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The ‘Basic Necessities’ of Broome Street

Last modified October 22, 2021 at 6:45 pm

Six months ago, Basic Necessities became part of Broome Street. Conceived by artist Michelle Repiso, the multimedia project tackles “three individuals and the mechanisms they used to sustain their humanity while incarcerated.” Now, with an Artist Corps Grant, Repiso is taking it one step further with community engagement. Tomorrow, the artist will be crowdsourcing participants’ […]

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Borough President Implores Parks Commissioner to Address Community Concerns in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted October 21, 2021 at 4:59 am

Two stabbings within a twelve-hour period last weekend highlighted the decrepit, yet dangerous state of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The violence apparently pushed Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to exert pressure on the Parks Department to address certain core issues. In a letter to Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff this week, Brewer identified two key concerns – […]

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The Ten Bells Rings in New Bushwick Bar

Posted September 16, 2021 at 5:08 am

The Ten Bells is ringing in a new outpost – this time, not on the Lower East Side, but in Brooklyn. Bushwick, specifically. The natural wine bar has taken over a space that previously housed a Breaking Bad-themed coffee shop, Walter’s Coffee Roastery. The OG at 247 Broome Street is still alive and kicking, though […]

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30-Story Tower at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site Begins Ascent

Posted September 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

The canyon of development along the backside of Essex Crossing on Broome Street is growing. Indeed, the foundation is down and ascent of a towering new building underway at the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site. After months of excavation, the first elements of the superstructure are now visible above the plywood. One-story height. As previously […]

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Cops Close Down Section of Sara D. Roosevelt Park to Curb Drugs and Homeless

Posted August 30, 2021 at 5:00 am

The city is apparently turning up the heat to combat the dangerous situation in Sara D. Roosevelt Park just south of Delancey Street. The area surrounding the so-called “Pit” is now completely sealed off. The action is many months in the making. As reported, this area has long been a favored spot for local homeless, […]

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Parks Seals ‘Hua Mei Bird Garden’ to Stave off Drug Problem in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted August 17, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Parks Department this month cordoned off part of Sara D. Roosevelt Park in response to rampant drug use, homeless, dwelling, and violence. The area in question, nicknamed “The Pit,” is a ground zero of sorts for open-air drug sales – K2, in particular. Those who are strung out lay out; belongings accumulate in piles; […]

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Greek Jewish Festival Goes Low Key with August Block Party

Posted August 5, 2021 at 5:08 am

The Greek Jewish Festival returns next week for another outing. However, this time around, the shindig is more subdued. Instead pitched as a “block party” instead of the usual annual festival. Founded by Kehila Kedosha Janina on Broome Street six years ago, the event celebrates the culture and traditions of the Greek Jewish community. Years […]

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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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Plant-Based Community Fridge Opens its Door at Essex Market

Posted July 1, 2021 at 5:03 am

As of last week, the Lower East Side now boasts a second community fridge dispensing plant-based goods. The newest addition is at the Essex Market, the 220 Broome Street entrance. The new swap stop is stocked with plant-based and organic foods, as well as canned goods. Such as Fresh Produce, Jarred Nut Butters, Whole Wheat and […]

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Wesley Williams, the First Black Firefighter in NYC, Chatting with Great Grandson [INTERVIEW]

Last modified June 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Now more than ever, the story of Wesley Williams must be told. As the first African American firefighter to join the Fire Department, Williams defied the odds again and became Chief in 1919. His detail was Engine 55, which is still active at 363 Broome Street in Little Italy (where Steve Buscemi volunteered). He later […]

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