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The LPC had a rare vote last month to calendar a rescission vote for 60 Norfolk Street. Here's what it means for the LES...
06/11/2020
LPC to Rescind Landmark Status of Demolished Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site

The LPC had a rare vote last month to calendar a rescission vote for 60 Norfolk Street. Here's what it means for the LES.

Hollowed out by fire exactly three years ago, the Norfolk Street lot that hosted Beth Hamedrash Hagadol for over a century is closer to being de-landmarked. Another step toward massive re-development. The Landmarks Preservation Commission reportedly voted last month to calendar a rescission vote for...

Garry Greenberg, the former third-generation owner of Beckenstein’s Fabrics, has passed away due to COVID-19 complicatio...
06/11/2020
Former Third-Generation Owner of Beckenstein’s Dies from COVID-19

Garry Greenberg, the former third-generation owner of Beckenstein’s Fabrics, has passed away due to COVID-19 complications.

The former third-generation owner of Beckenstein’s Fabrics, a business with deep roots on the Lower East Side, passed away earlier this spring due to complications from coronavirus. Garry Greenberg succumbed to the illness on April 25. He was 68. Beckenstein’s has been a staple in New Yo...

The CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery is again using its window matrix to disseminate a message.
06/11/2020
CitizenM Lights up 20-Story Tribute for ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the Bowery

The CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery is again using its window matrix to disseminate a message.

The CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery is again using its window matrix to disseminate a message. This time, it’s for Black Lives Matter. The stunt, which lights windows to spell “BLM,” started on Monday. The 20-story modular hotel last made headlines in April with a similar action to pr...

It took $5 million. So long.
06/11/2020
Faerman Cash Registers Cashed out of the Bowery with $5M Sale

It took $5 million. So long.

Cha-ching! The Faerman Cash Register Company is finally cashing out of the Bowery. After nearly a year on the market without incident, 159 Bowery traded hands late last month for $5 million ($1,175 per square-foot). The property is zoned for retail on floors one and two, with a large loft apartment....

Lovely Day owner closes sister restaurant on Orchard Street.
06/11/2020
To Survive, Gohan-Ya Merges with Lovely Day On Elizabeth Street

Lovely Day owner closes sister restaurant on Orchard Street.

Lovely Day on Elizabeth Street has become a local favorite because of its affordable home-cooking and cozy neighborhood vibe. But now the something-for-everyone menu, which already includes both Asian and American comfort food, is about to get even more diverse. Owner Kazusa Jibiki is merging the Ja...

An homage to the late George Floyd on the Bowery.
06/09/2020
Street Artist Fumero Paints Mural of George Floyd on the Bowery

An homage to the late George Floyd on the Bowery.

It was only a matter of time before the George Floyd tribute murals began popping up on the streets. Street artist Fumero is seemingly one of the first to put his spin on the victim’s profile. The new piece is in a spot known for graffiti and other street discourse – the cornershop left....

Looks like Vietnamese restaurant An Choi will not return from the COVID-19 lockdown.
06/09/2020
An Choi Ends its Decade-Long Lower East Side Run

Looks like Vietnamese restaurant An Choi will not return from the COVID-19 lockdown.

Word on the street is that local favorite, An Choi, will not return from the COVID-19 lockdown. Thus concluding more than a decade on the block for the Vietnamese restaurant. An Choi closed its doors in mid-March at the outset of the pandemic. Now, an anonymous tipster sends word that the lease on t...

The Museum of Ice Cream has revamped its protest signage, erasing the “I SCREAM FOR…” pun.
06/09/2020
Melting Moment: Museum of Ice Cream Paints Black Insensitive Pink Protest Signage on Broadway

The Museum of Ice Cream has revamped its protest signage, erasing the “I SCREAM FOR…” pun.

There was a sudden and abrupt change in color tone at the Museum of Ice Cream in SoHo over the weekend. That pink protest signage that had outraged locals and received swift backlash was subsequently painted black, the names of African-Americans who died from police brutality later reapplied. Yet th...

