Entries tagged with: Lower East Side

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Grabbing a falafel at Bereket after a show at Mercury Lounge, Pianos or another East Village or Lower East Side venue was a tradition cut short last year when the Turkish kebab house suddenly closed to make room for a bigger building at its Orchard and Houston location. I don't make it over that way as much as I used to, so it hasn't even fully sunk in that Bereket and the surrounding businesses are now completely gone and DEMOLISHED. Photographer Gabi Porter posted the above depressing photo to Instagram yesterday. We miss Bereket. Do you?

NYC POP artist Marco was the man resposible for painiting the funky octopus/ATM art above the door. He stopped by the shuttered business to make sure he had some video footage before it was gone. Watch his video and other older ones below....

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Chris Glover
Chris Glover @ Sin-e in 2005

NYC music venue Sin-e existed in three different places before shutting down for good. The most notable location is the original cafe/coffeehouse which was on St. Mark's in the East Village. That's where Jeff Buckley got his start. Buckley's first real release was his 1993 4-song EP entitled "Live at Sin-e" which was expanded into a live double album in 2003, which you can stream in full via RDIO below.

In 2000, slightly ahead of its time, Sin-e relocated to Williamsburg, but that location didn't last long. Back in 2007 the NY Times wrote about it:

"everybody kept telling me go to Williamsburg," in Brooklyn, [owner Shane Doyle] said. "I didn't even know where Williamsburg was." He found the neighborhood and built a 380-capacity club, a giant Sin-é, on an otherwise all-residential block of North Eighth Street near Bedford in 2000. But problems with the city and the community kept it from getting a liquor license and forced him to close after only a few months. [I saw two shows there: Alternative TV and Muckafurgason - Bill.] Mr. Doyle had sold Arlene's Grocery to finance the Brooklyn club; when it failed, he was uncharacteristically down. "I'm walking around, thinking to myself: What the hell am I going to do?" he said. "I have no profession. I have no skill."
Long story short, he went back to Manhattan and opened the next Sin-e at 150 Attorney (corner of Stanton) on the Lower East Side. According to the same NY Times article, Sin-e LES opened in 2001, Bowery Boogie says 2002, but a New York Magazine from 2003 says it opened that year ("the club is run with the discipline of Manhattan workhorses like the Mercury Lounge--there are four or five bands per night, and you can set your watch to the start times").

One thing we're sure about is that Sin-e closed April 2007. BrooklynVegan put together one of the final shows with Pela, Marissa Nadler, Tim Fite and more. Sharon Van Etten used to play there a lot. I saw Walter Schreifels there (and blogged about it). Frightened Rabbit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Test Icicles (Dev Hynes included), Ra Ra Riot, The Antlers, The Dresden Dolls (Amanda Palmer included), Man Man, Kayo Dot, Made out of Babies, Ferraby Lionheart, You Say Party We Say Die, Goes Cube, Annuals, Takka Takka, Dawn Landes, The Rakes, We Are Wolves, The Giraffes, Magic Numbers, The Dears, Doveman, Kimya Dawson, Ours, Dean & Britta, Dirty on Purpose, Elefant, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah all played there. Bill distinctly remembers seeing a great Richard Hawley show there. It's where we caught Chris Glover way before Penguin Prison was a thing. Seeing the Secret Machines there was one of my favorite concerts of 2004, the same year Robyn Hitchcock played a last minute gig there. Other Passengers played one of the final shows there. Their frontman Billy Jones also worked there as a booker before he booked Pianos which was before he became co-owner and music director of Baby's All Right.

ANYWAY, who even knew that over seven years later, the location of Sin-e on the Lower East Side was still sitting empty. Gothamist and Bowery Boogie knew, and now BB points out that "materials submitted to the Department of Buildings suggest that a six-story, mixed-use building is currently planned for the site. The finished product will boast a total of 6,959 square-feet of floor area, most of which is dedicated to five full-floor condos; the remaining 1,375 square-feet is earmarked for retail use (probably three stores).... demolition permits were approved by the DOB back in September. So it's only a matter of time." Rest in Peace again Sin-e!

Stream Jeff Buckley live at (the East Village) Sin-e below. A video of The Diggs playing the LES spot is down there too...

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Beastie BoysBeastie Boys

"At a meeting on Tuesday night, LeRoy McCarthy was told that he will have to get more signatures on his petition before a Manhattan community board will vote on his request to name a street after the New York hip-hop trio.

McCarthy wants to rename the corner of Ludlow and Rivington streets on the Lower East Side "Beastie Boys Square", 1010 WINS' Sonia Rincon reported.

The intersection of Ludlow and Rivington is featured on the cover of the group's second album "Paul's Boutique"." [CBS]

LeRoy plans to continue fighting (for his right to try and name a street). Sign the petition HERE.

