Showing posts with label Clinton Street. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Clinton Street. Show all posts

Friday, September 14, 2018

Tree down on Clinton and Stanton

This is the scene this morning on Clinton Street just south of Stanton... EVG reader @artisanmatters shared these photos. Not sure what happened just yet (other than that it fell some time last night and remains blocking the street this a.m) ... and this Bud Light rig took one on the cab...

And two more views via EVG reader @Section215 ...

Sunday, June 4, 2017


An EVG reader shared this from Clinton Street just below Stanton Street on the LES... the reader wondered how this was possible.

Seems obvious that the chair was there before the city installed the light pole.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Live Fast on Clinton Street is closing March 29

[Via Live Fast]

Live Fast, the cool roll 'n' roll boutique at 57 Clinton Street between Stanton and Rivington, is closing on March 29. The usual reason: Landlord handed down a big rent increase.

Cecilia Anton opened the shop here that features an array of designers, independent and otherwise, in May 2005. In a message to customers, she wrote: "Keep in mind we will always be alive online and also looking for a new space ... after we get kicked out we will be vending at flea markets, tattoo and horror conventions."

Until the end, everything is 50 percent off at the store.

Find the store website here.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Reader reports: Multiple gunshots on Clinton Street

[Via EV Grieve reader Bob]

Multiple readers reported hearing gunshots around midnight on Clinton Street. BaHa said that she heard "four distinct gunshots" ... and the skies soon filled with NYPD helicopters ... A BoweryBoogie tipster heard "that someone was stabbed and someone shot off multiple rounds from a gun." The crime scene was reportedly at John’s Deli & Grocery at 37-39 Clinton St., where the NYPD locked down the area between Stanton and Rivington.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Today in brunch lines

EV Grieve reader Mike notes the following this morning in front of the Clinton Street Bakery Co. ...

Per Mike:

"The line is being subjected to backhoing and sledgehammering like 5 feet from where they will be standing. It's too loud to even talk, and fumy and dusty. I mean, I imagine it's a pretty good brunch, but no brunch is worth that..."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Report: Woman stabbed to death in domestic dispute

A 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her Clinton Street apartment early this morning, NYPD officials told the Daily News. According to the paper, police believe it was a domestic dispute. From a photo in the paper, it appears the murder occurred at 63 Clinton St. between Stanton and Rivington.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Stop Work order for 16 Clinton St.

In early June, an EV Grieve reader brought word that workers were priming 16 Clinton St. for demolition... As the reader noted, the demolition would — among other things — displace Connie, the longest-term resident of the block, and its unofficial guardian.

However, the reader noted that there is a full Stop Work order now in effect...

In any event, according to the permit in process:

Alteration type 1
Demolish 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors existing rear building (Old law tenement) Cellar floor and foundation still remain

Previously on EV Grieve:
16 Clinton St. primed for demolition

Monday, June 7, 2010

16 Clinton St. primed for demolition

An EV Grieve reader brings bad news about 16 Clinton St.

According to the work-crew foreman, the building is being primed for demolition, thereby — among other things — displacing Connie, the longest-term resident of the block, and its unofficial guardian. The large yard behind the building is being dug up in preparation for the two plots to be thrown together to create at least a six-story building, according to the reader.

No permits are on file with the DOB for 16 Clinton St. However, there is a stop-work order.... there have been six complaints in the last few days about work being done without a permit. Regardless, workers were still on the scene today....

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Looking at 89 Clinton Street

Walked by the newly renovated 89 Clinton St. between Delancey and Rivington the other day....

Open house? Don't mind if I do!

The unit I saw was advertised as a three-bedroom apt. The bedrooms -- I only noticed two -- were on the smallish side. But very nice. Tiny closet.

This unit has access to the still-being-groomed outdoor space. You have to share the space with the two apartments below...

Everything about the space, which had two bathrooms, was topnotch... wide plank oak flooring, washer and dryer, high ceilings, dishwasher, exposed brick, pinpoint hallogen lighting, individual climate control and video intercom....There was even a wine thingee in the kitchen for people who don't want to keep wine in the fridge. (Will it also hold beer?)

And all on Clinton Street! According to the realtor's Web site, this is an "Awesome Trendy location."

So...what's the bottom line here for the two-bedroom space? $4,695. Oh, excuse me for a moment.

OK, OK... there's no fee. And there's something about a free month of rent with a two-year lease. And with a two-year lease, there will not be a rent increase. Still, that rent seems like a lot in these recessive times. I was under the impression that prices were coming down... The agent said that most of the units were already rented for a May 1 move-in date. What do I know then.

Oh! And the sales agent was sitting in the living room. His said this could be converted into a third bedroom.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Remembering 172 Stanton St.

Jan. 24 marked the 11th anniversary of an ugly day in LES history. On that cold, drizzly day in 1998, the lower portion of the rear wall of the building at 172 Stanton St. gave way at 8:58 a.m., as the Times reported. According to the Buildings Department, rainwater apparently got into the wall, which was weakened by years of deterioration, and loosened the bricks and mortar.

Some 25 residents were evacuated as a safety measure. City officials told them they could return to collect their things. As the Times tells it:

But in their dash for safety, many residents of the partially collapsed building left with only their clothes, leaving behind pets, family heirlooms and other valuables. The collapse occurred while many residents were still asleep.