Coronavirus affects more LES businesses.
06/09/2020
Coronavirus Kills off this New Orchard Street Business [Updated]

Coronavirus affects more LES businesses.

One businesses occupying the former American Apparel store at Orchard and East Houston did not survive the three-month coronavirus lockdown. Hemped and Uni K Wax – located side-by-side on Orchard Street – recently closed down. Unable to contend with zero shopping base. Neither lasted a y...

We chatted with Carlotta Cosails about Hinds third album 'The Prettiest Curse' - out today.
06/05/2020
Hinds Talk the ‘Prettiest Curse’ and Love for NYC [Interview]

We chatted with Carlotta Cosails about Hinds third album 'The Prettiest Curse' - out today.

Spanish indie rock outfit Hinds drops their much anticipated third album today, The Prettiest Curse. Prior to the pandemic, I chatted with lead singer and guitarist Carlotta Cosails. An unabashed fan, my goal was to avoid becoming awkward fangirl, Mel, from Flight of the Conchords. A nearly impossib...

The Museum of Ice Cream appears to have taken a scoop out of the Ben & Jerry’s socially-conscious playbook.
06/05/2020
Pink Protest Signage Screams Poor Taste at the Museum of Ice Cream

The Museum of Ice Cream appears to have taken a scoop out of the Ben & Jerry’s socially-conscious playbook.

When New York City begins its reopening on Monday, SoHo will be boarded up as if for a hurricane, and the streets emptier than when the COVID-19 shutdown began. Signage of the luxury retailers has also been erased by the appearance of bare plywood, Black Lives Matter graffiti, or both. But the Museu...

As a precaution this week, the city quietly removed trash cans from neighborhoods overwhelmingly hit by unrest and looti...
06/05/2020
The Reason You Don’t See Trash Cans on the Lower East Side

As a precaution this week, the city quietly removed trash cans from neighborhoods overwhelmingly hit by unrest and looting following the killing of George Floyd.

You may have noticed the lack of trash cans on street corners around the Lower East Side this week. Vanished seemingly overnight. As a precaution this week, the city quietly removed receptacles from neighborhoods overwhelmingly hit by unrest and looting following the killing of George Floyd. It̵...

“Without government intervention, New York is going to look very, very different.”
06/05/2020
A Scene, Unseen: LES Music Venues, Musicians Stay Visible Despite Closures

“Without government intervention, New York is going to look very, very different.”

By the time this article is published, 11 weeks of self-isolation will have passed. It’s been 11 weeks since many of us have gone to work, since grocery stores have felt safe, and since handshakes have felt friendly. And those are only the most banal, everyday changes. When it comes to the moments...

Boarding up big time
06/04/2020
Lower East Side Businesses Boarded up their Storefronts Amidst Citywide Looting

Boarding up big time

When the pandemic hit, it was mainly the luxury stores in SoHo that began boarding up the windows for fear of looting. It’s now a reality in the atmosphere following the controversial death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in Minneapolis police custody. For days, looters took....

Chinatown was also hit hard by looting.
06/03/2020
Chinatown Mom-and-Pops Hit by Vandals and Looting [PHOTOS]

Chinatown was also hit hard by looting.

The rioting and violence has clouded (and overwhelmed) the national protest movement formed in response to the controversial death of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops last month. It’s what dominates the narrative now. And no neighborhood is immune. Chinatown was also hard hit by looters this week....

A weekend of violent protests and looting – fueled by the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops – left d...
06/02/2020
Scenes from the Looted Streets of Downtown [PHOTOS]

A weekend of violent protests and looting – fueled by the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops – left downtown Manhattan charred and shattered.

A weekend of violent protests and looting – fueled by the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops – left downtown Manhattan charred and shattered. Businesses in SoHo up to Union Square were some of the hardest hit. Boogie contributor Eddie Panta was eyewitness to the s...

A weekend of violent protests and looting – fueled by the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops – left d...
06/02/2020
Scenes from the Looted Streets of Downtown [PHOTOS]

A weekend of violent protests and looting – fueled by the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops – left downtown Manhattan charred and shattered.

