The New Nolita Cocoron Soba is Just as Great as the Lower East Side Original 

SSPNY Tries Tasty Treats at the New Nolita Cocoron Soba and Discovers it's Just as Great as the Lower East Side Original

SSPNY checks out one of its favorite restaurants, Cocoron Soba noodle shop, at its new location on Kenmare in Nolita.

One of SSPNY's favorite bits of restaurant news last year was the opening of a second Cocoron Soba noodle shop, right on Kenmare, just a couple of blocks from our Nolita Elizabeth Street buildings. Not that the newer Cocoron is really all that far away from the original one over on Delancey. It's just that two Cocorons means more seats (the second is small by normal restaurant standards, but seems palatial when compared to the first); more chef's specials (the two have almost identical menus, but with key differences); more opportunity to dip and slurp what I think are the best soba noodles in town. And it's all super-healthy! If you want to eat food that makes you feel good about yourself, Cocoron does the trick every time. 

SSPNY enjoys the buck-wheat based soba noodles where it is available either hot or cold and with a variety of different preparations that are all more delicious than the last. 
Soba noodles, as you probably know, are the buckwheat-based cousins of the far-more common ramen. They're tough to pull off--sometimes too gummy, other times sadly bland--but the Cocoron chefs know what they're doing: in multiple visits to both locations I've never had anything but a perfect pile of noodles. And for place that's so focussed on a single item, there are a remarkable number of options on the Cocoron Soba menu, so much so that it can even be a bit overwhelming. Do you want your noodles cold (yes please, it's summer), or warm (oh, wait, these are really good too)? Do you want to dip your soba, or pour sauce on top? Are you a vegetarian? Feel like meat? Fish? In the mood to grind your own sesame seeds before eating? If it sometimes seems like each dish needs its own instruction manual, it's because it kind of does... but the friendly, patient staff and goofy, manga-illustrated menu are there to help. It's fun rather than frustrating, and because the Cocoron prices are low you can try a lot of different things with little risk. 
SSPNY decides on cold noodles on a steamy summer evening and gets the Cold Sukiyaki Soba special with a broth of sea kelp, smoking bonito, beef, tempura better and spicy sesame oil.  
My most recent visit to Cocoron Soba in Nolita was on a steamy, sticky evening, so I headed straight for the "cold" section of the menu, getting the Cold Sukiyaki Soba special. This was a fantastic dish, the noodles as good as ever, dipped into a broth of, apparently, sea kelp and smoked bonito, filled with chewy strips of beef, tempura butter and spicy sesame oil. A $1.50 surcharge got me a huge poached egg, which I promptly stirred into the mixture. And when you're done with your noodles, the Cocoron folks bring over a watering can of warm water, which your pour into the remains of your dipping sauce for a bonus bowl of soup! 
SSPNY wishes they had more sake while enjoying the Raw Octopus appetizer. 
My starters on this night included Cocoron's superb Homemade Silky Tofu, which is somehow equally exciting eaten plain (the texture is just amazing) or spooned into a bowl of soy sauce, grated ginger, flecks of salty seaweed and bonito flakes. The Raw Octopus with wasabi chunks was less pleasurable, not because it was prepared incorrectly, but rather because, as my server warned me, it's a dish best nibbled on when "drinking lots of sake". 
SSPNY hangs out with other Cocoron customers at the new location on the North side of Kenmare Street between Elizabeth and Mott.  
The Nolita Cocoron Soba is located in a basically unmarked spot on the north side of Kenmare Street between Elizabeth and Mott. It is open for lunch on Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., and for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00. Closed Mondays. Cash only. The Cocoron website only talks about their Delancey shop, and the online menu isn't nearly complete, but here's the link anyway.    
SSPNY plans on more meals at Cocoron during its business hours: Tuesday-Sunday noon-3:00 PM and 6:00 PM-11:00 PM. 

Liu Bolin is "Hiding" Again, Now at Soho's Eli Klein Gallery 

SSPNY Explores Eli Klein's Fine Arts Gallery, Showing Liu Bolin's Hiding Exhibition and Other Chinese Artists

SSPNY checks out one of the many jaw dropping pieces of Liu Bolin’s Hiding series exhibit. As seen here, an individual is overwhelmed and pushed behind consumerist society represented by a bunch of cereal boxes.

Unlike what you'll find in Nolita's energetic gallery scene, a Soho gallery-going adventure is generally a fool's quest. With only a few exceptions--the excellent Swiss Institute on lower Wooster comes to mind, and sometimes Opera Gallery has good solo shows--galleries in Soho function mainly as stores, selling brand name artists and trendy styles to tourists. Which is fine, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't exactly make for a particularly compelling art-viewing experience for us locals. 

SSPNY first looks at an artwork from Hiding in California, where  an individual is hidden in front of the iconic Hollywood sign.
SSPNY next takes a look at the rapid growth of technology that has consumed many individuals in today’s media culture. This one is not so obvious but if one looks carefully, a person is camouflaged behind the sea of cell phones.
That said, the always-interesting Liu Bolin just opened a solo exhibition at usually-interesting Eli Klein on West Broadway, featuring a handful of his delightful "Hiding" photographs as well as works from a new series, Mask, that uses the form of traditional Chinese opera masks, now plastered with the labels of that country's most popular junk food and sugary drinks. It's all instantly engaging and provocative--the theme of the individual overwhelmed by contemporary, consumerist society is pretty obvious, but well stated--and well worth stopping in to see the next time you're in Soho.                    
SSPNY heads to the piece Hiding in New York, where an individual is blended in with the mighty USS Intrepid.
The large-scale, high-definition photographs in Liu Bolin's Hiding series (pictured throughout this post) are technically amazing, forceful and clear in their message, and just plain fun to look at. As you can probably tell, to create these photos Bolin (or one of his friends, like the great French street artist JR, below, photos by Rhiannon Platt) stands in front of something iconic, or silly, or beautiful, and assistants paint his entire body to exactly match the background. In addition to the photographs at Eli Klein, the exhibition also has the complete remnants of one of Liu Bolin's Hiding shoots, a "set" of cereal boxes and the clothing Bolin was wearing, post-painting. Very cool. 
French street artist JR is being painted by Bolin’s assistants in order to exactly match the background.
JR Through the Eye of Liu Bolin features JR as part of the artwork itself, located on West Broadway between Houston and Prince Street, open every day from 1 AM to 7 PM, along with Chinese artists Shen Shaomin and Li Hui.
Liu Bolin's Mask exhibition will be on display at the Eli Klein Gallery through July 21. Liu Bolin is located on West Broadway between Houston and Prince and is open every day from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Oh and don't skip the pieces in the downstairs space by two other Chinese artists Shen Shaomin and Li HuiMore info about everything can be found here.  

