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La Colombe Ready to Roast at the Bowery Whole Foods

Posted October 28, 2021 at 5:01 am

Popular coffee destination, La Colombe, is poised to open its first freestanding cafe on the Lower East Side. The upscale coffee brand recently signed a lease for the cornershop unit at the Bowery Whole Foods. In the 783 square-foot space previously occupied by the grocer’s own Allegro Coffee subsidiary. Unique about this ninth La Colombe […]

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New Investment Firm Buys 2 Buildings Along East Houston for $13M

Posted October 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

Milano’s Bar and Mercury Lounge now have something in common (other than first initial) – a new landlord. Nascent real estate investment firm, MOVCAP, this month scooped up 51 East Houston and 217 East Houston. Price tag for both mixed-use tenements was $13.2 million. The seller is listed as TDJ Holdings. 51 East Houston Street […]

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Taste of Turkey Returns to Orchard and East Houston with ‘Ankara’

Posted October 11, 2021 at 5:02 am

Echoes of Bereket abound as a new Turkish eatery is poised to open on the opposite corner of the once-beloved icon at Orchard and East Houston Streets. The aptly named Ankara Turkish Restaurant last month signed a ten-year lease for the 3,000 square-foot store at 181 East Houston in what was once half of American […]

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Where have you Gone, Nathan, Mayor of Orchard Street?

Last modified October 7, 2021 at 9:19 am

If there was one constant on the Lower East Side, it was Nathan, the so-called Mayor of Orchard Street. His perch for decades was near the corner of East Houston, but his whereabouts of late worry those who take pleasure in his presence. Now we know. A concerned neighbor sent us the following dispatch about […]

Bagel Boss Debuts Latest Outpost at Former OddFellows on East Houston

Last modified August 20, 2021 at 1:09 pm

On Tuesday, long-standing local chain, Bagel Boss, debuted its latest outpost – the Little Italy storefront previously occupied by Oddfellows ice cream shop on the corner of East Houston and Mott Streets. Bagel Boss owner-manager, Alex, tells us that it’s been busy since opening day. But that their launch came with a bit of an […]

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Gigs to See on the Downtown Music Circuit the Month of August

Posted August 2, 2021 at 5:47 am

The downtown music scene is approaching pre-pandemic levels, thanks in large part to increased bookings at many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. August looks more promising than any schedule in the past 16 months. Here are some highlights of upcoming shows this month, along with photographs from a few of the more active venues in July. […]

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Hit-and-Run Driver Kills E-Bike Delivery Worker on East Houston

Posted July 12, 2021 at 5:02 am

A hit-and-run driver, who may have been chased by police beforehand, struck and killed a delivery cyclist on the Lower East Side late Thursday night. Shortly after 11:00pm, the driver of a black Subaru Outback hit 24-year-old Borkot Ullah on his e-bike while crossing East Houston Street at Clinton Street. The motorist did not stop, […]

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In Crowdfunding Push, Army & Navy Bags Surpasses $110K in Donations

Posted June 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

While the pandemic continues to ebb ever so slightly, many small businesses remain on the brink. Army & Navy Bags is one such struggling mom-and-pop, but luckily there are those in the community who wish to keep it buoyed. One year since a successful crowdfunding campaign netted north of $60,000, Brandon Stanton of Humans of […]

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Russ & Daughters Settle Style Spat with Nick Liberato and Borscht Belt Deli

Posted June 7, 2021 at 5:05 am

The soul of Jewish appetizing was the subject of a flare-up late last month. Between the old guard, Russ & Daughters, and New Jersey newcomer Borscht Belt Delicatessen. The heart of the matter was an accusation by the Lower East Side institution that Borscht Belt and its chef, Nick Liberato, ripped off the iconic look […]

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Russ & Daughters Accuses Celebrity Chef Nick Liberato of Stealing its Design for ‘Borscht Belt Deli’

Posted May 24, 2021 at 5:00 am

Russ & Daughters is calling out celebrity chef Nick Liberato for stealing its unique style for a new restaurant. In a rather scathing Instagram post, the fourth-generation co-owners didn’t mince words. They allege that Liberato, host of the Netflix show Restaurants on the Edge), lifted the in-store experience for his soon-to-open Borscht Belt Delicatessen in […]

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