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Here comes another corporate branding power-play.
07/08/2021
Delayed ‘Bumble Brew’ Buzzes into Former Spring Natural on Kenmare Street

Here comes another corporate branding power-play.

The popular Spring Natural restaurant shuttered this past January after 47 years in business. What follows in its footsteps at the Kenmare Street space is instead a corporate branding power-play. Bumble, the dating app, is again entering the physical space with a new cafe. Bumble Brew, which might s...

Local concert promoters and venues are still waiting on Federal assistance.
07/08/2021
Local Concert Promoters and Venues Await Federal Assistance

Local concert promoters and venues are still waiting on Federal assistance.

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Shortly after the pandemic closures began in March 2020, the National Independent Venue Operators Association (NIVA) formed and lobbied the federa...

No trespassing.
07/08/2021
Someone Set up Mini Crime Scene Around Pile of Dog S**t on Henry Street

No trespassing.

Leaving a steaming pile of dog excrement on the sidewalk is not neighborly. In fact, technically it’s an offense that could technically result in a fine of $250 (if any cops actually ticketed). As commentary – and perhaps an elaborate attempt at urban etiquette – someone, likely and ar...

Sami & Susu is breaking out with its first brick-and-mortar eatery.
07/08/2021
Sami & Susu Headed to Orchard Street for Standalone Restaurant

Sami & Susu is breaking out with its first brick-and-mortar eatery.

Sami & Susu is finally breaking out with its first brick-and-mortar eatery, taking a former ice cream shop on upper Orchard Street. The Mediterranean concept – born in Brooklyn and farmed out to Ten Bells – is poised to transform the shuttered New Territories specialty ice cream join...

Get ready.
07/08/2021
Report: Night Mayor Palitz Recommends 24-Hour Party Districts

Get ready.

The Office of Nightlife and its so-called “Night Mayor,” Ariel Palitz, recommend the creation of 24-hour entertainment districts where booze flows all hours of the day. All in an attempt to woo post-pandemic tourists from competing cities that already do the same. “Everything is on the table r...

Another community fridge for the neighborhood.
07/02/2021
Plant-Based Community Fridge Opens its Door at Essex Market

Another community fridge for the neighborhood.

As of last week, the Lower East Side now boasts a second community fridge dispensing plant-based goods. The newest addition is at the Essex Market, the 220 Broome Street entrance. The new swap stop is stocked with plant-based and organic foods, as well as canned goods. Such as Fresh Produce, Jarred...

The owner of popular party spot, Mr. Fong’s, is readying a new concept on the LES.
07/02/2021
Mr. Fong’s Principal Looking to East Broadway for Newest Hangout

The owner of popular party spot, Mr. Fong’s, is readying a new concept on the LES.

The owner of popular party spot, Mr. Fong’s, is readying a new concept on the Lower East Side. City records show that Aisa Shelley, who also owns Oliver Coffee, plans to open an establishment geared toward “coastal Italian cuisine. He’s teaming up with Roman Grandinetti from Regina’s on Orch...

The latest on the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo.
06/30/2021
Everynight Charley Checkup: Busking on the Streets

The latest on the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo.

What follows is a checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Musicians typically choose to play safely before friends, family and fans. In recent weeks, however, many local musicians of various genres have been...

Controversial landlord Michael Shah has a new LES property in his proverbial quiver.
06/30/2021
Landlord Michael Shah Nabs Sago Hotel on Orchard Street for $8.5M

Controversial landlord Michael Shah has a new LES property in his proverbial quiver.

Controversial landlord Michael Shah has a new Lower East Side property in his proverbial quiver. This time it’s a Hell Square hotel. Shah purchased the Sago Hotel at 120 Allen Street back in April for $8.5 million, city records show. With the acquisition, the owner-developer (DelShah Capital) now ...

It's official.
06/30/2021
Counted: Marte Claims Victory for District 1 Council Seat

It's official.

As expected, Christopher Marte is the next Councilman for District 1, replacing the outgoing incumbent (term-limited) Margaret Chin. Even though results won’t officially be certified until next week, team Marte is confident in victory. Including ballots cast during Early Voting and Election Day, t...

Travis Bass is planning a new establishment on the Lower East Side.
06/30/2021
Nightlife Impresario Travis Bass Looks to Open Cafe at Former Petisco on East Broadway

Travis Bass is planning a new establishment on the Lower East Side.

Travis Bass, nightlife impresario and party maker, is breaking out on his own. Planning a new establishment on the Lower East Side. Bass is eying the former Cafe Petisco (last known as Petisco Vegano) on East Broadway for something quite similar to the predecessor. An as-yet-unnamed concept that imb...

The Seward Park Conservancy is abuzz.
06/29/2021
The Bee Abode in Seward Park

The Seward Park Conservancy is abuzz.

The Seward Park Conservancy, stewards of the public neighborhood space, announced the installation of a new bee house. Volunteers planted the wood box over the weekend in the bucolic “meadow” adjacent to the library, with the aim of preserving local pollination. According to signage posted insid...

