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TOMS Shoes Flagship NYC Location on Elizabeth Street Opens This Week

Posted February 24, 2015 at 5:15 am

TOMS Shoes is mere days from unveiling its flagship Manhattan location. Interior build-out has been underway at 264 Elizabeth Street since last summer, and is only now concluding. Slow as hell. Promises of opening in 2014 were not fulfilled. This is the week, though. Soft launch is planned for Thursday evening, when the store will […]

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Chabad LES Temporarily Relocates to the Old Earnest Sewn Space on Orchard Street

Posted February 24, 2015 at 5:10 am

Prayer is now public on Orchard Street, bringing it all back home. Its a fairly common sight. Rabbi Stone walking Orchard Street in the hours of the Jewish Sabbath trying to attract men for a minyan, wearing the traditional shawl and black hat. “Are you Jewish, my friend” is his go-to pickup line. Stone is […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Siki Im Collaboration on Broome Street

Posted February 23, 2015 at 5:19 am

Neighborhood documentarian Clayton Patterson lent his popular stitch imagery to designer Siki Im for the Fall 2015 line. A collaboration he calls “art activism fashioin.” The local photographer teamed up for the runway exhibition at Whitebox on Broome Street last week. Hardcore punk band Gorilla Biscuits performed… Patterson’s flare adds plenty of popping color to […]

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‘Bess’ Closes Its Longtime Boutique at 292 Lafayette Street

Posted February 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

In a surprising turn of events, it appears Bess is gone from the downtown retail landscape. The fifteen-year-old offbeat boutique spent almost half that time at 292 Lafayette Street. An impressive feat. The establishment closed for good within the last couple weeks, though; its windows, formerly adorned with interesting art and fashion now simply carries a […]

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Seeking Bigger Space, the ‘Mr. Lower East Side Pageant’ Relocates to Brooklyn

Posted February 17, 2015 at 5:05 am

In an unfortunate but not altogether surprising twist, the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant will no longer be held in its namesake neighborhood. At least for this 16th iteration of the show. To Brooklyn it goes like everything else of eclectic nature these days. The show’s organizer, elf-ear-wearing Reverend Jen Miller, intimates that the name […]

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Nike Transforms the Bowery into Times Square with ‘Zoom City SNKRS Station’

Posted February 12, 2015 at 5:14 am

The upper Bowery is now like Times Square, complete with bullshit publicity stunt and obnoxious ad screen. Just thank Nike for that. The footwear brand assembled a pre-fab pop up – Zoom City SNKRS Station – in the old Downtown Auto Center at the corner of Great Jones Street. Goal – plug the newest Nike sneakers […]

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Sneak Jeans on Delancey Closes Ahead of Possible Sale and Redevelopment

Posted February 9, 2015 at 5:11 am

That FDNY tire explosion outside Sneak Jeans on Delancey Street was an omen of sorts. A few pedestrians were injured and the front windows shattered from the shockwave. Now, five months after the incident, the nearly-thirty-year-old threads shop is finished for good. Curtains. Handwritten signs plastered to the storefront indicate that yesterday was the final day […]

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Lindsey Thornburg is Reopening Her Boutique on Orchard Street Boutique this Week

Posted February 3, 2015 at 5:17 am

Chased from Hell Square last fall, Lindsey Thornburg is almost ready to unveil her new boutique HQ down on the fringes of Chinatown. Her eponymous women’s shop relocated to 21 Orchard Street, and is all but ready to reopen. Word on the street is that the store will launch on Thursday (February 5). The new home […]

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Behold! The Essex Street Snowman Now Has a Twin

Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:16 am

The rather rotund Essex Street Snowman was sprayed with water, causing it to multiply like mogwai. Where there was once one, now two exist… Yes, there are now twin monstrous Essex Street Snowmen at the corner of Canal Street. In a quick change-up, the father-son team at the Chinese bodega created a second snow creature […]

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Tokyobike Collaborates with New Balance; Returning Permanently to the Bowery in March

Posted January 22, 2015 at 5:19 am

Despite a Birchbox holiday pop-up to the contrary, Tokyobike is indeed staying put at 1 Prince Street. Permanently, we are told. Yes, the trendy bike manufacturer will officially mark its homecoming to the Bowery sometime in March 2015, according to an email from co-owner Dean DiSimone. It previously spent some five months at the address late […]

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