herself publicly struggled with the novel coronavirus last year, shared video of the ga...

This Mott St. bakery is now running a major charity organization.
04/26/2021
This Mott Street Bakery has Distributed More than 70K Free Meals in Chinatown

This Mott St. bakery is now running a major charity organization.

What began as a one-off to help Chinatown seniors and homeless at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic has become a major charity operation. Patrick Mock, who manages the bakery at 46 Mott Street, started handing out meals in April 2020, just as price gouging and produce scarcity took hold. The vo...

“Don’t fish the piers with less than three friends…it’s too dangerous. Some fishermen pack a gun.”
04/23/2021
Sportfishing in Manhattan, Circa 1981

“Don’t fish the piers with less than three friends…it’s too dangerous. Some fishermen pack a gun.”

Revisiting a 1981 article about sportfishing in Manhattan. Do these same fishing spots still hold up today?

Close, but no cigar.
04/23/2021
When a Truck Turns into Essex Crossing

Close, but no cigar.

The notorious traffic bottleneck at Grand and Clinton Streets is well documented at this point. A constant thorn in the side of local residents who argue that the pattern here – essentially an on-ramp to the Williamsburg Bridge – is outright dangerous. The line of cars during rush hour n...

"Our elected officials lack the drive to save the only green space for the working class neighborhood..."
04/22/2021
Elected Officials Ignore Mom’s Plea to Stop the City from Destroying East River Park [OP-ED]

"Our elected officials lack the drive to save the only green space for the working class neighborhood..."

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos, an East Village resident. There is a crisis right now in New York City. The limited green space we have is under attack, and even a global climate crisis and pandemic won’t stop the City from destroying it. I live near East River Park, the o...

A new concept store geared towards Gen Z on the LES.
04/22/2021
‘Bowery Showroom’ is Gen Z Retail

A new concept store geared towards Gen Z on the LES.

Looks like a new concept store is setting up shop on the Lower East Side. Bowery Showroom, a New York-based designer vintage and lifestyle brand, is opening its first retail location this weekend. Not on the Bowery; in fact a few blocks off at 57 Stanton Street. What we gather from the PR babble is....

A celebration of life for Fountains of Wayne co-founder, Adam Schlesinger.
04/21/2021
Adam Schlesinger Virtual Tribute is in the Works

A celebration of life for Fountains of Wayne co-founder, Adam Schlesinger.

A virtual tribute to keep the late Adam Schlesinger’s memory shining on is in the works. The Fountains of Wayne co-founder and bassist passed away one year ago due to Covid complications. “This is a proper musical send-off for my soul brother with a bunch of talented and groovy guests th...

"This year of change has taught us to get back to a simple way of life. It’s about eating, drinking and laughing with fr...
04/21/2021
Tre on Ludlow Street Returns Next Month with New Chef

"This year of change has taught us to get back to a simple way of life. It’s about eating, drinking and laughing with friends. We’re doing that: making things simple.”

The following guest post was written by Bowery Boogie reader Colton Moore. Tre, the locals Italian restaurant on Ludlow Street, is set to reopen on Saturday, May 1. It’s the first time back open since the pandemic-related sidelining in December. Returning diners will be surprised (and treated)...

The Bard is back.
04/20/2021
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Returns from COVID-19 Sidelines

The Bard is back.

All the world’s a stage… To honor what would be the Bard’s 457th birthday, the ever-so-popular Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is back for a two night affair. Being the first performance from the troupe since the pandemic sidelined it in 2020, the event promises evenings filled with...

Lands End II's rear parking lot will close by the end of April, to make way for the 700-foot megatowers.
04/19/2021
Developer to Close Lands End II Parking Lot by Month End for New 700-Foot Towers

Lands End II's rear parking lot will close by the end of April, to make way for the 700-foot megatowers.

Not two months after the Appellate Court overturned community lawsuits stopping the Two Bridges mega-developments, one of said projects is now moving forward. Tenants of the Lands End II housing complex were informed, via letter, that the rear parking lot will close by the end of April to make way f...

Neighbors are not having any of this.
04/19/2021
Opposition Mounts Against Public Hotel Garden Revamp on Chrystie Street

Neighbors are not having any of this.

The 28-story Public Hotel hopes to reconfigure its garden area along Chrystie Street. Neighbors are not having it. Posters in the immediate vicinity display the opposition to the liquor license modification. Claiming that the new garden format would be an “open air eating and drinking playgrou...

And a comb, and a brush, and a bowl full of mush...
04/15/2021
The ‘Goodnight Moon’ House on Orchard Street

And a comb, and a brush, and a bowl full of mush...

