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Little Parade Community Pop-Up Comes to 48 Hester Street (Sponsored)

Come try something new this weekend at Little Parade, a neighborhood pop-up event at 48 Hester St. This community market will feature the bold …

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Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea Team Bring “Hester Flea” to Lower East Side

The team behind Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea will soon debut a new venture, Hester Flea, on the Lower East Side, in the space …

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Stanton Street CSA Enrollment is Open For the Upcoming Season

The Stanton Street CSA, with distribution at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden on Rivington Street, between Forsyth and Christie, is currently taking members for the …

Hester Street Fair, October 2016.

Hester Street Fair is Bounced After Seward Park Co-op Goes in a Different Direction

The Hester Street Fair came to the end of its 10-year lease some time ago and now its landlord, the Seward Park Co-op, has decided to go with a different operator in the space alongside Seward Park. …

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A Year Later: Covid Restaurant Closures

Two milestones for the battered New York dining industry this coming week. …

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You Can Start Signing Up For Grand Street CSA’s Summer Season Now

The Grand Street CSA is gearing up for the summer season. It’s been a tough winter, especially for independent farms. Here’s one way you …

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Jing Fong Announces Permanent Closure of Banquet Hall at 20 Elizabeth St.

It’s probably the toughest blow for Chinatown business since the start of the pandemic. Jing Fong, the neighborhood’s largest restaurant by far, announced the closure of its dining room at 20 Elizabeth St. The restaurant will keep its second floor kitchen going “until further notice” to support delivery, takeout and dining on its outdoor balcony. …

Partybus Bakeshop Baking Classes are now virtual.

Valentine’s Day Specials, Virtual Baking Classes & More, at Partybus Bakeshop (Sponsored)

Temperatures outside may be frigid, but things are heating up at Partybus Bakeshop this winter! In addition to our regular offerings of breads, pies, pastries, and cookies, we have some specials in the works – including a Valentine’s Day “Red Wine Red Velvet Cake for Two.” …

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DOT Orders Yopparai Ronin to Shut Down Outdoor Dining Pods

Sometimes it feels as though the city is trying to do all it can to drive endangered small businesses to the brink of extinction.



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Sammy’s Roumanian Closes Chrystie Street Location, But Hopes to Relocate

Earlier today we mentioned the speculation around the fate of Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse, the legendary Lower East Side spot famous for giant slabs of …

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NYC COVID Test Rates Stay Below 3%, While Lower East Side Infections Remain Low

New York City parents got a reprieve, at least for another day or two, after the mayor announced Saturday that the coronavirus 7-day positivity …

Manousheh on Grand Street - photo by The Lo-Down.

Manousheh Announces Grand Opening on Grand Street

A salve for the slew of recent restaurant closures: A new outpost from Lebanese home style bakery, Manousheh has announced its grand opening at 403 Grand St. …

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Petisco Vegano is Closing After 15 Years at 189 East Broadway

The economic impact of the pandemic is being felt across the Lower East Side. The latest casualty is Cafe Vegano, the well-liked local restaurant …

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Ice & Vice Will Permanently Close Lower East Side Shop

Another Lower East Side business has been forced to close permanently due to COVID-19. The ice cream shop at 221 East Broadway, Ice & Vice, made the announcement through it social media channels: …

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New Report Details Impact of COVID-19 on NYC Restaurants

A new report by the state comptroller’s office paints a bleak picture of the road ahead for the New York City restaurant industry. In 2019, restaurants and bars accounted for about 1 in 12 private sector jobs in New York City. …