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

Posted May 19, 2022 at 5:03 am

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 […]

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Hypebeast Officially Announces its Division Street Conquest

Posted May 18, 2022 at 5:02 am

Hypebeast is hyped for the Lower East Side. The Hong Kong-based fashion and lifestyle publication, Hypebeast, is moving to the seven-story commercial loft building at 41-43 Division Street in due course. A vinyl banner stretched across the frontage announces the forthcoming arrival. Plans for the 21,000 square-foot space, and its conversion, have been in the works […]

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Residents Unite Against Developer Plans to Swap Park for Parking on LES Waterfront

Last modified May 17, 2022 at 1:51 pm

Residents on the Lower East Side waterfront may soon lose more publicly accessible outdoor space. The developer of a new super-tall plans to reduce a children’s playground to a parking lot. As excavation work commences on Chetrit Group’s 70-story, twin-towered development at 265 South Street, tenants in the adjacent building – Lands End II – […]

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Excavation Begins for 70-Story South Street Towers

Posted May 16, 2022 at 5:02 am

Cranes, and plywood, and pile-drivers, oh my! Such is the story down on the Lower East Side waterfront. Department of Buildings on April 12 issued official approval to the Chetrit Group to begin foundation activities for its dual 70-story tower at 265 South. A month later, the big trucks are mobilized. While excavation is now […]

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For 7th Year Running, Greek Jewish Festival Returns to Broome Street this Weekend

Last modified May 13, 2022 at 12:06 pm

After a more subdued outing last year, the Greek Jewish Festival this spring is on the rebound, pulling out the stops. It returns on Sunday for another go-round. Founded by Kehila Kedosha Janina on Broome Street seven years ago, the event celebrates the culture and traditions of the Greek Jewish community. Years past saw crowds […]

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Seven-Story Office Building Headed to Bowery Lighting District

Posted May 12, 2022 at 5:02 am

A new commercial office tower is coming soon to the so-called Bowery Lighting District. Real Estate Equities Corp. submitted plans to Department of Buildings last month for an 85-foot commercial development at Bowery and Broome Street. The footprint will occupy the stretch of pre-war buildings spanning 156 to 166 Bowery; demolition permits were issued in June 2021. […]

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Groups Seek to Save the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Building on Second Avenue

Posted May 11, 2022 at 5:06 am

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, situated in the same East Village building for over a century, is poised to relocate. In its wake is uncertainly about the fate of this hulking six-story corner property. With real estate speculation potentially queued, a collection of preservation-minded groups are pitching the city to save the building. […]

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Russ & Daughters to Reopen its Orchard Street Cafe After 2 Years of Pandemic Sidelining

Posted May 10, 2022 at 5:02 am

Closed since the outset of the pandemic more than two years ago, Russ & Daughters is finally reopening its branded cafe on Orchard Street. The century-old Lower East Side business announced its return on Instagram yesterday. Saying that it’ll happen sometime “in the coming weeks.” “Take this as an appetizing tease,” the store said in […]

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Saigon Social Vows Return After Fire Last Week

Last modified May 9, 2022 at 8:40 am

Closed for a week, Saigon Social continues to pick up the pieces from a fire onsite. “We are incredibly grateful that the fire was contained and no one got hurt,” the restaurant said in an Instagram update over the weekend. As ownership continues to assess damages from the fire at 172 Orchard Street last Monday, […]

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NYU Student Hit by Drunk Driver on East Houston Dies

Last modified May 8, 2022 at 10:13 am

A New York University student who was hit early Monday morning by a drunk driver on East Houston Street died of his injuries, police announced yesterday. According to authorities, 21-year-old Raife Milligan, an Indiana native, was crossing East Houston at First Avenue/Allen at 2:45am, when he was struck by Queens resident Michael Deguzman, who was […]

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