Orchard Street

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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Rosario’s Pizza Departs Decades-Old Home on Orchard Street

Posted July 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

The pandemic takes another… Rosario’s Pizza, the iconic pizzeria that’s served the Lower East Side for nearly six decades, permanently closed its longtime restaurant earlier this month. It had been at the northwest corner of Orchard and Stanton Streets since 1998. Fans, fret not (too much, at least). Apparently, owner Sal Bartolomeo is “actively looking […]

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An Choi Officially Closes After 11 Years on Orchard Street

Posted July 29, 2020 at 5:02 am

An Choi, the eleven-year-old local darling, closed its doors forever this past Sunday. The permanent closure also extends to its in-house coffee shop, Cafe Phin. Bowery Boogie was first to report the impending shutter last month, after receiving a tip from a well-placed source blaming pandemic times. Ownership, however, later walked back the news, saying […]

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No Tours and Layoffs: It’s Dire Times for the Tenement Museum

Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:01 am

The Tenement Museum is barely treading water during these pandemic times. The 76 “temporary” furloughs of front-facing, part-time hourly staff on March 13 are now permanent. The organization applied for and received a Paycheck Protection Program loan under the CARES Act; it was put towards recalling the 40 furloughed full-time staff, and is scheduled to […]

City Suspends Graffiti Removal Program Amidst Budget Cuts

Posted July 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

The illicit output of taggers and street artists will likely remain uncleansed, as the city suspended its graffiti-removal program. The $3 million Graffiti-Free NYC program, which power washes paint from the streets, had been suspended since March. However, as the de Blasio administration finds ways to bridge a $9 billion budget deficit, it’s now on […]

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