Orchard Street


Orchard Hell Building Reveals Fancy Brick Facade

Posted March 27, 2014 at 6:08 am

Now fully erect at 23 stories, the decade-in-the-making Orchard Hell Building is exposing itself in another fashion. By stripping down to its skinny bricks. No more fishnets for this Lower East Side player. Hotel Indigo means business. We ambled past the shadowcasting hulk the other day and noticed that a large section of the completed Orchard […]

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Altman Luggage Stays the Course on Orchard Street

Last modified April 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Here and now, a week after Daniel’s Leather moved away, a ray of light for the old-school bargain district merchants on Orchard Street. Altman Luggage is in good standing and staying put … for now, at least. Altman Luggage is reportedly on stable financial ground. Seems the influx of umpteen hotels within stone’s throw is helping […]

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Cafe Katja is pissed, but passively so

Cafe Katja Klepto Yanks Table from Orchard Street Entrance

Posted March 27, 2014 at 6:03 am

Apparently, some klepto yanked a small table from outside Cafe Katja. The restaurant is obviously not pleased, and penned this rather subdued little note to the thief. It’s posted to some of the light poles near the Orchard Street entrance. The gist of the letter is, basically, don’t fuck with Katja. Attention Table Thief Hey, […]

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New Smoke Shop Opening at 188 Orchard Street

Last modified March 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

Well, now. Here’s something unexpected for upper Orchard Street. Illuminated signage went up earlier this week for a new smoke shop/bodega at number 188. The store itself has been undergoing interior renovations since the short-lived Holl New York vacated the premises last December. That boutique predecessor operated for a paltry three months before closing for […]

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Leather Loss: Bargain Vet ‘Daniel’s Leather’ Departs Orchard Street

Posted March 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

A pillar of the struggling leather vendor community on Orchard Street is down for the count. After nearly twenty years on the block, Daniel’s Leather, which at one point owned additional stores in the immediate area, is now out of business. Reason for the closure is not even worth mentioning; you already know why. The […]

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A Heartfelt Love Letter on Orchard Street

Last modified March 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

Taped to the doorway of 98 Orchard Street is a nondescript envelope that reads “Love Letter.” We unfolded the paper within to reveal a heartfelt ode to New York City written by “Cindy.” The typed note outlines some stages of romantic relationships – butterflies at the beginning, the risks taken for love, and the happiness […]

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le french diner.

Lady of Grand’s Pick of the Week: Brunch at the ‘New’ Le French Diner

Posted March 18, 2014 at 9:30 am

As previously reported, we knew Zucco: Le French Diner at 188 Orchard Street has reopened under new ownership.   It is now simply “Le French Diner” with Artur, Pierre, and Burcu running the show. Burcu, previously from The John Dory in the Ace Hotel, is the Chef in front of the small but mighty open […]

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ABC Pilot ‘Forever’ Filming on the LES Today; Transforms Former Earnest Sewn Into Antiques Shop

Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

The obligatory “no parking signs” have been in place for nearly a week in anticipation of another film job. A new network television pilot will invade Chinatown today, making it the third production to shoot scenes in the neighborhood this week. Warner Brothers Television is behind the new supernatural drama called Forever, which will appear […]

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Gary Shteyngart to Speak at the Tenement Museum This Month

Posted March 11, 2014 at 10:03 am

Gary Shteyngart, whose growing trove of stellar books includes Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, is set to take part in the Tenement Museum’s latest installment of Tenement Talks. On Monday, March 31 at the Museum’s Visitor Center (103 Orchard St.), Shteyngart will be chatting about his latest work, Little Failure, a memoir which depicts […]

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Cinemax Debuts First Teaser Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Knick’

Posted March 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

Cinemax lifted the curtain on the first teaser trailer for their period drama, The Knick. There’s not really much to see in this preview, certainly living up to its designation as a tease. Not even one friggin’ frame of the weeks-long film shoot that transpired on Orchard Street last November. Instead we hear a pulse […]

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