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Essex Street Market Turns 79

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In the winter of 1940, Mayor LaGuardia formally opened the Essex Market, the fourth of ten public markets in New York City designed to move pushcarts off the street and vendors into stall spaces within modern indoor markets.

Art Walk Celebrates Completion of 100 Gates Program

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During the past couple of years, we've been following the 100 Gates Program, which set out to beautify the drop-down gates of storefronts throughout the Lower East Side.
Richard Tam at the Allen St. location

10 Below Ice Cream Opens on Allen Street Tomorrow

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Rolled ice cream is coming to the Lower East Side. Known for its Thai-inspired, hand rolled ice cream prepared on cold metal plates and mixed with a variety of different toppings, 10Below opens a new location tomorrow at 132 Allen St.

(Sponsored) It’s Summer Bike Riding Season at Frank’s Bike Shop

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Frank's Bike Shop is here to equip you for your summertime bike riding. Whether it's a new bike, a used bike, repair or a...
Owner-in-Training Mei Lum by Melissa Guerrero

A Conversation With Mei Lum, Part of a New Generation Returning to Revitalize Chinatown

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25 year old Mei Lum is the new owner-in-training at one of Chinatown's oldest shops, Wing on Wo. & Co. Founded by her great grandfather, Walter Eng, the store originated as a "Chinese-Japanese Fancy Goods store" at 13 Mott St. in 1890. It moved nearby, to its current location at 26 Mott St., in 1925.

Small Business Survival: Tenants & Landlords Sound Off on Rent Escalation

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Editor's note: This is Part 1 of an eight part series on Small Business Survival, the centerpiece of a yearlong reporting project partially funded...

We Need Your Help: Support Our Small Business Survival Campaign Today!

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We're launching a yearlong reporting project focused on Small Business Survival on the Lower East Side. Please support our crowdfunding campaign today to make...

Zarin Fabrics Joins Our Small Business Survival Campaign as Community Partner

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We can't say it too many times. Thank you to everyone who has helped support our Small Business Survival Campaign in the first week. We...

Support Our Small Business Campaign + Get Your Hands on Some Awesome Rewards!

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We want to take a moment this morning to update you on the progress of our Small Business Survival Campaign. It's our crowdfunding effort...

Borough President, Advocacy Groups at Odds Over Commercial Lease Proposals

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The fate of small business in New York has been an especially hot topic this year. Most everyone agrees that spiraling commercial rents are...

Lower East Side BID Awarded Grant For “100 Gates” Program”

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Those metal roll-down gates are poised for a colorful transformation. At a ceremony in the Bronx this afternoon, the Lower East Side Business Improvement...

Aspiring Lower East Side App Developer Gets a Boost From GenTech

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For Lower East Side high school senior Seward Chen, it was not a summer to sit around watching television or playing video games. He...

Plans Filed For 24-Story Essex Crossing Tower; 14 Screen Theater Planned (Updated)

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This morning, preliminary plans were filed with the city for the building that will become the centerpiece of the Essex Crossing project.  Next March,...

Coming Soon: New Pet Supply Store and Vet

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Lower East Side pet owners will soon have two new services in the neighborhood. A pet supplies store is opening in the former kosher...

New Latino Business Group Takes Shape on the L.E.S.

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Last week we mentioned the creation of a new Lower East Side group, the Association of Latino Business Owners and Residents (ALBOR). The organization's...

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