Orchard Street

The ‘Mahjong Social’ Mural on Orchard Street

Posted September 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

The brick space made famous five years ago with Hanksy’s “Dump Trump” mural now carries a different message. The nascent Chinatown Mural Project imparted a new artwork – its second – at the corner of Orchard and Canal Streets. Dubbed “Mahjong Social,” the piece shows four pigeons playing the game together. It honors the Chinese […]

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All Vegan ‘Orchard Grocer’ Returns with Takeout Service

Posted September 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

Mooshoes has good news for local vegans. Its sidecar grocery space is back open after six months on the sidelines. When the pandemic shutdown hit in mid-March, Orchard Grocer pivoted to become a virtual vegan grocery store for the local community. Six months later, ownership has unveiled a to-go counter for their specialty house-made goods. As […]

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SLA Suspends The Skinny Bar on Orchard Street for Coronavirus Violations

Posted September 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another longtime Hell Square nightclub over the weekend violated state-mandated coronavirus rules, and paid the ultimate price. The Skinny bar on Orchard Street, considered by many locals as a bad operator, was caught lax on its enforcement of patron social distancing and face coverings. These transgressions led the dedicated multi-agency task force to suspend their […]

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Tenement Museum Relaunches Walking Tours, but Indoor Programs Still on Hold

Posted September 2, 2020 at 5:04 am

While larger museums and cultural institutions around the city are reopening after a pandemic-induced sidelining, here on the Lower East Side, the Tenement Museum will remain dark. No indoor programming at 97 Orchard Street for the foreseeable future. Historically appropriate, in a sense. Tenements were harbingers of disease throughout the generations due to overcrowding small […]

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Zazzy’s Pizza Sets September Opening in Former Rosario’s on Orchard Street

Posted August 26, 2020 at 5:08 am

The successor to Rosario’s Pizza is on its way to Hell Square. As previously reported, the decades-old pizzeria shuttered after the mandatory pandemic lockdown this spring. Never to reopen. Zazzy’s Pizza is the likeminded replacement, but will dish a more health-conscious menu of “plant-based pizzas” alongside the classic fare. We’re told that Zazzy’s should open at […]

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Open-Air Live Comedy Series on Orchard Street Draws Neighborhood Ire

Posted August 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

Each Thursday night, hundreds gather for open-air entertainment on Orchard Street. And neighbors are incensed. “Horseplay at Sunset” is a free weekly comedy show stationed outside Regina’s Grocery. A makeshift podium sits curbside for a line of participating comics. Performers are properly distanced from the crowd; yet the crowd itself is not, with face coverings […]

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State Suspends Las’ Lap for Coronavirus-Related Violations

Posted August 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another week, another few dozen city bars cited for coronavirus-related violations. Governor Cuomo yesterday announced that the recently anointed multi-agency task force suspended liquor licenses of 38 establishments around the Five Boroughs. One of which is here on the Lower East Side. The two-year-old Las Lap’ at 74 Orchard Street. In recent weeks, the bar, […]

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Coronavirus Fells Fat Radish on Orchard Street

Last modified August 10, 2020 at 9:09 am

The Fat Radish is done for. Another victim of the pandemic. Eater broke the news Friday evening, reporting that the decision from ownership came as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. The owners – Phil Winser and Natalie Freihon – confirmed that the Orchard Street restaurant doesn’t have enough space to accommodate outdoor dining. And […]

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Suffering the (Non-Masked) Night Crowds at Orchard and Broome [Updated]

Last modified August 7, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Hell Square hath multiplied. Come weekends, the block of Orchard and Broome is now its own crowded nightmare. This trend is years in the making, but reached critical mass this summer with the outdoor dining phenomenon as a result of coronavirus. Neighbors on the block are worried about these gatherings. Not so much the table […]

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Rosario’s Pizza will Look for a New LES Location

Posted August 3, 2020 at 5:02 am

Losing Rosario’s Pizza, much like its old neighbor Bereket, is the elimination of yet another connection to the old Lower East Side. The pizza joint held down the northwest corner of Orchard and Stanton Streets for more than twenty years, and spent the preceding decades just around the corner. However, the retirement of manager/owner Sal […]

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