Participants Announced for Orchard Street “Day Life” Street Festival

Posted on: April 18th, 2012 at 6:18 am by

Nightlife all but killed the Orchard Street pedestrian mall. No two ways about it. So the Lower East Side BID organized and proposed a  new “street fair” called “Day Life” to help inject life into the weekly tradition. The pilot for this new initiative, which the board hopes to have in place by autumn, will be held on June 3. The hype machine is already in full gear, evidenced by the release of an early list of vendor participants (reproduced below).

Photo Credit: Dub Studios

Participating Food Vendors to date:

A Casa Fox, 173 Orchard Street
Brooklyn Taco, Essex Market, 120 Essex Street
Casa Mezcal, 86 Orchard Street
Goodfellas Brick Oven Pizza, 144 Orchard Street
Melt Bakery, 132 Orchard Street
Mission Chinese, Coming soon to 154 Orchard Street
SHI Eurasia, 143a Orchard Street

Retails Vendors to date:

Any Old Iron, 149 Orchard Street
Ben Freedman Gents, 137 Orchard Street
Corrente, 179 Orchard Street
Daha Vintage, 175 Orchard Street
David Owens Vintage, 154 Orchard Street
Epaulet, 144 Orchard Street
MissInna Consignment, 190 Orchard Street
Nick & Sons Clothing, 161 Orchard Street
The Hoodie Shop, 181 Orchard Street
Volang, 147 Orchard Street

As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, the target demographic for Day Life doesn’t seem too representative of the entire neighborhood population. Seems more the scene for foodies and fashionistas who desire everything artisanal. These sentiments were echoed by many readers, two of whom responded with the following comments:

As a young resident of the area for nearly 8 years, I am not opposed to any plan that would involve cleaning that stretch of Orchard St. up a little bit..however, why must everything be turned in a “Festival” of sorts? the streets are already overrun all weekend, and any sort of peace and quiet we have down here is cherished. I really don’t know about this…


What else do you except from the BID?  They always seem like they just landed here from Greenwich, Connecticut.

How do you feel about Day Life? Weigh in!

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  • Jimmy456

    I think it’s a great idea.  I live in the LES.  I’ve lived here for
    fifteen years.  When I arrived, it was quiet but I knew that,
    eventually, the neighborhood would become noisy and busy with the influx
    of “coolness.”  It’s both a blessing and a curse.  That being said,
    it’s what it is and a resident should not expect “peach and quiet” when
    living here.   It’s much quieter in Greenwich, Connecticut…move there. 

    And this comment:

    “Seems more the scene for foodies and fashionistas who desire everything artisanal.”

    Has the writer not taken a look at the businesses populating the Lower
    East Side?  I see countless restaurants – many of them high end joints
    aimed directly at “foodies” – and even more boutique clothing stores in
    which I couldn’t afford a t-shirt. 

    Perhaps we should set up a block sale and bring back the good old heroin dealers from the days gone by.  

    But then again, you can’t please everybody.  

  • LESer

    Why is BB so grumpy these days! I live right on orchard in the middle of this and am actually a bit excited to see some life interjected into the so called pedestrian mall!

  • Trapezebird

    One shouldn’t have to move to seek some shred of PEACE and quiet, my dear. I think if those that visited the neighborhood exhibited any sort of good manners, we might not be having this debate at all. People pissing and vomiting all over the place is to be expected I suppose…but having to see it so much and so often? My goodness, you’d think that half the people out and about on the weekends had never had a drop of alcohol in all their lives. I think that if people were just a smidge more considerate and mindful of the fact that there are full time residents who live in the area, things would run a lot smoother. Alas, I suppose I’ll have to just keep dodging those puke puddles on the way to grab my morning coffee from 88 Orchard….

    • Charlie Geist

       Agreed, one shouldn’t HAVE to move to find peace and quiet.  One would just need to purchase some good ear plugs. 

  • Resident

    It would be nice if the LES BID addressed the quality of life at night in the neighborhood too. This festival sounds lovely. However, the LES BID is doing the neighborhood a huge disservice by failing to address the awful night-time businesses that have made living here a bad deal. I’m young, and yet I hate the drunk crowds that fill the streets every weekend night. Will the LES BID even attempt to help with that problem?