The building was later demolished, angering the tenants who said they had been given no chance to rescue pets or belongings.

Mrs. Grieve and I lived across the street from the building at the time. We watched the horror show unfold. We watched as city officials quickly decided to raze the building, leaving the desperate residents begging officials to allow them a moment to retrieve some personal belongings...their bands...cherished family photos...

Residents who tried to get a court injunction allowing them to remove pets and belongings from the building before it was demolished at about 8:30 P.M. accused city officials of speeding up the demolition when they were informed of their intentions.

"I said, 'Give me half an hour,'" said Marcelino Garcia, a resident who said that he had spoken to an official from the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management. When people outside the building started chanting, demanding that it be saved, Mr. Garcia said, the official got on a cellular phone, "and boom, that was it."

Indeed. Although the building looked fine, the official line was that it was extremely unstable. We watched from our rooftop across the street when the century-old tenement building came down. The five-stories were split open. Bedrooms were quickly exposed. We could see pictures on the wall. An unmade bed. A bureau of clothing. We had our cameras, but were too sick to actually take any photos.

One resident, Marc Friedlander, 35, a video artist, said he had nearly $20,000 worth of cameras and other video equipment in his apartment, as well as the entire collection of tapes of the downtown art scene he has documented over the last 15 years.

"It's priceless what I am losing in there," he said.

Mr. Garcia, who was able to grab his dog, a bichon frise, on his way out, said his canary flew away during the pandemonium. His wife, Milagros, left her wedding ring.

For most of the afternoon, Roberto Carreara, 66, and another resident, Stanley Kleinkopf, stood near the police yellow tape and pleaded to be allowed to rescue their cats.

"Please, please," Mr. Carreara begged an officer repeatedly about retrieving his cat. "He's all I got."

The cat, Honey, was never seen again. Kleinkopf and his wife Ann had lived in that building since 1958. They lost everything. As did most residents. A lifetime gone. It took 12 hours to bring down the building, an absurdly long time for something deemed so unstable, such a threat to life and limb.

Arguably the worst part of the ordeal as a witness came the following day, when the residents -- some 25 in total -- were brought back from the Westway Motor Inn near LaGuardia where the Red Cross placed them. A waterlogged pile of household items, including Friedlander's guitar, now with a broken neck, were lying on the sidewalk. The residents, mostly still in their clothes from the day before, glumly sorted through the pathetic mound. The rest of the building and its contents were hauled off by a private demolition company hired by the city.

In a follow-up article in the Times on May 10, 1998, "Only 3 of the 25 have found new homes; half remain in shelters and single-room-occupancy hotels. The others depend on the waning sympathies of friends or relatives."

There are theories that "the landlord and the city jumped at an excuse to remove the rent-stabilised tenants from the building," according to a post on and a subsequent article published at

The lot stayed empty as long as I can recall.


We moved several blocks away in subsequent years...I think of Jan. 24 every time I pass by the corner of Clinton and Stanton. Today, the million-dollar condo on that corner is nearly ready for occupancy.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

At the Donnybrook

Stopped by Donnybrook the other day for a drink. This is the new upscale Irish pubby place that opened at the corner of Clinton and Stanton on Oct. 24.

Having lived across the street for nearly 10 years, we were curious about what became of the space. (We had moved up the way before the former occupant, the Lotus Lounge, closed.) First, the bar. Well, it looks as if the owners (same as Lucky Jack's) spent a fortune renovating the space. Everything is spiffy and buffed. They'll spend a fortune on Pledge.

The folks working were friendly. The bartender said they'd be serving "hearty Irish fare" in the next two weeks. There were two TVs on (mute) with some sort of sports; one TV was tuned to a rugby match that a group of people from the UK were enjoying. The Dave Matthews Band was playing on the house stereo. (And not just any old Dave Matthews -- this was a live recording with an extra side of jam!) We had two draft beers (imperial pints) and two glasses of wine. Our check was $32. It was all perfectly pleasant.

But would we ever go back? Well, it's just not really our thing. We like a little more grit and grime. And history. A friend, who has lived in the neighborhood for years, popped by for a drink and dryly remarked that it's "a little slice of Murray Hill right in the LES." (He must not get out much in the neighborhood these days.)

While at Donnybrook, we started reminiscing about the cluttered Christian Ministries thrift shop that was housed here before the Lotus. We bought some kind of dresser that weighed like 300 pounds. The proprietor, who looked like Jeremiah Johnson, was kind enough to help us lug it up five steep flights of stairs. He refused a tip. But! He wasn't in a hurry to leave. "May I ask you a question?" Uh-oh. "Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your lord and savior?" Somehow we got him out the door with only a pamphlet for the trouble. We also thought about the bodega where wd~50 is now on Clinton Street; the bodega with the cock-fighting ring in the back. Anyway, we did a little too much reminiscing at the Donnybrook. Which made me think that this bar is out place. Or rather, we're just out of place.

Bird watching

As mentioned in the previous post, we paid a visit to our old neighborhood the other day. (We're acting as if we had moved to Maine...we're just up the street, but we don't come down here that often anymore.) New restuarants/bars and million-dollar condos aside, I was happy to see the fellow with the rooftop pigeon coop was still there.