Bargain District

Bloodbath in the Bargain District: 3 More Discount Vendors on Orchard Street Bow Out

Last modified July 17, 2017 at 11:46 am

It’s a bloodbath in the former “Bargain District.” Three old school apparel vendors are on the way out. All in quick succession. The second coming of Giuseppe Uomo ended earlier this month. But the closure is actually a year in the making. The store closing signs first appeared at 130 Orchard Street around this time last […]

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Askan Menswear Boutique Opening at 151 Orchard Street

Posted March 9, 2015 at 5:19 am

While the bargain vendors of upper Orchard Street gradually fade into history, the replacements are champing at the bit for a taste. Most of the newcomers are of the nightlife persuasion, transforming the large shops into drinking dens. The latest business, however, is a hoity-toity fashion boutique. Two-year-old “fine men’s apparel” brand Askan is opening […]

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Another Leather Vendor to Shutter on Orchard Street

Last modified March 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

It’s an ongoing bloodbath in this former bargain district… The second coming of Giuseppe Uomo on Orchard Street is concluding. Curtains for the leather vendor that’s been operating here for the last four years. Handwritten signs at the entrance inform patrons that the store is closing. The original Giuseppe Uomo shop at 130 Orchard vacated […]

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Looking ‘Down Orchard Street’ for the Remaining Bargain District Vendors [VIDEO]

Posted March 4, 2015 at 9:20 am

This one tugs at the heart strings, especially since those old-school “callers” are damn near gone. You know, those relentless men hawking their wares (mostly leather) on Orchard Street. Local filmmakers Courtney Fathom Sell and Louis Ressy have been chronicling the discount leather businesses’ fight for survival these last few years. The duo made a “portrait […]

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Courtney Sell’s Film About the Endangered Orchard Street Leather Vendors is Screening Tonight

Last modified December 15, 2014 at 10:41 am

It’s no secret, really, that the “bargain district” of Lower East Side yore is dead. Eroded so absolutely by the marching forces of gentrification. Still hanging onto that thread are a handful of leather and suitcase vendors on Orchard Street, mainly between Delancey and Rivington. The latest shuffle was Daniel’s Leather, which gave up its […]

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Lea’s Dress Shop is Closing After 44 Years on Orchard Street

Posted November 24, 2014 at 6:07 am

More carnage to report today on Orchard Street where the Bargain District bloodbath worsens. One remnant vendor, operational since the 1970s, is calling it quits. Lea’s Dress Shop, founded at 125 Orchard in around 1970, is about to close its doors. A sad sign straddles the window announcing the imminent closure, and how “everything must be […]

Altman Luggage Stays the Course on Orchard Street

Last modified April 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Here and now, a week after Daniel’s Leather moved away, a ray of light for the old-school bargain district merchants on Orchard Street. Altman Luggage is in good standing and staying put … for now, at least. Altman Luggage is reportedly on stable financial ground. Seems the influx of umpteen hotels within stone’s throw is helping […]

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Soha’s Leather Calling it Quits on Orchard

Last modified May 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

The Bargain District bloodbath is in its final throes, having just claimed another vendor victim.

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Orchard Street Hosiery Store Going Out of Business

Posted February 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

Orchard Street hasn’t been a hosiery haven in decades; the bargain district all but dried up.

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Coming Soon: Black Tree Sandwich Shop at 131 Orchard

Posted November 9, 2012 at 6:09 am

Another restaurant establishment is gunning for a vacant storefront in the upper reaches of the former bargain district.

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