End of the Line for ‘Global International’ Haberdasher on Orchard Street?
It’s a Lower East Side right of passage – that moment Sam Gluck harangues you to buy a shiny new suit. Luring you into the enormous haberdashery at 62 Orchard Street. Cherish the memories, though, as the shop’s days on the block might be numbered.
The store – Global International – now sports token leasing signage courtesy of Misrahi Realty. For decades, this business operated at 62 Orchard Street, a fact that the real estate listing touts (“available for the first time in 70 years”). To rent this 3,400 square-foot space runs a slim $30,000 per month in rent. There is also an option, according to the listing, to take the second floor for an additional $8,000 per month. The broker says that all uses are considered.
Back to Gluck, the man is a relic of the bygone era of bustling Orchard Street, named in 2009 by The Villager as one of the “Last Jews of Orchard Street.” At the time, he told the publication that “I think that in four more years, I’ll be out of here.” It apparently took twice that.
The Global International men’s outfitter reportedly opened more than sixty years ago, after his father Isaac emigrated from Romania during World War II. Isaac lost his entire family in the Holocaust, according to The Villager article. He started the business by peddling shirts and ties door-to-door, and saved enough money to open on Orchard Street, where religious Jews lived and worked.