100 Forsyth Street

‘Little Wayla’ Thai Spot Finds its Way on Forsyth Street

Posted July 12, 2018 at 5:02 am

The series of retail vacancies caused by the upscaling of 100 Forsyth Street is slowly returning to life. As reported, Kodawari coffee shop took space previously occupied by C.W. Pencil Enterprise; Signs and Symbols Gallery moved into the old Deadly Dragon Sound record shop; and now Little Wayla is operating in the adjoining units of the […]

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‘Signs and Symbols’ Gallery Takes Former Record Store Space on Forsyth Street

Posted May 4, 2018 at 5:03 am

Over at 100-102 Forsyth Street, the gentrification playbook is put to use. Almost to a tee. As the double-wide tenements are upscaled, its retail mirrors in kind. First, a trendy coffee shop (i.e. Kodawari); next up, a new gallery. Dubbed Signs and Symbols, the new showroom is a self-described “curator’s studio” and “non-gallery gallery” that […]

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‘Kodawari’ Coffee Shop Starts Grinding at 100 Forsyth Street

Posted April 23, 2018 at 5:03 am

Gentrification 101: When upscaling a building on the Lower East Side, install a trendy coffee shop on the ground floor. Maybe even add a little gallery art as flare. That seems to be the narrative at 100 Forsyth Street, too, an address plagued with retail problems in recent years, likely due to ongoing renovations. Something […]

‘CW Pencil Enterprise’ Rebounds with New Orchard Street Store

Last modified September 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm

It’s safe to say that Orchard Street saved CW Pencil Enterprise. The beloved specialty shop was chased from its original location due to fallout from a controversial landlord’s building renovations. Now, the small business is ready for its second act with new digs at 15 Orchard Street. Expect an opening in “early October.” The news […]

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Birds & Bubbles Won’t be Returning to 100 Forsyth Street, as New Nightspot Proposed

Posted September 6, 2017 at 5:11 am

Birds & Bubbles won’t be returning to Forsyth Street, after all. Five months after chef-owner Sarah Simmons leveled a $1.3 million lawsuit against landlord Veracity Real Estate over flooding (and subsequent mold), restaurateurs are now scouting the sub-grade space. Newbie principals Geri Salmon and Andy Wang together seek a full liquor license for the proposed […]

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‘CW Pencil Enterprise’ Moves from its Forsyth Street Locale

Posted August 2, 2017 at 5:04 am

In news that will surprise no one, CW Pencil Enterprise will not be reopening on Forsyth Street. It follows a similar trajectory as address-mates Birds & Bubbles and the Football Cafe, both of which succumbed to fallout from onsite renovations by newish owner Veracity Real Estate. The ongoing interior remodeling of 100-102 Forsyth Street reportedly […]

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CW Pencil Enterprise Shutters Due to ‘Serious Safety Issue’ at Forsyth Street Building

Posted July 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

CW Pencil Enterprise, the darling two-year-old specialty pencil dispensary, is the latest business to shutter due to ongoing building problems at 100 Forsyth Street. The temporary closure is apparently related to onsite renovations by Veracity Real Estate, which is already blamed for sidelining both Birds & Bubbles and Football Cafe earlier this spring. The following […]

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Football Cafe Returns After Month-long Forced Closure from Building Renovations

Posted May 25, 2017 at 5:09 am

Birds & Bubbles was not alone. Alleged negligent renovation work at 100 Forsyth Street also played a role in the brief shutter of address mate Football Cafe. The coffee shop had been temporarily closed for the past month without much indication as to why. Unspecified “renovations” was the reason provided via computer printout. We’ve since confirmed, […]

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‘Birds & Bubbles’ Sues Forsyth Street Landlord for $1.3M over Rash of Flooding from Building Renovations

Posted April 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

Birds & Bubbles closed last month without warning. Now we know why. Chef-owner Sarah Simmons is suing the landlord for negligence over conditions that essentially destroyed the restaurant. Veracity Real Estate purchased the pair of tenements at 100-102 Forsyth in January 2016 for the enormous sum of $16 million. Shortly thereafter, the renovations (and problems […]

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Birds & Bubbles Appears Donezo After Less Than 3 Years on Forsyth Street

Last modified April 12, 2017 at 8:34 pm

The birds are quiet, and the bubbles flat. Word on the street is that chef Sarah Simmons’ Birds & Bubbles venture on Forsyth Street is kaput. Last night, the dining room was dark and marquee neon switched off. While the restaurant’s social media is keeping mum on the matter, a reader living within earshot noted […]

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