Does Andrew Carmellini's Glittering "Grand Cafe" Lafayette Live Up to the Hype? 

SSPNY Hangs Out at the Glittering "Grand Cafe" at Andrew Carmellini's Lafayette to See if the Food Lives Up to the Hype. And it Does!

SSPNY tries out the new, much hyped Andrew Carmellini's Lafayette restaurant in NoHo for a taste of excellent food, a lively, good-looking crowd, and a marvelous time at this instant success, which is the third restaurant Carmellini's opened, after The Dutch in SoHo, and Locanda Verde in Tribeca.

It's not really a surprise that Andrew Carmellini's Lafayette landed in NoHo last month with an explosion of excitement and hype. After all, Carmellini's previous restaurants, including The Dutch in SoHo, and Locanda Verde in Tribeca, are among the most popular, consistently celeb-studded spots in town. They also happen to be quite excellent, food-wise. But although Lafayette was a guaranteed instant success--and it has been, packed and lively every night with good-looking folks having a marvelous time--I was wondering if the food was good enough, and the scene genuine and convivial enough, to be considered a neighborhood spot for SSPNY Nolita residents.    

 SSPNY had a terrific supper at Lafayette with a huge list of things to try on their appealing menu, starting with a hefty hillock of chewy and bright Spring Lentils, with chunks of tender tongue and infused with the Indian-food-spice vadouvan for only $8.

The answer, in a word: absolutely. Lafayette not only delivers on its promise of a glittering night on the town--really, the room here is so pretty, the service so effortlessly friendly, your fellow diners so beautiful and smiley, that you can't help but feel like.... ah, yes, THIS is why I love New York--but it also functions quite well as a local favorite, where generous portions and reasonable prices make it easy (and desireable) to become a regular. And it's open all day, with a comfortable, fully-laden bakery and coffee area up front, and a lunchtime-only Brisket Burger that's been getting raves. Basically? Lafayette is perfect, the type of place every neighborhood wants, but only a few receive.   
SSPNY next opts out of the entrees and tries one of Lafayette's half-dozen handmade pastas, ordering the Black Fettuccine, chopped full of squid, lobster, scallops, clams and more, on top of ground chorizo, which tastes like eating a big bowl of summer.
I had a terrific supper at Lafayette the other night, and can't wait to return to try more things on Carmellini's lengthy and appealing menu. First up was a hefty hillock of chewy and bright Spring Lentils, studded with chunks of tender, well-seasoned tongue (which went nicely with the mustard sauce) and infused with the Indian-food-ish spice blend, vadouvan. For only $8. I loved this. And if you really want to fill up before your entrees, get Lafayette's Frisee Salad, prepared as you'd expect--bacon, croutons, runny poached egg, lots of vinegar--which is huge and addictive and delicious.   
SSPNY had an absolutely epic meal at Lafayette complete with a pretty room, effortlessly friendly service, and fellow smiley and beautiful diners, as well as generous portions, and reasonable prices. Not to mention it's also open all day, and has a full bakery and coffee area in front to make this the absolute perfect neighborhood spot.
Already sated, I skipped the entrees proper and opted to try one of Lafayette's half-dozen handmade pastas, and was rewarded with a tremendous Black Fettuccine, heavily populated with all manner of crustaceans and cephalopods--squid, lobster, scallops, clams--as well as enough ground chorizo to have an impact. Redolent of sea, it's like eating a big bowl of summer. But even if you already have dinner plans for next five months or whatever, don't skip the Lafayette bakery. Everything looks amazing here, and I can tell you from personal experience that the rich Butterscotch-Coffee Eclair and the gooey, nut-and-fruit-studded Florentine Cookie live up to their appearances. 

SSPNY also makes sure that you try Lafayette's Grand Cafe bakery where everything looks delicious,  and the Butterscotch-Coffee Eclair and the gooey, nut-and-fruit-studded Florentine Cookie, as pictured here, are both as good as they look!

Andrew Carmellini's Lafayette Grand Cafe and Bakery is located on the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Streets, and is open for breakfast (at the bakery), lunch and dinner, which starts at 5:30. More info and the complete Lafayette menu, here. 
SSPNY declares Andrew Carmellini's Lafayette Grand Cafe and Bakery to be a perfect neighborhood spot for SSPNY Nolita residents, located on the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Streets, now open for [bakery] breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Uncle Boons: A Fun, Friendly Neighborhood Place Serving up Traditional Thai Delights 

SSPNY Heads to Nolita for a Taste of Uncle Boons' Traditional Thai Delights

SSPNY heads over to Nolita to check out Uncle Boon’s authentic thai restaurant Located on 7 Spring Street in NYC for a friendly, cozy, and vintage restaurant that serves up traditional Thai cuisine.

I'm always a bit wary of new, easy-on-the-eyes restaurants in so-called trendy neighborhoods like Nolita. Is it just a money grab, an "all-concept, no-feeling" type of place trying to be the next hot spot for weekend scenesters? Or is there real love in the kitchen, and warmth up front? The very good news for Nolita locals: Uncle Boons, opened in April by Per Se alumns Matt Danzer and Ann Redding, falls firmly into the latter category. This is a convivial, comfortable restaurant, with an amusingly over-the-top design sensibility and some seriously good, traditional-leaning Thai food. 

