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The Pandemic Shift: Milano’s Bar

Posted May 19, 2021 at 5:02 am

We are excited to launch a new collaboration called “Pandemic Shift,” a photo series dreamed up by photographer Andrew Hunter and bartender liaison Aaron Fischer. Together they are telling stories of the countless bartenders and shift workers who were affected by the coronavirus pandemic over the last year. On March 16, 2020, all who hadn’t […]

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Botanica Bar Looks to Annex Adjacent Vacant Lot

Posted May 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

The long-fallow lot wedged between Milano’s Bar and Botanica might soon reactivate. Indeed, the latter watering hole seeks to annex the space for outdoor dining and drinking. Application materials submitted to Community Board 2 reveal that owner Mark Connell is planning to use the vacant square-footage to accommodate seating for about 44 patrons. The goal […]

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Gaia Cafe is Gone, but Namesake Chef is Busy Cooking for her Customers

Posted April 6, 2021 at 5:02 am

The beloved Gaia Italian Cafe shuttered last July after nine years on East Houston, one of scores of eateries that closed due to complications from coronavirus. However, its namesake chef didn’t stop. No, Gaia Bagnasacco is very much still active, sating fans’ appetites with her home cooking. As previously reported, the search remains in play […]

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Bagel Boss Headed to Former OddFellows on East Houston

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:02 am

A Long Island bagel institution is expanding with a new outpost in Little Italy. Bagel Boss, the half-century old bakery, this week planted a sign at 55 East Houston Street, in the store formerly occupied by OddFellows. Its presence presents competition to the trendy Black Seed Bagels just a few blocks south on Elizabeth Street. […]

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Mercury Lounge Building Hits Market for $7.5M

Posted March 19, 2021 at 5:01 am

Another Lower East Side building with an iconic commercial tenant is on the market. The mixed-use tenement at 217 East Houston Street, which houses Mercury Lounge on the ground floor is currently for sale. Asking price is $7.5 million. Of the eight apartments in the building, five are stabilized and three free-market. The music venue […]

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Yonah Schimmel Building on the Market for $6M

Posted March 17, 2021 at 5:04 am

The longtime tenement home of Yonah Schimmel Knishes is for sale. Dubbed a “Prime location with heavy foot traffic,” the building at 137 East Houston has been on the market since last July. Its latest asking price is $6 million. The broker-babble further notes that the buyer gets “tremendous upside in a premier location with […]

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CB3 Signals Approval of Parkside Lounge Rooftop Expansion

Posted February 25, 2021 at 5:02 am

Parkside Lounge now has official community backing for its rooftop expansion. Operating at the corner of East Houston and Attorney Streets since 1997, the bar is struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. To alleviate, it’s headed upstairs with a plan to add seating on the rooftop of the one-story building. Co-owner Christopher Lee […]

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Sunshine Cinema Office Development Reaches Halfway Mark

Posted January 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Sunshine Cinema couldn’t be further down the horizon. Especially as each steel beam is knocked into place. Progress on the new office building at 143 East Houston Street is certainly visible now. Its skeleton recently reached the halfway mark, as it climbs to a total height of about nine stories. As previously reported, owners […]

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Parkside Lounge Proposes Roof Deck to Survive Pandemic

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

Parkside is headed upstairs. Indeed, the Parkside Lounge hopes to build a roof deck atop its one-story building that would hold sixteen additional tables. Co-owner Christopher Lee explains that shifting the crowd upstairs would both help business stay afloat and maintain control over patrons. “It’s been a very interesting year trying to deal with the […]

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Cuban Restaurant ‘Mi Salsa Kitchen’ Opening in Mezetto Space

Posted December 28, 2020 at 5:04 am

Mezetto closed last March during the pandemic lockdown, never to recover. Now, another suitor is rolling the proverbial dice at 161 East Houston Street. The Community Board 3 notice for liquor license application is posted to the front door of the corner establishment (at Allen Street). Mi Salsa Kitchen is the newcomer, a restaurant serving […]

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