Hester Street Fair Tries to Stay Alive as Supporters Rally to the Cause

Last modified October 28, 2021 at 5:45 pm

The grassroots campaign to support the continuation of Hester Street Fair is gaining momentum. As reported, the weekly flea market alleged they were booted from the eleven-year perch by their landlord, the Seward Park Co-op. The sudden decision – Hester Street Fair was to reopen on April 10 – dumbfounded both vendors and the ownership. “We […]

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As Winter Arrives, NYC Restaurants Demand Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions

Posted December 17, 2020 at 5:03 am

With the restaurant business battered by stifling COVID-19 restrictions, hundreds of establishments are demanding changes. The push is spearheaded by Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants, a coalition that witnessed a twofold increase in membership since the pandemic began. It’s helmed by Andy McDowell of Williamsburg dive Pete’s Candy Store, and recently circulated a petition to […]

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Online Petition Protests ‘Outrageous’ 67% Rate Hike at Essex Street Municipal Garage

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

First they came for street parking; now its the garages. Essex Crossing gobbled up roughly 500 parking spaces around the neighborhood, and many locals allege the fly-by-night rate hike at the Essex Street Municipal garage further prices out area longtimers. As previously reported, the city quietly raised all rates the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. […]

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M14 Bus Route Change Meets Resistance on the Lower East Side

Posted April 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

Come June, the bus landscape on the Lower East Side will totally change. This is when Department of Transportation and the MTA implement a drastic change to the M14 bus route, which could have significant repercussions. The proposal is christening a Select Bus Service plan for the M14A and M14D to speed up service along […]

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Take it to the Bridge: Overwhelming Support for Sonny Rollins on the LES

Posted December 21, 2017 at 5:11 am

In retrospect, it was apparently a race to name Lower East Side infrastructure after Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. While Essex Crossing just anointed one of its luxury rental buildings in the name of Rollins (Site 5), the earlier effort at another area renaming remains underway. You remember – that months-old grassroots campaign to likewise rechristen […]

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There is a Petition to Close Clinton Street Approach to the Williamsburg Bridge

Last modified May 10, 2018 at 10:05 pm

When the decision was made by Department of Transportation to open a new entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge via Clinton Street a few years ago – it was in response to the tragic death of Dashane Santana on Delancey in 2012 – bottlenecks began instantly, and backed up to the FDR. It created a situation […]

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‘Public Hotel’ Blinks, Turns out the Lights on its Sky-High Billboard

Posted April 17, 2017 at 5:12 am

Fierce local opposition seems to have extinguished the branded lights at the new Public Hotel on Chrystie Street. Ian Schrager’s eyesore of a lodge boasted Lite-Brite style lettering (spelling “Public”) in the upper windows of its 28-story tower for the last couple months. It was an illuminated announcement – 24/7 – that irked some denizens […]

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Neighbors Petition to Fight the ‘Public Hotel’ Spelling Lights

Posted April 3, 2017 at 5:16 am

Public Hotel remains in the spotlight with its window-lit spelling scheme. The uppermost floors of both the northern and southern exposures of Ian Schrager’s new 28-story condo-hotel act as advertisement for the brand. In fact, the illuminated billboard (nay, Lite-Brite) shines 24/7. Since the switch flipped, however, we’ve fielded a growing number of emails from neighbors who […]

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Last modified November 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

**UPDATED** The Marathon has been cancelled. No rescheduled date yet. Let’s rebuild this city! Please, everyone, I implore you to sign this petition. This movement is to MOVE THE MARATHON! Marathon runners: When you start at the Verrazano Bridge, half of you should turn around and run toward Hylan Blvd and go to Father Cappadanno or straight to Tottenville […]

The “Trees for Orchard Street” Campaign

Posted August 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

Orchard Street is seemingly having some trouble living up to its name. Not a grove does this historic roadway boast.

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