SSPNY first tries out the Mee Krob : a generously-portioned spicy sweetbread dish in which the offal is perfectly cooked, and where the sawtooth herbs and tamarind sauce added exotica, and the crispy noodles which made the dish great and crunchy. 
The subterranean Uncle Boons has a cozy feel to it, with three smallish areas all done up with a million old-school photographs and oddball knickknacks. There's the dim, welcoming bar area right as you climb down the entranceway stairs, where you can get beer, wine, Thai snacks and, now that it's summer so why not, a Singhai Beer Slushie for only seven bucks. There's the front dining room, casually outfitted in brick and wood. And there's the Sanuk Sanuk room in the back, which means "fun" in Thai and definitely lives up to its name. 
SSPNY next tries out the Khao Soi Kaa Kai: a borderline-fiery, "northern style golden curry" casserole with egg noodles, meat-falling-off-the-bone chicken legs, pickled mustard greens and coconut milk.
The Uncle Boons menu is a little pricier than you're used to in this genre--appetizers and "drinking food" priced in the mid-teens; entrees in the low- to mid-20s--but rest assured, this is skillful, creative cooking, using fresh, interesting ingredients. I tried a couple of dishes the other evening, and will certainly be back for more. My starter, for example, was excellent, a generously-portioned spicy sweetbread dish called Mee Krob in which the offal was cooked perfectly, the sawtooth herbs and tamarind sauce added exotica, and the crispy noodles brought a whole lot of crackle to the party. 
SSPNY heads to the back of Uncle Boons, which features the Sanuk Sanuk room that means “fun” in Thai. It is perfect for private parties; outfitted with Thai patterned wood walls, mirrored ceilings and provides views of a lush outdoor garden in the middle of the busy Nolita neighborhood.
My main dish at Uncle Boons was just as good, the Khao Soi Kaa Kai, a borderline-fiery, "northern style golden curry" casserole with egg noodles, meat-falling-off-the-bone chicken legs, pickled mustard greens and coconut milk. Great stuff. And the staffers were all friendly and helpful, with no trendy-restaurant attitude in the house. A very pleasant experience all around. Uncle Boons is located on Spring Street between Elizabeth and Bowery, and is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday until 12:00 midnight, and on Sunday until 10:00. For more info and the complete Uncle Boons menu, click here. 
As you enter Uncle Boon’s, you are immediately greeted with a pub that features a 10-seat bar with views of the rotisserie and charcoal grill. This dimly-lit welcoming area consists of exposed brick walls, which are full of framed prints and photographs illuminated by mismatched chandeliers.

SSPNY Neighborhood History: How the Bowery Went from Dirt Trail to Grand Boulevard to Skid Row to Today's Nightlife Mecca 

SSPNY Reviews a History of the Neighborhood as Bowery Went from Grand Boulevard to Skid Row to Today's Nightlife Mecca

SSPNY heads over to the Bowery for a look back at the city's most colorful and ever-changing street in New York's history. The street predates back to before the Dutch's arrival, in the 1500s, when the moccasins of the Lenape pounded out a path that has a richer history per block than any other 1.5-mile stretch of the city.
Is there a single street in this ever-changing city with a longer, more colorful history than Bowery? Well, who knows with absolute certainty... but the correct answer is probably, "probably not". After all, the Bowery as a thoroughfare predates even the Dutch's tenure here, though it obviously wasn't called "the Bowery" back in the 1500s, when the moccasins of the Lenape pounded out a path that went along the same route as today's avenue. And given its remarkable extremes, both of the high and low variety--swings noteworthy even in a city whose core character is constant reinvention--it seems the Bowery would likely have more stories to tell per block that just about any other 1.5-mile stretch of this big, beautiful city.  
SSPNY dates back to when the first permanent residents of Bowery, 10 freed slaves and their families,  came to settle and build homes along today's Chatham Square in 1654.
The first permanent residents of Bowery, the first to build homes along the route, were 10 freed slaves and their families, who settled near today's Chatham Square (Bowery's southern terminus) in 1654. The Dutch were next, led by Petrus Stuyvesant, who retired in 1667 to his farm--or "bouwerij"--farther uptown, in today's Cooper Square. And then began the rollercoaster... In the 1700s Bowery was New York City's most expensive and elegant piece of real estate, the broad boulevard lined with castle-like mansions, massive banks, spectacular theaters, and the town's most fashionable shops. By the mid-1800s--say, around the time of the Civil War--the tone of things had changed considerably along Bowery, with residents more likely to live in one of the many new flophouses, and the entertainment running more toward cheap beer and the pleasures of a brothel. 
SSPNY remembers the next settlers, the Dutch, led by Petrus Stuyvesant who retired in 1667 to his farm uptown in today's Cooper Square. Next, began the 1700s when Bowery was New York City's most elegant and elite piece of real estate with mansions, massive banks, spectacular theaters, and the city's most regal shopping. By the mid-1800s, around the Civil War, the tone on Bowery changed again as most residents began to live in flophouses with entertainment surrounding cheap beer and brothels.
The Bowery embraced its gritty side for many decades to come. As the eastern edge of the sensationally chaotic and violent Five Points neighborhood, and home turf to one of the city's first, perhaps most notorious gangs the Bowery Boys, the avenue saw more than its fair share of spectacle. The Third Avenue El, which ran above Bowery from 1878 until 1955, certainly didn't bring any sunshine and flowers to the area. And after the Second World War the Bowery plummeted even further on the city's safety/social scale, when it became our full-fledged Skid Row. In the 1970s and and '80s, the city's punks, artists and all manner of outsiders came to love the decrepitude down here, manifested most obviously by turning an obscure bluegrass music venue into the legendary punk club CBGB's.  
SSPNY embraced the gritty decades that followed the Bowery next, as sensationalized, chaotic, and violent Five Points neighborhood also became home to the city's first and most notorious gang, the Bowery Boys. The Third Ave. El, which ran above Bowery from 1878 until 1955 also added to the chaos and danger, while World War 2  only caused the Bowery to plummet further down the city's social scale when it became our full-fledged Skid Row. In the 70s and 80s, punks, artists, and outsiders came to love on Bowery, manifesting a bluegrass music venue into the legendary punk club CBGB's.
Beginning in the late 1990s, however, and really exploding in the past few years, the Bowery has, amazingly enough, returned to its 18th-century roots as one the city's most coveted addresses. Trendy hotels (the Standardthe Bowery), jam-packed destination restaurants and bars (DBGBThe WrenPeelsPulino'sPearl and Ashthe GeneralSaxon and Parole, on and on) and funky boutiques make their home here now. And the fact that Bowery straddles the fun, vibrant (and increasingly pricey) neighborhoods of Noho, Nolita and Chinatown to the west, and the East Village and Lower East Side to the east only adds to your options. In 100 years, who knows what it'll be like around here. But for right now, life is good on the Bowery.   
SSPNY lastly remembers the Bowery as it makes its return back to its 18th-century roots in the late 1990s, setting up trendy hotels, tons of highly acclaimed restaurants and bars, and even funky boutiques. The best part of the Bowery today is that is straddles the vibrant neighborhoods of Noho, Nolita, Chinatown, East Village, and the Lower East Side.

