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Back to 1980s Lower East Side, Including the Olympic on Delancey

Posted April 29, 2022 at 5:04 am

The departure of the Olympic Restaurant in July 2014 is a loss that still cuts deep. There is no such thing anymore as a no-frills luncheonette on the Lower East Side. So, it’s nice to come across images from yesteryear of the onetime staple. Back to the time when Essex Crossing was just vacant SPURA […]

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Swapping Heroin Needles for Flowers on Norfolk Street

Posted April 25, 2022 at 5:04 am

Cleaned out the used heroin needles and other detritus. Norfolk Street residents Carl, Brian, and Jesse (surnames withheld for privacy) cleaned out a wooden trough situated on the sidewalk near the rear lot of the Clemente Soto Velez facility. Used heroin needles and other detritus were removed and trashed, and fresh soil poured instead. The […]

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James & Karla Murray Talk ‘Store Front’ with Exhibit at Village Works

Posted March 28, 2022 at 5:18 am

We’ve written extensively about the mall-ification of our city and the resulting loss of community when a mom-and-pop store disappears. It’s never made sense how people come to the city to experience what makes it different, and then immediately head to a Starbucks instead of a Caffe Reggio. Or their go-to pizza is from Domino’s. […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At the Black History Bowl

Posted March 9, 2022 at 5:13 am

In this return to Clayton’s Corner, the neighborhood documentarian visited the second annual Black History Bowl on the Lower East Side last week. Conceived in 2021 as a celebration both Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the event is a day of football and outdoor activity at the Baruch Playground. Newly elected Councilmember Chris […]

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Infamous LES Lenin Statue Covered in Ukrainian Colors

Posted March 7, 2022 at 5:05 am

A local symbol of Red Square, now bathed in yellow and blue. The Ukrainian flag. Seeing the statue of Vladimir Lenin, long a skyline feature along East Houston Street, donning the colors is no doubt a statement of solidarity with the Ukrainians. For the last several days, two-toned spotlights have projected the flag onto the […]

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Uncapped: ‘OUT THE BOX’ with Hand-Painted Kicks

Last modified February 10, 2022 at 7:39 pm

Boogie Fam! How goes it? If you’ve been following our Instagram lately, you may have seen our latest art show promotion! Last Friday, we curated and hosted the Out The Box Show at the Thames Art Center in Bushwick. The show was wonderful. Seeing the artwork these exceptionally talented people created was well worth venturing […]

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The Essex Street Snowman Isn’t Motivated

Posted February 2, 2022 at 5:04 am

The powerful Nor’easter that clipped the city last weekend dumped close to a foot of snow. Yet, the Essex Street Snowman didn’t feel motivated to mobilize. The frozen favorite was under construction yesterday, a full four days after the snowfall. But he’s yet to materialize. The Shan Fu bodega at 1 Essex has spent the […]

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Tropical Storm Ida Floods the Lower East Side

Posted September 2, 2021 at 5:04 am

Last night, nearly ten years to the day that Hurricane Irene pillaged the city, its cousin Ida did just the same. Record flooding. The tropical storm kicked up flood warnings and tornado watches right in the proverbial backyard. Reports indicate that the city took on over four inches of rainfall during the historic overnight storm. […]

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‘Henri’ Rains on the East River Promenade

Last modified August 23, 2021 at 8:21 pm

Hurricane Henri ultimately dumped some half-dozen inches of rain in downtown Manhattan. In the run-up to the storm, flashbacks of Sandy back in 2012 were everywhere. Water, water, and more water. One local walking the beat in and around Pier 35 sent us several images of the 24-hour soaking. The Manhattan Bridge became a waterfall […]

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The Sara D. Roosevelt Park ‘Pit’ Becomes a LES Homeless Encampment

Posted July 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Anyone passing through Sara D. Roosevelt Park these days bears witness to the dire situation there. Specifically the section between Delancey and Broome Streets, where the benches around the sunken court have become a homeless encampment. As before in the northern reaches of the park, this area, nicknamed “The Pit,” is now a ground zero […]

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