Orchard Street

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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Scarr’s Pizza Reopens Today for Pickup and Delivery

Posted May 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

On the sidelines for two months, Scarr’s Pizza reopens on the Lower East Side today. The popular Orchard Street pizzeria had shuttered in mid-March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic seized control of the city. Customers can order only for pickup or delivery (via Caviar); no slices. Still no word on how this extended closure ultimately […]

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MooShoes Permanently Closes its LA Store Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted May 21, 2020 at 5:06 am

Popular vegan shoe store, MooShoes, permanently closed its Los Angeles satellite earlier this month. The retail outpost had been in business on the West Coast since 2014. Six years later, it’s done in by the novel coronavirus. The shutter does not affect the Lower East Side original, which has been out of commission due to […]

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Open Streets: Hell Square Partially Closes to Motorists Starting Today

Last modified May 7, 2020 at 8:57 am

The streets of Hell Square are sealed to vehicular traffic starting today. This new change is part of the city’s overarching “Open Streets” initiative to free up pedestrian space during the coronavirus shutdown. Today’s changes include: Orchard Street, between Delancey and East Houston (already a pedestrian mall on Sundays) Ludlow Street, between Delancey and East […]

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Coronavirus Forces Lesley Heller Gallery to Shutter After 10 Years on Orchard Street

Posted April 27, 2020 at 5:02 am

The deadly coronavirus is gutting local businesses, sparing few. Next to fall is the Lesley Heller Gallery at 54 Orchard Street. Not an essential business, the showroom closed last month with the rest of the city to help stem the spread of COVID-19. It won’t reopen on the other side of this, according to an […]

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Sidelined by COVID-19 Before Debut, ‘Saigon Social’ Now Serves Meals to First Responders

Posted April 21, 2020 at 5:01 am

Saigon Social was oh-so-close to finally opening its first brick-and-mortar on Orchard Street. Then COVID-19 hit, and another setback befell the restaurant. Rather than accept defeat before even launching (i.e. takeout only), ownership pivoted to help serve first responders. Former presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, tweeted last week about how owner Helen Nguyen quickly pivoted. Cooking […]

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Neighborhood Punk Icon Jimmy Webb Loses Battle with Cancer (RIP)

Last modified April 15, 2020 at 9:02 am

Jimmy Webb, the flamboyant punk whose Lower East Side boutiques captured the essence of rock and roll, passed away yesterday morning after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 62, and had apparently been fighting the disease for a couple years. No official statement had been made about his death. Messages are pouring in about […]

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Local Small Businesses Fundraising Meals for First Responders in COVID-19 Crisis

Last modified April 7, 2020 at 10:34 am

Lower East Side businesses are pooling resources to send meals to first responders during the COVID-19 crisis. For the next month, several small businesses tapped by the Lower East Side Partnership are sending meals to first responders (NYPD, FDNY, EMS) And the business improvement district is raising money to fund it. So far, Williamsburg Pizza, […]

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Tenement Museum Faces ‘Extraordinary Crisis’ Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 27, 2020 at 5:05 am

The Tenement Museum is struggling to stay afloat, as the COVID-19 shutdown eliminated foot traffic and steady funding. Since closing to the public on March 14, the Lower East Side museum laid off 13 full-time employees (out of 66) – mostly from marketing, visitor services, and gift shop – and told another 40 not to […]

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