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The Allen Street Hotel is still stalled out

Park Avenue Developer Bids $33M for Long-Stalled Allen Street Hotel

Posted January 22, 2015 at 5:12 am

One midtown developer is willing to pay $33 million for the beleaguered Allen Street Hotel. Unless they’re outbid. Yes, the convoluted history of the Allen Street Hotel is taking another turn toward the unexpected. At a height of sixteen stories, this zombie property, the last of five Hell Square hotels to reach completion, has been […]

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Shin Gallery Opens a New Project Space Around the Corner on Orchard Street

Posted January 21, 2015 at 5:12 am

What first appeared as a depository for discarded paint rags and other junk is actually a burgeoning art gallery. Half the footprint of the old Sheila’s Decorating space on Orchard Street (they’re now headquartered at Joe’s Fabrics) has been annexed by the Shin showroom at the corner of Grand. The sidecar gallery is a so-called […]

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An Old Punk’s Thoughts on Hell Square [OP-ED]

Posted January 16, 2015 at 9:22 am

When I moved to Orchard Street in 1976, our building was a mix of Bengali, Puerto Rican, Italian and Jewish families, plus a few recent NYU grads. There was really only one other residential building with tenants on the entire block — it was across the way, another tenement like ours. Besides cheap rents and […]

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Moscot Celebrates 100th Anniversary with New Smart Car and Eyewear Line

Posted January 16, 2015 at 5:16 am

This is a momentous year for Lower East Side retail legend Moscot. Yesterday afternoon, the fifth-generation eyewear brand officially celebrated its 100th Anniversary with some interesting product updates. They’re going big, it seems, having teased loyal fans for the last couple weeks. First, and most surprising, Moscot joined forces with Smart to create a limited […]

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Karaoke Boho is Moving Down the Block Into the Shuttered Tammany Hall Space

Posted January 15, 2015 at 10:33 am

Tammany Hall quietly departed 152 Orchard Street in mid-October without warning. It won’t return, but we hear that another operation already snapped at the chance. Ready that singing voice. Again. Word on the street is that Karaoke Boho – run by Sing Sing – is moving its five-year-old Lower East Side HQ down the block from […]

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Sixth Ward on Orchard Street Faces Liquor License Revocation by SLA

Last modified January 9, 2015 at 10:03 am

Judgement day is coming for the Sixth Ward after a drama-filled autumn. The problem child will stand tall before the man the full board of the State Liquor Authority next week to fight for its survival. Until then, it continues to operate with an inactive license which expired on November 30… A quick recap: The Sixth Ward […]

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Eclair Exit: Les Jardins de la Duchesse Fails After 2 Weeks on Orchard Street

Posted January 7, 2015 at 9:32 am

Les Jardins de la Duchesse debuted in early December with much fanfare out of the gate. For just about two weeks, the newcomer attracted plenty of press, and workers spread the word (nay, flavor) with free samples at their doorstep. However, the all-eclair bakery closed almost as quickly as it opened. Without a peep. Two weeks; […]

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Delicate Raymond Jewelry Departs Orchard Street; New Locations in Brooklyn and Greenwich Village

Posted January 7, 2015 at 5:20 am

Coming off a second anniversary in the neighborhood and tenth as a brand, Delicate Raymond Jewelry is no longer slinging fashion at 73 Orchard Street. Done with the Lower East Side. Local designer Michelle Zimmerman closed her shop just after Christmas. The boutique spent trying two-year period pinballing around Orchard Street, thanks in part to greedy landlords. Lack of […]

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Fire Sale: Rob Shamlian is Now Selling The Derby on Orchard Street

Posted January 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

It’s an historic Hell Square fire sale. Controversial bar owner Rob Shamlian is amidst complete divestment mode, ditching nearly all his local nightlife holdings. You’ll recall his desperate play to unload both Spitzer’s Corner and Los Feliz to one Alon Moskovitch, principal of Mezetto just around the corner. That bid still awaits the approval of […]

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Pioneering Street Artist Lee Quiñones is the ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Hotel Indigo, Opening in April

Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:26 am

In an apparent attempt to gain legitimacy with the neighborhood and its history, the culture-destroying Hotel Indigo tapped a street art legend as its so-called artist in residence. Lee Quiñones has that honor, a tidbit first learned when the Orchard Hell Building went before Community Board 3 for its liquor license (which was approved, by […]

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