Our Sweet New Neighbors! 

Here at Stone Street it seems as we watch the temperature grow, so does our sweet tooth. If you’re a resident at the Seville, Cooper or Charlotte – you’re in luck when you get that sweet craving. Our new neighbors, SUGAR AND PLUMM on the corner of Cornelia and Bleecker Streets, can satisfy your every sugary need. Famed pastry chef Pichet Ong delivers the best desserts we have ever tried. Also, the whimsical interiors compliment the fresh fare and cosmic smells. On your way home stop by and treat yourself!

Cool down in the East Village!! 

There's one thing we all know about the summertime in NYC, its pretty darn hot! If you live at the Jesse on East 3rd Street or in an apartment at 104 East 7th Street, you're in luck! People's Pops is now open at the corner of First Avenue and East 7th offering deliciously refreshing hand-made ice pops and shaved ice. They use locally grown fruits and herbs in their creative recipes. Rachel Ray can testify, “Power to the People's Pops! These ice pops are my favorite food on a stick.”  Come taste for yourself.

Pretty Neighborhood Spot Tartinery Nolita Offers Simple, Fresh Food for the Sunnier Days and Sultrier Nights to Come 

SSPNY Eats Simple Fresh Food at the Sunny and Sultry Nolita Spot Tartinery

SSPNY heads over to Nolita's one-stop-dining-shop for a Summery supper of salad. bread, a variety of tartines, and soups at the cute, trendy, lively, and always refreshing Tartinery on 209 Mulberry Street.

When the weather gets warm... and then warmer... and then crazy hot and humid... my craving for a simple supper of salad and bread (and maybe some nice soup?) starts kicking in. In Nolita, with its abundance of cute cafes and trendy restaurants, there are always plenty of options for such fresh, refreshing fare. But for one-stop summer dining in a lively setting, you may want to try one of the many varieties of tartines (and soups) at Nolita's Tartinery.     

SSPNY tries a variety of tartines at Tartinery with thinly-sliced bread and salad-sish ingredients. The menu offers three different kinds of bread, with tons of choices for protein including hams, beef, poultry and fish! This tartine is a Thon Cru, or thinly sliced raw tuna and fennel topped with lemon juice, olive oil, and wasabi Mayo.

A tartine is basically a long, thinly-sliced piece of bread piled high with salad-ish ingredients. There are at least three kinds of bread from which to choose here at Tartinery Nolita, but you should definitely fork over the extra buck-fifty and get the sourdough they import from France. A tougher choice will be which tartine to get, because there a LOT of options on the Tartinery menu. You'll find all the expected proteins--various hams, beef and poultry, many fishes--as well as several vegetable-based options. 

SSPNY first orders the the soup at Tartinery. The Butternut Squash soup, or Potage de Potimarrow is a great option, as well as the Bouillon de Poulet or chicken soup, as seen here.
 But before you get there, start with some soup, which, frankly, was the best part of my meal the last time I ate here. The Butternut Squash soup--sorry, the Potage de Potimarron--was thick and earthy with just the exact-right hit of nutmeg; the Bouillon de Poulet (aka, Chicken Soup) was basic, hearty, and bright. For our tartine course, my companion and I split a Thon Cru, which featured thinly sliced raw tuna and fennel, topped with lemon juice, olive oil, and wasabi mayo, as well as a Ratatouille tartine, which featured everything you'd think it would: eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, etc. 
SSPNY lastly tried the Ratatouille tartine at Nolita's Tartinery which was good and featured eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and more!
Both were fine, the ingredients fresh (if a little too refrigerated), and priced low enough to moderate expectations. There's not a lot zing going on at Tartinery, but it's not a bad neighborhood option for a casual meal. Tartinery Nolita is located on Elizabeth Street just south of Spring, and is open daily from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight. More info and the complete Tartinery menu here.   
Tartinery Nolita offers French cuisine with fresh ingredients, at a low price, giving people a great casual meal option in their neighborhood. Tartinery Nolita is located on Elizabeth Street just south of Spring, open daily from noon to midnight.

The New Museum's Ideas City, a Four-Day Festival of Art, Education, & Community Activism, Takes Over Downtown Starting May 1st 

SSPNY Heads Downtown for New Museum's Ideas City, A Four-Day Festival of Art, Education & Activism Starting May 1st

SSPNY caught its first Festival of Ideas for a New City put on by The New Museum just two years ago as dozens of workshops and performances filled the streets with nighttime projections all around Nolita, and inside the New Museum itself.

Two years ago The New Museum organized the great Festival of Ideas For a New City, which included nighttime projections all over Nolita (and all over the New Museum itself), dozens of workshops and performances, and a huge street fair that sprawled throughout the Lower East Side. It was probably my favorite thing that happened in this town that spring. All pictures in this post are from then. I was so disappointed when it didn't materialize last year.

SSPNY was disappointed the show and street fair wasn't out again last year, but beginning May 1st, The New Museum is coming back and having it renamed Ideas City, to welcome back 4 more days of overwhelming things to do and try, at what was conceived as a bi-annual springtime festival.

But now, excellent news, the whole spectacle is back, slightly reconfigured, maybe bigger than before, and renamed Ideas City! Turns out it was conceived as a bi-annual festival in the first place, so it arrives next month exactly on time, starting on Wednesday evening, May 1, and running almost continuously through late Saturday night, May 4. There's no way to see and do it all, and even planning my weekend at Ideas City feels overwhelming--there's SO much going on--so I'm probably going to just show up and wing it. There do seem to be a few must-do, however...

SSPNY will check out the Untapped Capital theme at this years Ideas City, based around under-recognized and utilized resources, and surpluses that must be harnessed as the catalysts for change, introducing Joi Ito, the Director of MIT Media Lab to give the keynote at this years' festival on Wednesday night at Cooper Union's Great Hall. To guarantee access to all workshops and panels, make sure to buy a $50 Festival Pass.

