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Downtown Express photos by  Dusica Sue Malesevic Shops Open After a $330 million renovation that took almost for years, Brookfield Place is now — mostly — open. There are few store stragglers, such as Vilebrequin and Calypso, and the garden district of marketplace Le District is still verboten, but a plethora of high-end retail and […]

BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  Aaron Gross is a fifth-generation member of the Streit’s matzoh family. His great-great-grandfather Aron was the company’s founder. Today, Gross runs Streit’s with his cousins Alan Adler and Aron Pagoda. Eleven family members are in the business, and they all get along. “We are not the Durst family,” Gross quipped. Four old buildings […]

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BY WINNIE McCROY  |  Residents of Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen gathered at Roosevelt Hospital on the evening of April 1 for the monthly full board meeting of Community Board 4 where among other things, they debated the application to the State Liquor Authority for a beer and wine license by Ichiran, a new restaurant to […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Michelle Myles is one of the original gangstas of tattooing in the Lower East Side. Myles and her business partner, Brad Fink, opened Daredevil Tattoo in 1997 on Ludlow St. A year and a half ago, they moved the business to 141 Division St. Myles’s story of how she got […]

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By SAM SPOKONY   |  The new face of fitness at Southbridge Towers is Martin Luther King Addo, even though he had to come halfway around the world before opening up shop. Addo, 44, gained fame as a champion bodybuilder in his home country of Ghana, where he was twice crowned “Mr. Ghana.” After following […]

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Ambrose and Peking, two of the South Street Seaport Museum’s historic ships, are open to the public on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thanksgiving. A suggested donation of $5 includes entry to both ships. “People are very enthusiastic about Peking and Ambrose being open,” said Jonathan Boulware, interim president of the South […]

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[media-credit name=”Abby Spilka. Downtown Express photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit]BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ  |  One could argue that, technically, everyone ultimately dies alone, but what is certain is that no one wants to. To walk a slow, painful, and lonely march toward death is a cruel fate. Most people desire at the least […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Behind a frosted glass door, Vintry Wine & Whiskey is sequestered from Stone Street’s hubbub. A candle glows in a foyer draped with velvet curtains. Beyond them is a narrow, high-ceilinged room with a bar and five tall, marble-topped tables, each seating six people. The lighting is dim. The walls, […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photo by John Bayles ” align=”alignleft” width=”227″][/media-credit] White & Church at 281 Church St. has been revamped to better reflect its customers and the neighborhood in general. BY JANEL BLADOW  |  Maybe the third time is a charm. At least that’s what the executive chef-owner of White & Church is hoping. Matteo […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES | Josh Rahmani did his homework before embarking on his latest business venture, a drugstore chain he hopes will one day find its way into every neighborhood in Manhattan.   Prime Essentials opened its flagship store on 88 Leonard St. two months ago, with little fanfare — a decision Rahmani said was […]

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