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With ‘Walltime,’ Bowery and East Houston Becomes User-Generated TV Screen

Posted February 21, 2017 at 5:13 am

Over the years, the south-facing exposure of 294 Bowery has boasted its fair share of advertising. And plenty of graffiti, naturally. Everything from static billboards like the enormous Grand Theft Auto IV banner (April 2008) to videos pimping Ciroc vodka or the fight to save turtles. Now, this enormous white space above (and unrelated to) […]

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Laces Out: Payless is Closing Delancey Street Store After 6 Years

Posted February 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Payless ShoeSource is a goner. The six-year-old store at 130 Delancey Street – inside the big-box base of the Blue condo – is closing in short order. Discount signs in the windows announce the closure and requisite sale, employing the tagline, “closing here but open near.” (The nearest location is 34th Street.) Payless has apparently […]

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‘Against Nature’ Boutique on Chrystie Street Shutters After 6 Years

Posted February 17, 2017 at 5:18 am

Fashion flight hits Chrystie Street. Against Nature, the men’s boutique that debuted back in 2010, shuttered this week. It rolled up and consolidated with the flagship store on Christopher Street. Not entirely unexpected. A few weeks ago, the Lee & Associates brokerage installed an enormous leasing banner on the facade. What we often call tombstone […]

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‘No Idols Tattoo’ the Latest Tattoo Parlor to Open on the Bowery, Birthplace of the Industry

Posted February 16, 2017 at 5:07 am

Tattooing is returning home in a big way. Back to the Bowery, where it all started. The latest newcomer in this revival is No Idols Tattoo, which opened a second-floor ink spot a few months ago at 112 Bowery. It joins Kings Avenue and celebrity inkmaster Bang Bang’s studio within a five-block radius. This chalked-up […]

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‘ELKEL’ Opening its First Brick-and-Mortar Boutique at 48 Hester Street

Posted February 14, 2017 at 5:17 am

Men’s fashion is apparently still in at 48 Hester Street. Several months after shirt purveyor Gowan closed down, another boutique is on deck. This one focuses on “luxury men’s urban wear.” ELKEL officially announced itself last week with a few computer printouts and window neon. 48 Hester Street is the brand’s first solo brick-and-mortar. According […]

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Under New Ownership, Rebranded 249 Broome Street Now Has Some ‘Sparkle’

Posted February 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

Hell Square retailer Yaf Sparkle has a new home south of the Delancey divide, one that’s seen quite a bit of activity, both physical and legal, in the last year. Under new ownership, 249 Broome Street emerged from its extended renovation period a couple months ago. The result is a rebranded property – upscaled, you […]

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Teaching Art and Fashion to Kids with LES Popped for ‘Sunday Funday’

Posted February 10, 2017 at 5:07 am

LES Popped is growing. What was once solely a holiday pop-up shop for local artisans is now a permanent fixture at 72 Orchard Street. And one that’s adding kid programs to the mix. Indeed, Popped Kids “Sunday Funday” is the latest venture to come out of the creative enterprise. It’s a way of passing down inspired artistic skill sets […]

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‘Flow Life’ Holistic Lounge Loses its Lease After 2 Years on Orchard Street

Posted February 7, 2017 at 5:09 am

Chalk up 58 Orchard Street as another cursed retail space. The Flow Life holistic lounge shuttered last week after just over two years on the block. Reason given – per the farewell letter taped to the door – is they were “unable to negotiate a lease renewal.” Ownership is currently seeking a larger location to […]

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Where Vaping Previously Failed, ‘Vapeology’ Smokes up 166 Orchard Street

Posted January 20, 2017 at 5:09 am

Meet the new tenant at 166 Orchard Street. Same as the old. Well, almost. Six months after the departure of Vapeya from the retail landscape, something called Vapeology just moved down from upstate. It’s been open for a few weeks now. The interior looks basically identical to its predecessor – an L-shaped glass bar backed […]

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Quirky Boutique ‘Object_ify 139’ Quits Essex Street After 2 Years

Posted January 11, 2017 at 5:17 am

For Object_ify 139, it’s store no more. The artsy object silo is packing up at the end of the week, and headed for the pastures of the online marketplace. Its last day in business on the Lower East Side is this Friday. School of Visual Arts graduate Maria Candanoza opened the pint-sized boutique at 139 […]

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