Ludlow Street

Michael Shah Scoops up 138 Ludlow Street in Hell Square

Posted January 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

Fresh off the failed bid to score a liquor license for Dos Cientos, news comes down the pike today about landlord Michael Shah acquiring a Hell Square walk-up building. His DelShah Capital firm reportedly purchased 138-140 Ludlow Street under the shell company “DS 138 Ludlow LLC.” The sale just closed, so final price has yet […]

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Hell Square Hell: Inside 151-153 Ludlow Street During Slate’s Luxury Conversion

Posted January 16, 2018 at 9:44 am

It’s construction hell for these Hell Square tenements. The side-by-side properties comprising 151-153 Ludlow Street are together amidst an upgrade, with tenants apparently in the crossfire. Another play on the same old song and dance. Rivington House co-owner Slate Property Group purchased the two buildings for $12.5 million over the summer and plotted renovation almost […]

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‘El Luchador’ on Ludlow Street Closes After Burst Water Pipe

Posted January 5, 2018 at 5:08 am

This weather is taking no prisoners. El Luchador, the taco shack at 132 Ludlow Street, closed earlier this week due to a burst water pipe in the building. The announcement is posted behind the drawn security gate, alongside a Department of Health closure notice. The DOH came by and closed the place on Wednesday. It’s […]

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After 43 Years on Grand Street, Seward Park Liquors is Moving to Ludlow

Posted January 2, 2018 at 5:03 am

In the coming weeks, Seward Park Liquors will leave its namesake territory. The Seward Park Co-op board ultimately voted against renewing their retail lease back in April after more than 43 years at the base of the residential complex. However, owner John DeBlasio is in the process of moving the business just a few blocks […]

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Friends Throw ‘Mayor of Ludlow Street’ Heartwarming Homecoming

Last modified December 20, 2017 at 9:13 am

The so-called “Mayor” of Ludlow Street – 68 year-old Richie Chang – returned home for a brief visit over the weekend. He’s been healing in exile since last July, when he was hospitalized with a serious, yet still unknown condition. One friend drove him back to the Lower East Side on Sunday, which included a […]

La Margarita Pizza to Combine Operations at 168 Ludlow Street by Month’s End

Last modified December 21, 2017 at 7:17 am

For La Margarita pizza on Ludlow Street, the lengthy transition period is concluding. It’ll soon complete a relocation just up the block. Last day at 151 Ludlow Street is the end of this month. The handwritten sign below is posted to the front door. This move across the way to 168 Ludlow Street (formerly home […]

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Hi-Thai Successor ‘Copper Throat’ Now Serving on Ludlow Street

Posted December 19, 2017 at 5:17 am

Eat-pisode on Ludlow Street (aka Hi-Thai) went out of business back in July after a decade-long Hell Square tenure. The “gem-sized Thai bistro” (their words) had shuttered without warning or announcement. Five months on, though, there is a replacement restaurant. Now, the new voice of Ludlow Thai food is something called, rather strangely, Copper Throat. […]

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Early ’00s LES Rock History ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ will be Adapted into Docu-series

Posted December 15, 2017 at 5:17 am

You may have seen this… New York’s beloved gritty indie musc scene circa 2000s is getting a second life, through a four-hour docu-series. That’s right, the resurgence is a visual retelling based on Lizzy Goodman’s 600-page oral history called Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock & Roll in NYC 2001-2011. The documentary will […]

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Man Jumped to His Death from Ludlow Street Rooftop

Posted November 17, 2017 at 5:06 am

A man jumped to his death from a Lower East Side tenement rooftop Wednesday night. The unidentified man, believed to be in his twenties, took the plunge from atop 175 Ludlow Street at about 11:45pm. The suicide victim reportedly lived alone in a studio apartment there, according to a report in the Daily News. An […]

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What’s it Like Living or Working in Hell Square? [SURVEY]

Posted November 16, 2017 at 9:49 am

What’s it like to live and work in Hell Square? That’s the question behind the second phase of the Hunter College graduate program study that analyzed public health and safety risk of liquor density on the Lower East Side. No, this isn’t a farce. It’s a legit effort to figure out a way to make […]

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