Orchard Street

Ben Shaoul's wet dream at 196 Orchard St.

Ben ‘Sledgehammer’ Shaoul Got Rid of Bereket for This Thing

Last modified February 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Hot off the press. This is a rendering of the new development Ben Shaoul has planned for the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. You know, the one that killed off Bereket. The illustration arrives at the same time as the demolition permits, and just as the last of the small eateries vacate the […]

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The Cessna inside Norman's Cay

Shervin’s Cafe Owner Angling to Purchase Norman’s Cay on Orchard Street

Posted February 6, 2015 at 5:11 am

Some sixteen months after first opening Norman’s Cay at 74 Orchard Street, co-owner Ryan Chadwick may soon unload the business. Shervin Nassi – proprietor of two-year-old Shervin’s Cafe in Alphabet City – is the hopeful suitor. This according to application materials on file with Community Board 3. Norman’s Cay (and the symbiotic Spur Tree) hadn’t been […]

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Aftermath of sewage flood

Sewage Flood Forces Nick Vivid’s Basement Studio from 166 Orchard Street; Misrahi Blamed

Last modified February 5, 2015 at 10:57 am

Faulty heating and alleged lack of responsible repair aren’t the only problems at 166 Orchard Street, where one tenant has been battling Misrahi Realty. Two-year-old basement music studio Nick Vivid’s was reportedly forced to vacate in December thanks to an epic sewage flood. The eponymous owner lost over $10K in gear, and is now working from his place […]

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With Tundra Temps, One Orchard Street Resident Battles Misrahi Over Lack of Heat

Last modified February 4, 2015 at 7:51 am

We received the following communique yesterday from Billy Taylor, a resident of 166 Orchard Street. Apparently, the heating for his apartment keeps cutting out, and he’s been battling landlord (Aaron Smilowitz) and management (Misrahi Realty) to have it restored. Maybe this type of BS will stop with all of Sheldon Silver’s cronies being exposed – […]

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Lindsey Thornburg is Reopening Her Boutique on Orchard Street Boutique this Week

Posted February 3, 2015 at 5:17 am

Chased from Hell Square last fall, Lindsey Thornburg is almost ready to unveil her new boutique HQ down on the fringes of Chinatown. Her eponymous women’s shop relocated to 21 Orchard Street, and is all but ready to reopen. Word on the street is that the store will launch on Thursday (February 5). The new home […]

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Snack Dragon Taco Shack Closes Its Orchard Street Outpost

Posted February 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

For the first time in a decade, Manhattan no longer features the presence of Snack Dragon. Notorious slumlord Steve Croman forced restaurant owner Josephine Jansen from the OG outpost on East Third Street last November. He more than tripled the rent on the 100 square-foot store. Now, three short months later, more bad news for the […]

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Mediterranean Bar Hopes to Nab Doomed Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:14 am

Looks like one hopeful restaurateur is interested in taking over the lower level of 154 Orchard Street. This address, of course, is the notorious previous home of Mission Chinese Food. The space comes with a terrible vermin problem and a backyard that is not legal (a death trap, even). Chef-owner Danny Bowien is still embroiled […]

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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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Hell Square petting zoo

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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