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07.19.13 Bucky Turco

According to Bowery Boogie, “a fairly large neighborhood brawl” erupted on the Lower East Side earlier this week “near the intersection of Rutgers and Madison Streets.” What’s particularly odd about the fight is the casual nature by which the crowd goes about giggling, shouting and then, exchanging blows with each other. There’s also quite a […]

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05.23.13 Andy Cush

Adidas’s Fanatic Premier soccer league pits a host of New York businesses against one other, once a week at Grand and Chrystie streets on the Lower East Side. Teams involved include the Ace Hotel, Miss Lily’s, the Chinatown Soccer Club,  and a bunch of others. Why do you care? Because Mother, our sugar momma, has a team, […]

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05.09.13 Bucky Turco

When office colleague Mike Aaron sauntered over to my desk this afternoon and said he had a photo of something “really, really gross” on his iPhone, I assumed it couldn’t be all that bad. After all, I’ve seen lots of nasty things during my 21-year tenure in New York City. Then he showed it to […]

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05.08.13 Andy Cush

Some residents of the Smith Houses on the Lower East Side are suing NYCHA for something even more potentially nefarious than its enthusiasm for canceling repair requests. The lawsuit alleges the housing authority is purposely witholding repair funds in an effort to get projects residents on board with a plan to lease land on the […]

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04.10.13 Kyle Petreycik

Superchief Gallery at Culturefix is currently featuring the work of three artists dealing with blackness in the appropriately titled exhibition “BLACK POWER” — an eclectic mix of illustration, graphic design and sculture. They also have guns. As I walked into the Lower East Side space, it seemed quite casual — people hanging out in the […]

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03.20.13 Andy Cush

“I had to syphon gas out of ur car @ 3AM,” reads the note above, found and photographed by Lower East Sider Topper Luciani. “Gas stations were closed. Sorry for the inconvenience. Here’s some cash… Thanks!!!” And beside the note was a fresh $10 bill. I’m not sure if this makes the “random stranger” who […]

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09.18.12 Andy Cush

As part of an initiative being billed as the “Bike Friendly Business District,” over 100 businesses in the East Village and Lower East Side will offer discounts to customers who arrive by bicycle. The program begins this Saturday, September 22, when a guided tour of all of the participating businesses–including Veselka, Addiction NYC, Arena Salon, […]

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09.12.12 Andy Cush

The minds behind the Lowline, a proposed underground park that would transform a long-abandoned trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street into a lush, green space complete with plant life and sunlight pumped in from above ground, have created a public exhibit in a Lower East Side warehouse that serves to illustrate how the park would look […]

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08.27.12 Joshua Rivera

Grade schoolers are battling it out like grown ups now. In an effort to get more kids interested in learning painting skills, nonprofit the Educational Alliance decided to take the central conceit behind Art Battles, which feature live competitions between two artists on stage, and have the Lower East Side children of the P.S. 142 […]

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08.20.12 Andy Cush

According to architect Eric Ho, there are nearly 200 vacant storefronts on the Lower East Side. He’s looking to put them to good use by creating a catalog of all of LES’s usable spaces and making them available for temporary rental, directly from their landlords. Renting daily, weekly, or monthly, customers could use the spaces […]

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