American Apparel

Clayton’s Corner: Nathan and the New Trash Bins

Last modified July 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

While those new Lower East Side BID curbside trash bins might be aesthetically pleasing, the Mayor of Upper Orchard Street is not too happy with the addition.

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Breaking: American Apparel Advertising Returns

Posted February 8, 2011 at 6:39 am

For awhile there, Calvin Klein had an undisputed monopoly on oversexed advertising along the East Houston corridor.

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Open Job Call at American Apparel, Part Deux

Last modified August 27, 2010 at 8:02 am

If the last American Apparel job call is any indication, then the corner of East Houston and Orchard Street will be packed next Wednesday.  The Lower East Side outpost, which recently removed five of its storied benches, is holding so-called hipster tryouts to fill “key holder positions” for both day and night shifts. Bonus points […]

American Apparel on East Houston Removes Benches

Posted August 19, 2010 at 6:33 am

Whatever remains of the once-heralded bench scene outside the American Apparel at 183 East Houston has taken a hit.  Five of the nine benches on the Orchard Street front were recently pried from the concrete. We stopped into the store yesterday evening to find out more details.

Open Job Call at American Apparel

Posted May 18, 2010 at 6:18 am

One would think that this was the queue for some special impossible-to-get-into in-store performance by an indie rock act. Not the case. This is what happens when American Apparel has open season for new job applicants.

East Houston Skate Gang

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

Last week, the unseasonably warm weather lured a gang of skateboarders to the benches outside the American Apparel on East Houston.  While most were talking shop, others proceeded to practice ollies and kick flips in the middle of the street.  Playing in traffic.

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The Mayor of Upper Orchard Street

Posted March 3, 2010 at 6:18 am

You probably know Nathan.  If your daily travels bring you past the corner of Orchard and East Houston, chances are you’ve encountered the man.  He’s a true neighborhood character who lives on the green benches outside American Apparel.  Just the other day, we sat down with Nathan to have a candid discussion about his relationship […]

S.K. Gift Shop at 190 Orchard to Close

Posted December 21, 2009 at 6:18 am

In roughly three months, the S.K. Gift Shop at 190 Orchard Street, directly across the way from American Apparel, will close its doors for good.  The reason?  What else but another landlord raising rents.  A flourescent sign in the door window bears the announcement, along with information about the liquidation sale.

Which is the True Intersection of Sex?

Last modified November 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm

The junction of Allen and East Houston.  For a brief period, it was the quintessential intersection of sex, thanks to a run of scandalous American Apparel ads [Camera 1 and Camera 2]. That distinguished title was forfeited, however, when the ad space disintegrated in September of last year and was never re-activated.  Then Calvin Klein […]

East Houston Lamborghini

Posted August 10, 2009 at 6:16 am

Late Friday afternoon, a dark red Lamborghini with bridge-and-tunnel plates (Jersey) was parked just outside American Aparrel on East Houston. Whether it’s a rental or someone’s baby, it will definitely need a trip to the shop after riding these pockmarked city streets. Especially considering the nearby Houston Hell Hole is a perpetual problem.