Economy Candy is reopening soon.
06/29/2021
Economy Candy Plans Late-July Store Reopening

Economy Candy is reopening soon.

Don’t call it a comeback! Economy Candy is slowly resuming its normal treats slinging operation. We’re told that a soft reopen is tentatively slated for the end of July, with a grand reopening later on this summer. In the meantime, those with a sweet tooth can still place orders for curb...

Blue Moon Hotel is struggling to stay open.
06/24/2021
Owners Struggle to Keep Blue Moon Hotel Alive on Orchard Street

Blue Moon Hotel is struggling to stay open.

The Blue Moon Hotel is trying desperately at a revival after a challenging few years topped by the pandemic freefall. Most recently, historic 100 Orchard Street had been in the news for its potential conversion to a homeless shelter. The stream of negative headlines and pressure from the community f...

Hamilton Fish may get a facelift.
06/24/2021
City Embarks on $3.69M Rehab of Hamilton Fish Park

Hamilton Fish may get a facelift.

The city will soon embark on a new project to renovate the Hamilton Fish Park Playground on Pitt Street. Funded with a cash injection of $3.69 million by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, the effort will enhance the playground with new features, improved safety surfacing, and more. But appears to....

All signs point to Christopher Marte.
06/24/2021
Christopher Marte Leads Race for Councilmember of District 1

All signs point to Christopher Marte.

The Primary results are not yet conclusive, but point to Christopher Marte, a son of the Lower East Side, as replacement for Margaret Chin for Councilmember of District 1. As of this morning, Marte holds a commanding lead, garnering roughly 40 percent of votes cast. Just shy of the threshold for vic...

Another one down.
06/24/2021
Another Seward Park Co-op General Manager Resigns

Another one down.

More leadership upheaval at the Seward Park Co-op. Residents were recently informed that Brendan Keany, who began his tenure as general manager as Frank Durant’s replacement on April 1, tendered his resignation. For official reasons unknowns. A replacement is currently being sought, below are the ...

The founder of Jimmy Jazz - Joseph Khezrie - has passed away.
06/24/2021
Jimmy Jazz Founder Joseph Khezrie Dies at 90

The founder of Jimmy Jazz - Joseph Khezrie - has passed away.

The founder of Jimmy Jazz, the streetwear retailer born on Delancey Street, passed away earlier this month. Joseph Khezrie was 90-years-old. He died on June 4. The company posted a memorial on Instagram this past Sunday, which included a brief video. “Our founder, Joseph Khezrie, was a deeply loya...

Must be summer - the Cactus Store is back.
06/22/2021
Cactus Store Resumes Summertime Residency on Essex Street

Must be summer - the Cactus Store is back.

The Cactus Store returned to the Lower East Side this weekend for its fourth seasonal outing, and first since coronavirus ruined everything. As before, the succulents sellers plant annual roots in the lot at 5 Essex Street. Infrastructure from prior years remains in place. Saturday was opening day.....

La Margarita Pizza is on the market.
06/22/2021
Ludlow Street Pizzeria Hits the Open Market

La Margarita Pizza is on the market.

La Margarita Pizza might not have much time left in Hell Square. The Ludlow Street pizzeria is now pitched on the open market. The 800 square-foot store at 268 Ludlow appeared on Craigslist in late-May for $9,000 per month in rent. The listing caps some eight years in business for the Lower East Sid...

A periodic checkup on the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat.
06/22/2021
Everynight Charley Checkup: Vilray at Rockwood Music Hall

A periodic checkup on the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat.

What follows is the beginning of a periodic checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter known simply as Vilray (pronounced vill-ree) has an uncanny ability to bridge past and present. Vilray, who do...

A new taqueria for the LES.
06/22/2021
Mictlan Mexico Brings Orchard Street South of the Border

A new taqueria for the LES.

There is a new taqueria on the Lower East Side. Natalin Perez, who currently operates Haab out in Brooklyn, just lifted the curtains on her new project. The fifteen-table restaurant at 17 Orchard Street, Mictlan Mexico. It takes the reins from the Fat Radish, which spent ten years serving the neighb...

The hordes of hellraisers were out in full force again this past Saturday night.
06/22/2021
The Menace of Summertime Saturday Night on Ludlow Street

The hordes of hellraisers were out in full force again this past Saturday night.

With comfort levels of close-quarters partying seemingly back to pre-pandemic norms, Hell Square has rebounded in kind. Neighbors report that any quality-of-life progress gained in this sixteen square-block sector over the last few years completely evaporated. The hordes of hellraisers were out in f...

Pandemic Shift: Tile Bar
06/19/2021
Pandemic Shift: Tile Bar

Pandemic Shift: Tile Bar

On March 16, 2020, New York City bars were ordered shut by the governor. While some waited for reopening, many wondered if that would happen. In “Pandemic Shift,” co-creators Andrew Hunter and Aaron Fischer captured the moments and moods of service workers in front of their closed establishments...

