Rivington Street

Under Community Pressure, City Moves to Renovate Rivington Playground

Posted December 1, 2021 at 5:02 am

As Sara D. Roosevelt Park continues its steady descent, area stakeholders are pushing to rehabilitate a key playground in the northern section of the park to stave off the danger element. The Rivington Street Playground, situated across from the M’finda Kalunga Garden, is next on the docket for a refresh, much in the same way […]

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Marte Victory Speech Pledges Two Years to Make the Impossible Possible as Councilman

Last modified November 3, 2021 at 8:32 am

Born and raised on Rivington Street by Dominican parents, Chistopher Marte, the young upstart who set out to unseat two-term City Councilmember Margarent Chin, now finds his campaign victorious. After that narrow loss to outgoing three-term Councilmember Margaret Chin by just 221 votes back in 2016, Marte’s second and victorious attempt at City Council for […]

New York Rangers Pop-up Honors Hockey Great Rod Gilbert with LES Pop-Up

Posted October 13, 2021 at 5:06 am

The New York Rangers are headed to the Lower East Side to honor one of its legendary fallen players, Rod Gilbert. With support from the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Blueshirts are hosting a pop-up tribute to the forward at 2 Rivington Street. “As we drop everything for Hockey Week, we also want to lift […]

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ABC No Rio to Break Ground on Passive House Next Spring

Posted October 12, 2021 at 5:01 am

More than four years after punk icon ABC No Rio fell, there is finally a meaningful update about its future redevelopment. Conceived in 1980 in a squat at 156 Rivington Street, ABC No Rio, an acronym of “Abogado Con Notario,” became a hub at the intersection of art and music. However, time was not kind […]

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Hotel on Rivington Returns from Pandemic Hiatus [Updated]

Last modified October 6, 2021 at 10:34 am

The Hotel on Rivington is back on the Hell Square scene. Its return from the pandemic sidelines after more than a year is followed closely by rumors that the original owner-developers – Paul and Rena Stallings – sold the property to a known hotelier. Indeed, word circulating the block is that Charles Aini and his […]

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Economy Candy Rebounds with New Store Layout

Posted September 14, 2021 at 5:03 am

Economy Candy officially returned from the pandemic sidelines with a block party and fresh store layout. The celebration involved the Big Gay Ice Cream truck outside 108 Rivington Street, and Gotham chocolates parked inside doling free samples. In the remodel, the store did not lose any of its old-school-warehouse-meets-Willy-Wonka charm. And it’s now substantially easier […]

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Economy Candy Returns with Labor Day Weekend Bonanza

Posted September 3, 2021 at 5:07 am

It’s back! After staying afloat during the pandemic, this weekend marks the grand reopening of Economy Candy. To celebrate, owners Skye and Michell Cohen planned special events throughout the Labor Day weekend for candy lovers. Each day will feature different free chocolate samples (FINE & RAW from Brooklyn, Gotham Chocolates, Goodio from Finland and Tony’s […]

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This Twitter Bot Maps Current NYC Locations of Long Gone Synagogues

Posted August 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

While the Lower East Side could be considered the geographic soul of American Judaism, there isn’t much to show for it these days. Nevertheless, much of those roots remain rather visible. Indeed, walking the neighborhood streets, it’s commonplace to see old synagogues repurposed in different ways. From multimillion-dollar condo conversions to upscale event halls. To […]

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Picking up ‘Langos’ on Rivington Street

Posted July 19, 2021 at 5:03 am

The owner of Ginger and Lemongrass expanded with a new restaurant. Its second on Rivington Street and a complete departure. Last month, Petra Rickman debuted Langos at 137 Rivington. Inside the sub-grade space that last housed Otaku Katsu, which was a victim of the pandemic. Langos is a cafe inspired by Central European (Czech Republic, […]

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Counted: Marte Claims Victory for District 1 Council Seat

Posted June 29, 2021 at 5:02 am

As expected, Christopher Marte is the next Councilman for District 1, replacing the outgoing incumbent (term-limited) Margaret Chin. Even though results won’t officially be certified until next week, team Marte is confident in victory. Including ballots cast during Early Voting and Election Day, the upstart politician, a Lower East Side native, received 7,556 (40.14%) votes. […]