Suffolk Street

At Nearly 30 Stories, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Tower Reaches the Top

Posted February 10, 2022 at 5:03 am

The latest tower to alter the Lower East Side skyline is close to the top. Contributing to a canyon of development within Essex Crossing. The formerly landmarked Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is now a footnote in the proverbial history books as this gargantuan two-headed structure takes its place. Most visible is 55 Suffolk Street, the thirty-story […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Development Hits 20 Stories on Broome Street

Last modified February 8, 2022 at 11:20 pm

Between Essex Crossing and the development rising atop the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the blocks of Broome Street between Ludlow and Clinton are essentially a canyon of glass. And the former is not finished rising. The synagogue replacing structure – a two towered beast years in the making – is slated to ascend roughly thirty […]

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Lower East Side Book Crawl Turns a Page Halloween Weekend

Posted October 29, 2021 at 5:04 am

This is not a trick, but certainly a treat for book lovers in the neighborhood. Bluestockings recently announced the first ever Lower East Side Book Crawl, set to debut this weekend. Participating indie shops include Book Club Bar, Sweet Pickle Books, McNally Jackson, Housing Works, and of course, Bluestockings. There will be free treats, exclusive […]

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Master of Puppets Pulling the Strings at The Clemente

Posted September 21, 2021 at 5:05 am

Many of us grew up in Mr. Rogers’ Land of Make Believe, down at Fraggle Rock, and in the stage office of Kermit the Frog. From the comfort of our living rooms, we became privy to colorful, captivating worlds. Worlds that fashioned imaginative eagerness to see the inside of Oscar the Grouch’s trashcan, or the […]

Puppets Take Manhattan this Week

Posted August 9, 2021 at 5:10 am

The puppet masters are coming! This week marks the second International Puppet Fringe NYC Festival. The imaginative event features a combination of in-person and virtual performances, workshops, exhibits, and symposia by emerging and veteran puppeteers and troupes from around the world. It’ll take place at La Plaza inside the Clemente Soto Velez Center on Suffolk […]

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Wraps its Summer Season

Posted July 29, 2021 at 5:09 am

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is wrapping up its latest affair with a lesser known production from the Bard’s canon. Continuing the Lower East Side tradition, the Drilling Company is back at the Clemente for three final performances this week – to perform Two Noble Kinsmen. For this iteration, director Hamilton Clancy has taken the […]

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Returns from COVID-19 Sidelines

Posted April 20, 2021 at 5:02 am

All the world’s a stage… To honor what would be the Bard’s 457th birthday, the ever-so-popular Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is back for a two night affair. Being the first performance from the troupe since the pandemic sidelined it in 2020, the event promises evenings filled with scenes, songs, sonnets, and soliloquies from the […]

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The Clemente Center Hosts Blood Drive Today

Posted March 16, 2021 at 5:08 am

The Lower East Side is in need of some blood. Today, the Clemente Soto Velez Center hopes to help with that, by hosting its third community blood drive. Currently there are only 27 donors signed up for today’s drive, compared to 140 donors back in June. Thus, they are encouraging all New Yorkers who are […]

Bluestockings Bookstore Leans on Supporters to Survive Pandemic Winter and Open on Suffolk Street

Posted January 13, 2021 at 5:13 am

Bluestockings Bookstore announced last week that its three-months-running crowdfunding campaign was a success, allowing the Lower East Side literary stalwart to realize its relocation. Over the summer, the first such fundraiser helped the so-called feminist bookstore foot the bill for the lease on 116 Suffolk Street after a pandemic rent hike at the original spot. […]

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Development Site Gets Going with $162M Loan

Posted December 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

The controversial, two-towered development slated to top the hallowed grounds of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is set to proceed, thanks to a multimillion-dollar construction loan. The Gotham Organization and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group joint venture behind the project just nabbed $162.4 million in debt from Wells Fargo and US Bank to move forward. Together with […]

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