American Apparel

In What was American Apparel, ‘Dr Smood’ Health Eatery Debuts on East Houston

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:05 am

The doctor is now seeing patients. Customers, rather. Dr Smood, the health eatery that offers “smart food for a good mood,” opened the doors to its Lower East Side location this week. As you might expect, the new “organic boutique cafe” at the corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets carries with it an antiseptic […]

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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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‘Dr Smood’ Organic Health Cafe Announces New Location at the Old LES American Apparel

Last modified September 21, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Dr Smood, a bougie “organic boutique cafe” specializing in 100-percent United States Department of Agriculture-certified organic food and beverages, just signed a lease for space at the former American Apparel on East Houston Street. Vinyl window cladding announces the imminent arrival of this latest area eatery. With all the condos arriving to market nearby in […]

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Former LES American Apparel Becomes Equinox Showroom for Ben Shaoul Condos

Posted July 5, 2017 at 5:04 am

The former American Apparel on Orchard Street (at East Houston) has been sitting vacant, and well lit, for almost two years. It closed down in October 2015 after more than a decade in business; a watershed moment for Lower East Side gentrification trends. Several brokerage houses tried to secure a commercial tenant for the warehoused locale […]

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Le Pain Quotidien Unveils its Second Bleecker Street Outpost

Posted February 17, 2017 at 5:13 am

Le Pain Quotidien just planted another flag downtown. The Belgian-style bakery is poised to open its umpteenth city location in the kink of Bleecker Street, where American Apparel previously outfitted NYU students. Now it’ll fatten them up. The teaser signage was recently scraped away to reveal the bi-level innards. No word just yet on opening […]

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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There’s Nothing Left of the American Apparel on East Houston

Posted November 2, 2015 at 5:18 am

There’s nothing left of the American Apparel on East Houston, which closed last Monday. The eleven-year-old shop was completely emptied of its contents later in the week, with remnant product and mannequins piled curbside. Stripped to its skivvies – no more store branding, nor shelving. Such is life under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now, with a huge corner […]

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Your Chance to Own the Hypersexual American Apparel Mannequins from the Shuttered LES Store

Posted October 28, 2015 at 5:10 am

The Lower East Side location of American Apparel – one of the first in the Manhattan market – shuttered Monday afternoon, as first reported here. It anchored the corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets for over a decade. Now corporate is trying to sell off its furniture and other window dressing accessories. Namely, those […]

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Breaking: American Apparel Shutters its Longtime LES Location

Posted October 27, 2015 at 4:22 am

You could say an era has just ended. American Apparel, both product of and force behind the first act of hyper-gentrification on the Lower East Side, just called it quits. Yup, that butcher paper isn’t there for a new window installation of half-naked mannequins. This time, it’s for keeps. A sign in the door notes […]

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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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