Behind the Plywood at MOSCOT’s Future 108 Orchard Headquarters

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 at 6:03 am by
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The southeast corner of Orchard and Delancey was boxed up last month, and tied with a bow of “post no bills” announcements. But Moscot will open its new present soon enough … probably within the next month.

The other day, we watched as a group of workers transferred the branded black awning to its future home at 108 Orchard. In doing so, the front door was left ajar, allowing for a full-frontal glimpse of the interior. It appears this next phase of the Moscot story will include faux tin ceilings and a chandelier at the entrance. Its footprint extends into the former ground-level space occupied by Joe’s Fabrics, which still maintains residence upstairs. Also of note is the recent paint job on the Orchard facade.

As we first reported last fall, Moscot is currently relocating its HQ across Delancey for the first time in its Lower East Side history. The iconic optics shop had been based at 118 Orchard since 1936. Loose plans are also underway to eventually raze the building for the purpose of luxury residential development. This despite the arrival of enormous leasing signs and the now-notorious porn peddlers Rox gallery.

Moscot signed a 20-year lease for 4,200 square-feet (ground + basement) at 108 Orchard. Cost is $70 per square-foot.

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