Orchard Street

Major Hoarding Happening Beneath Hotel Scaffolding on Orchard Street

Posted July 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

Somebody call Hoarders, there’s a junk mound on Orchard Street. For the last few months, a homeless man has been camping beneath the decade-old scaffold affixed to the hotel at 139 Orchard Street (aka the Allen Street Hotel). The individual gradually amassed a collection of garbage, furniture, and other prized street possessions. And apparently, the […]

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Pandemic Block Party Thrown by ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Angers Orchard Street Neighbors

Last modified June 30, 2020 at 2:09 pm

Now a week into Phase 2 reopening, and on the precipice of Phase 3, it would appear much of the local populace is back to normal habit. Just look to this past weekend on Orchard Street just north of Canal, where block parties reigned uninterrupted. Boys Don’t Cry pulled together a Friday evening soirée, with […]

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Following Death of Jimmy Webb, ‘I Need More’ Closing Orchard Street Store Next Month

Posted June 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

Following the untimely death of downtown icon, Jimmy Webb, his Orchard Street boutique is closing down for good. Word came down the pike yesterday that I Need More – the store at 75 Orchard – is wrapping up business at the end of July. It ends nearly three years of selling rock and roll threads […]

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LES Partnership Again Encroaches on CB3 Liquor Committee

Posted June 17, 2020 at 5:07 am

For the second time in as many years, the question is posed, though the conditions on the ground are vastly different. Should local business improvement districts possess administrative input in the liquor license process? The Lower East Side Partnership briefly appeared on the Community Board 3 docket this month regarding a proposal to assist in “OP […]

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Former Third-Generation Owner of Beckenstein’s Dies from COVID-19

Posted June 10, 2020 at 5:06 am

The former third-generation owner of Beckenstein’s Fabrics, a business with deep roots on the Lower East Side, passed away earlier this spring due to complications from coronavirus. Garry Greenberg succumbed to the illness on April 25. He was 68. Beckenstein’s has been a staple in New York City since 1918, when it was founded by […]

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An Choi May End its Decade-Long Lower East Side Run [Updated]

Last modified June 10, 2020 at 7:46 pm

Word on the street is that local favorite, An Choi, may not return from the COVID-19 lockdown. Thus concluding more than a decade on the block for the Vietnamese restaurant. An Choi closed its doors in mid-March at the outset of the pandemic. Now, an anonymous tipster sends word that the lease on the space […]

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Coronavirus Kills off this New Orchard Street Business [Updated]

Last modified June 8, 2020 at 9:15 pm

One of the businesses occupying the former American Apparel store at Orchard and East Houston did not survive the three-month coronavirus lockdown. Hemped and Uni K Wax – located side-by-side on Orchard Street – recently closed down. Unable to contend with zero shopping base. Neither lasted a year here in Hell Square. Leasing signage now […]

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Lower East Side Businesses Boarded up their Storefronts Amidst Citywide Looting

Posted June 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

When the pandemic hit, it was mainly the luxury stores in SoHo that began boarding up the windows for fear of looting. It’s now a reality in the atmosphere following the controversial death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in Minneapolis police custody. For days, looters took to the streets, oftentimes piggybacking off […]

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Protest Violence: LES Small Businesses Vandalized

Posted June 2, 2020 at 10:06 am

A fifth night of protests spilled onto lower Orchard Street yesterday, as several businesses were vandalized. The Roasting Plant coffee shop, R&D (formerly Brigitte) on Canal street, and the Alexander Olch boutique, were all hit. Shattered windows and looting. It’s unclear what was taken from each store. With regard to Olch’s store, vandals tagged it […]

Orchard Street Shop Continues Pushing Pencils During a Pandemic

Posted May 29, 2020 at 5:05 am

Many independent neighborhood businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, including CW Pencil Enterprise. Established in 2014, the pencil purveyor of Orchard Street is feeling the pains of the pandemic and adjusting as best they can during. Owner Caroline Weaver explains how they’ve been trying to keep the business afloat. “Adapting to this new […]

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