153 Essex Street

Sidelined by Health Department, Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade Promises to Return

Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:02 am

For Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade, the truth surrounding its closure last month is available for the public to see. Ownership pasted a more detailed explanation about the Department of Health inspection and the ultimate decision to drop the hammer. Inspectors dropped by the Essex Street arcade in late-November and wasted little time in closing on the […]

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Two Bit’s Arcade on Essex Street Shuttered by Health Department Last Week

Posted November 20, 2017 at 5:02 am

Is it game over for Two Bit’s Retro Arcade? The Essex Street arcade has been noticeably silent all weekend in the aftermath of a city inspection. Department of Health inspectors paid a visit last Thursday and shut the place down, apparently for “operating without a permit.” (It’s the second such closure in Hell Square in […]

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Legacy Gourmet Deli Fades from Essex Street After 7 Months

Posted February 23, 2017 at 9:45 am

The nascent Legacy Gourmet Deli didn’t spend enough time on Essex Street to leave one. Operational since last July, the bodega called it quits within the last week. Black garbage bags were placed in the windows to shield the shambles. Goods are scattered around the floor, light bulbs removed from their housings, and boxes are already […]

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Hell Square Bodega Wars Heat up with ‘Legacy Gourmet Deli’ on Essex Street

Posted August 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

Shots fired. The bodega wars within the confines of Hell Square are heating up. The Subway franchise location at 153 Essex Street (i.e. Gotham Court) folded last fall after a bumpy few years in business. A six-month dormancy period followed, but was relatively short-lived. Legacy Gourmet Deli is next to bat in this mixed-use complex, […]

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Aborted Comeback: Subway Franchise Officially Closes on Essex Street

Posted November 25, 2015 at 5:10 am

​So much for a comeback. Barely three months after Subway returned from a debilitating flood, its Essex Street sandwich shop is donezo. A short-lived recovery, to say the least. Marquee signage was pried from the facade last week and leasing info propped in the windows. It’s not entirely surprising that the second coming of Subway […]

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Subway Sandwich Shop Reopens on Essex Street 6 Months After Flood

Posted August 19, 2015 at 9:23 am

The three-and-a-half-year-old Subway franchise at 153 Essex Street has returned from the dead. Resurrected some six months after a flood in the building sidelined the operation. The store remained closed since February (nay, Februany), with its crinkled storefront announcement (“Your Subway is temporarily closed”) of the incident holding court. Subway opened at 153 Essex Street […]

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Firefighters Battling Blaze on Essex Street Right Now [Updated]

Last modified May 8, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Firefighters are currently battling a fire at 153 Essex Street. A half-dozen trucks from the FDNY are parked curbside. Tower ladders in action. At Street level, it appears the fire is out. But the water is still flowing. Looks like the fancy glass box apartment is the one affected. They’re breaking through the bottom of […]

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Subway Franchise on Essex Street Felled by Flood

Posted February 24, 2015 at 9:19 am

FebruANY? More like FebruFLOODING… The three-year-old Subway sandwich outpost at 153 Essex Street was felled last week by flooding in the building. Not much is known about the cause of the deluge, but it was enough to ruin business for this franchisee. Perhaps a busted water pipe due to sub-freezing temperatures. According to a handwritten […]

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Two Bit’s Retro Arcade Reopens on Essex Street After Brief Closure

Posted September 2, 2014 at 6:05 am

The game’s not up, it seems. Two Bit’s pumped in another quarter to continue playing at 153 Essex Street. That’s right, gamers. The year-old retro arcade bar reopened right before the holiday weekend after a week-long recess. Two Bit’s closed unexpectedly two weeks ago for the second time in three months. It was another instance […]

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Two Bit’s Retro Arcade on Essex Street Abruptly Closes for ‘Maintenance’

Posted August 26, 2014 at 6:03 am

It’s a sad day of purgatory for local gamers. All signs point to game over for Two Bit’s Retro Arcade at 153 Essex Street, but nothing is yet confirmed. Instead we’re left with a room full of cabinets and a window to tease. Roughly one week ago, the establishment closed with a handwritten note on the door […]

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