Ludlow Street

Ed Higgins Gets ‘Mail Art’ Retrospective at Van Der Plas Gallery on Orchard Street

Posted May 18, 2022 at 5:08 am

Fresh off featuring his art in Ludlow Coffee Supply, the Van Der Plas Gallery of Orchard Street is now dedicating a full artist retrospective to the late Ed Higgins. Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington School” movement in the 1980s Lower East Side, and for his unique “Mail Art,” died last December at […]

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Hell Square High: More than a Dozen Cannabis Shops Selling in Small LES Area

Last modified April 25, 2022 at 7:03 am

Growing like weeds. The proliferation, and concentration, of cannabis stores on the Lower East Side is real. Overrun would be the proper descriptor. One need only look to Hell Square, the chaotic party zone encompassing the sixteen-square-block area spanning Allen to Essex and Houston to Delancey. Not including the roving trucks, there are at least […]

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Viva Birria Storefront Food Truck Begins Serving Ludlow Street this Weekend

Posted April 21, 2022 at 5:16 am

For Viva Birria, the time is now. One year after first announcing its plans for a new Lower East Side location, opening day is finally set. The restaurant will begin serving this weekend from its new food-truck-inspired takeout window at 153 Ludlow Street. Indeed, the storefront was built to resemble the back of a typical […]

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The Crime Zone that is Hell Square [OP-ED]

Last modified April 19, 2022 at 6:41 am

The following editorial was written by Diem Boyd, founder of the LES Dwellers block association. Hell Square pre-pandemic was unlivable, but now, “post-Covid,” it’s untenable and downright dangerous. The decline of quality-of-life and related public safety issues on the Lower East from saturation of the nightlife-driven economy is widely known. In this pandemic setting, it’s […]

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City Council, Vote No on the Open Restaurants Text Amendments! [OP-ED]

Last modified February 24, 2022 at 8:08 am

The following editorial was written by Diem Boyd, president of the Lower East Side Dwellers block association. There is Better Way for Our Public Streets Than Getting In Bed With the NYC Hospitality Alliance. “We have been hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, run amuck, and flat out deceived.” The fight in the street is not about […]

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Viva Birria Making it Permanent with Ludlow Street Shop

Posted February 17, 2022 at 5:07 am

A popular pop-up taco shop is making things permanent with a brick-and-mortar in Hell Square. Viva Birria began as an in-house taco experience at Orchard Street bar, Boys Don’t Cry. Its signature menu item is a Mexican beef stew served with tortillas, available in beef, pork shoulder and jackfruit versions. The business first announced its […]

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Judge Denies City’s Attempt to Toss Street Shed Lawsuit

Posted February 9, 2022 at 5:02 am

The community-led lawsuit to block the Open Restaurant program – and its street sheds – from becoming permanent can proceed, a judge determined yesterday. Indeed, Judge Frank Nervo of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, tossed the motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Stating that the city’s argument was “inappropriate,” refusing to dismiss […]

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Potential for Permanent Crisis as Protests Continue over Open Restaurants

Last modified February 7, 2022 at 9:52 am

Despite the bitter cold this past Saturday, the “Chuck The Sheds” protest had a larger than expected turnout. Not to mention, their effort is gaining traction with some elected officials and local media. Almost a hundred protesters waving signs and chanting “chuck the sheds,” marched from Father Demo Square in the Village to Washington Square […]

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Ludlow Coffee Supply Pays Tribute to ‘Mail Art’ Artist Ed Higgins

Posted January 28, 2022 at 5:01 am

A local coffee shop is paying tribute to an iconic Lower East Side artist. Ludlow Coffee Supply recently hung artwork by the late Ed Higgins III on its cafe wall. The exhibit was installed by the nearby Van Der Plas Gallery, which had previously featured his work. Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington […]

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Filmmaker to Get ‘High on Ludlow Street’ with New Documentary [INTERVIEW]

Last modified January 18, 2022 at 7:28 pm

One filmmaker is on a quest exhume the history of Ludlow Street with a forthcoming documentary series called High on Ludlow Street. What follows is an interview with Charles Libin, who talks about the so-called “gift of Ludlow,” memories on the block, challenges of making the film, and the current state of his beloved street. […]

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