A weekend of violent protests and looting – fueled by the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops – left downtown Manhattan charred and shattered. Businesses in SoHo up to Union Square were some of the hardest hit. Boogie contributor Eddie Panta was eyewitness to the s...

Sunday afternoon saw an overflowing party for the opening of Bel-Fries on Ludlow Street.
06/02/2020
Despite Lockdown, ‘Bel-Fries’ Overcrowded Ludlow Street with a Major Party on Sunday

Sunday afternoon saw an overflowing party for the opening of Bel-Fries on Ludlow Street.

What lockdown? In Hell Square, it’s almost as if the last few months were in vain. Sunday afternoon saw an overflowing party for the opening Bel-Fries on Ludlow Street. It was seemingly planned for maximum marketing value, despite the COVID-19 lockdown. A “Miami style” event with l...

“I can’t breathe,” a tribute to George Floyd, hangs above the FDR.
06/02/2020
DIY Banner Hung Above FDR Drive in Tribute to George Floyd

“I can’t breathe,” a tribute to George Floyd, hangs above the FDR.

Whenever an event of significance hits the news, neighbors can easily expect a new banner unfurled on the Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR. Indeed, for the third time in as many months, a new message. “I can’t breathe,” a tribute to George Floyd, for whom these were final w...

Several businesses were vandalized on lower Orchard Street yesterday.
06/02/2020
Protest Violence: LES Small Businesses Vandalized

Several businesses were vandalized on lower Orchard Street yesterday.

A fifth night of protests spilled onto lower Orchard Street yesterday, as several businesses were vandalized. The Roasting Plant coffee shop, R&D (formerly Brigitte) on Canal street, and the Alexander Olch boutique, were all hit. Shattered windows and looting. It’s unclear what was taken f...

COVID-19 continues to decimate businesses on the LES.
06/01/2020
‘La Flaca’ Shuts Down After Nearly a Decade on Grand Street

COVID-19 continues to decimate businesses on the LES.

The novel coronavirus continues to decimate both life and business at will. La Flaca, the nearly ten-year-old Mexican restaurant on Grand Street, is apparently the latest permanent closure on the Lower East Side. A trend that will likely worsen as the city slowly emerges from lockdown. Branded signa...

An East Village favorite has been a target of violence.
06/01/2020
George Floyd Protestors Shattered Windows of B&H Dairy on Second Avenue

An East Village favorite has been a target of violence.

An East Village favorite became the target of violence during a night of rage and protest on Saturday, in response to the controversial death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last week. B&H Dairy on Second Avenue had its front window smashed with a bottle. Another setback for a...

"The New York City and State governments are still failing to protect people’s health and livelihood after two months of...
05/30/2020
Time to Demand Cuomo and de Blasio Protect Workers and Small Businesses in Reopening Plan (OP-ED)

"The New York City and State governments are still failing to protect people’s health and livelihood after two months of 'PAUSE.'"

The following editorial was written by Zishun Ning of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side. The New York City and State governments are still failing to protect people’s health and livelihood after two months of “PAUSE.” The number of deaths and infections remain high. P...

“Not being on Orchard Street every day has made me realize just how much I love all of my neighbors.”
05/30/2020
Orchard Street Shop Continues Pushing Pencils During a Pandemic

“Not being on Orchard Street every day has made me realize just how much I love all of my neighbors.”

Many independent neighborhood businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including CW Pencil Enterprise. Established in 2014, the pencil purveyor of Orchard Street is feeling the pains of the pandemic and adjusting as best they can during. Owner Caroline Weaver explains how they’v...

Not surprising.
05/30/2020
Skateboarders Are Scaling the Fence at Coleman Skatepark, Flouting Shutdown

Not surprising.

The brief, state-ordered hiatus from skateboarders grinding under the Manhattan Bridge has concluded. Though, not officially. Signs remain in place at many city playgrounds announcing full closure until further notice. Still not much of a deterrence, though. For instance, the popular Coleman Skatepa...

