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LES Longtimer Trigger Readies ‘Lucky Star’ Ice Cream Cafe on Division Street

Posted August 16, 2021 at 5:00 am

Trigger is pivoting from shots to cones. Indeed, the longtime Lower East Sider – who formerly owned and operated The Continental for more than fifteen years – is now trying his hand at ice cream. Three locations out of the gate, in fact. Back in June, Trigger launched Lucky Star near the corner of Clinton […]

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A Night in the Life of a Sidewalk Nightclub in Hell Square

Posted August 6, 2021 at 5:00 am

A neighbor living on Ludlow Street sent along the following dispatch of a late-night encounter during routine weekend partying in Hell Square. One thing seems clear, the situation in this “ground zero” is worse now than pre-pandemic times. At approximately 12:15am Sunday (August 1), our 4th-floor apartment was suddenly overwhelmed by the sound of thumping […]

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‘Ixta’ Eyes Former DBGB Space on the Bowery

Posted August 3, 2021 at 5:01 am

The years-vacant storefront at the glassy 299 Bowery, formerly home to DBGB, has a new suitor. Liquor license application materials reveal that restaurateur Akbarali Himani looks to revive the Ixta namesake for a new, full service restaurant serving “Authentic Mexican [cuisine] and specialty drinks.” (Ixta was a similar midtown restaurant in the early aughts.) The […]

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Neighbors Band Together in Opposition to ‘Junkyard’ Dining Sheds

Posted July 12, 2021 at 5:00 am

Last week, Governor Cuomo signed legislation extending the state’s outdoor dining program for another year. The announcement comes as the city simultaneously works to make the dining shed a permanent reality via the Open Restaurants initiative started during the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, the Department of City Planning and Department of Transportation proposed a text amendment […]

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‘Camilla’ to Bring Small Plates and Cocktails to Grand Street Cellar

Posted July 9, 2021 at 5:05 am

Mixologist Albert Trummer, the man once behind Apotheke on Doyers (and responsible for setting the bar-top alight), is no longer imparting a Grand Street cocktail den. He was to have opened something called La Bas, and even scored a liquor license. The pandemic proved a roadblock, and the establishment didn’t see the light. Now, another […]

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Sami & Susu Headed to Orchard Street for Standalone Restaurant

Last modified July 6, 2021 at 7:50 pm

Sami & Susu is finally breaking out with its first brick-and-mortar eatery, taking a former ice cream shop on upper Orchard Street. The Mediterranean concept – born in Brooklyn and farmed out to Ten Bells – is poised to transform the shuttered New Territories specialty ice cream joint into a standalone eatery. Sami and Susu, […]

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Report: Night Mayor Palitz Recommends 24-Hour Party Districts

Posted July 6, 2021 at 5:02 am

The Office of Nightlife and its so-called “Night Mayor,” Ariel Palitz, recommend the creation of 24-hour entertainment districts where booze flows all hours of the day. All in an attempt to woo post-pandemic tourists from competing cities that already do the same. “Everything is on the table right now,” Palitz told the New York Post […]

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Mr. Fong’s Principal Looking to East Broadway for Newest Hangout

Last modified July 1, 2021 at 10:04 pm

The owner of popular party spot, Mr. Fong’s, is readying a new concept on the Lower East Side. City records show that Aisa Shelley, who also owns Oliver Coffee, plans to open an establishment geared toward “coastal Italian cuisine. He’s teaming up with Roman Grandinetti from Regina’s on Orchard. Space chosen is the former home […]

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Landlord Michael Shah Nabs Sago Hotel on Orchard Street for $8.5M

Posted June 30, 2021 at 5:01 am

Controversial landlord Michael Shah has a new Lower East Side property in his proverbial quiver. This time it’s a Hell Square hotel. Shah purchased the Sago Hotel at 120 Allen Street back in April for $8.5 million, city records show. With the acquisition, the owner-developer (DelShah Capital) now boasts two properties across from one another […]

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Nightlife Impresario Travis Bass Looks to Open Cafe at Former Petisco on East Broadway

Posted June 29, 2021 at 5:00 am

Travis Bass, nightlife impresario and party maker, is breaking out on his own. Planning a new establishment on the Lower East Side. Bass is eying the former Cafe Petisco (last known as Petisco Vegano) on East Broadway for something quite similar to the predecessor. An as-yet-unnamed concept that imbibes a “European healthy restaurant.” As such, […]

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