Tag Archives: The Lower East Side

Justin Bieber’s Tattoo Guy Opened His LES Ink Spot Last Night

New York Magazine

Last night the city’s tattoo luminaries hobnobbed at the grand opening of the most buzzed-about ink parlor in the history of man. Bang Bang (real name: Keith McCurdy) counts the likes of Rihanna, Rita Ora, and Justin Bieber as loyal customers — and he has their tattoo autographs to prove it.

After operating under the radar throughout summer, his minimalist shop at 26 Clinton Street — which feels like a cross between a hair salon and a design studio — is finally officially open. The slick atmosphere and rotating roster of some of the best talents in the business — like Jon Mesa, El-E Mags, and Tye Harris — only ups Bang Bang’s trendsetter cred in the body art scene. [Full Post]


Rizzo’s Fine Pizza Bringing a Slice of Queens to LES

The Local East Village

An Astoria favorite is aiming to expand into the space that held Frankies 17 and later Francesca’s. The Local spotted the owners of Rizzo’s Fine Pizza at 17 Clinton Street last night, drumming up signatures in support of a beer and wine license

Rizzo’s is a popular family-run operation that specializes in thin-crust pies. The original location, opened in 1959, still stands at 30-13 Steinway Street and there’s an offshoot on the Upper East Side at 1426 Lexington Avenue. [Full Story]

Have a Seat: A Week-Long Art Salon Is Afoot

The Local East Village

Once a month, an eclectic band of experimental artists assembles for an evening of community, inspiration and presentation. Tonight, the Animamus Art Salon kicks off its most ambitious project yet: a week-long Living Salon at the hybrid bar and art gallery, Culture Fix. Works by fifty artists will line the walls, priced $100 each. Four artists-in-residence will set up makeshift studios, and daily events include a tea salon, movie night, a trendy gem spa, and a poetry “brunch.” [Full Story]

On Stanton Street, a New Community Garden Takes Root

The Local East Village

A scruffy lot at 181 Stanton Street will soon blossom into a community garden. With spring around the corner, residents will gather at ABC No Rio tomorrow to plot the future of Siempre Verde. Locals successfully lobbied to use the vacant space for an interim garden back in the Fall, but there hasn’t been much activity over the cold winter months.

Though the lot may look abandoned, garden member Ilyse Kazar said that some members have been tending to sections of the property for years. According to Ms. Kazar, the community was pushed to achieve legal status when the lot appeared as vacant land on 596 Acres, a land-access advocacy group. [Full Story]

On the Lower East Side, a New Zaftig-Friendly Boutique

The Local East Village

“Oh my God, your mannequins are real-sized!”

“Look, clothes for big girls like me!”

Those are the reactions Kathy Sanchez said she had gotten from passersby after opening Curvaceous K boutique over the weekend. Even petite women have come in to express their excitement about the healthy-sized models in the window, she said. [Full Story]