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Ludlow Guitars Owner Predicts Brighter Future In Brooklyn

Although sorry to leave their Ludlow home, the shop’s owner, Kaan Howell, predicts a prosperous future for his shop and is finding ways to extend its reach beyond sales. …

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Cake Shop is Trying Once Again to Find Business Partners

The Ludlow Street music venue, Cake Shop, has struggled to stay afloat in recent years. Those struggles continue. Here’s the pitch that landed in our in-box a short time ago from co-owner Nick Bodor: …

Ludlow Guitars, 172 Ludlow St. Photo from the business's website.

Ludlow Guitars is Relocating to Brooklyn After 17 Years on the Lower East Side

Another beloved Lower East Side independent business is fading away. …

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New York Funny Songs Festival Kicks off 5th and Final Fest This Thursday

The 5th and final New York Funny Songs Fest kicks off this Thursday, May 19th at The Unicorn (105 Henry St. at Pike St.). …

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Roots Pop Band “Karikatura” Celebrates New Album at Bowery Electric on Thursday

“World Indie,” “Transglobal Soul,” “Roots Pop” are all terms that can be used to summarize the Brooklyn-based Karikatura‘s sound, but it’s more fun to …

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Arts Watch: What To Do in February

Here are some of the highlighted events coming up in February that we are looking forward to: …

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Fontana’s Bar is Closing After 12 Years on Eldridge Street

After more than a decade in business on the Lower East Side, the owners of Fontana’s, the Eldridge Street bar and performance venue, have decided to call it quits. Here’s what they told us: …

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Arts Watch: A Mashup of Downtown “Frankophiles” to Celebrate Sinatra’s 100th

A gaggle of downtown “Frankophiles” will be celebrating Old Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday, for one night only, with song and dance and a backup band at The Club at La Mama on Monday evening. …

Carol Lipnik performing at Pangea. Photo by The Lo-Down

Review: Carol Lipnik Soars at Pangea

Within the first few bars of her opening song at Pangea, Carol Lipnik effectively begins to weave a sort of sonic cocoon that gently envelops and contains her audience. …

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Arlene’s Grocery Celebrates 20 Years This Week

Within the ever changing landscape of New York City, 20 years is a serious milestone worth celebrating. This month, iconic Lower East Side music …

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Portraits of Nina Simone Pop-Up to Celebrate “The Amazing Nina Simone” Documentary

An art exhibit featuring portraits of legendary musician and activist Nina Simone opens tonight in the MiLES pop-up space at 103 Allen St. (at …

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CMJ Music Marathon Starts Tomorrow

Celebrating 35 years of live shows featuring new music, this indie festival is still a must catch for industry insiders and music lovers alike. …

"The Sisters”:  Joey Arias and Julie Atlas Muz who play Alice and Irene Lewisohn at Abrons Arts Center through Oct. 31st.
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Arts Watch: What To Do in October

Here are the highlighted Lower East Side events from our October events calendar, out this week in the latest edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine. …

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Arts Watch: What To Do In September

Here are the highlighted Lower East Side events from our September events calendar, out later this week in the latest edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine. …