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Still Sidelined, Fire-Scorched Essex Card Shop Raises $90K for Rebuilding Effort

Posted March 7, 2022 at 5:13 am

Still sidelined due to a major two-alarm fire in January, the Essex Card Shop continues to raise funds for its rebirth. Buoyed by the community, the business at 47 Avenue A has already raised more than $90,000 of its lofty $100,000 goal on GoFundMe. Ownership tells us that “we have cleaned up the store” but […]

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Teenager Arrested in Connection with Essex Card Shop Fire on Avenue A

Posted January 21, 2022 at 5:17 am

A teenager has been arrested in connection with the alarm fire that destroyed the Essex Card Shop at 47 Avenue A last week. EV Grieve first confirmed the news yesterday. Charges against the 13-year-old – whose name was withheld due to his age – include second-degree arson. Officials told the blog that that the arsonist […]

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How to Help Essex Card Shop Rebuild After Devastating Fire on Avenue A

Posted January 12, 2022 at 5:02 am

Monday afternoon, a two-alarm fire ripped through 47 Avenue A, destroying the long-running Essex Card Shop. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Saba Aslam, daughter of the shop owner, launched a GoFundMe campaign to help rebuild the business. “Every single corner of this store is burned, damaged, and destroyed,” the appeal proclaims. […]

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Xentrifuge Once Again the Center of NYC Goth Industrial Scene

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:05 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Xris SMack! has revived his monthly “Stimulate” parties, and they are once again the center of gravity for New York City’s gothic-industrial community. The August 2021 edition headlined Xentrifuge and […]

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Everynight Charley Checkup: Busking on the Streets

Last modified July 7, 2021 at 7:22 am

What follows is a checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Musicians typically choose to play safely before friends, family and fans. In recent weeks, however, many local musicians of various genres have been playing to strangers on the streets of […]

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The Pyramid Club Shutters After 42 Years on Avenue A

Posted April 2, 2021 at 5:05 am

The Pyramid Club, the legendary alt venue in Alphabet City that influenced the drag, gay, and punk scenes in the eighties, is the latest commercial victim of the coronavirus pandemic. It will not return, thus capping 42 years of partying at 101 Avenue A. Like the countless bars and restaurants across the city, the Pyramid […]

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Electeds Behind ‘Save Our Storefronts Act’ Tour LES Small Businesses

Posted December 4, 2020 at 5:08 am

Since last spring, the coronavirus pandemic has laid waste to countless small businesses around the city, with many more barely treading water. Assemblymember Harvey Epstein and State Senator Brad Holyman are looking to change that. The two elected officials visited Lower East Side stores Wednesday in an effort to promote the Save Our Storefronts Act. […]

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A Hidden Taco Spot Sees the Light Of Day on Avenue A

Posted September 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Just a few nights ago, while eating at La Contenta on Norfolk Street, I noticed a staircase leading to a basement with a sign that read “Lower East Side Toy Company,” and recalled a hazy night of my mid-20s. “Isn’t there a hidden bar down there?” I asked my friend who I was dining with. […]

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Fate of Samuel Cox Statue in Tompkins Square Park Remains Uncertain

Posted August 18, 2020 at 5:05 am

The statue of Samuel Cox residing in Tompkins Square Park is on the proverbial chopping block. 2nd District Councilwoman Carlina Rivera is calling for Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver to remove the 19th century figurehead from the public eye. “Historians and numerous New Yorkers have highlighted that Cox’s history – beyond his work regarding pro-labor policies […]

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Odessa Restaurant on Avenue A Closes this Week After 25 Years

Last modified July 13, 2020 at 9:53 am

Odessa Restaurant, long a bastion of late night cheap eats and great conversation, is set to close for good later this week. Word is circulating on social media that the 24-hour Ukrainian diner ends its Alphabet City tenure on Sunday (July 19). Here it stood for twenty-seven years. Staff is starting to tell customers about the […]

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