Orchard Street


Overbuilt ‘Orchard Street Hotel’ Again Seeks Booze in Saturated Hell Square

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:05 am

For the second time in as many years, hotel operators Nico Moinian and Nader Ohebshalom will try again to install nightlife at the Orchard Street Hotel. As before, it’s an uphill battle in Hell Square that won’t be easy. The lodge opened at 163 Orchard last year, yet without the food and beverage component on which profit […]

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Artist Ron English Teams up with High Times for ‘Popaganja’ Pop-Up on Orchard Street

Posted October 19, 2016 at 5:16 am

Weed and paint is in the air on Orchard Street. Not just the Weedmaps office… Riffing on his “Popaganda” art series, street artist Ron English just announced a gallery-retail collaboration with High Times magazine called “Popaganja.” The pop-up event launches next week at 147 Orchard Street, hosted by designer Brian Wood’s eponymous boutique. The “bodega,” as […]

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Zarin Fabrics Celebrates 80 Years on the LES, So Keep a Lookout for the Branded Double-Decker Bus in its Honor

Posted October 11, 2016 at 5:18 am

Zarin Fabrics is now celebrating its 80th year here on the Lower East Side. Quite an accomplishment. The third-generation, family-owned operation joins a class of recent anniversaries from legacy businesses, such as Russ & Daughters and Katz’s Deli. As such, the PR machine is spinning to let people know of this most recent milestone. The […]

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‘Able Fine Art NY’ Takes Over from Louis B. James Gallery on Orchard Street

Posted October 7, 2016 at 5:09 am

The script was written years ago, yet still followed to the tee: noted Chelsea gallery defects from its perch only to settle on the Lower East Side. Usually, somewhere along the former “bargain district” of Orchard Street. The latest bandwagoner is the Able Fine Art Gallery which just planted a flag (nay, canopy) at 143B […]

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Reed Space will Close Today After 15 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted September 30, 2016 at 5:11 am

Fifteen years. Gone just like that. And so is Reed Space. The Lower East Side tastemaker is ending its operations on Orchard Street after business today. The store has been having a fire sale for weeks. A “reset” of sorts is promised, which would include a new store altogether. However, the location, and any future […]

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Struggling ‘Red Compass Lounge’ Downsizes on Orchard Street After 8 Months

Posted September 28, 2016 at 5:09 am

The loss of the David Owens Vintage boutique to 161 Rivington Street last year is apparently in vain. Its replacement at 154 Orchard Street, Red Compass Lounge & Bar, admitted defeat and downsized half its footprint just a few days ago. A recent walkby reveals that the eight-month-old Georgian eatery has completely withdrawn itself from the […]

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Scenes from the Annual Lower East Side Pickle Day [PHOTOS]

Posted September 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

Yesterday afternoon was the annual Lower East Side Pickle Day. The crisp autumn weather drove throngs of tourists to Hell Square. The three-block stretch of Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston was jammed from noon to 5pm. So it wasn’t easy to purchase and/or consume any pickled goodness, unless patience for long lines is […]

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Black Tree on Orchard Street Rebounds as ‘Raw Material’

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

Christmas come early for team Black Tree. The sandwich shop closed its Orchard Street location earlier this month in anticipation of a December reboot. Well, chef-owner Sandy Dee Hall just reopened on Friday as something called Raw Material. And as the sandwich board notes, it’s in soft launch mode. Raw Material, according to the website, is […]

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Essex Crossing Opens Sales Office for Condos at 242 Broome Street

Posted September 20, 2016 at 5:15 am

Carpetbagging developers want you to embrace “The legacy of new beginnings” here on the Lower East Side. That’s the lame-ass operating slogan (i.e. justification) for one parcel of the Essex Crossing megadevelopment. The fourteen-story condo building rising at Site 1, 242 Broome Street. (The real legacy of new beginnings is essentially top-down displacement.) Nevertheless, the dedicated storefront […]

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‘Goodfella’s Pizza’ on Orchard Shutters as Trapizzino Snack Shop Readies Takeover

Posted September 19, 2016 at 5:08 am

Goodfella’s Pizza officially terminated its Lower East Side tenure last week after five years on the block. The Staten Island-based pizzeria turned out the lights and closed the gates at 144 Orchard Street for the last time Thursday evening. A single farewell note is plastered to the front door, thanking the Lower East Side for […]

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