The theme at Ideas City will be Untapped Capital, which the organizers describe as  “under-recognized and underutilized resources and surpluses that can be harnessed as catalysts for change.” It'll be interesting to hear what Joi Ito, Director of MIT Media Lab, has to say about that in his keynote address, on Wednesday night at Cooper Union's Great Hall. Though to ensure attendance there you'll probably need to buy a $50 Festival Pass, which guarantees access to all the workshops and panels.

Most of the Ideas City festival is totally free, including the Saturday night festival-capper, Change of State, where Nuit Blanche New York is going to throw a series of projections onto the New Museum's facade. The Ideas City festival runs from May 1st to the 4th, both organized and anchored by the New Museum on Bowery Street between Stanton and Rivington Streets.

The majority of Ideas City festival is readily accessible, however, with or without a pass, and totally free. Such as the Saturday night festival-capper, Change of State, for which the folks at Nuit Blanche New York are going to once again throw a series of projections onto the New Museum's Bowery facade. The Ideas City biggest draw, Street Fest, goes on all day Saturday, with some 125 “artists, architects, poets, technologists, historians, community activists, entrepreneurs, and ecologists” setting up booths and painting murals and staging all kinds of wild performances along Bowery and its environs. And on Friday night 14 different artists will be re-muralizing those store gates on Bowery, so stop by and say hi on your way home.  

SSPNY lastly checks out by far the biggest draw to Ideas City, the Street Fest, that goes on all day Saturday with 125 different artists, architects, poets, technologist, historians, community activists, entrepreneurs, and ecologists, setting up booths, murals, and stages of all kinds to give you a wild performance along Bowery Street, while on Friday night 14 different artists will be re-muralizing those store gates on Bowery.

The Ideas City festival runs from May 1 to May 4, and is organized and anchored by The New Museum, on Bowery between Stanton and Rivington Streets. For a complete list of Ideas City locations and calender of events, see the massive website, here.   
SSPNY also caught the Idea City's workshops and performances that lined their huge street fair sprawled out across the Lower East Side, which is hands down the coolest thing in the city to check in the Spring.

SSPNY Dines at Pearl and Ash, a Real Beauty on Bowery, with Food That Lives Up to its Looks 

SSPNY Dines at the Lovely and Delicious Pearl and Ash in Nolita, For a Real Beauty on Bowery

SSPNY dines at the always packed, beautifully designed, superbly delicious and brand spanking new restaurant on Bowery, Pearl and Ash, located on the ground floor of the Bowery House in Nolita and replacing the short-lived Bowery Kitchen to bring a deftly executed menu and reasonable prices.

How many times have I walked in all excited to a good-looking new restaurant, the place packed with good-looking people, only to leave 90 minutes later feeling like a sucker, having dropped too much cash on some prettily-plated but drearily mediocre food? Too many times. Too. Many. Times. Much more rare is the thing that happened to me the other night at the spanking-new stunner on Bowery, Pearl and Ash. Here, on the ground floor of the Bowery House, replacing the short-lived Bowery Kitchen, is a fun, beautifully-designed space, with an interesting, appealing menu, deftly executed by a seriously talented crew. AND the reasonable prices at Pearl and Ash allow you to try a bunch of things without racking up an enormous bill.

SSPNY tries out multiple things on the menu from world renowned Executive Chef Richard Kuo, who previously worked at Corton, wd-50, and Williamsburg's Frej, and now serves unique and complex dishes such as this trio of dense Pork Meatballs with shitakes, a wine sauce, and bonito flakes to give it a hearty and satisfying taste to die for and a wine list to match.

The kitchen at Nolita's Pearl and Ash is run by Chef Richard Kuo, whose last gig was co-owning and cooking at the Williamsburg pop-up Frej, acclaimed for its inventive Scandavian fare. Also on Kuo's CV are stints at Corton and wd-50. Basically: the man can cook, and he's not likely to send out anything you've already seen a million times. The design of Pearl and Ash, by Brooklyn's Sway/Parts + Labor, is warm and lovely, with most of the restaurant's wall space given over to Joseph Cornell-ish wooden boxes, housing still lifes and oddities and what seems like a thousand flickering candles. There's a long bar to your right, an open kitchen window in the back, a couple of nice nooks and a homey communal table which, yes, is a bit of a cliche, but it really helps getting people quickly seated. The only misfire is the music, a mix of '70s radio rock and '50s doo-wop that would seem out of place pretty much anywhere (except a Bay Ridge slice joint?) but seems particularly discordant here.

SSPNY next tried out the Mackerel, with a slab of oily full-flavored fish paired with warm potato salad and  pickled Israeli cucumbers and then the star of the entire meal the Quail dish with boned ovals of tender, gamey meat with almonds, pomegranate, and chewy chicken skin, all of which can be offered in half sizes so you can double the amount of dishes you can try.

Anyway, if it's the pretty space the lures you in to Pearl and Ash, it's the food (and, I hear, the wine list) that will keep you coming back. Pretty much everything here sounds appealing, so I was happy that Chef Kuo offers all of his entrees in half sizes as well, so I could double up on my dishes. I started with a trio of dense Pork Meatballs, served with shitakes, a wine-y sauce, and an still-undulating topping of bonito flakes. These were hearty, complex, and satisfying. There are plenty of swimmers on the Pearl and Ash menu, including a terrific Mackerel, the slab of oily, full-flavored fish paired with a warm potato salad and chunks of pickled Israeli cucumbers. But the star of the night was my Quail dish, the boned ovals of tender, gamey meat complemented nicely by almonds, tart pomegranate, and some chewy chicken skin. Seems like Kuo and company have a certified winner on their hands.

Pearl and Ash is located on Bowery just between Prince and Spring Streets in Nolita, open for drinks and dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 12 midnight, open Friday and Saturday until 2am, and closed on Sunday.

