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The Crime Zone that is Hell Square [OP-ED]

Last modified April 19, 2022 at 6:41 am

The following editorial was written by Diem Boyd, founder of the LES Dwellers block association. Hell Square pre-pandemic was unlivable, but now, “post-Covid,” it’s untenable and downright dangerous. The decline of quality-of-life and related public safety issues on the Lower East from saturation of the nightlife-driven economy is widely known. In this pandemic setting, it’s […]

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Bar Veloce Looks to the Bowery for Latest Location

Posted March 30, 2022 at 5:01 am

Bar Veloce, the decades-old establishment, is set to expand its roster yet again. This time to the beloved Bowery. Owner-operator Frederick Twomey is angling to occupy 245 Bowery for this latest Veloce, the corner spot that, until 2020, housed Cata. (Sally Can Wait didn’t pan out.) “As huge fans of the area with its rich […]

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Cabin NYC Owner Eyes Flashpoint Sixth Ward Space in Hell Square

Posted February 3, 2022 at 5:02 am

Three years since opening Cabin NYC on East 4th Street, ownership is headed to Hell Square. To a dormant storefront rife with conteoversy. Proprietor Dresden Baluyot is looking to impart a new watering hole called Clock Out at 191 Orchard Street. Like its predecessor, the Sixth Ward, the 60-seat newcomer is nightlife focused and will […]

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Milk Burger Readies Second Location on LES

Posted January 31, 2022 at 5:01 am

The halo of restaurant row on Clinton Street is expanding outward. Around the corner onto East Houston with a burger joint from the Bronx. Milk Burger, which debuted in Spanish Harlem over ten years ago and later relocated to the Bronx, is currently poised to open a sister location a few steps eastward from 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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The Menace of Summertime Saturday Night on Ludlow Street

Last modified June 21, 2021 at 8:06 am

With comfort levels of close-quarters partying seemingly back to pre-pandemic norms, Hell Square has rebounded in kind. Neighbors report that any quality-of-life progress gained in this sixteen square-block sector over the last few years completely evaporated. The hordes of hellraisers were out in full force again this past Saturday night. One week after a roving […]

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Peppa’s Jerk Chicken Scouts Stanton Street for Expansion

Posted October 30, 2020 at 5:04 am

A popular jerk chicken spot in Brooklyn is headed to Hell Square on the Lower East Side. Crown Heights counter-service spot, Peppa’s Jerk Chicken, is currently eyeing 90-96 Stanton Street. The multi-storefront space previously hosted the short-lived Falafix. News of their likely arrival is confirmed by liquor license application materials submitted to Community Board 3 […]

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SLA Reinstates SET LES Liquor License

Posted October 13, 2020 at 5:04 am

Two months after the state came down hard on SET LES for coronavirus related violations, the Hell Square haunt is back on the scene. The State Liquor Authority last week reinstated the liquor license at 127 Ludlow Street on an appeal from ownership. We’re told that the business settled on a fine of $30,000, allowing […]

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It Appears Max Fish is Selling Rebooted Orchard Street Bar

Posted September 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

For the second time in years, obituaries are to be written for a Lower East Side classic. Max Fish, which defied the odds to reopen in a new location, might close down all over again. The first evidence of what’s to transpire here on Orchard Street is an application for a new liquor license at […]

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