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Another Leather Vendor to Shutter on Orchard Street

Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:18 am

It’s an ongoing bloodbath in this former bargain district… The second coming of Giuseppe Uomo on Orchard Street is concluding. Curtains for the leather vendor that’s been operating here for the last four years. Handwritten signs at the entrance inform patrons that the store is closing. The original Giuseppe Uomo shop at 130 Orchard vacated […]

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In Response to New Public School Holidays, Margaret Chin Calls for Lunar New Year Consideration

Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:16 am

With the year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat having just begun, Councilwoman Margaret Chin is still fighting for the Lunar New Year. Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Muslim holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha are now considered official Public School Holidays (i.e. days off). While acknowledging the news, Chin, for her part, […]

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Los Feliz Reopens After Being Raided by the 7th Precinct Last Week

Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:10 am

Los Feliz is back open on Ludlow Street. The 7th Precinct raided Rob Shamlian’s four-year-old establishment last week on a “nuisance and abatement” bust. Most likely underage serving. This full-court police press arrived on a rather quiet Thursday evening. It remained closed in the interim. But shielded itself from the proverbial egg on its face […]

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Looking ‘Down Orchard Street’ for the Remaining Bargain District Vendors [VIDEO]

Posted March 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

This one tugs at the heart strings, especially since those old-school “callers” are damn near gone. You know, those relentless men hawking their wares (mostly leather) on Orchard Street. Local filmmakers Courtney Fathom Sell and Louis Ressy have been chronicling the discount leather businesses’ fight for survival these last few years. The duo made a “portrait […]

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For the Essex Market Building on Site 2, It’s One Step Closer to Demolition

Posted March 4, 2015 at 5:13 am

Down at the old Essex Market building below Delancey Street (aka Site 2 of Essex Crossing), it’s a flurry of activity preceding the inevitable wrecking ball. Demolition crews have been busy this week installing the requisite scaffolding, sidewalk bridge, and plywood along the perimter of the brick building. Full takedown will soon commence and last […]

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Hotel Indigo on Orchard Street Delayed Until September 2015; Retail Hype Coming Soon

Posted March 4, 2015 at 5:11 am

Hell, what’s another six months when the project has already run a decade and cost countless millions in both currency and complaints. So it is with the Hotel Indigo on Orchard Street, which continues to live up to its Hell Building nickname. According to the booking website, the 23-story lodge won’t start accepting reservations until […]

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An Early Look Inside Dimes 2.0 on Canal Street

Posted March 4, 2015 at 5:09 am

You’re looking at the almost-ready interior of Dimes 2.0 at 49 Canal Street. The much larger space – now with an arched design – is easily twice the size of the OG location. As previously reported, it’ll offer an expanded kitchen, additional seating, and the benefits of a full liquor license (still pending at the […]

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‘Vote for Pedro’ is a Mexican Eatery Vying for 17 Essex Street

Posted March 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

Contain your liger’s excitement, for a thin slice of Napoleon Dynamite is headed to Seward Park. Translation = another restaurant is angling to open in this once-storied district of Judaica. Just a few doors north of the forthcoming Salvadoran restaurant Cabalito, a Mexican restaurant is currently in the infant stage of development. Working title of […]

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Civilianaire Fails Out of 53 East Houston After Two Years

Posted March 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

We saw this one coming a mile away. A death watch that came to pass. The year-long 50%-off merchandise sale became a rather sure indication of demise. It was just a matter of when. Well, that day of reckoning arrived yesterday for the Civilianaire boutique on East Houston, where a constant placement of window signage […]

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