Orchard Street


Scarr’s Pizza is Now Serving on Lower Orchard Street

Posted February 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

If you were waiting with bated breath, exhale. Scarr’s Pizza is now open on Orchard Street; yesterday was the debut. As promised, the throwback pizza parlor replicates that classic 1970s vibe, from wood-board paneling and spray fountains, down to the Pepsi-branded letter board. Eponymous owner Scarr Pimentiel admits that the booth seating in the back and the […]

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LES Restaurants to Square off in Oyster Shucking Contest

Last modified February 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

Get ready to shuck then … eat some oysters. Grey Lady owner Ryan Chadwick is hosting something called “Oyster Row,” the first neighborhood shucking competition and eating contest. Four Lower East Side establishments will participate in the challenge this Sunday, including Claw Daddy’s, Hotel Chantelle, Ten Bells, and host Grey Lady. Most oysters shucked in […]

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Scott Jordan and his Assistant (at left), Photo: Clayton Patterson

Ben Shaoul Project Site on Orchard Street Turns Up 1800s-Era Artifacts

Last modified February 16, 2016 at 9:55 am

​Before the heavy earth moving was underway at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets, one urban archaeologist gained access to the Ben Shaoul-owned project site. Scott Jordan, who specializes in digging up old privies (aka shit-houses), discovered several artifacts five feet below the surface. The finds – first reported by The Villager – […]

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Photo: Big Spider

That Time When ‘Cloverfield’ Destroyed Orchard Street [PHOTOS]

Posted February 15, 2016 at 5:10 am

There is a new Cloverfield movie coming out next month – 10 Cloverfield Lane. With hype intensifying over this next in the franchise, why not reminisce about filming of the original? If you recall, there were several scenes captured on the streets of the Lower East Side. But perhaps the most intrusive was the destruction […]

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1970s-Style Pizzeria, Scarr’s Pizza, Debuts this Weekend at 22 Orchard Street

Posted February 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

​In just a few days’ time, lower Orchard Street will welcome its first new pizzeria. Scarr’s Pizza, whose signage has been teasing for more than six months, plans to open by next Tuesday at the latest. This, according to eponymous proprietor Scarr Pimentiel. As promised, the eatery effectively revives (and replicates) that classic 1970s pizza […]

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Celebrating the Launch of ‘Custom Melodies’ Website at Chinatown Soup on Orchard Street

Last modified February 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

You may have heard of artist Grey Gersten and his “Custom Melodies” exhibit  – a successful interactive exercise in writing anonymous biographical songs by New Yorkers, which showcased at the Mmuseumm last year.  Well, now he’s taking those songs digitally, giving the tracks a more accessible and permanent home on the internet, at www.custommelodies.com. We caught up with the man behind […]

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Hanksy Hater Tags Trump Dump Mural on Orchard Street

Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:19 am

Of all Hanksy’s recent output, his Donald “Dump” Trump piece on Orchard Street certainly struck a chord. Perfect timing, really. After all, it is an election year, and anything Trump is newsworthy. The presidential hopeful and star of The Apprentice is trying to insult his way to the White House. So his head sits on […]

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Branding for Lower East Side Partnership

Bye, BID: It’s Now Called the ‘Lower East Side Partnership’

Posted February 4, 2016 at 5:12 am

​The Lower East Side BID is going through a total brand and image reboot. Gears are in motion as we speak. Indeed, one need only peep the official website, which has been under construction the past few days. As the site header indicates, the local property owners’ club is to be called – wait for […]


Lost Weekend Coffee Shop Closes Down After 5 Years on Orchard Street

Posted February 1, 2016 at 5:10 am

It was a Lost Weekend for the brand. Permanently. As expected, Lost Weekend shuttered after five years on Orchard Street. Coffee shop owner Michael Little packed up the surf boards and equipment for the last time, emptying the premises for good over the weekend. Obligatory paper window treatments are firmly in place with a spray-painted […]

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Mark Miller Gallery Closes After Nearly 2 Decades on Orchard Street

Last modified February 8, 2016 at 10:40 pm

A quick stroll past 92 Orchard Street of late reveals that the Mark Miller Gallery is quite empty. Behind those floor-to-ceiling windows, the showroom is blank. And dark. No longer in existence. Eponymous owner Mark Miller – who also owns the photogenic tenement – hung up the business within the last couple weeks. The closure […]

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