Fashion

Jimmy Webb’s ‘I Need More’ Departs Orchard Street Today

Posted July 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

Today marks the final day in business for I Need More, the punk rock boutique founded by the late Jimmy Webb on the Lower East Side. As celebration of both three years on Orchard Street, and its creator, the business is holding a final fire sale. It’s a sudden closure for I Need More, which […]

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Ludlow & Hester Nail Spa Fades from its Namesake Block

Posted July 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Just as phase 3 of the city’s reopening gets going this week, one Lower East Side salon won’t be returning. Ludlow & Hester Nail Salon, located at 29 Ludlow Street, closed in March in observance of state guidelines for the coronavirus lockdown. Spa chairs inside the six-year-old spa lingered in the interim, awaiting clientele. Until […]

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Chillhouse Shutters Original Essex Street Spa

Posted July 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

The list of coronavirus-related business closures is getting longer by the week. Today brings word that an Essex Street newcomer has bitten the dust. Chillhouse, a millennials-style spa at 149 Essex Street, is the latest to fall. Ownership announced the permanent shutter in an e-mail to customers Tuesday afternoon. “As we all know too well […]

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Sixteen Years on, Quality Mending Bids Farewell to Prince Street with a Blue Cap Salute

Last modified June 24, 2020 at 10:44 am

Vintage clothing shop, Quality Mending, is moving on from Prince Street with a Blue Cap salute to the neighborhood, as well as one last artwall project that they hope will inspire the community to get out the vote and, as their new project promotes, #BlueHatsforChange. Like many long-standing small businesses around the city, Quality Mending owner Oliver […]

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Following Death of Jimmy Webb, ‘I Need More’ Closing Orchard Street Store Next Month

Posted June 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

Following the untimely death of downtown icon, Jimmy Webb, his Orchard Street boutique is closing down for good. Word came down the pike yesterday that I Need More – the store at 75 Orchard – is wrapping up business at the end of July. It ends nearly three years of selling rock and roll threads […]

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Former Third-Generation Owner of Beckenstein’s Dies from COVID-19

Posted June 10, 2020 at 5:06 am

The former third-generation owner of Beckenstein’s Fabrics, a business with deep roots on the Lower East Side, passed away earlier this spring due to complications from coronavirus. Garry Greenberg succumbed to the illness on April 25. He was 68. Beckenstein’s has been a staple in New York City since 1918, when it was founded by […]

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Melting Moment: Museum of Ice Cream Paints Black Insensitive Pink Protest Signage on Broadway

Last modified June 8, 2020 at 10:06 am

There was a sudden and abrupt change in color tone at the Museum of Ice Cream in SoHo over the weekend. That pink protest signage that had outraged locals and received swift backlash was subsequently painted black, the names of African-Americans who died from police brutality later reapplied. Yet this time without the “I SCREAM […]

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Popular Face Mask Vending Machines Expand to Columbus Circle in Time for Phase 1 Reopening of the City

Posted June 8, 2020 at 5:01 am

Those popular face mask vending machines are expanding out of the Lower East Side. We’re told that RapidMask2Go placed another kiosk, albeit further uptown. This one is located in the Turnstyle Market at Columbus Circle. As with the others, it features KN95 masks on sale ($3), with the intention of including hand sanitizer and gloves. […]

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Pink Protest Signage Screams Poor Taste at the Museum of Ice Cream

Last modified June 5, 2020 at 11:50 am

When New York City begins its reopening on Monday, SoHo will be boarded up as if for a hurricane, and the streets emptier than when the COVID-19 shutdown began. Signage of the luxury retailers has also been erased by the appearance of bare plywood, Black Lives Matter graffiti, or both. But the Museum of Ice […]

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Orchard Street Shop Continues Pushing Pencils During a Pandemic

Posted May 29, 2020 at 5:05 am

Many independent neighborhood businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including CW Pencil Enterprise. Established in 2014, the pencil purveyor of Orchard Street is feeling the pains of the pandemic and adjusting as best they can during. Owner Caroline Weaver explains how they’ve been trying to keep the business afloat. “Adapting to this new […]

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