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Enlarged and Remodeled, Former Sheila’s Decorating Building on Orchard Street Shows Itself

Posted January 21, 2016 at 5:19 am

​Vacant since its move (nay, downsizing) up the block in August 2014, the makeover of the former Sheila’s Decorating store at 68 Orchard Street is nearly complete. The pre-war, two-story building saw an overall increase in height. It was exactly one year ago that we first reported on the construction job, which didn’t really get […]

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Tictail Market Gets Nude and Drawn for New Orchard Street Exhibit

Posted January 20, 2016 at 5:18 am

​The TicTail Market just installed some gratuitous nude artwork outside its Orchard Street store, genitalia in full view. Cue the faux outrage. The wheat-paste advert – showing the evolution of disrobing – publicizes the company’s nude drawing event that transpired last Saturday. Customers stripped down so that artists involved with “Nudes” could draw them. The […]

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One of the Last Few Hosiery Shops on Orchard Street Calls it Quits

Posted January 19, 2016 at 5:16 am

Down on the lower third of Orchard Street, a tiny, mostly unknown hosiery shop is on the verge of disappearance. Penco Sportswear (aka Princess Apparel LLC) seemingly lost the battle of changing neighborhood dynamic and taste. Tombstone real estate signage has taken its customary place above the security gage. Penco Sportswear spent more than a decade […]

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Ethik Clothing Co. and EHVonnae Flee 160 Orchard Street

Posted January 14, 2016 at 5:14 am

​Orchard Street is down two retail shops. At the same address, no less. Mid-January fashion flight. Skater-conscious streetwear brand, Ethik Clothing Co., officially shuttered this week. Its former HQ at 160 Orchard is now in disarray, topped with tombstone signage courtesy of Misrahi Realty. Ethik opened this brick-and-mortar back in July 2013, after a brief year-long […]

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Tictail E-commerce Shop Reopens on Orchard Street Today

Posted January 11, 2016 at 9:22 am

After two successful holiday season stints, the e-commerce shop Tictail decided to make a more permanent presence on the Lower East Side. Gallerist and building owner Mark Miller just brought the crew back to 90 Orchard Street for more retail peddling. The brick-and-mortar shop reopened today after a few weeks behind paper shades. As before, […]

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The Kitchen is Open: Twin Underground Speakeasies Illicitly Serving Orchard and Ludlow

Posted January 6, 2016 at 9:33 am

Cheeky Sandwiches rang in the new year with a tinge of controversy. Indeed, it turns out the beloved neighborhood sandwich shop allegedly operates a subterranean speakeasy. That same basement space which was renovated in the summer of 2014 after a run-in with the Department of Health. There is a common denominator here. Let’s dive in… […]

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Ben Shaoul Plays Up Katz’s Deli for Sales of New Development at 196 Orchard Street

Posted January 5, 2016 at 5:18 am

With the plywood surrounding the mud pit in tatters, developer Ben Shaoul is finally adding some branding to his forthcoming development at 196 Orchard Street. As of yesterday, there is now dedicated wrapping along the outer boards (plus, flashy website). And it’s enough to induce upchuck. The imagery and message rely heavily on the longtime presence […]

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‘Xeno Zero’ Game Center Takes Over from Joe Sheftel at 24 Orchard Street

Posted January 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

​Now here’s one we didn’t see coming. A new video game shop just bowed on lower Orchard Street. Behold, the alliterative Xeno Zero. Finally some retail diversity in the gallery district. This new “game center” at 24 Orchard Street arrives roughly two months after Joe Sheftel closed his eponymous gallery. He had pulled the plug […]

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The Secret Dark Side of Adam Purple is Revealed

Last modified January 5, 2016 at 9:02 pm

With all the hoopla buzzing Hotel Indigo, the Gerber Group, and their decision to name Mr. Purple after late local legend Adam Purple (aka David Wilkie), a part of the story remained untold to the mainstream. That of an unsavory twin narrative of a man with a sordid, somewhat secret past of alleged sexual molestation […]

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‘Red Compass’ Soft Opens Tomorrow at Former Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Posted December 29, 2015 at 5:17 am

Over on Orchard Street, the Red Compass points to Georgia. As in, the country. After more than three months of renovation work, this so-called Red Compass at 154 Orchard is now complete. We are told that the soft launch for the Georgian-style restaurant is tomorrow, with the more official grand opening planned for sometime after […]

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