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Sixth Ward on Orchard Street Operates an Illegal Rear Yard, Neighbors Allege

Last modified August 26, 2014 at 8:12 am

Hair of the Dog might be considered one of the worst operators in Hell Square, but it’s neck-in-neck with the Sixth Ward up the street at 191 Orchard Street. Those are seemingly the sentiments of many residents living within earshot of the bar. At issue with the seven-year-old establishment is its 90-seat beer garden, which is […]

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The SKINnY Soft Opens Tonight at 174 Orchard Street

Posted August 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

The fattened SKINnY Bar and Lounge is opening much earlier than we thought at 174 Orchard Street. As in, tonight. We hear word from ownership that this evening is soft-launch for the newly-expanded rock bar, which closed in 2012 for renovations. Here is more of the skinny on SKINnY, according to press materials: The SKINnY Bar […]

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The SKINnY Set to Return to Orchard Street After 2 Year Hiatus

Posted August 20, 2014 at 5:22 am

Narrow Orchard Street dive, The SKINnY Bar & Lounge, closed way back in 2012. That’s an eternity by city standards. The reason for its (temporary) shutter was an expansion into the neighboring store that previously housed Elegant Woolen & Silk. Since then, never-ending construction on the neighboring Orchard Hell Building (i.e. Hotel Indigo) has consumed the […]

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CB3 Approves Hotel Indigo and Wassail, Lambasts Hair of the Dog

Posted August 19, 2014 at 5:36 am

It might be the dog days of summer, but at the SLA subcommittee meeting last night for Community Board 3, it was still a packed house. Some twenty applicants vied for license approvals, eight (!) of which reside in Hell Square alone. Herewith, a quick and dirty recollection from our brief three-hour stint. Wassail, 162 […]

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‘Gatsby’ Hotel on Orchard is Overbuilt and Neighbors Worry About Its Open-Air ‘Arcade’

Posted August 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

Here is a street-level view of the notorious arcade in the forthcoming Gatsby hotel at 163 Orchard Street. It’s actually more like an atrium or sorts (albeit horizontal), exposed to the elements on both Orchard and Allen exposures. This second floor is now a flashpoint issue in Hell Square, and will likely to continue to be […]

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Sinking Sidewalk at Orchard and Delancey Was Fully Replaced This Week

Posted August 14, 2014 at 9:17 am

No more tripping. Miracles do happen on the Lower East Side, even if totally minuscule. We’ll take what we can get. Basically, that jury-rigged asphalt plug at the northeast corner of Orchard and Delancey was only temporary. The city finally addressed community concerns and replaced much of the sidewalk and curb situation. Barricades and signage […]

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The Tale of Two Hell Square Hotels: Indigo and Gatsby

Last modified August 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

At the head of Orchard Street, it’s essentially a tale of two Hell Square hotels, featuring elements of Indigo, Britney Spears, and Gatsby. Kitty corner apart, Hotel Indigo is squaring off against the dark horse of 163 Orchard. Both devils are vying for liquor licenses in an already saturated environment. Finally nearing completion, 180 Orchard […]

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Danny Bowien Sues Mission Chinese Landlord; Rat-Infested Restaurant Space Now for Rent

Posted August 7, 2014 at 6:03 am

Mission Chinese closed for good in November 2013, with chef-owner Danny Bowien having then refocused on Mission Cantina up the block. Now, according to a report on Eater, Bowien is suing landlord of 154 Orchard Street – Abraham Noy – for “leasing him the Lower East Side space when it was not actually up to […]

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The Meatball Shop and SHUT Collaborated on a Limited Edition Skateboard

Last modified August 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Two contemporary Lower East Side institutions recently joined forces to create a delectable deck. The Meatball Shop teamed up with SHUT Skateboards to create a new limited edition model. The aptly-named “grinder” deck features an image of just that. “One of the iconic grinders that hangs on the walls at all TMS locations.” Imagery on […]

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‘Queens Kickshaw’ Crew Eyeing Todd’s Mill Spot for New Vegetarian Restaurant

Posted August 6, 2014 at 6:03 am

Matthew Suchomski’s restuarant, Todd’s Mill, shuttered in early June after two years at 162 Orchard Street. The business was quickly put up for sale, despite a Twitter promise to reopen after fixing some alleged “plumbing issues” onsite. Security gates remain shuttered and the branding is still dangling from the facade. But that’ll probably change pretty […]

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