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian, Clayton Patterson, is getting his own biography.
05/28/2020
Clayton Patterson Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian, Clayton Patterson, is getting his own biography.

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian, Clayton Patterson, is getting his own biography. An illustrated one, at that. The colorful homage is curated by Julian Voloj, and features the work of eighteen artists paying tribute to Patterson’s life and works in graphic novel form. The anthology is a...

"A storm surge a la Hurricane Sandy in 2012 will force evacuations to shelters with no protection from Covid-19."
05/28/2020
Disaster Squared: Coronavirus and Hurricanes Poses Deadly Threat to Lower East Side [OP-ED]

"A storm surge a la Hurricane Sandy in 2012 will force evacuations to shelters with no protection from Covid-19."

The following editorial is written by Pat Arnow. For more than a year, the city has been ignoring solid community opposition to a massive flood control project that will demolish East River Park, and do the opposite. Now, with a furious hurricane season predicted, not listening could prove dire for....

The Bun Hut opened last week on Stanton Street.
05/28/2020
With COLORS Faded, the ‘Bun Hut’ Takes 178 Stanton Street

The Bun Hut opened last week on Stanton Street.

Where COLORS faded, a new concept for 178 Stanton Street. That’s right, gone not three months, and the ground floor space is again occupied. This time by a fast-casual newcomer called the Bun Hut. It’s an Asian fusion joint that combines Chinese Bao with culinary elements from the Caribb...

A battle for the heart of Chinatown.
05/27/2020
Displaced Tenants of 70 Mulberry Street Issue Statement on Demolition and Redevelopment

A battle for the heart of Chinatown.

In the wake of a divisive Community Board 3 meeting, in which preservationists were pitted against a desire for return, the displaced tenants of 70 Mulberry Street came together yesterday and issued a joint statement about shared priorities moving forward. Many in the Chinatown community feel that t...

Take a ride through the desolation, through the eyes of a teenager.
05/27/2020
The Pandemic Through the Eyes of a Teenager on a CitiBike [VIDEO]

Take a ride through the desolation, through the eyes of a teenager.

Earlier this month, a local teenager took to the empty streets of New York City with only a bicycle and iPhone to document. His name is Arjun Govind, a student of LaGuardia High School (the Fame school) on the Upper West Side. The well-produced short film is a glimpse at the initial stages of the [&...

It seems the city is content to let 70 Mulberry Street meet the wrecking ball.
05/26/2020
The City is Demolishing 70 Mulberry Street without Chinatown Input

It seems the city is content to let 70 Mulberry Street meet the wrecking ball.

Four months after a devastating five-alarm fire, it seems the city is content to let 70 Mulberry Street meet the wrecking ball. The Department of Buikdings and Department of Citywide Administrative Services together Plan full demolition, without community input. Roughly a dozen concerned Chinatown r...

Crime is on the rise on the LES.
05/26/2020
Thieves Continue to Target ‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ on Rivington Street

Crime is on the rise on the LES.

With coronavirus lockdown the new normal, crime is seemingly on the rise around the Lower East Side. And Ginger & Lemongrass, the two-year-old Vietnamese restaurant at 153 Rivington Street, is apparently a ripe target. The business last week fell victim to theft for the second time in as many mo...

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when I was out for a walk yesterday I noticed this storefront near me on the LES:
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I haven't ordered out or eaten restaurant-prepared food since two weeks ago Friday. I order most of my food from instacart and prepare it from home whilst I have my evening cocktail. I take a late afternoon walk everyday (and everyday behold folks walking along speaking into each other's face--but not too many) and if I need an item I pick it up and try hard not to get too close to anyone. I actually would not put my faith in the safe handling of take-out dinners.
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Hello Friends! As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches we here at PS140 Nathan Straus School in the lower east side are holding a fundraiser to help feed the struggling families in our community. by purchasing turkeys for them we can take a huge burden off of their table this year so that they too can have a warm meal Last year was a huge success and I ask for your help again this year to feed even more 🙂 Anything helps even a share! We thank you for your generosity Happy Holidays From PS 140 🙂