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07.09.15 Liam Mathews

Lit Lounge is closing up shop on 2nd Avenue in the East Village and moving to more hospitable digs in Bushwick “sometime in the next two months,” owner Erik Foss told nightlife writer Steve Lewis. A “for rent” banner went up over the bar last month, and Foss confirmed that it’s due to “the new […]

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07.08.15 Liam Mathews

On the evening of July 7, a simulated explosion rocked Avenue B between 6th and 7th Streets during filming for the Netflix series Jessica Jones, which is based on a Marvel comic. This is fine. Filming stuff on location in New York City earns tax revenue and lends credibility to productions and gives any ordinary […]

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05.26.15 Liam Mathews

Paper magnate, art collector and magazine publisher Peter Brant owns a landmarked building on East 6th Street in the East Village. He paid $27 million for it last year, and says he plans to use it as a gallery for his art collection. But his neighbors worry that a planned rooftop terrace, for which construction […]

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05.12.15 Prachi Gupta

There are few places in New York where you can you get as satisfying and delicious heaping of daal chawal than at the Punjabi Deli, and that’s not even considering the cost — under $5. But for the past 5 years, the Indian food joint has been hurting; owner Kulwinder Singh says that the food […]

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04.03.15 Liam Mathews

Pommes Frites was a beloved East Village institution located at 123 2nd Ave before its building was destroyed in last week’s gas explosion, but it could return again: the french fry shop’s owners posted a note on their website and Facebook page asking for donations to help them rebuild, Eater first reported. The note reads: […]

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04.02.15 Bucky Turco

According to Buzzfeed, the East Village explosion was a terrible tragedy that could have been prevented if it were not for the gas leak old bricks. Reporter Nicolás Medina Mora argues that the “destruction…highlighted the lingering pitfalls of an aging stock of buildings that is ill-equipped to withstand any sort of significant trauma.” Considering the […]

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03.26.15 Bucky Turco

Over 250 firefighters and 130 police officers swarmed 2nd Avenue and 7th street on Thursday afternoon after an explosion collapsed two buildings and ignited a seven-alarm fire in the East Village. At least a dozen people were injured. According to the FDNY, the explosion leveled 123 Second Avenue and partially collapsed 121 Second Avenue; a […]

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03.16.15 Bucky Turco

When New York City’s underground art scene was thriving in the 1980s, Madonna, only 19 years old, was part of it and she dated several graffiti writers. In addition to being romantically linked to FUTURA, LA2, ZEPHYR, and maybe COST, the singer also dated Jean-Michel Basquiat. Apparently things didn’t go too well, in part because […]

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02.09.15 Prachi Gupta

A chocolate shop in the East Village that sells exquisite foil-wrapped chocolate statues of religious figures has sparked controversy among Hindus, Buddhists and Catholics reports the New York Times. The figurines include Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and the Virgin of Guadalupe. Notably, the collection does not include the Prophet Mohammad. Bond Street Chocolate storeowner Lynda […]

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12.10.14 Prachi Gupta

For one group of New York students, a peaceful show of solidarity with Eric Garner turned into an important act of civil disobedience after the Department of Education banned a march planned on Tuesday. DNAinfo reports that students and faculty at the East Side Community High School had organized a march during school hours, to […]

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