Bowery Ballroom
Bowery Ballroom

A recent post on Gothamist points out that although LES venue Bowery Ballroom, which has only been around since 1997 was built in 1928 using remnants of an old theater, and back in the '30s the place was home to Tree Mark Shoe Store, as recently surfaced pictures illustrate. Via Bowery Boys:

Tree-Mark Shoe Stores, a family-owned establishment since 1919, was an affordable shoe outlet with three locations in New York by the late 1950s -- the original Delancey Street location, one off Herald Square and another on Kingsbridge Road n the Bronx.

"Comfort, rather than high style, is the goal," the New York Times mentioned in a fashion write-up of the shoe franchise. "However, it is possible to get a good-looking pump with a stacked heel for as little as $13.95." In a later article about the popularity of boots, Tree-Mark is mentioned as "specializ[ing] in boots for women with larger than average calves."

That's a shot of the building when it was a shoe store above, and you can check out another of the interior below...

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by Bill Pearis

Max Fish

When it opened in 1989, Max Fish was an outpost in a down-and-out neighborhood, but it became a relic in what one former customer called today's "fratified" Lower East Side.

Word of the probable move hit the blogs on Wednesday, though the current bar's death rattle began over two years ago, when the owner, Ulli Rimkus, announced it would close at the end of January 2011, the victim of soaring rent. Hand-wringing and eulogizing quickly ensued, but a last-minute reprieve arrived in the form of an extended lease.

This time, though, the end seems nigh, with Ms. Rimkus confirming in a text message: "We are trying to move to Williamsburg. Nothing certain, except that we have to move." She declined to answer more questions -- or her phone -- and later shooed a reporter out of her bar. - [NY Times]

We've known for a while that longrunning bar Max Fish's days on Ludlow St. have been numbered, but the end is in sight and looks like they'll be moving to Williamsburg. Here's text from their online liquor license petition (via Bowery Boogie):
'We'll Take the Spirit and Everything Else With Us' -Ulli
The Lower East Side institution and cultural icon Max Fish will be moving. We are seeking a 2pm - 4am liquor license for the following address:

132 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

If you've enjoyed time at The Fish please sign and share this petition. And if you live or know anyone that lives within 500 Feet of either 132 Metropolitan Ave or 99 North 1st St in Brooklyn, please contact me directly at: tmq777@gmail.com.

Thanks for your support.

I hope "everything else" includes that melty Julio Iglesias picture that used to fascinate me in the early '00s. The address puts the new location right beside Nitehawk Cinema, and with the country-themed Skinny Dennis on the corner of Berry it's becoming a hot block.

Motor City

Time Out commenter Jukebox Jodi writes:

Been bartending at Motor City since the doors opened almost 17 years ago! We play all kinds of Rock'n'Roll, R&B, Soul, Garage, from the 50's and 60's to Punk to Rock to now. We have set the standard for the best Music on the Lower East Side and everyone has tried to copy us,but we always manage to stay one step ahead of them! Wednesday Happy Hour and Friday Nights are my nights in which the above mentioned music is showcased! Weds. I do gourmet cocktails for 2 for 1 Happy Hour, and Friday Nights we have the amazing Go-Go Goddess, "Anna Copa Cabana" shaking her shimmy to the 60's grooves dance party! Stop by for some fun!
That comment, which sums up what it was like at the LES mainstay, was written in October. Now comes word that the around-18 year old bar is closing soon. According to a long-time DJ there, one of the owners sent out an email yesterday letting people know that the lease is up on February 28th, and that they'll be closed by June.

Head over to 127 Ludlow Street for one last drink while you have the chance, and leave your Motor City experiences here in the comments.

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Blackout in Lower Manhattan and East River Crossings in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette braved the East River crossings on Halloween to snap some pictures of an eerie Lower Manhattan in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's destruction.She says:

I biked to DUMBO in Brooklyn and shot the Manhattan Bridge and view of Lower Manhattan , next to Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Park on Halloween night, post Hurricane Sandy. The park was closed and dark and empty. Manhattan Bridge is half lit, and half dark straight, leading straight in to China Town blackness. Biking on the Manhattan Bridge in to Manhattan now feels like riding into an ominous, creepy black void. I just had my bike light stolen and did not think to bring a flash light. Couldn't have been darker in a city that is always glowing with light. People walked with flashlights just to see the sidewalk in front of them, an occasional blast of white light next to a generator lit up part of a street, enabling people to search for a corner receiving some sort of cell phone reception. Never saw an eerier, creepier, night in Manhattan.

Then Chinatown to Lower East Side, then entering and crossing Williamsburg Bridge. Its strange to head towards Brooklyn to see bright lights and city hustle, leaving behind a heavy dark and emptiness of Lower Manhattan

Her photos are in this post. More below...

