Ludlow Street

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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Pianos Introduces Coat Check as Part of its Gargantuan Shed on Ludlow Street

Posted January 11, 2022 at 5:02 am

Pianos is upping its sidewalk hogging game with the introduction of a dedicated coat check section. Indeed, within the last few days, the party venue introduced the mandatory locker for its customers, along with accordion security gates. The additions further diversify an outdoor annex that is essentially another indoor space. And on a large footprint. […]

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Cafe Cherie Next in Line for Vacant Los Feliz on Ludlow Street

Posted January 5, 2022 at 5:04 am

The pandemic ended Los Feliz. Now its former Ludlow Street home is eyed by another, and for more of the same. Liquor license materials submitted to Community Board 3 reveal that a new multi-level nightspot called Cafe Cherie is likely on the way. With three stand-up bars and 26 tables across three floors, the newcomer […]

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The Curious Parking Chronicles of Hell Square

Posted December 22, 2021 at 5:06 am

For consecutive nights last week, a food truck parked curbside in a No Standing Anytime zone outside Ohk Dog at the corner of Stanton and Ludlow Streets. Neighbors living in the apartments above contended with one G-Knows Cheesesteaks, a Staten Island import, selling and spewing grease perfume into Hell Square. There was apparently no enforcement […]

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Ed Higgins, ‘Wingnut’ Artist of the Rivington School, Dies at 72

Posted December 20, 2021 at 5:02 am

Ed Higgins III, a seminal Lower East Side artist known as a pillar of the Rivington School movement in the 1980s, and for his unique “mail art,” died earlier this month. He was 72. Friends allegedly found Higgins in his Ludlow Street apartment last week after not hearing from him for several days. We’re told […]

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Lance De Los Reyes, Graffiti Artist ‘RAMBO’ Who Bombed with Shepard Fairey, Dies at 44

Posted November 10, 2021 at 5:05 am

The graffiti world is mourning the loss of its own this week, as news circulates about the death of RAMBO. The New York-based artist, born Lance De Los Reyes, passed away last weekend (November 6) at the age of 44. Cause and time of death remains unknown. Reyes hailed from Texas and attended the San […]

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Lower East Side Residents Sue the City to Stop Outdoor Dining Sheds

Posted October 25, 2021 at 5:00 am

A group of New York City residents filed a lawsuit last week attempting to block the Open Restaurants program, initiated during the pandemic, from becoming permanent. The 22 claimants cite quality-of-life concerns with the clogged streetscapes, and allegations that the Department of Transportation – the agency responsible for the street shanties – mishandled its review […]

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Metrograph Emerges from Pandemic Sidelines Tomorrow

Posted September 30, 2021 at 5:02 am

Movie theaters around the city have been up and running for months. Now, it’s time to usher in the return of the Metrograph on the Lower East Side. The Ludlow Street film house announced its reopening back in June, and will see curtains lifted tomorrow. With Metrograph 2.0, cinema buffs have the option to join […]

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The ‘Ludlow Flea’ Takes up Banksy’s Former LES Lot

Posted September 29, 2021 at 5:09 am

Exit through the gift shop takes on greater meaning down on Ludlow Street. Indeed, the appearance of food trucks in the vacant lot made famous by Banksy (eight years ago) was a harbinger of what followed. Namely, the Ludlow Flea. Ludlow Flea is a grassroots outdoor market that appeared at 159 Ludlow in late August. […]

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