Pearl and Ash is located on Bowery between Prince and Spring Streets, and is open for drinks and dinner on Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, and on Friday and Saturday until 2:00 a.m. Closed Sunday. More info, and the complete Pearl and Ash menu, can be found here.

written on 04/10/2013

Posted in: Nolita

The Butcher's Daughter, That Pretty Vegetarian Cafe in Nolita That's Always Mobbed for Brunch, is Now Serving Dinner 

SSPNY Tries Out the New Dinner Menu at the Pretty & Always Mobbed Vegetarian Cafe in Nolita, The Butcher's Daughter

SSPNY checks out the always packed vegetarian and juice bar in Nolita, The Butcher's Daughter, after Manager Heather Tierney and Chef Joya Carlton of West Village's Buvette, introduced dinnertime to the menu in early February with the success of their fresh squeezed juice options and great lunchtime hang-out spot on Kenmare.

It may sound like a match made in carnivore heaven, but don't expect to find any meat on the menu at Nolita's Butcher's Daughter. Despite (because of?) the meat-cleaving ways of her father, the eponymous offspring who runs the place, Heather Tierney (also and by the way the mixologist and co-owner of Apothéke and Pulqueria), is strictly vegetarian. And thus, so is her restaurant. Not that anyone seems to mind: the bright, homey spot has been packing them in for brunch since it first opened last November. Which is great and all, and I also appreciate that The Butcher's Daughter has a nice freshly-squeezed juice bar selection, because there's no question that this is a pleasant, comfortable place to hang out for a bit on a sunny afternoon. But the real test for The Butcher's Daughter--and an indication of whether it has any sticking power down there on Kenmare, which has become a bit of restaurant graveyard of late--is whether Tierney and Chef Joya Carlton (of the excellent West Village bistro Buvette) can deliver the goods at dinnertime, which they finally started serving in early February, and which I finally ate about a week ago.

SSPNY tries out the new dinner menu which offers a blend of fruits and veggies served raw or cooked up with some little preparations. Though The Butcher's Daughter is no huge contender in creative vegetarian cuisine in the city, if you are looking for a quiet and romantic neighborhood spot with good vegetarian food, this spot of heaven in Nolita is perfect for you. First, we tried the smashed avocado with mustard, curry, lemon, and toast.

The Butcher's Daughter dinner menu offers an appealing blend of fruits and veggies served raw and cooked, simply prepared or gussied up a little. But just a little: fans of Amanda Cohen's magical dishes at Dirt Candy--or even the prettily-plated vegan fare at Blossom Cafe--will not find a new contender to the creative vegetarian throne here at the Butcher's Daughter. Anyway, I went to the Butcher's Daughter on a fairly freezing night, ate in a mostly empty but nonetheless warm and cozy-feeling room, and left reasonably satisfied. This is not a destination restaurant by any means, but if you're looking for a neighborhood spot that's quiet, non-scene-y, and even a touch romantic, you can't do much better in Nolita than The Butcher's Daughter.

SSPNY next tried out the Cashew Ricotta with Fig Mostarda as our "charcuterie" which was slightly lackluster, but was paired alongside a much more delicious thick, sweet corn soup concoction with curry and served with a hunk of crusty bread.

My companion and I shared a few items from all over the Butcher's Daughter dinner menu, starting with a bright and lively bowl of smashed avocado, a mix of mustard, curry, and lemon forked in, some decent toast upon which to slather the stuff on the side. Not bad. Our "charcuterie" selection, while not in any way bad, was somewhat lackluster: billed as Cashew Ricotta with Fig Mostarda, it seemed to be little more than a scoop of the fluffy cheese, a spoonful of fig jelly, a few thin slices of apple, done. Better was the soup, a thick, sweet corn concoction redolent with curry and served with a hunk of crusty bread. Order this, add a salad, and you've got a dinner with which you can be proud. Or heck, go for broke a get the meatiest-seeming thing on the menu, the Bangers and Mash, which of course aren't made from anything animal, but instead are a rich, hearty pair of white-bean and fennel sausages, plopped atop a pile of "rustic" hash browns, smothered in fried onions, mushrooms, and spicy mustard, paired with spinach. This, I would get again.

SSPNY lastly tried out the heartiest, meatiest-seeming thing on the menu, the Bangers and Mash, which came without anything animal, but instead with a rich, hearty pair of white-bean and fennel sausages, atop a pile of hash browns and smothered in fried onions, mushrooms and spicy mustard that is absolutely delicious!

The Butcher's Daughter is located on the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets, and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner, starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 10:00 Sunday through Thursday, and at 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. The official restaurant website is still under construction, but you can find the complete Butcher's Daughter menu here.

The Butcher's Daughter is located at the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets in the heart of Nolita, now available for breakfast, lunch, brunch and DINNER, starting at 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

written on 04/10/2013

Posted in: Nolita

Murray's Cheese Shop on Bleecker Street - They Know Cheese!! 

Can't think of what to cook for dinner?

Got ya covered...Grab your favorite bottle of red or white, and head on over to Murray's Cheese, a West Village staple on Bleecker and Cornelia Streets. It's wall to wall cheeses from all over the world, catering to any palette.  Not only do they sell cheese, but the "cheese-ologists" behind the counter know all there is to know about their products.  Simply show them your bottle and they'll tell you what cheese would go best with it and virtually build your next meal around their cheese choice!

Stroll down to famous Murray's Cheese shop the next time you're stumped in the kitchen...I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Shopaholics report to Designer Resale on East 81st Street! 

If you love shopping for one of a kind finds, designer resale is for sure your one stop shop. Everything in the store is thoroughly selected to ensure only top of the line designer labels that look brand new- that is if it doesn't still have tags attached.  Snag a pair of Jimmy Choos, a Prada satchel, or a gorgeous Badgley Mischka gown will for sure leave you feeling like a million bucks at your next soirée.  Guys don't feel left out there's a Men's Shop too! Live in one of Stone Streets Upper East Side buildings? Designer Resale is located at 324 East 81st Street right next to the Lily.

Stone Street checks out Juice Generation on West 4th Street! 

Check out Juice Generation located at 171 West 4th Street, right in between The Charlotte on Christopher Street and The Seville and The Cooper on Cornelia Street.  You can find fresh squeezed juices just about anywhere these days, but I love Juice Generation because all their ingredients are local and organic. One of my favorite drinks is the Lemon Lozenge, served hot, a healthy energizing alternative to coffee or tea.  Make sure to check out the food as well, all choices that leaves you feeling both light and satisfied. Oh and one more thing, there’s a gluten free bakery!

