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Someone Shot Paintballs at Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Ad on East Houston

Posted March 6, 2015 at 5:18 am

The brief respite from Justin Bieber’s bod (which may or may not be Photoshopped) in NoHo came to an end earlier this week. Calvin Klein hoisted the second in the series of ad banners at its token spot above East Houston, this after days of indecision. And the haters have apparently come out of the […]

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Civilianaire Fails Out of 53 East Houston After Two Years

Posted March 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

We saw this one coming a mile away. A death watch that came to pass. The year-long 50%-off merchandise sale became a rather sure indication of demise. It was just a matter of when. Well, that day of reckoning arrived yesterday for the Civilianaire boutique on East Houston, where a constant placement of window signage […]

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BucketFeet Artsy Footwear Opening New Boutique on Elizabeth Street

Posted March 3, 2015 at 5:16 am

Another day, another shoe store for upper Elizabeth Street. Hot on the heels of securing $7.5 million in Series A funding, art-leaning sneaker brand BucketFeet is set to open its first permanent brick-and-mortar location in New York City. (The one in SoHo is technically a pop-up) It’ll be located at 266 Elizabeth Street, formerly the […]

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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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