Vendor Victims at 140 Orchard Street

Posted on: June 7th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

History repeats itself.  When the Thompson LES landed in the neighborhood, upper Orchard Street became somewhat of a wasteland.  For years, it was near impossible for business to thrive there.  Now it seems the same fate is befalling the stretch of pavement between Rivington and Delancey Street.  This is the last proverbial bastion of bargain-bin vendors.  Another posh boutique hotel, another pair of vendor victims on Orchard Street.

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Both casualties in this ever-shrinking district were at the same address – 140 Orchard StreetABC Gifts & Perfumes was quietly phased out of existence earlier this year.  One day, it just wasn’t there anymore.  And Batchilly Fashions followed one Sunday late last month.  During the usual primetime of pedestrian mall selling, employees were busy packing up the store, boxes stacked to the ceiling.  As of this weekend, all the awnings have been pried from the facade, with leasing signs arriving as replacements.

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The series of stores that comprise 140 Orchard Street were included on the CB3 SLA agenda for June.  A lasagna joint of some kind sought a full liquor license for the premises, but has since reneged.  We’ll see what happens next month.

Meanwhile, the stalled-out Allen Street Hotel across the street remains the proverbial dark cloud hanging over Orchard.  And the Sunday pedestrian mall? Well, it’s not looking great either.

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