Nabe News: March 21

Posted on: March 21st, 2011 at 1:30 pm by

The Manhattan street grid as we know it was introduced 200 years ago tomorrow!  “Without envisioning mass transit, motor vehicles, tenements or skyscrapers (the vertical grid), they [city commissioners] mapped more crosstown streets than avenues because they figured most traffic would go between the rivers.” [NY Times via Animal NY]

Apple is no longer eying Grand Central Station [Observer]

Downtown New York’s infamous pirate – Captain Kidd.  He moved from Scotland as a child in 1650, and would eventually live at 119 Pearl Street [Ephemeral NY]

Even the neighborhood bodegas are trading up.  We’ve already seen it before with Stop 1 Deli, but the trend is spreading [EV Grieve; Previously]

Jeremiah on a return mission of smut in Playland Gifts souvenir shop in Times Square [Vanishing NY]

Con Edison rates are set to increase next month [Gothamist]

Why rent regulation is so important for the well-being of the neighborhood [Save the Lower East Side]

Is Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital the Arkham Asylum equivalent? [Scouting NY]

Slum Goddess on WFMU last month [Slum Goddess]

Can’t get enough Boogie?  Remember to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check in with us on Foursquare!



Recent Stories

Demolition Begins at Fire-Stricken Dim Sum Palace Building in Chinatown

Demolition started this week at 6 Chatham Square, which, until this month, housed neighborhood favorite Dim Sum Palace. Early morning May 1, a fire in the kitchen spread throughout the building, triggering a five-alarm response from the fire department. All told, five firefighters were injured battling the inferno over several hours. And according to Red […]

Eldridge Street Development Sells for $19.24M

A major real estate deal to report on Eldridge Street. It took three years, but the eight-story mixed-use building at 165 Eldridge traded last week for $19.25 million. Just under the initial 2019 asking price of $21 million. Buyer of record is Meng Lee and Karim Elsayyad of FREO Management. The transaction is not yet […]

The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line. The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to […]

Redlining the LES: How Discriminatory Lending Policies Solidified Pre-Existing Inequalities

The following was written by Anna Sargeantson. All photos courtesy of Anna Sargeantson, except where otherwise noted. Home to dimly lit restaurants and bars frequented by NYU students and young professionals, the Lower East Side remains in many ways the epitome of New York City’s youthful heart. Under the surface, though, the neighborhood has historically […]

Ed Higgins Gets ‘Mail Art’ Retrospective at Van Der Plas Gallery on Orchard Street

Fresh off featuring his art in Ludlow Coffee Supply, the Van Der Plas Gallery of Orchard Street is now dedicating a full artist retrospective to the late Ed Higgins. Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington School” movement in the 1980s Lower East Side, and for his unique “Mail Art,” died last December at […]