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Vicki Rovere’s ‘Free Store’ Still a Late-Night Attraction on Ludlow Street After 15 Years

Posted May 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

The long arm of gentrification and its army of boutique hotels and lux living is quietly squeezing another longtime Lower East Side tradition. That of the “Free Store” on the northern fringe of Ludlow Street. Thirty-seven-year Ludlow resident and self-proclaimed “environmental scavenger” Vicki Rovere has been running the show for a decade, constantly hauling suitcases […]

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The Genesis Bridal Shop Finds a New Home on East Houston Street

Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Genesis Bridal Shop, a local stalwart on the block since 1983, officially departed 97 Clinton Street last week. As you might guess, the family-owned store succumbed to the escalating real estate pressures plaguing so much of the neighborhood these days. The landlord jacked the rent to more than double the current amount, making it […]

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‘Balanced Pilates’ Opens its 2nd Studio at 17 Essex Today

Posted May 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

When word dropped earlier this year that a half-baked bar concept called Vote for Pedro wanted to open in the 400 square-foot sublevel space at 17 Essex Street, neighbors immediately mobilized to block the application. Both the Orchard Street Block Association and SPaCE posed a united front to ensure Community Board 3 delivered a denial. […]

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Skingraft Closes 2-Year-Old Boutique on Prince Street

Posted May 13, 2015 at 5:12 am

Turnover anew at the corner of the Bowery and Prince Street, a block familiar with constant commercial change. The Skingraft boutique closed its doors for good at the end of April, capping two years in the neighborhood. So, yeah; don’t believe that handwritten sign announcing renovations at 7 Prince Street. It’s bullshit. The boutique is […]

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Schmata Move: M&A Fabrics by Rita Relocates to Allen Street

Posted May 13, 2015 at 5:10 am

Final holdovers of a schmatta past are amidst transition on Grand Street. We’ve already seen the exodus of Modern Decor from the Pink Building at the corner of Orchard. Now, one block west, a pair of longtimers have bid adieux. For years, 294 Grand hosted two seemingly rundown fabric/interior design shops. M. Karfiol & Son […]

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High-End Home Furnishing Showroom ‘Sire Home’ is Opening at 149 Orchard Street

Posted April 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

It’s a real estate trend endemic of New York City these days. Landlords sit on retail vacancies for months, sometimes years, before filling the ranks. Some call it warehousing, and it’s hurting the neighborhood. Just walk down Orchard Street. One of said warehoused stores, a Misrahi-managed property, is now replaced. Any Old Iron fled 149 Orchard […]

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Gogo Gone Speciality Bike Shop Opens on Eldridge Street

Posted April 23, 2015 at 5:17 am

For independent bike shops across the city, it’s a cutthroat climate, thanks in large part to the proliferation of Citi Bike. But it’s not stopping upstart companies from entering the market. Like Gogo Gone on the Lower East Side. Gogo Gone opened last week on the second landing of 138 Eldridge Street. You wouldn’t know […]

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Canadian Apparel Company ‘Roots’ is Opening a Store on Elizabeth Street

Posted April 14, 2015 at 5:13 am

The northern end of Elizabeth Street is quickly becoming a destination for boutique-sized outposts of mid-level corporate brands. Seriously. In the last couple years, we’ve seen the arrival of Wolverine Company Store, Schott, L’Agent (sub-label of Agent Provocateur), and TOMS Shoes. This quick succession of consumerism ultimately comes at the expense of high rents and […]

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Maraya Cigars Closes Its Orchard Street Store (Formerly Guss’ Pickles)

Posted April 7, 2015 at 5:15 am

In what seems like eons, it was already five years ago that Guss’ Pickles departed the Lower East Side for Borough Park. (Alas, the pickle purveyors didn’t last long in the new environment) Its old digs at 87 Orchard Street quickly fell into the hands of a specialty cigar shop called Maraya, whose own tenure […]

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Adel Atelier Hair Salon Vacates 96 Orchard Street for Midtown

Last modified March 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Adel Atelier is moving away from Orchard Street after a successful three-year tenancy. We are told that the salon, which collected various accolades and press mentions, will saddle up at the end of the month. Meaning, later today. Reason given for the departure is the need for more space. As such, Adel is relocating to […]

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