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New Museum Adds 2 Galleries this Week as Part of Expansion into 231 Bowery

Posted September 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

The forty-year-old New Museum, on the Bowery for eleven years already, is on course to renovate the adjacent property and increase its overall footprint. Starting this week – more than a year after first announcing the expansion – the ground level will be ready for a slate of art programming. “The expansion effort will ultimately enable the […]

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Essex Crossing Wants Your Ideas for a 200-Foot Mural at Site 5

Last modified September 25, 2017 at 10:22 am

Essex Crossing is soliciting artists for a massive mural to grace one of its new residential buildings on the Lower East Side. Last week, Delancey Street Associates, the consortium of developers behind the billion-dollar project, released a Request for Proposals last week for artists interested in painting a roughly seven-story-high mural as an homage to the […]

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Rumor: Hell Square Operator Paul Seres Seeks ‘Night Mayor’ Position

Posted September 25, 2017 at 5:08 am

Mayor de Blasio last Tuesday evening signed the bill into law that creates the controversial Office of Nightlife, a bureau charged with helping the city’s nightlife industry grow while managing various community concerns. “The office will be led — I’m not going to announce any names yet, there is a massive competition going in — […]

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‘Lucky Bee’ on Broome Street Succumbs to Rent Burden After Less than 2 Years

Posted September 25, 2017 at 5:02 am

Turns out the Lucky Bee wasn’t so. The nearly-two-year-old Thai restaurant succumbed to bonkers rents and closed over the weekend. Apparently, the monthly dole was $21,000 per month for the fifty-seat space. News of its demise isn’t a complete shock, though. Proprietors Matty Bennett (the chef) and Rupert Noffs had briefly shut the business back […]

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Reconstructed Sol Lain Playground Debuts Today on the Lower East Side

Posted September 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

The $3.1 million reconstruction of Sol Lain Playground finally concluded earlier this month. Its deliverance is slightly ahead of schedule, and comes two months after the neighboring Henry M. Jackson Playground itself debuted. New infrastructure installed in this public space includes updated play equipment, spray shower feature, basketball court, multi-purpose play area, benches, fences, drainage, water […]

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High Rents Force ‘Prema Hair’ from 101 Stanton Street After its $12.9M Sale

Posted September 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

No sooner did 101 Stanton Street change hands than this enormous, eye-grabbing leasing banner appear above the corner store. It seems rather apparent that the new owners now want the Prema Hair salon gone from the ground-floor retail. You’ll recall that a small consortium of real estate firms – Penn South Capital, Conway Capital, and […]

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LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival is Happening this Weekend

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:19 am

The 6th Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival is happening this weekend, and promises plenty of local entertainment and creative craftsmanship throughout more than 50 community gardens spread across Lower Manhattan. Just a few of the many highlights partaking in this year’s festival include fairy tale puppetry by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, a thought provoking look […]

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Cafe Grumpy Reclaims Adjacent Store at 13 Essex Street for ‘Training Lab’

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

With Factory Tamal now up and running on Ludlow Street, its former location is back in the hands of its maker, so to speak. Cafe Grumpy just reclaimed the other half of its Essex Street coffee shop. We are told that the south store of 13 Essex Street – formerly the cafe’s on-premise bakery – […]

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In What was American Apparel, ‘Dr Smood’ Health Eatery Debuts on East Houston

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:05 am

The doctor is now seeing patients. Customers, rather. Dr Smood, the health eatery that offers “smart food for a good mood,” opened the doors to its Lower East Side location this week. As you might expect, the new “organic boutique cafe” at the corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets carries with it an antiseptic […]

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