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Citi Bike Dock Returns to Straus Square After Month-Long Hiatus

Posted July 21, 2017 at 5:11 am

Motor vehicle traffic through Straus Square may have terminated, but the bike share just resumed. In other words, the Citi Bike dock returned to the new pedestrian plaza yesterday after a month-long hiatus. The brief reprieve was timed to coincide with the recent resurfacing of the roadway between Rutgers Street and East Broadway. Crews installed […]

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Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza Takes Shape with New ‘Skate Proof’ Street Surfacing

Posted July 19, 2017 at 8:40 am

Another baby step toward “calming” Straus Square. For the last several nights, a contractor crew has been preparing the tiny sliver of Canal Street between Rutgers and East Broadway for a new pedestrian plaza. Specifically, the granular rumble-strip coating and its adhesive were installed late last night, a surface meant to deter skateboarders from claiming the […]

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Neighbors Bid Farewell to Cup & Saucer with Emotional Gate Tribute

Posted July 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Monday was supposed to have been the last day in business for Cup & Saucer. Unfortunately for those seeking a last meal that day, the rude surprise of a shuttered gate signaled the early end. By yesterday morning, an outpouring of tributes to the luncheonette arrived on the doorstep. Two pieces of neon orange oaktag […]

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Elements of 50-Foot Jarmulowsky Bank Cupola Make an Appearance

Last modified July 17, 2017 at 9:12 am

The Jarmulowsky Bank Building, previously wrapped in a blanket for winter, just received its crown. The bones of the cupola are here… It was In February 2014 when word first leaked that the Jarmulowsky Bank Building at Canal and Orchard Streets would see the return of its defining feature. The fifty-foot rooftop cupola that had […]

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Today is Your Last Chance to Eat at ‘Cup & Saucer’ Before it Vanishes [Updated]

Last modified July 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

Cup & Saucer vanishes today after nearly thirty years serving at the corner of Eldridge and Canal Streets. Blame the landlord for the steep rent gouge, increased to a purported $15,000 (plus covering real estate taxes) for renewal. Update: the Diner seems to have closed a day early. It did not open for business today. […]

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Breaking: ‘Cup & Saucer’ Ending Service on Monday After Decades on Canal Street

Last modified July 17, 2017 at 10:20 am

Say goodbye to that classic 1940s Coca-Cola sign at the corner of Eldridge and Canal Streets. Word on the block is that the fabled luncheonette, Cup & Saucer, is hanging it up. It’s closing shop after decades serving the neighborhood, thanks to a steep rent hike. And there’s no time for you to process this information, […]

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Straus Square CitiBike Dock Temporarily Removed, as Pedestrian Plaza Nears Activation

Last modified June 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

Yesterday morning, CitiBike dispatched a maintenance crew to Straus Square to extract its bicycle dock from the longtime perch. Flexible bollards that marked the hardware were likewise uprooted from the asphalt. CitiBike confirmed, however, that this removal is temporary, and at the “request of DOT.” All maps show this station – one that holds about […]

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‘Mr. Robot’ Brought a Tower of Trash to Straus Square Last Night

Posted June 16, 2017 at 5:12 am

Did you see that massive pile of junk sitting in Straus Square? In case you were wondering, the tower of trash, so to speak, was actually set dressing for the Mr. Robot film shoot that happened around Seward Park yesterday. “No Parking” signs posted in the vicinity alerted residents to the show’s alias, “The Norwich […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Posted June 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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The Lower East Side Partnership Wants to Create a ‘Pedestrian Plaza’ Alongside Straus Square

Posted May 9, 2017 at 9:36 am

Another land grab afoot? Straus Square, the concrete island memorial at the confluence of Canal, Rutgers, and East Broadway, is now in the crosshairs of the Lower East Side Partnership. It appears the business improvement district hopes to install another pedestrian plaza on the eastern terminus of Canal Street, near the entrance to Seward Park. […]

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