Norfolk Street

Swapping Heroin Needles for Flowers on Norfolk Street

Posted April 25, 2022 at 5:04 am

Cleaned out the used heroin needles and other detritus. Norfolk Street residents Carl, Brian, and Jesse (surnames withheld for privacy) cleaned out a wooden trough situated on the sidewalk near the rear lot of the Clemente Soto Velez facility. Used heroin needles and other detritus were removed and trashed, and fresh soil poured instead. The […]

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Lower East Side Lenin Gets Sunflowers in Support of Ukraine

Posted April 13, 2022 at 5:01 am

The Lenin statue atop a Lower East Side tenement continues to support Ukraine. With arm outstretched, the 13-foot bronze relief now holds a bouquet of sunflowers, presumably another message of support for Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion. It’s not the first time in recent weeks that Vladimir Lenin held flowers, either. That’s […]

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Infamous LES Lenin Statue Covered in Ukrainian Colors

Posted March 7, 2022 at 5:05 am

A local symbol of Red Square, now bathed in yellow and blue. The Ukrainian flag. Seeing the statue of Vladimir Lenin, long a skyline feature along East Houston Street, donning the colors is no doubt a statement of solidarity with the Ukrainians. For the last several days, two-toned spotlights have projected the flag onto the […]

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30-Story Tower at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site Takes its Spot in LES Skyline

Posted November 23, 2021 at 5:01 am

It’s not enough to have Essex Crossing dominate the Lower East Side skyline around Delancey Street. Now, another. The hulking tower rising from the literal ashes of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is already halfway to the top, currently sitting at a healthy fifteen stories. This much after the better part of a year under construction. As […]

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Senior Tenant Locked out by AAFE Demands to Go Home [Updated]

Last modified August 24, 2021 at 4:27 pm

A longtime resident of 141 Norfolk Street is going public against her landlord for literally changing the locks. Lichang Wang, a senior citizen, is demanding access to her apartment of ten years from said landlord, the Lower East Side nonprofit Asian Americans for Equality. Wang and advocates will rally in front of 111 Divison Street […]

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Excavation Underway for 30-Story Tower at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site

Last modified April 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

On the backside of Essex Crossing, another gargantuan development is full steam ahead. Poised to cast more shadows. The excavators have been moving earth at the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site on Norfolk Street for over a month. Readying the parcel for the foundation to support a towering development (aka GoBroome) that will ascend thirty […]

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Construction Begins on 30-Story Development at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site

Posted January 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

To stand in the intersection of Broome and Suffolk Streets is a lesson in claustrophobia. A canyon of ten-foot plywood dwarfing those who pass. All thanks to dueling developments – ongoing Essex Crossing, plus a newcomer across the way. That’s right, the gargantuan development replacing the burned-down Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – dubbed GoBroome – is […]

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Thieves Steal Outdoor Heater and Assault Worker Outside La Contenta on Norfolk Street

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:03 am

Outdoor dining structure have become easy pickings for area criminals. Two thieves filched the heater from the corral outside La Contenta on Norfolk Street last Monday (December 29), the restaurant manager tells us. We’re told that the pair staked out the scene at around 8:30am, then returned an hour later for the goods. However, the […]

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The Market Line Joins the Sidewalk Dining Trend with New ‘Patio’

Last modified August 21, 2020 at 9:17 am

The Market Line is joining the outdoor commerce movement during these pandemic times. Now returned from its months-long COVID-19 sidelining, the Lower East Side food court has gone upstairs. With a wraparound dining patio on Norfolk Street. Participating vendors teamed up to contribute signature items to a single, joint Market Line menu only available outdoors. […]

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LPC Rescinds Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Landmarking, Paving Way for Towering Development

Posted July 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

On Mother’s Day in 2017, a teenaged arsonist torched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Three years later, the smoldering Norfolk Street site is no longer a city landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission last week voted to rescind the special designation that protected the synagogue for five decades. It was purportedly done so without much discussion from the […]

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