Checking in with Nolita Neighborhood Gem Bianca: Is this the Best Cheap Italian Spot in Town? 

SSPNY Eats at the Best Cheap Italian Spot in Town: Nolita Neighborhood's Bianca

SSPNY checks out the always packed Bianca in Nolita which opened up in 2005 by Chef Giancarlo Quadalti and Roberta Riccioli after success of Upper West Side sister, Celeste, and located on Bleecker right around the corner from Bowery and first-rate restaurants such as DBGB, The Wren, Peels and Hecho en Dumbo.

From the outside, Bianca looks like any one of a thousand mediocre New York City restaurants, with its semi-dingy curtains, peeling paint, silly typography. And once you poke your head in the door? More of the same. Scratched up wooden floors, generic, crammed-together tables and chairs, grandmotherly collection of plates providing the only decor. But you think: wait, why is this place so crowded? And then you realize that Bianca's pretty much ALWAYS packed, even with the lure of all of those hip-and-happening (and, often, legitimately first-rate) restaurants right around the corner on Bowery, like DBGB and The Wren, Peels and Hecho en Dumbo. So what gives?

 SSPNY looks over the whole Bianca menu filled with appealing and generously portioned choices, including the Fegatini con Aceto Balsamico. This time, we started off with the Carciofi Fritti, or salty crunch baby artichokes served with crispy fried parsley. Besides delicious food, most appetizers and pastas will also only ring you up in single-digit territory, with most fish and meat dishes only hitting the mid-teen price point.

I've been to Bianca many times over the years--the place opened in 2005--and have also enjoyed several great meals courtesy of its Upper West Side sister, Celeste. The prices, of course, are one reason Bianca is so popular, with most appetizers and pastas solidly in single-digit territory, and even the meat and fish dishes hitting only the mid-teens. How Chef Giancarlo Quadalti and his partner Roberta Riccioli pull this off, especially considering the generous portions at Bianca, and the many interesting dishes from Northern Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, is anyone's guess... but night after night, over the course of eight years, pull it off they do. I'm always vaguely concerned when first sitting down at one of their rickety tables (was this really as good as I'm remembering?), and every time, Bianca delivers. You could eat here once a week and not be disappointed.

 SSPNY next tried out one of the pasta options, with the plump Ravioli di Ricotta, served in a lake of butter sauce and topped with sage, chewy strands of Gramigna, a tomatoey sauce with crumbled sausage and bell peppers. If you had all three of these meals together, the bill would still only run you at about $43 after tip!

Anyway, the Bianca menu is filled with appealing choices, but I tend to get the same things again and again. The Fegatini con Aceto Balsamico, or balsamic-glazed chicken livers on toast, are unbelievably tender, a wonderful balance of earthy and sweet, with an acid bite to finish things off. Also always at my table is the Carciofi Fritti, salty, crunchy baby artichokes, served with a mound of crispy, hopelessly addictive fried parsley. Next up at Bianca is pasta, and there are plenty of good options. The plump Ravioli di Ricotta are served in a lake of butter sauce, topped with enough sage leaves to make a difference. And the thick, chewy strands of Gramigna are always well served by their tomatoey sauce of crumbled sausage and bell peppers. And if you ordered all of the above, which is a hefty dinner for two? You're looking at a check of about $43. With tip. Remarkable.

 Bianca is easily one of the most delicious and inexpensive Italian meals you'll have anywhere in the city. Technically located in NoHo, Bianca can be found on Bleecker Street between Bowery and Elizabeth Street, and is open every day at 5pm for dinner, with kitchen open until 11pm on Monday through Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and until 10:30pm on Sunday.

Bianca is located on Bleecker Street between Bowery and Elizabeth, which I realize is technically NoHo, but is also close enough to Nolita not to make a difference. Bianca is open every day at 5:00 p.m. for dinner, with the kitchen open until 11:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, until 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday, and until 10:30 on Sunday. More info and the complete Bianca menu can be found here.

written on 04/10/2013

Posted in: Nolita

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, at the New Museum on Bowery 

SSPNY Heads Over to Nolita's New Museum on Bowery for NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

SSPNY checks out the New Museum right now as they hold a giant time-capsule of a show called NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. The proper exhibition is on display in every available space inside the New Museum gallery from the lobby to a soaring room on third floor, where rude skateboard decks, stickers, and Daniel Joseph Martinez's Museum Tags hang. Here an Untitled work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres features a string of light bulbs, and deep orange carpeting, a billboard of a lone bird flying through a grey sky with a haunting soundtrack playing in the background.

For culture lovers who enjoy a little edge in their art, downtown New York City is definitely the place to be. Take the pretty, intimate neighborhood of Nolita, for example, where Stone Street Properties has recently added a lovely, historic building right on Elizabeth. True, that part of town is probably better known for its great boutique shopping and casual, happening restaurants, but in the past decade or so Nolita has been the site of an art-scene explosion, with a dozen terrific new little galleries, all anchored by the world-class contemporary art exhibition and event space, the great New Museum. Although the New Museum, the institution, has been around since 1977, the current site (on Bowery across from Prince) and striking building (designed by Tokyo-based Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA) only opened about five years ago, in December of 2007, and has quickly become a cultural hub for the community. And, as it happens, right now at the New Museum there's an amazing, giant-time-capsule of a show, NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.

SSPNY checks out all five floors of the New Museum's gallery, named after a Sonic Youth album, and even spills over into the annex next door Studio 231, which now holds an installation by Nari's Ward called Amazing Grace that consists of dozens of discarded and filthy baby strollers strapped together fire hoses and assembled into the shape of a ship with Mahalla Jackson's version of Amazing Grace playing in the background.

Named after the influential Sonic Youth album recorded that year (though released in May of 1994), NYC 1993 fills all five floors-worth of the New Museum's galleries, and even spills over into the annex next door, Studio 231. In fact, the installation that takes over Studio 231 may be my favorite piece in the whole exhibition, Nari Ward's jaw-dropping Amazing Grace, which consists of dozens of discarded, often-filthy baby strollers, strapped together by old lengths of fire hose and assembled into the shape of ship, Mahalia Jackson's rendition of the classic spiritual of the same name playing softly in the background. It's an extraordinary work, designed to be discomfiting, and succeeded brilliantly.