On lower Orchard Street, there was a telephone, and a landlord tycoon, and an art show depicting … Goodnight Moon. Hosted by Fort Makers, the new exhibit at 38 Orchard brings Margaret Wise Brown’s 1947 children’s book Goodnight Moon to life, via a three-dimensional installation. “Goodnig...

Someone has a personal vendetta against Susan Stetzer.
04/15/2021
Grassroots Campaign Afoot to Remove Susan Stetzer from CB3 District Manager

Someone has a personal vendetta against Susan Stetzer.

Clearly, someone has a personal vendetta against Susan Stetzer, the longtime district manager of Community Board 3. Several wheat-paste posters surfaced on street surfaces around the neighborhood this week, demanding “Susan Stetzer out now” and to “clean up CB3.” The action a...

Cops are searching for a man who threatened a subway rider with a gun inside the East Broadway station.
04/14/2021
Man Threatens Straphanger with Gun in East Broadway Subway Station

Cops are searching for a man who threatened a subway rider with a gun inside the East Broadway station.

Cops are searching for the man who threatened a subway rider with a gun inside the East Broadway station, sending the victim running for safety. Surveillance video released by the 7th Precinct shows the perp – standing by the turnstiles – removing a silver and black gun from a white plas...

More dining for Seward Park.
04/14/2021
Friedman’s to Open Grand Street Eatery Later this Month

More dining for Seward Park.

Another dining option is one small step from opening in Seward Park. Word on the street is that Friedman’s, the comfort food, is to open its newest location sometime within the next month. Still no word on an exact launch, though. Meanwhile, the restaurant installed its canopy signage at 357 G...

Martial arts now kicking it on Delancey.
04/13/2021
The New Martial Arts ‘Workshop’ on Delancey Street

Martial arts now kicking it on Delancey.

While the former Ludlow Fitness upstairs studio remains dark, its onetime basement annex is again active. With another gym. Workshop NYC last month signed a lease for the lower-level space at 92 Delancey Street. It’s now a dedicated martial arts studio with dual training programs headed by Bra...

Full steam ahead.
04/13/2021
Excavation Underway for 30-Story Tower at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site

Full steam ahead.

On the backside of Essex Crossing, another gargantuan development is full steam ahead. Poised to cast more shadows. The excavators have been moving earth at the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site on Norfolk Street for over a month. Readying the parcel for the foundation to support a towering develop...

A new home goods store is headed to Orchard St.
04/12/2021
‘November 19’ Home Goods Store Headed to Orchard Street

A new home goods store is headed to Orchard St.

Down at 37 Orchard Street, it’s one trendy home goods store to the next. You’ll recall that the seven-year-old Coming Soon relocated just down the block to the corner of Canal Street. (The former Alexander Olch boutique.) That was back in late-October. Now, six months later, the HellR...

Two men were stabbed within twelve hours.
04/12/2021
Man Fatally Stabs Brother in One of Two Knifings at Alfred Smith Houses this Weekend

Two men were stabbed within twelve hours.

Two men were stabbed within twelve hours, one fatally, in separate incidents at the Alfred Smith Houses over the weekend. Both incidents transpired in the same building (15 St. James Place), one of which carrying the distinction of the first homicide of the year in the 5th Precinct. On Saturday afte...

Construction has resumed at 151 Bowery.
04/09/2021
Moxy on the Bowery is Still Happening, After All

Construction has resumed at 151 Bowery.

Nearly three years later, the Moxy Hotel planned for 151 Bowery appears on pause. But its parent company, Marriott, is betting that this property, among others, will help shepherd in the rebound. A neighbor who lives nearby noticed that construction was halted at the beginning of the year, with litt...

More glass coming to Ludlow.
04/09/2021
Here’s the Glassy 12-Story Newcomer Headed to Ludlow Street

More glass coming to Ludlow.

The halo of Essex Crossing continues to upscale the composition of the adjacent blocks. Towers just keep rising. And another is planned for a former produce wholesaler on Ludlow Street. While construction permits were filed one year ago for 89-91 Ludlow, only now is the proposed design available for...

More towers for the Delancey corridor.
04/09/2021
Here’s the Glassy 12-Story Newcomer Headed to Ludlow Street

More towers for the Delancey corridor.

The halo of Essex Crossing continues to upscale the composition of the adjacent blocks. Towers just keep rising. And another is planned for a former produce wholesaler on Ludlow Street. While construction permits were filed one year ago for 89-91 Ludlow, only now is the proposed design available for...

The performance venue returns later this month.
04/09/2021
The Slipper Room to Reopen for Variety Shows April 23

The performance venue returns later this month.

With city and state restrictions on venues gradually relaxing, performance venues are trickling back to life. Here on the Lower East Side, the latest to resume its nighttime entertainment is the Slipper Room. The self-proclaimed “Palace of Variety” announced its return to the fray with v...

