Russ & Daughters to Reopen its Orchard Street Cafe After 2 Years of Pandemic Sidelining

Posted May 10, 2022 at 5:02 am

Closed since the outset of the pandemic more than two years ago, Russ & Daughters is finally reopening its branded cafe on Orchard Street. The century-old Lower East Side business announced its return on Instagram yesterday. Saying that it’ll happen sometime “in the coming weeks.” “Take this as an appetizing tease,” the store said in […]

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Covid Vaccination Hub at Essex Crossing Closes on Sunday

Posted February 18, 2022 at 5:07 am

The mass community vaccination site at Essex Crossing is winding down operations this weekend. Sunday is the last day of operation for the Covid-19 vaccine center at 244 Broome Street. Those folks needing the jab can do so between 10:00am and 6:00pm. The Lower East Side hub began inoculating the community exactly a year ago, […]

Free Covid Home Test Kits Distributed at Seward Park Library

Posted February 14, 2022 at 5:20 am

Cultural institutions throughout the Five Boroughs are distributing home test kits for Covid-19 this week. Here on the Lower East Side, residents can visit the Seward Park Library on East Broadway to pick up a box. The program was announced over the weekend. Hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 4:00pm. We are told that […]

Judge Denies City’s Attempt to Toss Street Shed Lawsuit

Posted February 9, 2022 at 5:02 am

The community-led lawsuit to block the Open Restaurant program – and its street sheds – from becoming permanent can proceed, a judge determined yesterday. Indeed, Judge Frank Nervo of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, tossed the motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Stating that the city’s argument was “inappropriate,” refusing to dismiss […]

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Firefighters Union President Warns of Dining Shed Dangers

Posted February 8, 2022 at 5:08 am

Ahead of a controversial City Council hearing later this morning, the President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York joined the chorus of opposition to the Open Restaurants street sheds, stating that “Lives Are in Danger.” Media advisory from the mailbag: The haphazard way the structures went up, with no attention to the […]

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Potential for Permanent Crisis as Protests Continue over Open Restaurants

Last modified February 7, 2022 at 9:52 am

Despite the bitter cold this past Saturday, the “Chuck The Sheds” protest had a larger than expected turnout. Not to mention, their effort is gaining traction with some elected officials and local media. Almost a hundred protesters waving signs and chanting “chuck the sheds,” marched from Father Demo Square in the Village to Washington Square […]

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LES School Launches New COVID Testing Site

Posted December 27, 2021 at 5:00 am

As the Omicron variant continues its conquest of the populace, coronavirus testing sites across the Five Boroughs are slammed with long lines and wait times. So it comes as a relief that, beginning today, Lower East Siders will have one additional option on which to rely. The Marte Valle Secondary School at 145 Stanton Street […]

Arlene’s Grocery Closes for a Week Amid Covid Surge

Posted December 20, 2021 at 5:04 am

Local music venue Arlene’s Grocery announced its temporary closure over the weekend, citing the recent “extreme Covid surge” in the city. Performance spaces around the city are following suit, while others, like the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, are keeping shoes alive albeit with mask mandates. Reported cases of the novel coronavirus are spiking around […]

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Here are the Covid-19 Testing Sites Around the Lower East Side

Last modified December 21, 2021 at 7:28 am

We’ve seen this movie before. In a sick twist of deja-vu, lines are again snaking down sidewalks outside urgent care centers around the city. Just as it was over a year ago. Covid cases are spiking around the Five Boroughs to record levels since the 2020 outset – positive test results from Saturday showed 22,478, […]

Mask Mandate for Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom Amid Covid Surge

Posted December 17, 2021 at 5:15 am

With a major uptick in cases of COVID-19 around the city the last several days – attributed to the virulent Omicron variant – music venues are again bracing for impact. The Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge last night announced that masks are mandatory for all concert goers. The requirement extends to the “entirety of the […]

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