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Adam Purple’s Grandson Responds to Hotel Indigo’s Controversial Rooftop Bar ‘Mr. Purple’ [OP-ED]

Posted December 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

Currently in its sixth week of operation, the backlash against Hotel Indigo, Gerber Group, and the Mr. Purple nightspot on the fifteenth floor is snowballing. And rather quickly. As we’ve exhaustively chronicled, the rooftop hang is borderline defamation of character. Steve Mason, Adam Purple’s grandson, responds to the whole situation with the following editorial.  I […]

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‘FRENDS’ Fashionista Headphones Brand Opens Pop-Up at 160 Orchard Street

Posted December 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

​The two-year-old Ehvonnae boutique on Orchard Street is seemingly doing everything it takes to survive. Including a month on the sidelines while a rich, Los Angeles-based headphone company rents its space for a pop-up shop. FRENDS took over 160 Orchard Street earlier this month to hawk its line of fashionista-chic headphones. According to its recent Twitter-based […]

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‘Excuse My French’ Bar-Restaurant Opening Soon at 96 Orchard Street

Posted December 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

Excuse My French, but the new fuckin restaurant is opening at 96 Orchard Street, across from the Tenement Museum. The so-called establishment, situated in the below-grade commercial space, is on the precipice of launch. Later this month, according to the website. Lights are on, and someone is home. Let’s take a peek inside. Peering through […]

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Cohen’s Optical Wooden Ghost Signage Uncovered on Orchard Street

Posted December 22, 2015 at 5:15 am

The endangered ghost signage peppering the Lower East Side with personality rarely disappoints. Our neighborhood history is simply too rich. Each subsequent archaeological discovery (nay, prize) shines a brighter light on bygone businesses nearly forgotten by the sands soot of time. Sometimes even the most insignificant event can trigger treasure. For instance, let’s have a […]

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Following the Footsteps to Adam Purple’s ‘Garden of Eden’ in 1980 [VIDEO]

Posted December 21, 2015 at 10:38 am

In our last dispatch about the cluelessness of the Mr. Purple nightspot inside the Hotel Indigo, we reported that employees had no idea about the man behind their employer’s namesake. Some told our sources that the late Adam Purple (aka David Wilkie) was a man who dipped his feet in purple paint and walked around […]

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High-End Home Furnishing Shop ‘Sire Home’ Is Done After 6 Months on Orchard Street

Last modified December 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

​Nascent high-end home furnishing company SIRE Home is now without one. The company ceased to exist on Orchard Street in the beginning of December. Storefront is dark, and the token tombstone signage hangs above the entrance. The showroom last opened last June, with this location chosen “because it is one of the few remaining inherently cool […]

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Doomed Ochado Ramen Space on Orchard Street Asking $12K Rent

Posted December 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm

The former home of Ochado Ramen on Orchard Street just hit the open market, evidenced by a bevy of signage in real life and real estate listings online. It’s clear the exhorbitant rent contributed to their demise, at least partially. Ochado spent a rocky year at 76 Orchard Street. The ramen counter was pretty much […]

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It’ll Cost North of $1M to Own a Place Inside Ben Shaoul’s Bereket-Killing Condo

Posted December 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

Ben Shaoul’s new ten-story development at the corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets – which killed off a slew of small businesses (including Bereket) – is still a mud pit fifteen feet below the road bed. Backhoes and other big machinery are busy with earth moving and drilling activities. So, while the reimagined 196 […]

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Dudley’s Deli Debuts on Orchard Street with Takeaway Service

Posted December 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

​After five months of gut work and remodeling, Dudley’s finally lifted the brown paper veil last week on its adjacent “deli” space at 87 Orchard Street. The shared wall was broken down to connect the two stores, the former being the onetime home of Guss’ Pickles (and later, Maraya Cigars). This added real estate – […]

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Hotel Indigo Turns Hell Square into Times Square with New Nighttime Light Show

Posted December 10, 2015 at 5:12 am

In which the Orchard Hell Building takes another turn toward the crazy. Thanks to the Hotel Indigo occupant within, Hell Square has imparted a negative characteristic of Times Square onto the residential neighborhood. Further solidifying its sense of self, you know, just in case you didn’t realize the towering 23-story building was there. Its north-facing exposure […]

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