Orchard Street

‘Open Streets’ Town Hall Yields More Questions than Answers

Last modified January 14, 2021 at 11:33 am

Tuesday night’s Town Hall on Open Restaurants and Open Streets, hosted by Community Boards 3 and 6 – left residents with more questions than answers regarding the long-term impact these pandemic-era health and economic neighborhood solutions have on a post-COVID city. However, the online meetup did bring a wide scope of information in terms of […]

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Little Gio’s Pizza Rolls up Orchard Street Outpost

Posted January 13, 2021 at 5:01 am

One less pizzeria for Hell Square. Little Gio’s Pizza recently closed down its Orchard Street annex. Token butcher paper in the windows signals the end of this road. The expansion outpost of the First Avenue pizzeria lasted about a year. It replaced the locals favorite, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, which shuttered in May 2018 thanks to […]

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LES Neighbors Sue NYC to Stop Conversion of Blue Moon Hotel to Homeless Shelter

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Blue Moon Hotel is singing the blues after a group of local landlords this week took legal action against the city to stop its conversion into a homeless shelter. The owner of the boutique hotel at 100 Orchard Street – perennially for sale without takers – is apparently planning to lease the space to […]

Landlord Jumps in for Liquor License After Pizza Beach Closure [Updated]

Last modified January 7, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Pizza Beach is cooked, for sure. The five-year-old eatery dismantled its sidewalk structure and packed up the dining room earlier this month. Not to return. And there is already a replacement, according to application materials submitted to Community Board 3. The landlord, Sherr Equities (Orchard Flavor Partners) plans to open a nightlife establishment here. Update: […]

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Sticky Rice Outdoor Dining Foiled by Orchard Street Bike Rack

Posted January 6, 2021 at 5:02 am

Sticky Rice is stuck between a rack and an empty place. Bike rack, that is. Thanks to the sprawling, Department of Transportation issued bike corral at its doorstep, the fourteen-year-old Thai restaurant is unable to erect any dedicated structure to accommodate larger-scale outdoor seating. Like the one next door at Dudley’s. (There are currently two […]

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On Orchard Street, Pizza Beach Packs it In

Posted December 23, 2020 at 5:03 am

Pizza Beach packed up its possessions last week and is now closed. The action transpired just before the indoor dining ban took hold last Monday. The Orchard Street dining room is now cleaned out, and its curbside corral dismantled and stacked inside. Frozen in time. Yet, it’s unclear whether this closure is permanent. Our requests […]

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The Orchard Street Snowbank that Became a Ski Jump

Posted December 21, 2020 at 5:08 am

While the Winter Olympics are still a year out, one event happened here on the Lower East Side. A freestyle ski jump on Orchard Street. In a stunt clearly filmed for viral value, a guy on skis is towed by a car to achieve ample speed. When he hits the snowbank outside Top Hops, we […]

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As Winter Arrives, NYC Restaurants Demand Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions

Posted December 17, 2020 at 5:03 am

With the restaurant business battered by stifling COVID-19 restrictions, hundreds of establishments are demanding changes. The push is spearheaded by Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants, a coalition that witnessed a twofold increase in membership since the pandemic began. It’s helmed by Andy McDowell of Williamsburg dive Pete’s Candy Store, and recently circulated a petition to […]

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Orchard Street Boutique Throws Impromptu Holiday Market on Saturday

Posted December 10, 2020 at 5:07 am

In an attempt to ail struggling local retail, a Lower East Side boutique is hosting an impromptu holiday market on its doorstep this Saturday. The Kallmeyer boutique earlier this week threw together “Kallmeyer and Friends,” a one-day market featuring an eclectic gaggle of small vendors. Participants include L’enchenteur (Brooklyn-based jewelers), Homemade by Aja (candles and […]

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Max Fish Finally Confirms Closure, Announces Hunt for New Space

Posted November 30, 2020 at 5:16 am

The six-year-old Max Fish reboot at 120 Orchard Street is not reopening. The bar closed at the outset of the pandemic and did not return. Back in September, we broke the news that Max Fish co-owner (and founder), Ulli Rimkus, is trying to sell the assets (Ulli Bar Corp) to a different corporate entity. Paperwork […]

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