Alas, SantaCon Returns After Pandemic Hiatus

Posted November 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

The puke-fest that is SantaCon returns next month after skipping last year due to the pandemic. The organizers of the annual shit-show announced the revival earlier this week in typical drunk Santa fashion. This “nightmare before Christmas” is back on December 11. The infamous booze-filled pub crawl requires a $13 donation for the Santa Badge […]

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The LES and Chinatown Grapple with Nightlife Fallout Amidst Open Restaurants

Last modified November 4, 2021 at 7:13 pm

The following guest post was written by Candace Pedraza, a graduate student in the Newmark School of Journalism. The concept of Open Streets is a simple one: use of public space normally unavailable for restaurants and communities is allowed, ensuring socially distanced patronage of local businesses and the safe rekindling of neighborhood connections. The initiative […]

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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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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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Musicians are Touring, Despite the COVID Risks

Posted August 26, 2021 at 5:07 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. The numbers of touring musicians continues to increase, even while numerous larger-profile artists announced this month that they were cancelling at least some parts of their tours due to COVID-related […]

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Report: Community Boards Citywide Resisting Mandated Return to In-Person Meetings

Posted August 23, 2021 at 5:03 am

There is a mutiny of sorts forming among leaders of the city’s 59 community boards regarding a mandate that in-person meetings resume next month. Some chairs are even vocalizing plans to defy state law to keep sessions online and COVID-safe. After Governor Cuomo suspended in-person government meetings last year as part of his coronavirus state […]


This Sprawling Hester Street Dining Shed has HVAC Hookup

Posted August 16, 2021 at 5:03 am

Pandemic-era dining sheds are veering from the initial purpose, now becoming fully-fledged outdoor dining rooms. Some more brazen than others, like the one at Izakaya on East Fourth Street which briefly flirted with a mezzanine level. Ambition is in the curbside air. Restaurants are now installing HVAC systems – mainly window units – in order […]

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Bands Are Canceling Downtown Shows at Breakneck Pace

Last modified August 12, 2021 at 6:57 am

What follows is a dispatch from the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific Editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. There are rising concerns in some corners of the music community about a full return to live shows. A few examples affecting downtown venues… Limp Bizkit was supposed to headline […]

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CB2 Cancels Week of In-Person Meetings After Fully Vaccinated Members Test Positive for COVID-19

Posted August 4, 2021 at 5:09 am

Community Board 2 canceled all in-person meetings this week due to concerns about the spread of the so-called Delta variant of coronavirus. CB2 announced the news in an email blast, and revealed that two of its fully vaccinated board members who attended the full board meeting on July 26 tested positive for COVID-19. “To ensure […]