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Fashion Brand ‘SNIDEL’ Takes Space on Orchard Street

Posted October 23, 2018 at 5:04 am

One year ago, loungewear brand Gelato Pique opened a holiday pop-up shop at 144 Orchard Street. The goal was to generate short-term growth on a path to permanence. They ended up staying; however the store closed last month in anticipation of relaunch just a block south. Awning is already installed at 125 Orchard Street, in what […]

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Selling the First Modular Condo Development on the Lower East Side

Posted October 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

The not-so-idyllic Idylls is ready for occupancy on Henry Street. The seven-story modular development – stacked together over the course of six days last spring – houses five full-floor, two-bedroom apartments (with terraces) and commercial retail on the ground. Pre-fab condo units are all priced at a spending ask of $2.1 million. Brooklyn-based Think! Architecture […]

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This Guy was the First Customer at Trader Joe’s on the Lower East Side

Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:09 am

People queue for anything. Here on the Lower East Side, it was for the Friday morning debut of Trader Joe’s on Grand Street. After years of hype, anticipation, and plenty of delays, the specialty grocer is finally a reality. It occupies 30,000 square-feet in the basement of The Rollins building at Essex Crossing (aka Site […]

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City Council Holds Public Hearing Today on ‘Small Business Jobs Survival Act’

Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:02 am

After languishing for over thirty years, a lifeline might be thrown to struggling small business owners. City Council later today is holding a public hearing for the polarizing Small Business Jobs Survival Act. Only in the last couple years has the forsaken legislation gained traction, owed in large part to the #SaveNYC grassroots campaign founded […]

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The Bowery Lighting District Just Lost its Biggest Store, Lighting by Gregory

Posted October 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Bowery Lighting District is reeling after losing its biggest store. Lighting by Gregory – located between Kenmare and Broome Streets for decades – faded from the landscape last week. The business shuttered, leaving behind multiple storefronts at 156-158 Bowery for the take. Apparently the company is in the throes of Bankruptcy filing, and the […]

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When the Rear Garden Grows the 28-Story Public Hotel

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:09 am

For the last year, 215 Chrystie Street has been the address of Ian Schrager’s posh Public Hotel (and condos). Before the 28-story development, though, this city parcel was the rear yard, and garden, for the Thelma Burke building on Stanton Street. The New York Times just published a new feature, “How a Garden for the […]

Founded on the Lower East Side, B’nai Brith Celebrates 175 Years

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

The oldest Jewish service organization in the world began here on the Lower East Side, and this year celebrates a major milestone. B’nai Brith International (“Sons of the Covenant”) – now in its 175th year – was founded on Essex Street in October 1843 by a dozen immigrants of German-Jewish descent. Of course, at that […]

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High-End Condo at 40 Bleecker Street Hits 2-Story Height

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:07 am

One year after its speedy demolition, time for a progress report on 40 Bleecker Street, soon to sprout more luxury living. The project site, situated at the corner of Mulberry, is sporting some heft. The superstructure recently achieved a height of two stories. And counting. As previously reported, this next chapter in the life of […]

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Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Concludes with LES Finale Nov. 11

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

The abbreviated final season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown is underway. Indeed, nearly over. But you’ll need to wait another few weeks for the Lower East Side/East Village treatment. The highly-anticipated episode is the finale, airing November 11 on CNN. (It actually premieres at the Food Film Festival in New York on October 24.) It’s the […]

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