Guy pummeled an Asian woman in a Grand Street bodega who asked him to mask up.
04/08/2021
Asian Woman Attacked in Grand Street Bodega After Asking Man to Wear a Mask

Guy pummeled an Asian woman in a Grand Street bodega who asked him to mask up.

Another anti-Asian attack to report on the Lower East Side. An Asian woman shopping in a Grand Street bodega was attacked after asking a man to wear a mask while inside, cops said yesterday. Tuesday evening, a 39-year-old shopper inside the Heng Yun Grocery at 329 Grand Street (near Orchard) asked o...

Tacombi headed to Forest Hills.
04/07/2021
Tacombi Expands with Forest Hills Taqueria

Tacombi headed to Forest Hills.

Popular taco chain, Tacombi, continues its expansion streak this year with another outer-borough location in Queens. A Boogie reader tells us that Tacombi just put up plywood outside a store on Austin Street in Forest Hills. News of its arrival near the Tennis Stadium – the second Queens locat...

Waterfront advocates are turning the screws to stop the destruction of East River Park.
04/06/2021
Activists File Lawsuit Against City Over Redacted East River Park Report

Waterfront advocates are turning the screws to stop the destruction of East River Park.

A slew of waterfront advocates are turning the screws to stop the destruction of East River Park. East River Park ACTION, the Grand Street Democrats club and a gaggle of political candidates and local activists filed a lawsuit on Friday (April 2) against Mayor de Blasio, demanding that the redacted....

Gaia Bagnasacco is still slinging her home cooking.
04/06/2021
Gaia Cafe is Gone, but Namesake Chef is Busy Cooking for her Customers

Gaia Bagnasacco is still slinging her home cooking.

The beloved Gaia Italian Cafe shuttered last July after nine years on East Houston, one of scores of eateries that closed due to complications from coronavirus. However, its namesake chef didn’t stop. No, Gaia Bagnasacco is very much still active, sating fans’ appetites with her home coo...

Mexican cuisine in Orchard, from noon til midnight.
04/05/2021
‘Mictlan Mexico’ to Replace Fat Radish on Orchard Street

Mexican cuisine in Orchard, from noon til midnight.

The Orchard Street storefront previously occupied by Fat Radish didn’t stay vacant long. Seven months after its closure due to fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, a replacement is underway. Coming soon to 17 Orchard is a new Mexican restaurant by the hand of Natalin Perez, who currently ope...

The city finally released the "nonexistent" critical report on the East River Park reconstruction plan.
04/05/2021
City Council Chair on Resiliency Committee Demands Non-Redacted East River Park Resiliency Report

The city finally released the "nonexistent" critical report on the East River Park reconstruction plan.

It took three years and the accompanying community pressure for the city to finally release a critical report on the East River Park reconstruction plan, which it initially claimed did not exist. The heavily redacted output made available to the public is now under even more intense scrutiny. The Va...

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A new documentary that explores how the Lower East Side was a hotbed for artists, activists, and outlaws
https://www.facebook.com/mark.apolloa/videos/10215278613798837 Keep watching its gets better when the whole 9th Pct. shows up and closes the park and Flash gives a great account of the 88 riot at the end.
I'm looking for contact information for the brass band that used to perform on Fridays on Orchard street around 930pm. Does anyone have info on those guys?
Wow! 😢 Another one bites the dust. How long did this one last?
I am studying in Moscow Architectural Institute at 4th year of my education. I am currently working on a training project of a museum and my tutors have proposed to design a museum as extension for SANAA’s existing and OMA’s planned buildings of New Museum, at 241, 243, 245 Bowery. This is just a training project and as part of it I can demolish these buildings in order to build an extension for the museum, but I really don't want to do this. After research I became a real fan of your neighborhood. I learned about the legendary Sunshine Hotel, watched "Sunshine Hotel" documentary and I really want to keep its spirit in my project. in order to make my project's main theme preservation and restoration unlike OMA's with its demolishing approach, I am looking for any information about this buildings. So photos of interiors, even approximate drawings and floor plans will help me a lot. I know that theoretically plans of these houses can be obtained from the NYC Department of Buildings, but obviously I have no opportunity to visit them because I am in Moscow, huh. So thank you in advance!!!
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Stonewood someone should definitely help and we should fight for Lords & Taylor it's a great store that's my favorite store has been in business too long to close all their stores on the basis of the coronavirus we need help we need more people to make comments is suggestions please do not close Lord & Taylor that's one of my favorite story maybe they can reduce the prices I have a lot of sales and do not close this door please
Everyone check out this awesome video I’m featured on with the The Fung Bros.Its an LES Italian Food Crawl through Little Italy !
Baby Grand on Lafayette is gone