Eddie Panta

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Mayor Adams Vetoes Bill to Fine Non-Artists Residents in Upzoned SoHo and NoHo

Last modified January 17, 2022 at 3:28 pm

The SoHo/NoHo Rezoning saga took a new turn last Friday when Mayor Eric Adams vetoed the controversial bill (Intro 2443A). The last-minute legislation, introduced by former Councilmember Chin, would levy fines against residents occupying JLWQA units without official “artist certification.” The odd JLWQA acronym isn’t the call sign of some defunct NYC radio station; it […]

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Bodegas Fight Back Against ’15-Minute’ Delivery Apps with Help from CM Marte

Posted January 10, 2022 at 5:01 am

While chain stores and rising rents are usually what forces out mom-n-pop shops like bodegas, a new threat has suddenly emerged. As previously reported, grocers promising fifteen-minute home delivery for their app customers are turning storefronts into mini-warehouses stocked with goods that an algorithm predicts locals will want. “Dark stores” or “ghost stores,” as they […]

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Rock Climbing at DeSalvio Playground Hits Bureaucratic Wall

Posted January 7, 2022 at 5:02 am

The newly renovated DeSalvio Playground at Spring and Mulberry Streets in LIttle Italy has been extremely popular since it officially returned in 2019. But a full reopening never happened. The adjacent luxury development at 75 Kenmare, still under construction when DeSalvio reopened, blocked much of the public space. And even after construction completed two years […]

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Musket Room Expansion Looks to Leverage Legacy of Parisi Bakery

Last modified December 28, 2021 at 6:59 pm

Bakery or fakery? This is the question surrounding the Musket Room and its planned expansion into the former Parisi Bakery on Elizabeth Street. While you might not immediately equate a bar and bakery as a restaurant concept, that’s exactly what’s being pitched to Community Board 2’s SLA committee on an application to grant a full […]

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Marte Victory Speech Pledges Two Years to Make the Impossible Possible as Councilman

Last modified November 3, 2021 at 8:32 am

Born and raised on Rivington Street by Dominican parents, Chistopher Marte, the young upstart who set out to unseat two-term City Councilmember Margarent Chin, now finds his campaign victorious. After that narrow loss to outgoing three-term Councilmember Margaret Chin by just 221 votes back in 2016, Marte’s second and victorious attempt at City Council for […]

Stranger than Nostalgia: Jim Jarmusch Collage Art at James Fuentes Gallery

Last modified October 1, 2021 at 8:46 am

Back in 2016, Jim Jarmusch donated one of his rarely seen collage art pieces for an auction to benefit the Film-Makers’ Cooperative. The online auction at the time included other artists, as well as filmmakers from the director’s “No Wave” generation showcased in a group show on the Lower East Side. Since then, the filmmaker, […]

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Patti Smith Rallies with Supporters for Elizabeth Street Garden as City Terminates Lease

Last modified September 27, 2021 at 10:38 pm

The legal and political battle to save Elizabeth Street Garden from redevelopment intensified last week as the city sent the beloved urban oasis in Little Italy a notice terminating its month-to-month lease at the end of October. News of the potential eviction broke over social media in the midst of garden plans to host a […]

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Revisit Martha Diamond’s ‘Urbanist Art’ and Life on the Bowery Since 1969

Posted September 20, 2021 at 5:03 am

In case you missed Martha Diamond’s show at Magenta Plains on Allen Street back in January, the career-spanning exhibit at the Lower East Side gallery is now online. For a limited time, visitors to independent.org online viewing room will gain access to not just the past exhibit, but also an overview of Diamond’s career. There’s a […]

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De Blasio’s Rezoning of SoHo/NoHo Becomes Lame Duck Race to Occupy Community Voice

Last modified September 9, 2021 at 11:13 am

When opponents of the SoHo rezoning staged a protest rally outside Manhattan Borough President’s Gale Brewer’s office, Democratic nominee for city council, Chris Marte, took to the megaphone with a rallying cry urging Brewer to “vote no.” As previously reported, Brewer didn’t conclusively say “no.” But she didn’t approve the rezoning application, either. Brewer eventually […]

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BP Brewer Keeps Residents in Suspense as City Pushes Ahead with SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Last modified September 7, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Opponents of the City’s SoHo NoHo Neighborhood Plan descended upon City Planning  Commission headquarters yesterday, rallying outside 120 Broadway before testifying against the de Blasio administration’s last minute effort to rezone SoHo, NoHo, and parts of Chinatown and Little Italy. Anticipating crowds, CPC secured two overflow rooms to provide safe,  in-person testimony. In the end, though, subway […]

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