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The Post-Pandemic Rebound of Downtown Music Venues

Posted July 23, 2021 at 5:17 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. Many musicians are hearing applause again for the first time in sixteen months. Sometimes, the applause as they walk on stage is thunderous. Music fans are enthusiastically returning to live […]

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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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Local Concert Promoters and Venues Await Federal Assistance

Last modified July 7, 2021 at 7:22 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. Shortly after the pandemic closures began in March 2020, the National Independent Venue Operators Association (NIVA) formed and lobbied the federal government with the Save Our Stages Act to prevent […]

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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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Economy Candy Plans Late-July Store Reopening

Posted June 28, 2021 at 5:00 am

Don’t call it a comeback! Economy Candy is slowly resuming its normal treats slinging operation. We’re told that a soft reopen is tentatively slated for the end of July, with a grand reopening later on this summer. In the meantime, those with a sweet tooth can still place orders for curbside pickup or nationwide shipping, […]

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Pandemic Shift: The Lost Bleecker Bar

Posted June 25, 2021 at 5:04 am

On March 16, 2020, New York City bars were ordered shut by the governor. While some waited for reopening, many wondered if that would happen. In “Pandemic Shift,” co-creators Andrew Hunter and Aaron Fischer captured the moments and moods of service workers in front of their closed establishments. Rhea, bartender of the dearly departed Bleecker […]

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Fix the Hell Square Chaos: An Open Letter to CB3 and Elected Officials

Posted June 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

The following open letter was written by a concerned resident of Hell Square who wishes to remain anonymous. Dear Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer, Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Council member Margaret Chin, Council Member Carlina Rivera, Borough […]

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Pianos Returns to Ludlow Street in July

Posted June 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

When Pianos announced its indefinite closure at the outset of the pandemic last year, hysteria gripped the local newsscape. So much so, that the Lower East Side venue backtracked the initial messaging to state that reopening would happen when safe to do so. That time is apparently now. Being a bar and performance venue, Pianos […]

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Pandemic Shift: Tom and Jerry’s

Posted June 11, 2021 at 5:07 am

On March 16, 2020, New York City bars were ordered shut by the governor. While some waited for reopening, many wondered if that would happen. In “Pandemic Shift,” co-creators Andrew Hunter and Aaron Fischer captured the moments and moods of service workers in front of their closed establishments. Here is Kris, bartender at Tom & […]

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Chinatown’s ‘Dr. Clark’ Looks to Open Club Next Door on Bayard Street

Posted June 10, 2021 at 5:08 am

Dr. Clark opened last year days before the city went into lockdown. Tough timing aside, it’s now ready to expand with another liquor establishment just next door on Bayard Street. The upscale restaurant, which specializes in Hokkaido Japanese cuisine, officially launched in early March of 2020, just as cases of Covid-19 first surfaced in New […]

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