Bodega

Rivington Street Crime Pattern Spurs City to Install New Light Poles

Posted March 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

Two months ago, a robbery pattern plagued Rivington Street, east of Essex, including the armed holdup of the LES Mini Mart bodega. Wanted posters still dot the windows of businesses on the block. Since then, the 7th Precinct determined that this block was “too dark,” and subsequently introduced mobile flood lights to combat the problem. […]

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Corner Bodega at Orchard and Canal Becomes ‘Smoke Shop’

Posted January 29, 2018 at 5:07 am

You may have noticed that the corner bodega at Orchard and Canal Streets looks quite different of late. For good reason. The twelve-year-old Newsstand-Grocery business recently changed hands. That certainly explains why the rotting maroon canvas was recently replaced with something less “analog.” The new marquee installed last week is illuminated and does away with […]

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Perp Collared for Beating Retired Cop and Stealing His Gun in Broome Street Bodega

Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:18 am

The man who roughed up a retired cop early Saturday morning and ran off with his gun is now in police custody, according to published reports. Forsyth Street resident Rafael Calderon, 37, was arrested Monday and charged with robbery, grand larceny, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. The 49-year-old retired cop had reportedly been visiting […]

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First Legacy, now the Prestige Bodega on Essex Street Shutters After 2 Months

Posted March 1, 2017 at 5:07 am

The two newest bodega additions to Essex Street both shuttered within weeks of each other. You’ll recall that the Legacy Deli closed up shop a couple weeks ago after barely seven months in business. Two blocks south, the Prestige met the same fate. Short-lived at about two months. Prestige was an ambitious bodega that tried […]

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‘Cigar & Vape’ Smoked Out of Essex Street After a Year in Business

Posted February 15, 2017 at 5:08 am

Cigar & Vape is gone, smoked out of Essex Street in swift time. The smoke shop-cum-bodega at 41 Essex lasted barely a year at this store before shuttering. News of its closure isn’t quite surprising, though. We’ve come across a pretty steady stream of real estate listings over the last few months pimping this 400 […]

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Long-Dormant ‘Le Lupanar’ Reborn as ‘Prestige Cafe & Deli’ 

Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:10 am

Holy shit. The long-vacant Le Lupanar space on Essex Street is being gutted. The commercial space at 103 Essex Street has been collecting dust since the business shuttered five years ago. Leasing signs on the security gates had become the norm here ever since. The closest the address came to occupancy was the short-lived asset sales […]

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Hell Square Bodega Wars Heat up with ‘Legacy Gourmet Deli’ on Essex Street

Posted August 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

Shots fired. The bodega wars within the confines of Hell Square are heating up. The Subway franchise location at 153 Essex Street (i.e. Gotham Court) folded last fall after a bumpy few years in business. A six-month dormancy period followed, but was relatively short-lived. Legacy Gourmet Deli is next to bat in this mixed-use complex, […]

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East Side Smoke Shop Opens on Houston Street

Posted April 28, 2016 at 5:13 am

​Where hookah was previously promised, a smoke shop of another kind just opened. The former home of A Little Wicked fashion boutique on East Houston Street is now selling bongs, hookahs, pipes, tobacco, and other bodega sundries. (Look in the windows.) Here now is the East Side Smoke Shop, a new dispensary that opened just […]

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An Appreciation: 5 Years of the Essex Street Snowman on the LES [PHOTOS]

Posted January 26, 2016 at 10:13 am

Here he is, again. Go say hi to the Essex Street Snowman now holding court outside the Chinese bodega at the corner of Canal Street. This year’s version of the character is as ambitious as years past. Personified elements include onions for eyes, garbage bag for scarf, carrot for nose, and traffic cone for hat. […]

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Don Juan Deli on Broome Street Receives Bright Makeover

Posted November 12, 2015 at 9:25 am

​You may have noticed that the fashionable Don Juan Deli at the northeast corner of Broome and Forsyth Streets has been out of commission the last few weeks. It’s much ado about remodeling. Keeping up with the Joneses, as it were, by creating a brighter, “gourmet” experience for customers. All neighborhood bodegas seem to be […]

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