Nabe News: November 23

Posted on: November 23rd, 2009 at 1:30 pm by

Rosario’s Pizza profiled, 99X closing, and Spidey rickshaw drama, all in today’s LES neighborhood news!

Iconic shoe store 99X is closing.  They’ve been around since 1978 [EV Grieve]

Today’s NY Post profiles Rosario’s Pizza and its proprietor, Sal Bartolomeo.  “The people of the Lower East Side are the best of all New York,” he proclaims. “Here you can find people who love you. It doesn’t matter who you are. They speak to people of all classes on the same level. There are no walls up between people. That’s the beauty of this place.” [NY Post]

2 U Karaoke Lounge is one step closer to fruition with new signage at the old Mondo Kim’s on St. Mark’s Place.  And as Grieve aptly notes, “looks like some rejected concepts from U2’s PopLife tour.” [EV Grieve]

Alex keeps cranking out the Then & Now posts! Here is the Ludlow/Cortlandt edition [Flaming Pablum]

Chelsea Guitars booted from the Chelsea Hotel, but moving to a smaller space 52 1/2 feet away [Vanishing NY]

The first real subway opened in 1870, but far different from the tube of today.  Invented by Alfred Ely Beach, this pneumatic subway ran a distance of 300 feet; it ran from Warren Street across Broadway to Murray Street [Ephemeral NY]

Spidey’s rickshaw was stolen over the weekend, but he was able to retrieve it, abandoned at Eleventh Street and Avenue A [Neither More Nor Less]

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