2nd Avenue

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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On the ‘Treetops’ of Second Avenue

Posted April 4, 2022 at 5:01 am

The formerly neglected parcel at Second Avenue and East Houston Street is no longer. Instead replaced with a hulking new development. Work onsite has been steady since last fall, yet the superstructure is now reaching toward its maximum height. As previously reported, owner of 14 Second Avenue, Daniel Vislocky, is behind this as-of-right construction, which […]

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B&H Dairy Again Seeks Help to Stay Afloat

Last modified December 17, 2020 at 10:30 am

The hits keep coming, but B&H Dairy is fighting back. The cash-strapped lunch counter has faced numerous setbacks since its lease renewal and remodel in November 2019. (Which is forever ago in pandemic time conversion.) Shortly after reopening last spring, their front window was shattered during the George Floyd protests. Then the pandemic pains of […]

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B&H Dairy Robbed, Cash Register Stolen

Posted November 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

B&H Dairy is licking its wounds following yet another criminal incident on-premise. Late Monday night, the restaurant was robbed. Ownership reported on Facebook that its front door was compromised and its cash register stolen. The perp ran with the bounty around the corner to East Seventh Street, where co-owner Ola Abdelwahed found the machine busted […]

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Ten-Story Condo Ready to Fill Hole Left by Irreplaceable Artifacts Decades Ago

Last modified April 3, 2022 at 11:06 am

More than two years in the works, the construction of a luxury condo atop a long-vacant Second Avenue pit will proceed, thanks to a construction loan secured by the developer. Development firm Station Companies scored a $13.75 million construction loan for its ten-story building here at 14 Second Avenue. Owner Daniel Vislocky is behind the […]

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Getting By: B&H Dairy Restaurant

Last modified August 31, 2020 at 7:15 am

In our new series “Getting By,” Lower East Side residents and business owners share, in their own words, how they’re navigating the new normal of pandemic times. This go-round is with Ola and Fawza Abdelwahed of B&H Dairy. B&H Dairy Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant is one of the last “dairy” lunch counters in New York City. We’ve been here […]

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George Floyd Protestors Shattered Windows of B&H Dairy on Second Avenue

Posted June 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

An East Village favorite became the target of violence during a night of rage and protest on Saturday, in response to the controversial death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last week. B&H Dairy on Second Avenue had its front window smashed with a bottle. Another setback for a mom-and-pop business struggling […]

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Gem Spa Loses its Iconic Signage

Posted May 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

The finality of losing Gem Spa officially took hold over the weekend. The iconic signage and awning were deposed from the southwest corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place, and the contents of the store liquidated. It now looks like any other retail vacancy on the Lower East Side. Gem Spa, which dates back […]

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Talkin’ ’bout My Generation: Memories of Bill Graham and the Fillmore East

Last modified February 27, 2020 at 11:28 am

While working on our story about the new “Bill Graham and The Rock & Roll Revolution” exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, this reporter started collecting personal stories and memories of Graham’s legendary music venue, the Fillmore East. Located on Second Avenue and East 6th Street, the building began life in 1926 as The Commodore, […]

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‘Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution’ Opens at the New-York Historical Society

Last modified February 21, 2020 at 7:36 am

For many who grew up in a certain era, the name Bill Graham sparks Proustian memories of life-changing rock-and-roll shows. And if you were in San Francisco or New York City, the music impresario’s Fillmore concert venues were the greatest places in the world to see live music. Starting in 1965, Graham was booking and […]

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