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Looking Back at a Decade of Demolition on Upper Orchard Street [PHOTOS]

Posted May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

It was a slow death, but Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul finally cleared out the small businesses operating at the corner of Orchard and East Houston. A parcel for which he paid $75 million. Now, with the wrecking ball mid-swing, and ten floors of condos (plus an Equinox gym) in tow, we got to reminiscing. Yes. It’s […]

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‘Solivagant’ Carves Out Tiny Gallery Space at 53 Orchard Street

Posted May 19, 2015 at 10:18 am

The de facto Lower East Side gallery district that is Orchard Street has a unique addition to its ranks. (Diminishing returns, anybody?) As of this week, there is now a tiny exhibition window carved out of the Chinese restaurant supply business at 53 Orchard. The approximate dozen-square-foot “window dressing” is the achievement of Solivagant, an […]

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Photo: Sylvia Heisel

Damon Dash’s ‘Poppington’ Gallery is Finished Thanks to Visit from City Marshal

Posted May 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

Damon Dash is no longer pimping art on Orchard Street. For the headline-grabbing Poppington gallery, three years of showcasing street art at 60 Orchard Street just concluded. The owner of the commercial condo is now in possession after a visit by the city Marshal last week. Its pink-and-blue neons have been deposed, and the interior left […]

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The Orchard Hell Building Resorts to Crowdsourcing Store Ideas

Last modified May 15, 2015 at 7:59 am

It’s come to this. Desperation is spelled with a text message. Yes. The Orchard Hell Building, a 23-story development in progress for the last decade, has resorted to crowdsourcing commercial occupants for its ground-level units. Check out the poster attached to the sidewalk bridge. The flashy announcement beckons residents to send a text indicating what […]

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Ben Shaoul's wet dream at 196 Orchard St.

Equinox Gym is Opening at Ben Shaoul’s New 10-Story Condo Building on Orchard Street

Last modified May 13, 2015 at 3:29 pm

As if Hell Square couldn’t die any further, word surfaced today that Equinox is opening a gym on Orchard Street. Specifically within the new Ben Shaoul condo development currently underway at the corner of East Houston. The New York Post has the story. Apparently the fitness chain will take 30,000 square feet on both the […]

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Kim Sillen’s Artistic Homage to Immigrant Lower East Side Now Complete on Orchard Street

Posted May 11, 2015 at 5:09 am

Okay, so that blue paint on the extended sidewalk outside the Tenement Museum was actually the base coat of an art project. Looks familiar, right? Taking a page from Division Street, the Lower East Side BID has again commissioned local artist Kim Sillen for the second coming of “Asphalt Art.” This time around, Sillen’s location-specific […]

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Orchard Street Sidewalk Extension Receives Blue Makeover, New Plantings

Posted May 7, 2015 at 5:14 am

Two summers ago, the Department of Transportation extended the sidewalk at the southwest corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets. The so-called neck-down was implemented as part of the Chinatown Curbside Management Study to better pedestrian safety and alleviate congestion problems in the neighborhood. Yesterday afternoon, the battered sidewalk peninsula received a facelift of blue paint […]

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Ben Shaoul Begins Demolition On Orchard Street Ahead of Ritzy 10-story Development

Posted May 7, 2015 at 5:10 am

Barely a week after the shadow-casting sidewalk bridge arrived at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets, the big takedown is now underway. It starts. Of the four properties slated for demolition at the top of Hell Square, 194 Orchard Street is the first to meet the money-hungry sledgehammer of controversial landlord-developer Ben Shaoul. […]

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Tenement Museum Replaces Tourist Information Board on Orchard Street; It’s Quickly Vandalized

Posted May 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

The Tenement Museum has been making headlines these last couple weeks. Mainly due to the crowdfunding campaign to help preserve and restore 97 Orchard Street. And now… That Tenement Museum tourist information board at the corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets just received an upgrade. Last week, the Lower East Side institution swapped the signage […]

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Lower East Side History Month is Two Days Away

Posted April 29, 2015 at 10:19 am

After a successful first campaign, a second helping of LES History Month is being served to the neighborhood again next month (i.e. two days). May promises to be packed with festivals, films, tours, talks, theater, workshops, exhibits, and presumably more – all marching to the beat of awareness and appreciation for the rich, cultural history that’s […]

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