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The Plight of Lower East Side Small Businesses


Pepto-Bismol. Nowadays, Rona Economou, owner of a small Greek food stall in the Essex Street Market, keeps it handy. Stress makes her stomach uneasy. And her right eye, it twitches. Even in seemingly ordinary moments, like when she’s done laboring over the stove, the day’s cooking complete, and stands watch over her spinach pies, pear […]

VIDEO: Columbia Fencer Chasing Olympic Bid


National champion, two-time junior world champion … one day, perhaps an Olympian? That’s what drives Margaret Lu, a freshman fencer at Columbia University, who last year was one spot away from qualifying from the London games. Video from NY City Lens on Vimeo.

There’s More to This Butcher than Meat and Frowns

D'Angelo Bros. butcher shop opened in 1910 in Philadelphia's Italian Market, the largest, continuous outdoor market in the country. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

  PHILADELPHIA — It’s called Turducken. Cuts of three birds – chicken and duck inside a large, deboned turkey, each layer lined with a sausage stuffing – bundled together, forming the on-steroids pièce de résistance of a holiday meal near you. Patrons line up out the door of D’Angelo Bros., the century-old butcher shop in […]

VIDEO: Lower East Side Businesses Getting a Boost

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Hurricane Sandy robbed Lower East Side businesses of at least a week’s worth of revenue. Evan Burgos has the story of one organization that’s lending a hand. Video from Evan Burgos on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Nov. 29 Deadline Looms To Allow Fracking In New York


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a decision to make. Thursday is the deadline to approve more natural gas drilling in the southern part of the state. As Evan Burgos reports, the issue is causing a heated debate. Video from NY City Lens on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Hurricane Sandy Brings Storm Merchandise to New York


In New York, you can find all kinds of souvenirs – so why not a souvenir for Hurricane Sandy? Jefferson Mok reports. Video from NY City Lens on Vimeo.

Lower East Side Back to Normal on Election Day

A Lower East Side voter exits the polls at PS 20 on Essex Street. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

Lower East Side Back to Normal on Election Day from NY City Lens on Vimeo.   A week after superstorm Sandy knocked out electricity in downtown Manhattan, Lower East Side residents had no trouble casting their votes on Tuesday. Though one site was changed because of flooding, voters on the east side of lower Manhattan, […]

VIDEO: Relief Runners Aid Staten Island After Sandy

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When the New York City Marathon was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a group of runners banded together to bring additional aid to one of the city’s hardest hit boroughs: Staten Island. Relief Runners Aid Staten Island After Sandy from NY City Lens on Vimeo.

VIDEO: New Yorkers in a Gas Frenzy Since Sandy


As cars stretched for miles and hundreds of people waited for the gas pumps to begin flowing, Corey Hill and his girlfriend, Rashidah Blair, stood hugging in the cold in front of the convenient store at a Hess gas station in Ozone Park, Queens on Thursday. With his arms wrapped around Blair, Hill held two […]

VIDEO: In The Dark And Without Water, Bellevue Hospital Evacuated

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  Published: October 31, 2012 In the Dark and Without Water, Bellevue Hospital Evacuated from Pierce Crosby on Vimeo.

NYPD Buys 50 Guns Off City Streets

The NYPD held its most recent gun buyback program in the Lower East Side last Sunday. The police bought 50 guns in all. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

  The NYPD managed to rid city streets of 50 guns as a result of its latest gun buyback event, held last Sunday in the Lower East Side a day before Hurricane Sandy hit New York City. The NYPD bought 50 weapons, including 44 handguns, police said, paying a total of $8,920 to those who […]

Before Closing for Good, Pathmark Helps Lower East Side Prep for Storm

Twenty-eight cases of bottled water is all that remained at the Pathmark on the Lower East Side ahead of Hurricane Sandy. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

  It’s a good thing the Pathmark isn’t closing until December. Many residents in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, some of which has been designated for evacuation as Hurricane Sandy plows toward New York City, swarmed the area’s largest supermarket Sunday afternoon, gathering supplies in preparation for the massive storm set to hit land late Monday. […]

Men Seek Refuge, Guidance at Lower East Side Shelter

The Bowery Mission, located On Bowery in the Lower East Side, is a shelter and soup kitchen for needy men. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

  James Macklin sat in the cafeteria of the Bowery Mission, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, talking of the men he used to be among. He first walked in as an unemployed 40-something, at a low point in a life that began with his mother, a 13-year-old rape victim, […]

Where Pickles are Only the Beginning

A peak inside a barrel of pickles at The Pickle Guys on Essex Street in the Lower East Side. (Evan Burgos/NY City Lens)

  Mike Chu doesn’t smell a thing. Not anymore. After 15 years working amid the salty, vinegary stench that swirls in the nostrils at this pickle shop on the Lower East Side, Chu is immune. The sour aroma, oddly enjoyable, emanates from 29 barrels of fermenting vegetables that account for about half of the storefront […]

Exhibit Provides a Peek at Proposed Underground Park

This installation, including a Japanese maple tree, ferns and moss, is sustained by innovative lighting technology at "Imagining the Lowline." (Steve Silvia/NY City Lens)

City development normally aims upward. One project though has the opposite trajectory: a park — trees, grass, moss and all — tens of feet underground in the Lower East Side. They’re calling it the world’s first underground park. The plan is to turn 1.5 acres of the unused Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, under Delancey Street […]