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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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04.16.15 Prachi Gupta

Chinatown’s beloved 169 Bar will stay open. The months-long ordeal between the City and the dive bar was settled in court Thursday morning, ANIMAL confirmed. “The case was resolved. We didn’t admit any guilt. We signed a settlement agreement with the city that didn’t involve shutting us down,” said Jesse Danoff, the lawyer representing 169 […]

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04.10.15 Reverend Jen

A chill ran up my spine, as I lay naked upon an inverted plank. Not because there was no heat in the Brooklyn loft, but because Mangina was approaching me with a bucket of hot wax. My legs were elevated and my clit had just been engorged thanks to Mangina’s fluffing. Yet, despite my hooded […]

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03.31.15 Liam Mathews

A customer at a Lower East Side McDonald’s shot footage of a one-sided shoving match between two men and shared it with PIX11 Monday afternoon. “Get outta here!” the big aggressive dude yells over and over again while shoving the victim, who falls to the ground three times. The victim, who appears intoxicated, allegedly threw […]

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03.27.15 Liam Mathews

On March 31, Powerhouse Books is releasing Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters, 1992-2000, a collection of photos by Ash Thayer, who lived in the squats and documented the beauty and squalor of the community. Thayer, a resident of See Skwat, Fifth Street Squat, and Serenity House, eulogizes and celebrates a bygone era of Manhattan […]

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03.13.15 Liam Mathews

With its matte black color, bars on the windows, and grim-ass dungeon chains, this spooky RV is perplexing residents of the Lower East Side’s Baruch Houses. The RV, which Bowery Boogie managed to snap a photo of before being caught and devoured by mutants, is often parked on Baruch Drive near the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s […]

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12.22.14 Prachi Gupta

Bloomberg TV has a tonally odd segment in which anchor Trish Regan takes pity on ex-American Apparel CEO and full-time creepster Dov Charney, who has revealed that he is down to his his last $100,000 and is in circumstances so dire that he is living on a friend’s couch in the LES. Charney used to […]

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12.04.14 Prachi Gupta

With its bright blue background and intricately patterned letters of the alphabet, the mural that stretches around the corner of Avenue C and Sixth Street in New York’s East Village is visually arresting. But the painting, which just began last week, has quickly become a symbol of controversy — one that illuminates the clash between […]

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11.18.14 Prachi Gupta

A new documentary-in-the-making seeks to recapture the spirit of the ’90s-era Lower East Side squatters and their fight with the NYPD under then-New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Anytime, Baby: The War for the Lower East Side, by Queens resident and filmmaker John Frisbie, revisits the sordid era of New […]

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10.28.14 Amy K. Nelson

After several high-profile traffic-related deaths in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new bill on Monday that lowered the city’s speed limit to 25 MPH. The bill is part of de Blasio’s “vision zero” plan, which aims to eradicate traffic deaths within the next decade. The mayor signed the bill on the Lower […]

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