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High-End Danish Furniture Store ‘BoConcept’ Pops up on Lafayette Street

Last modified August 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm

“Chinatown and Little Italy just got a Danish neighbor,” the window copy reads at Lafayette Street. This is the inaugural message BoConcept unleashed on the community last week in launching its newest store. Site chosen is the former American Apparel Factory Outlet, which closed last November. The 3,000-square-foot retail shop is actually temporary, and part […]

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On Death’s Door, American Apparel Finally Shutters its ‘SoHo Factory Outlet’

Posted November 3, 2016 at 5:17 am

Onetime hipster clothier, American Apparel, officially closed its SoHo Factory Outlet earlier this week. It’s been on death watch since October 2015, when brokers from RKF first began pimping the primo commercial real estate. Success was apparently elusive. However, a sign went up in the windows this week steering customers to its Harlem “flea market” happening […]

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The David Bowie Shrine on Lafayette Street is Gone

Posted January 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

​The shiva is over at 285 Lafayette Street. No more David Bowie memorial shrine outside his residence. The police barricades were deposed days before the storm, the flowers and memories cleared. In its stread, however, a new makeshift memorial just materialized outside the fire-felled Alternative Apparel store. Various items were placed in the frozen planters […]

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The David Bowie Tribute Outside Lafayette Street Residence is Getting Bigger

Last modified January 12, 2016 at 7:53 am

By now you know. Alas, pop-star chameleon David Bowie passed away on Sunday after a secret eighteen-month bout with liver cancer. He died just two days after turning 69, and delivering a swan-song record called Blackstar. We won’t pen any lengthy eulogy for the legend; there are outlets aplenty to provide more context. What we will […]

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American Apparel’s ‘SoHo Factory Outlet’ Space is up for Grabs

Posted October 7, 2015 at 5:10 am

It’s a rough week for American Apparel. The once-controversial, “Made-in-Downtown LA” clothing company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday morning. This bankruptcy protection deal reached enables American Apparel to both keep manufacturing in Los Angeles and its 130 stateside stores open. Here in the city, however, American Apparel had already given up on its 73rd […]

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