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Mayor and officials give update on 2nd Ave. disaster

Mayor and officials give update on 2nd Ave. disaster

BY TEQUILA MINSKY AND LINCOLN ANDERSON | At a press conference near the scene of Thursday afternoon’s calamity on E. Seventh St., Mayor Bill de Blasio and officials provided more details about the disaster. De Blasio was joined by Fire Department and Con Ed officials, who also gave remarks. They said that a total of four […]

Pols, officials urge a surge of local input on ‘Big U’ design

Pols, officials urge a surge of local input on ‘Big U’ design

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  The federal government has allocated $335 million to protect the Lower East Side against future storm surges. Now officials and local activists want community members to get involved in helping figure out exactly how to spend those anti-deluge dollars. Two workshops will be held to gather input. The first will be […]

Tenants get info on Campos, E. 4th renovations

Tenants get info on Campos, E. 4th renovations

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  About 50 local residents came to a Community Board 3 meeting on March 9 to hear more details about a deal that recently made Campos Plaza 1 and the E. Fourth St. Rehab developments half privately owned. A partnership between the New York City Housing Authority and two developers, L&M Development […]

City nixes Chinatown / L.E.S. special district

City nixes Chinatown / L.E.S. special district

BY GERARD FLYNN  |  It’s been more than six years since the push began for a “special district” for the Lower East Side and Chinatown. The idea drew together community groups, residents and urban planners from around the city, scrambling to save a community facing hyper real-estate development — and growing tenant harassment. The Chinatown […]

Asians feel eclipsed after mayor snubs Lunar holiday but taps two Muslim ones

Asians feel eclipsed after mayor snubs Lunar holiday but taps two Muslim ones

By DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Elected officials and community groups rallied in front of City Hall last Friday afternoon to push Mayor Bill de Blasio to fulfill his campaign pledge that the Lunar New Year would be a school holiday. The rally came on the heels of de Blasio announcing last week that two Muslim […]

Four years in making, Tompkins trees map leaves no leaf unturned

Four years in making, Tompkins trees map leaves no leaf unturned

BY MICHAEL LYDON  |  Now that’s my favorite tree in the park,” said Michael Natale one bitter cold February afternoon, pointing to a much-trimmed veteran standing tall at the southeast corner of Tompkins Square Park. “A black locust and one of Tompkins’s oldest trees.” A squirrel stuck an inquisitive nose out of a deep fold […]

Cause of Con Ed plant boom: Breaker broke due to icy rain

Cause of Con Ed plant boom:  Breaker broke due to icy rain

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  |  East Village residents reported hearing a loud bang from the E. 14th St. Con Ed plant on Saturday evening, seeing a flash of light in the sky and then experiencing a brief moment when electrical power dimmed. The power plant is famous for its mysterious, booming nocturnal noises. During Superstorm Sandy, […]

Rent Is Too Damn High guy facing eviction

Rent Is Too Damn High guy facing eviction

BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |   East Village resident Jimmy McMillan had two days left, and one final legal tactic to deploy before a scheduled eviction from his St. Mark’s Place apartment on Feb. 5. The 68-year-old combat veteran best known as the founder of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party — on whose line he […]

‘Displaced’ artist Zito returns for retrospective

‘Displaced’ artist Zito returns for retrospective

Anthony Zito’s recent show, “Displacement: Anthony Zito Then and Now,” at the Mark Miller Gallery, at 92 Orchard St., brought together 20 years of the longtime Lower East Side artist’s work, which was exhibited on two floors. Zito has painted the portraits of countless East Villagers and Lower East Siders, always using found objects from […]

Another pasticceria bites the dust as De Robertis Caffé closes on First Ave.

Another pasticceria bites the dust as De Robertis Caffé closes on First Ave.

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  It was the last day of De Robertis Pasticceria & Caffé, and the black-and-white photos that tracked the family were off the white- tiled walls. They lay in the empty baked goods display counter alongside cafe items — espresso spoons and tin plates for sale. The legendary half dollar cemented into the […]