Bleecker Street

Pandemic Shift: The Lost Bleecker Bar

Posted June 25, 2021 at 5:04 am

On March 16, 2020, New York City bars were ordered shut by the governor. While some waited for reopening, many wondered if that would happen. In “Pandemic Shift,” co-creators Andrew Hunter and Aaron Fischer captured the moments and moods of service workers in front of their closed establishments. Rhea, bartender of the dearly departed Bleecker […]

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Overthrow Boxing Club Fights Pandemic with Plant-Based Community Fridge

Posted February 17, 2021 at 5:03 am

Down but not out, the Overthrow Boxing Club is assisting the neediest in the community with grassroots food assistance at its doorstep. But owner Power Malu is not throwing in the towel. Outside the Bleecker Street storefront is a so-called community fridge, stocked with plant based, organic, foods as well as canned goods. All free […]

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Bleecker Street Bar Goes Dark After 30-Year Run

Posted August 17, 2020 at 5:03 am

The dominoes keep falling. Bleecker Street Bar, for three decades a dive of choice in an increasingly gentrified Bowery, announced its closure last week. The popular pub will go dark after business on August 30. The ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and an impasse over lease renewal led to its demise. “All of our […]

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Shepard Fairey’s Blondie on the Bowery is Defaced

Posted August 10, 2020 at 5:03 am

Debbie has been defaced. The large-scale mural of Debbie Harry – painted by Shepard Fairey in August 2017 – is now compromised. Taggers recently targeted the image of the Blondie front woman, which sits across the Bowery from the former home of CBGB. The Little Italy Street Art Project commissioned Shepard Fairey for the job […]

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Levain Bakery to Open First Downtown Location on Lafayette Street Next Week

Posted February 21, 2020 at 5:12 am

In a first, Levain Bakery is headed downtown. News that we first reported in March 2019. Now, more than a year after breaking the news, the sweets shops confirms that next Wednesday (February 26) is the opening date at 340 Lafayette Street (at Bleecker Street). Teaser signage in the window had promised this debut as […]

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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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Topped Out at 12 Stories, New NoHo Luxury Condo Attracts ‘Clean Market’

Posted July 2, 2019 at 5:05 am

NoHo’s newest mixed-use tower topped out months ago, and now signed its first retail tenant. The luxury development at 40 Bleecker Street, which reached the twelve-story vertical limit in the spring, will soon welcome Clean Market. Catered specifically to one-percenters dwelling in its condo stock, the business is “Dedicated to helping people feel their best by […]

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Rumor: Levain Bakery Headed to Bleecker Street for First Downtown Spot

Posted March 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

When the remodeled and restored 59 Bleecker Street returns, word on the street is it’ll offer a pair of upscale retail tenants. Namely, Levain Bakery. Founded on the Upper West Side twenty-five years ago by competitive swimmer friends Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, Levain is a cafe famous for its six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. […]

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Anna Sheffield Moves to Bleecker Street in Search of Foot Traffic

Posted February 8, 2019 at 5:04 am

The Anna Sheffield jewelry boutique spent five years on Orchard Street until its move from the Lower East Side last year. But the eponymous owner found refuge on Bleecker Street just off the Bowery. The new space at 19 Bleecker Street is much larger, and joins the myriad trendy establishments that already dot the area. […]

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Checking in on the Retail Restoration Project at 59 Bleecker Street

Posted December 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

In the year since the dual departure of City Hats and Shapiro’s Hardware from Bleecker Street, the old NoHo corner spot has been under the knife. Shrouded in construction materials, the multimillion-dollar project to restore the century-old structure is now full throttle. Contractors headlong into gutting and chiseling, as evidenced by a recent walkby. The […]

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