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Michael B. Jordan’s Favorite Lower East Side Bar Wants to Expand

Posted February 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

Looks like the yearlong dormancy in the wake of By Robert James is finally reaching conclusion on Orchard Street. The reason sits next door. Las’ Lap is gunning to take over the former boutique, which moved to the Canal Street Market after departing last January, to expand its overall footprint. Meaning, another previously unlicensed store […]

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Starting Tomorrow, No More Meatball Shop for the Lower East Side

Posted February 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

Time is short for the maiden Lower East Side location of the Meatball Shop. After tomorrow evening, the Stanton Street restaurant that started it all will shut down for good. As previously reported, staff was told of the news last week. And the restaurant confirmed that regular service ends at 6:00pm tomorrow. Apparently the lease […]

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Ludlow House Begins Demolition of Libation for its New ‘Garden’

Last modified February 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm

For the first time in nearly two decades, there is no longer any evidence of Libation on Ludlow Street. The club closed last May and its identity is erased. Indeed, branded sign casing was trashed in a dumpster yesterday as demolition commences at 137 Ludlow. It is here that the Ludlow House breaks ground on […]

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ZARA’s 2nd Floor Becomes Ground Zero for SoHo Rezoning Debate

Posted February 5, 2020 at 5:01 am

Spanish fast-fashion brand, ZARA, found itself on the front line of the SoHo/NoHo rezoning debate when it appeared before City Council last week for a special permit to legalize retail on the second floor of its flagship SoHo store. The apparel company has been operating a 14,000 square-foot second floor space since it opened at […]

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Newly Restored, 59 Bleecker Pimps Levain Bakery and BAPE Boutique

Last modified February 4, 2020 at 9:36 am

The retail restoration of 59 Bleecker Street is complete. And with it, the requisite teaser signage of the new businesses moving in. No more hardware stores. Instead, as first reported here, Levain Bakery is opening its first downtown outpost. The ad promises an “early 2020” delivery, which is more than six months from the initial […]

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The Meatball Shop to Close its Lower East Side Flagship this Weekend

Posted February 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

For The Meatball Shop, its ten-year anniversary is likely more bitter than sweet. Indeed, the Lower East Side institution is shutting down the flagship location this weekend. Employees were reportedly informed of the news last week. We received confirmation that the last day in business is this Saturday (February 8). Apparently the lease on Stanton […]

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Coppelia Eyeing former Macondo for New 24-Hour Diner

Posted January 31, 2020 at 5:00 am

A popular 24-hour Chelsea diner is expanding to the Lower East Side. The nine-years-running Coppelia is currently eyeing 157 East Houston for its next location. This spot, in particular, has devolved into a vandalized mess since Macondo closed down in 2017. Liquor license application materials on file with Community Board 3 confirm the news. The […]

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Eight Years Post-Bowery, Billy’s Antiques is Brooklyn-Bound

Posted January 30, 2020 at 4:06 am

Since his high-profile departure from the Bowery eight years ago, Billy Leroy has threatened a permanent comeback for his eponymous antiques business. Now, it will return, albeit in the outer boroughs. Word on the street is that Leroy acquired a “single family home” on Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn, and will open Billy’s Antiques on the […]

First Look at Saigon Social on Orchard Street

Posted January 29, 2020 at 5:02 am

Saigon Social is inching toward launch on Orchard Street. Branded vestibule arrived a couple weeks ago, while the dining room appears ready to go with tables and token mural. The casual style restaurant at 172 Orchard is apparently a few inspections from opening here in the former Mission Cantina. At the mercy of the bureaucracy. […]

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Mount Sinai Opening Group Clinic on Delancey Street

Posted January 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

There hasn’t been a steady tenant at 104 Delancey Street since the Chase Bank closed and consolidated with the branch across the street in 2012. Instead, eight years of pop-up players persisted, from Gagosian (2012) and Hanksy (2014) to Spirit Halloween (2015), All Leather, and Chabad LES. Now, landlord Samy Mahfar is switching it up completely. […]

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