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Milk Burger Readies Second Location on LES

Posted January 31, 2022 at 5:01 am

The halo of restaurant row on Clinton Street is expanding outward. Around the corner onto East Houston with a burger joint from the Bronx. Milk Burger, which debuted in Spanish Harlem over ten years ago and later relocated to the Bronx, is currently poised to open a sister location a few steps eastward from Clinton […]

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Former Red Square Retail Demolished for New Development

Posted January 19, 2022 at 5:03 am

Nearly six years ago, the Dermot Company purchased the former Red Square for $100 million from Michael Rosen. The residential complex was further upscaled in the interim, and whitewashed into submission. The $100 million deal included space in the adjacent one-story retail. What largely went unnoticed at the time, though, is that the Rosen family […]

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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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