SSPNY even checks out Jessica Diamond's massive Tributes to Kusama: Infinity billboard, as well as other disturbing works of art such as Pepon Osario's crime scene installation, Nayland Blake's amusingly titled Equipment for a Shameful Epic, and more.

Inside the New Museum proper the NYC 1993 exhibition takes over every available gallery, from the lobby space (love the rude skateboard decks, there, and the stickers, and Daniel Joseph Martinez's Museum Tags); to the soaring room on three, which houses my OTHER favorite piece in the show, an as-usual Untitled work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres featuring a string of light bulbs, deep orange carpeting, "billboards" of a lone bird flying through a grim sky, and a haunting, repetitive soundtrack; to the small nook off the stairwell between floors three and two. There are lots of big names here at NYC 1993, and plenty of familiar, iconic pieces, including Charles Ray (his creepy Family Romance), Lorna Simpson, Paul McCarthy (his even more creepy Cultural Gothic), David Hammons, John Currin (a pair from his Girl in Bed series, below) and Matthew Barney. There are also lots of things that I had never seen before, such as Pepon Osario's elaborate and disturbing crime scene installation, Nayland Blake's amusingly titled Equipment for a Shameful Epic, and Jessica Diamond's massive Tributes to Kusama: Infinity (above).

SSPNY also checks out the iconic works of John Currin from his Girl in Bed series, and other creepy Cultural Gothic works from acclaimed artists such as Charles Ray, Lorna Simpson, and Paul McCarthy. The New Museum is located on Bowery between Rivington and Stanton Streets open from Wednesday through Sunday and free on Thursdays!

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star will be at the New Museum May 26. The New Museum is located on Bowery between Rivington and Stanton Streets, and is open from Wednesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m., and until 6:00 p.m. each of those days except Thursday, when it's open until 9:00 p.m. The New Museum is free on Thursdays from 7:00 until 9:00. Lots more info about the New Museum and the NYC 1993 show, here.

SSPNY has recently added a new building in Nolita right on Elizabeth Street, near great boutique shopping and restaurants, and what has become over the last decade an art-scene explosion with a dozen terrific new little galleries all anchored by the contemporary art exhibition and event space, the great New Museum. Here, Stone Street explores the New Museum, an institution since 1977, whose new location opened in December 2007 on Bowery across from Prince Street, in a striking building designed by Tokyo-based Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, which has quickly been named a cultural hub for the community.


written on 04/10/2013

Posted in: Nolita

Nolita Neighborhood History: Home to Tenements, Def Jam, and a Kid Named Marty Scorsese 

SSPNY Looks Back at the Historic Nolita Neighborhood: Home to Tenements, Def Jam and Martin Scorsese!

SSPNY first looks back at the once, less than safe, streets of Nolita down by Elizabeth Street, just a block away from the Bowery, which used to be one of the notorious skid rows housing only tenements for more than a century, and now home to some of the most beautiful old restored tenements anywhere in NYC.

There's no shortage of juicy history here in Manhattan, especially downtown, where almost every block has seen its share of heydeys, hard times, revitalizations, repeat. This is not news, by the way. In fact, New York City's defining characteristic has ALWAYS been constant change (and commerce, though the two tend to travel through time together), even as far back as the days when the Dutch were running things. That said, some neighborhoods, and some blocks, are a tad bit more interesting than most. For example: the stretch of Nolita's Elizabeth Street from Bleecker down to Prince, which happens to be the home of the newest addition to the Stone Street Properties family, The Leo, which runs from 260 to 268.

SSPNY even checks out what some called "Crack Alley" until the 1980s, referring to the part of Elizabeth Street between Bleecker and Houston that is said to have inspired Public Enemy's song, Night of the Living Baseheads, under Def Jam's label.

It's hard to imagine Elizabeth Street, which today boasts more trendy, spendy boutiques per square inch than just about anywhere in town, as being anything but wonderfully safe and stroll-worthy, but that's a surprisingly recent development in this part of town. Being a block away from the Bowery, once one of the world's most notorious skid rows, didn't help prettify things, and all of these beautiful old restored tenements in Nolita, which give this coveted neighborhood so much of its character, spent much of their century-plus history as, well... just tenements. Also of note: as recently as the 1980s Elizabeth between Bleecker and Houston was not-so-affectionately known as "Crack Alley", and was said to have been the inspiration for Public Enemy's seminal song, Night of the Living Baseheads. Public Enemy's label at the time, Def Jam, was headquartered on the block back then, so the rumor makes sense.

SSPNY next visits the most colorful era in the 40s and '50s, when Elizabeth Street was still home of Little Italy in a lively and slightly dangerous neighborhood where Martin Scorsese settled in 1950, where both of this parents grew up and where much of his early works were inspired, including his 1973 masterpiece Mean Streets.

But perhaps the block's most colorful era came in the 1940s and '50s, when Elizabeth Street was still solidly Little Italy all up and down its length, alive with stoop-sitters, street kids and wise guys. It was this lively, slightly-dangerous (if you weren't a local) setting into which moved one Martin Scorsese in 1950. Both of Scorsese's parents grew up on the block--his mom in 232 Elizabeth, which was filled with families from the Sicilian town of Cirmina; his dad across the street in 241, which is where everyone from the nearby town of Pulizi had settled in--and, after a stint in Corona, Queens, they moved back with wide-eyed, eight-year-old Marty. For 15 years Scorsese lived at 253 Elizabeth, the family of four squeezed into three-and-a-half rooms, sometimes sleeping on the fire escape in the pre-AC summer. The scene that played out before him as he roamed the neighborhood and watched the drama of Little Italy life unfold before him from his third-story bedroom window informed much of Scorsese's early works, including his 1973 masterpiece Mean Streets, some of which he filmed right on the block.

SSPNY lastly visits one of the most interesting blocks in NYC's downtown Manhattan as they check out the historic stretch of Nolita's Elizabeth Street from Bleecker down to Prince famous for commerce and constant change even when the Dutch ran things. The stretch of Elizabeth Street from Bleecker down to Prince, is now the newest addition to the Stone Street Properties family, The Leo, which runs from 260 to 268.

written on 04/10/2013

Posted in: Nolita

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