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Bill de Blasio Lower East Side nightlife plan
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Lower East Side “late night quality of life improvement plan” announced by de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Office of Nightlife take aim at the 24-block chunk of the Lower East Side dubbed "Hell's Square," where the density of bars and clubs has been accused of ruining the neighborhood.

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Lower East Side hotel purchased by Jared and Joshua Kushner

First, ABC No Rio got approval for their new space this week. And now for some less exciting LES news...

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Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series will have NYC punks, Max Fish & Veselka in final season

Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown will return for a final season on CNN, including an episode that explores NYC's East Village and Lower East Side, with appearances from members of Blondie, Cro-Mag Harley Flanagan, Jim Jarmusch, Kid Congo Powers and more.

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Mercury Lounge, Pianos and other venues fall inside 'Hell Square'
Mercury Lounge, Pianos and other venues fall inside 'Hell Square'
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LES bars and partying ruining the neighborhood, study finds

A 24-block chunk of the Lower East Side, bordered by East Houston, Allen, Delancey and Essex has been dubbed by some as "Hell Square" for its abundance of bars and hard-partying crowds...

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East Village icon David Peel in critical condition after heart attack

Signed to Apple Records by John Lennon, more recently David Peel, whose band David Peel & the Lower East Side still play around, became known for being active with the Occupy movement.

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We miss Bereket (which was totally demolished in July)

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...

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remember Sin-e? (the one on the Lower East Side, which may finally be demolished)

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...

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Ludlow & Rivington will not be ‘Beastie Boys Square’ (yet)

"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...

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Bowery Ballroom was a shoe store in the ’30s (pics)

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...

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Max Fish is moving to Williamsburg

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...

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