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Cake Shop

We had heard that Cake Shop owner Andy Bodes was semi-privately looking for a bit of help, but now it seems things have come urgent. Someone just forwarded us this snippet of an email...

"calling all millionaires: cake shop needs a month-long returnable bridge loan, due to possibly bogus fines from last year, at their deadline this monday, or we face eviction. the amount we're looking for is 10k, to pay off these fines once and for all. we'd need it in the next 72 hours. & reminder this is a short term loan. full explanation provided, with intere$t and perks, if this appeals to you, and you'd like to help us out & continue & grow. thanks. xo."
Clouder headline the Manhattan venue tonight (4/27). Maybe Andy won't need a millionaire if 1000 people just show up and spend $10 each on some cake and beer (do it!).


"Rehab is shutting it's gates until it gets a new investor sorted. When & how it will reopen is anyones guess...there are many different scenarios, so for now thanks for the memories and if anything different arises we'll let you know. The DMZ show 3/21 has been moved to Southpaw."
It looks like the last show there was Saturday night (2/28). Antagonista and 18 Wheels Burning were on the bill and that was followed by a Midnight Junior Lion Record Release Reggae Party.

Rehab (25 Avenue B - Between 2nd and 3rd st) lasted less than a year. Before that it was Midway. Before that it was Scenic. Before that it was Guernica and Save The Robots (and did I miss one?).

In other news, Knitting Factory is temporarily re-opening its Tribeca location and Sound Fix closed its lounge.

MErcury Lounge

"There has been an exodus of live music from Downtown Manhattan recently, and the Lower East Side has been one of the hardest hit 'hoods--losing rock clubs such as Tonic, Luna Lounge and the somewhat short-lived Rothko over the past few years. Is the Mercury Lounge the next to go? The building that houses the famed venue has just hit the market through brokerage Massey Knakal with a price tag of $6.5 million. The five-story walk-up at Houston and Essex Streets--sandwiched between a nightclub and the towering new luxury rental building The Ludlow--has eight apartments (six of them currently rent-stabilized) and a billboard in addition to its commercial tenant. Don't panic: the listing indicates the club isn't going anywhere, and according to broker Philip Huang, the Merc's lease runs until 2018. Phew!

Can a new landlord boot the club come 2018? Well, according to the sales flyer on the listing, the Mercury Lounge has an option to renew for five years at fair market value. The club currently pays $20,000/month in rent, with a 3.5% annual increase. Noisy rock-'n'-rollers aside, the new owner's first mission might be to increase the revenue taken in from that east-facing billboard on the building's facade. According to the paperwork, the current deal (expires 12/31/2010) only nets the landlord $850 per month." [CURBED]

The Giraffes play Mercury Lounge tonight (2/6).

Saturday is The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (the latest recipients of Best New Music), Cause Co-Motion, The Depreciation Guild, and ZAZA (sold out).

Sunday is Lucero (sold out).

Santa's Party House

It was exactly a year ago today that Gothamist wrote....

Andrew W.K. has also been working on his venue at 100 Lafayette, which he's opening with Spencer Sweeney. In 2005 they had a petition going, but we think things are moving forward now. We went to the venue for an art party held by (friends of W.K.) Paper Magazine not too long ago, it was beautiful, spacious and had multi-levels.

When it opens it will certainly be more than just a venue. Seems he made a little announcement to CMJ yesterday about the space, stating, "This is something I always wanted to do, have a space for all types of people to come and be creative, relax, and have their minds blown." While he added that the venue is yet to be named, we think it will be called (or at least at one point was going to be called) Santa's Party House.

Handsome Furs play Santa's Party House on April 5, 2008.

REM in that LES wine store, filming the video

That video they were filming on the Lower East Side, and some behind the scenes.....

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It’s not every day that you can call up your friends and say “So I was working at Babeland yesterday when Michael Stipe and the rest of R.E.M. stopped by to sing for us,” but yesterday, that was totally something I could, and did say. Yes it’s true, R.E.M., the band that feels like they may have gone bye-bye just a few years ago, is back, and if the single from last night is any indication of the future of their music, let me just say I’m hooked. It all started yesterday afternoon, when I got a call from a location scout asking if Babeland would be interested in (possibly) being part of a video shoot for R.E.M. Call me easy, but the obvious answer washell, yes!...........Basically, as part of their video shoot, R.E.M. was playing the first single off their soon-to-be released album in a number of different locations on the LES (that’s Lower East Side for you non-NY types), and the first stop was our next door neighbor, the restaurant Inoteca....[Babeland's Blog]
Billboard has more. R.E.M. are playing SXSW and Langerado