Orchard Street


Whynot Coffee on Orchard Street Loses Its Wine-Beer License in SLA Ruling

Posted June 4, 2015 at 5:00 am

Whynot Coffee sustained a deadly blow in early May when the State Liquor Authority officially terminated its wine and beer license at 175 Orchard Street. The board unanimously stonewalled owner Emil Stepkov and his counsel (Donald Bernstein) for duping the community over its half-baked “art” concept. And for the LES Dwellers, it’s another storied victory, the second on this […]

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Here’s Your First Look Inside ‘Wildair’ at 140 Orchard Street

Posted June 2, 2015 at 5:12 am

The glut of graffiti is wiped away, the windows now squeaky clean. Yes, it’s the second coming of 140-142 Orchard Street. With liquor license activated and dining room now on public display, Wildair is almost ready for primetime. The new venture at 140 Orchard Street – not to be confused with Wassail up the block […]

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‘Narifuri’ Cyclist-Centric Brand Opens Boutique Shop on Orchard Street

Posted June 1, 2015 at 5:13 am

Ever since Shi Eurasia moved around the corner last October, its former digs at 143 Orchard Street remained cloaked in secrecy. A drop-cloth hung in the windows as shades while a lone bicycle teased an unknown new entrant. Well, the cat is now out of the bag. A new cyclist-centric specialty store called Narifuri debuts here […]

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The Last Dance: Cafe Dancer Shutters After 3 Years on Orchard Street

Posted June 1, 2015 at 5:10 am

Three years into its run, the misnomer of a club at 96 Orchard Street – Cafe Dancer – is donezo. The last dance, so to speak, happened the night of May 19, and was capped with the spray-paint farewell (i.e. “RIP”) at its entrance. Cafe Dancer had been on shaky ground for the last two […]

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

DayLife Presents ‘Lower EAT Side’ Sunday June 14

Posted May 28, 2015 at 5:18 am

DayLife is once again kicking off the summer season with its annual outdoor LES celebration. This year’s event, sponsored by ConEd and G-Shock, is being called “Lower EAT Side.” We see what you did there. It may be a far cry from the Orchard Street pushcarts of yesteryear, but the Lower East Side BID and its semi-regular […]

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Tracing the Lower East Side Roots of Beckenstein’s [HISTORY]

Posted May 27, 2015 at 9:10 am

Manhattan’s Lower East Side has been called many things, but never a fashion center. Yet it is fashion in the form of inexpensive fabrics that lures shoppers to this neighborhood better known for blintzes than ball gowns. -New York Times; June 5, 1961. Between the ghost advertising and left-for-dead store signage, its remnants continue to […]

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Photo: Kevin Gannon

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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