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Volang Boutique Shutters After 4-Year Tenure on Orchard Street

Posted July 22, 2014 at 6:08 am

A few weeks shy of its fourth anniversary on the Lower East Side, women’s boutique, Volang, packed up and left. We passed 147 Orchard Street yesterday afternoon to find the store a ghost town. There are no updates via social media or website announcement, and the phone line is “not accepting calls at this time.” […]

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Hakki’s Rivington Pizza Parlor Renamed ‘Melani Pizza’; Full Liquor License Sought

Posted July 22, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hakki’s “famous” World Champion Pizza at 170 Rivington Street is no longer in the Lower East Side game. Within the last few weeks, the store seemingly changed hands, and currently carries a new identity. The parlor is now called Melani Pizzeria. The store itself underwent some change as well, including a major cleanup and better dining […]

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Black Scale is Moving Its Flagship to 4 Prince Street

Posted July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

The Black Scale flagship boutique at 296 Elizabeth Street is reportedly moving to the Bowery. More precisely, to the embattled eastern fringe of Prince Street, which has seen its fair share of retail turnover the last couple years. We are told the Black Scale streetwear brand will soon re-launch inside the old Seasonal Whispers store […]

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The Bowery Graffiti Wall is Being Torn Apart Right Now

Posted July 22, 2014 at 5:54 am

As construction progresses at 76 East Houston, the adjacent graffiti wall suffers. That two-story paneled enclosure of the original concrete slab is currently being stripped of its artwork (that of Cope2). You can easily view the damage from behind the sidewalk bridge or via the gratuitous blogger portals. Shattered pieces of the mural now litter the […]

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Black Seed Bagels Are Just So … Ordinary

Last modified July 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

The world of bagels is not unlike the world of pizza – even a bad bagel is still a good bagel. From Lenders to Pain d’Avignon – I’ve never met a bagel I didn’t devour. Give me an “as is,” toasted, grilled, sandwiched, buttered, cheesed – I draw the line at loxed, unless I’m in the mood to […]

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Judd Apatow’s ‘Trainwreck’ Returns to Grand Street Today

Posted July 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

For the second Monday in a row, Judd Apatow’s latest feature comedy – Trainwreck – will headquarter on the Lower East Side. And in the same spot, too. The requisite “no parking” signs have been placed within close proximity to the intersection of Orchard and Grand Streets. As previously reported, Trainwreck was written by foul-mouthed comedienne Amy […]

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Green Gate Cleaner Offers ‘Organic’ Dry Cleaning for Upper Orchard Street

Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:09 am

Barely a month after Synchronicity departed 179 Orchard Street, its replacement has arrived. The anointed newcomer is an upscale, “organic” laundry/dry cleaner called Green Gate Cleaner. Opening transpired last week. Neons are aglow. The storefront – no stranger to vacancy the last few years - is pretty much a white box space with a countertop. A […]

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Army & Navy Bags Adds New Canopy on East Houston Store

Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:03 am

Eleven months ago, the Lower East Side nearly lost one of its treasures. Army & Navy Bags at East Houston almost met its doom last August after the landlord nearly tripled the rent. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed, and the forty-year-old business was able to negotiate a relatively favorable price of “just under double” the previous amount. […]

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100 Montaditos is Still Happening at the Former EarthMatters Store on Ludlow Street

Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

100 Montaditos is still happening in Hell Square, but taking its sweet ass time. For the first time since June 2013, the entrance of 177 Ludlow Street is again covered by a plywood shed. The new lumber arrived last month with some new teaser signage. We also sniped a glimpse of the interior. It was […]

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