A mugger punched an 82-year-old man in the head and stole his cane at an LES bodega.
06/19/2021
Brute Beats Elderly Man, Steals Cane at East Broadway Bodega

A mugger punched an 82-year-old man in the head and stole his cane at an LES bodega.

A mugger punched an 82-year-old man in the head and stole his cane at a Lower East Side bodega earlier this week. The elderly victim was inside the Big Apple Food Market on Clinton Street, near East Broadway, at around 6:20am this past Wednesday. As the man was buying a cup of coffee, a stranger [&h...

An open letter imploring CB3 to fix the Hell Square chaos.
06/19/2021
Fix the Hell Square Chaos: An Open Letter to CB3 and Elected Officials

An open letter imploring CB3 to fix the Hell Square chaos.

The following open letter was written by a concerned resident of Hell Square who wishes to remain anonymous. Dear Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer, Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Senato...

A street artist known for drawing chalk hearts on the surfaces of downtown has died.
06/18/2021
Report: Chalk Artist Hash Halper Dies After Jumping from Brooklyn Bridge

A street artist known for drawing chalk hearts on the surfaces of downtown has died.

A street artist known for drawing chalk hearts on the surfaces of downtown has died. The New York Post reports that pop art creative Hash Halper, aged 41, leaped from the Brooklyn Bridge last Friday. He did not survive the fall. The colorful hearts began in 2014, while the self-proclaimed “New Yor...

City Council campaign smear ads are flying.
06/18/2021
Marte City Council Campaign Fights Back Against PAC Smear Ads

City Council campaign smear ads are flying.

As soon as early voting began last weekend, District 1 City Council candidate Christopher Marte found himself in the crosshairs of a series of attack ads launched by Common Sense NYC Inc., a Super PAC whose top three funders are Stephen Ross, Ronald Lauder, and Jack Cayre. While City Council campaig...

More expansion for Il Laboratorio.
06/16/2021
Il Laboratorio del Gelato Expands to New Jersey

More expansion for Il Laboratorio.

The brains behind frozen treatery Il Laboratorio del Gelato have, once again, expanded operations. Only this time, they’ve left the neighborhood and crossed state lines. The latest creamery in the stable is located in Montclair, New Jersey, on the corner of Valley and Bellevue. Owner Jon Snyde...

Veselka returns to Essex Crossing.
06/16/2021
Veselka Returns to Essex Crossing After Pandemic Year

Veselka returns to Essex Crossing.

Veselka is finally coming back below the Delancey divide. The decades-old Ukrainian institution returns to Essex Crossing this Saturday, reinstating its presence in the Market Line after a year on the sideline. However, it’ll occupy a much smaller footprint in the “Mini Market” at the base of ...

A pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing Delancey.
06/16/2021
Pedestrian Fatally Struck in Intersection of Bowery and Delancey

A pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing Delancey.

Crossing Delancey is a dangerous game. Early Tuesday morning, the driver of an SUV struck and killed a man crossing the thoroughfare by the Bowery. Apparently, the pedestrian had been crossing the street at 3:40am, when a westbound 2001 Nissan Pathfinder changed lanes before colliding with the victi...

Sweet!
06/15/2021
How ‘Sweet’ it is to be Back at Chelsea Music Hall

Sweet!

How sweet it is to be back. Sweet, the long-running comedy show born on the Lower East Side nearly two decades ago, returns tonight after the pandemic-imposed sidelining. The comeback show is at its new home at the Chelsea Music Hall. The lineup features Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” co-a...

Pianos is reopening.
06/15/2021
Pianos Returns to Ludlow Street in July

Pianos is reopening.

When Pianos announced its indefinite closure at the outset of the pandemic last year, hysteria gripped the local newsscape. So much so, that the Lower East Side venue backtracked the initial messaging to state that reopening would happen when safe to do so. That time is apparently now. Being a bar a...

The latest in our series, "Pandemic Shift."
06/14/2021
Pandemic Shift: Tom and Jerry’s

The latest in our series, "Pandemic Shift."

On March 16, 2020, New York City bars were ordered shut by the governor. While some waited for reopening, many wondered if that would happen. In “Pandemic Shift,” co-creators Andrew Hunter and Aaron Fischer captured the moments and moods of service workers in front of their closed establishments...

"As the first African American firefighter to join the Fire Department, Williams defied the odds again and became Chief ...
06/14/2021
Wesley Williams, the First Black Firefighter in NYC, Chatting with Great Grandson [INTERVIEW]

"As the first African American firefighter to join the Fire Department, Williams defied the odds again and became Chief in 1919."

Now more than ever, the story of Wesley Williams must be told. As the first African American firefighter to join the Fire Department, Williams defied the odds again and became Chief in 1919. His detail was Engine 55, which is still active at 363 Broome Street in Little Italy (where Steve Buscemi vol...

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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