Orchard Street

Cajun Quietly Comes to Hell Square with ‘Parish NYC’

Posted February 15, 2019 at 5:08 am

Out of nowhere, this new Cajun spot for Hell Square. Parish debuted last month at 146 Orchard Street. The arrival of Parish (the word for “county” in Louisiana) comes on the heels of Butcher Bar, the Astoria-based barbecue bar that shuttered back in September after little more than a year. According to its mission statement […]

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Lesbian Shopkeepers on Orchard Street Win Empire State Building’s Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest

Posted February 14, 2019 at 5:04 am

Love is in the air! One Lower East Side couple will have their heads in the clouds this Valentine’s Day. Literally. Co-owners of home design store, Coming Soon on Orchard Street, Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet were one of two couples to win the Empire State Building’s 25th annual “Valentine’s Day Wedding Contest.” Their 15-minute […]

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Born on the Lower East Side, Seth Herzog’s ‘Sweet’ Comedy Show Moves Out

Posted January 28, 2019 at 5:06 am

It sure felt like a final farewell. Downtown comedy fixture Seth Herzog had Slipper Room substitute Chelsea Music Hall at capacity last month for what he dubbed “the last show for awhile.” In the end, this Sweet holiday show was more of an inflection point. Like so much else on the Lower East Side these […]

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Mourning the ‘Man in White’ on the Lower East Side

Posted January 24, 2019 at 5:08 am

Orchard Street won’t be the same. There has been an outpouring of grief in the week since Jimmy “Blanco” Becker, the so-called “man in white,” passed away from Lymphoma. News of his death seemed to touch a nerve on the hyperlocal level. You may not have known him personally, but his presence – dressed in […]

RIP Lower East Side Man in White, ‘Jimmy Blanco’

Posted January 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s a sad day for the Lower East Side. Jimmy Becker, known colloquially as “Jimmy Blanco” for perennially roaming the streets dressed in all white, passed away this week after a battle with Lymphoma. It’s believed he was about 69 or 70. Apparently, a neighbor in his building called EMS a couple weeks ago after […]

Tictail Brick-and-Mortar Market on Orchard Street Goes Under

Posted January 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

Tictail officially closed down its Lower East Side market last month. The former shop at 90 Orchard Street is now a vacancy with the token farewell letter on the door. This retail surrender follows just a short while after the Swedish startup’s high-profile acquisition by Shopify. As for what’s next, expect nightlife of some sort. […]

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Bye, By Robert James: Steep Rent Hike Forces Boutique from Orchard Street

Posted January 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

By Robert James is saying bye to Orchard Street after just over ten years in business. Like so much local retail, the upscale clothier fell victim to a sizable rent hike. Truth be told, the proverbial writing was on the wall last August when the eponymous owner led a successful crowdfunding campaign to keep the […]

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Orchard Street Walkup Hits the Market for $6.5M

Posted January 10, 2019 at 5:05 am

Late last year, the beige brick of 58 Orchard Street received a new coating of paint. It’s a sky blue hue likely meant to somehow raise the value of the property. Our gut told us at the time that a property listing couldn’t be too far behind. And that’s precisely what happened. The six-story walkup […]

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Neighbors Unite to Fundraise for Orchard Street ‘Mayor’ Who Suffered Stroke

Last modified January 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Danny Coffey, the homegrown property manager and steward of lower Orchard Street, is in a bad spot and needs assistance. You’ve definitely crossed paths with him, forever patrolling the block between Grand and Broome Streets, often whistling loudly to himself. Last Thursday (January 3), the 56-year-old neighborhood fixture suffered a stroke, and required emergency surgery. […]

‘Local 138’ Now Eyeing Orchard Street Move

Posted January 3, 2019 at 5:07 am

Local 138 has been at its namesake address for two decades, and is beloved by many as one of the last genuine Lower East Side pubs. However, a complicated relocation of the Hell Square watering hole remains ongoing. Several months after controversial landlord Michael Shah purchased 138 Ludlow Street for $19 million, the bar was […]

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