Bodega

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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The Allen Street Deli Folds After 5 Years in Business

Posted November 4, 2015 at 5:15 am

It’s curtains for the Allen Street Deli, a reliable neighborhood standby. The five-year-old bodega at 203 Allen quietly closed over the weekend, having cleared out its proverbial locker. A message painted on the window announced the shutter. The first cracks in the business seemingly appeared last January. At the time, word on the street was the […]

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New Bodega Opens in Joon Cleaners Space on East Broadway

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:19 am

​The former Joon Cleaners at 219 East Broadway finally has a replacement, three years after the death of its owner. Those evergreen leasing signs above the storefront were deposed weeks ago, as a new bodega is set to open here. Behind that new security gate system, ownership had gradually prepared the space; shelving is now […]

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‘Delicious Deli’ Announces Itself as Newest Bodega on Eldridge Street

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:06 am

Here’s another case of loose infringement on the Lower East Side. While not quite the level of filching Mario for a pizza joint, the forthcoming Delicious Deli on Eldridge Street seems to lean a bit on the corporate competition for name recognition. That would be Dunkin Donuts. Nevertheless, the Delicious Deli is coming down the […]

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‘Stanton Deli Grocery’ Goes Dark, Will Return as ‘Delicious Deli’

Posted June 11, 2015 at 5:16 am

The Stanton Deli Grocery is presently under the knife, undergoing renovations to upscale the brand image. Plywood shed arrived at the corner of Eldridge a couple weeks ago. The facade itself was stripped, including the canopy, revealing some interesting archways (that are also being demolished). Once complete, 59 Stanton will be reborn as the Delicious […]

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From Cheese to Cheeba: Former Little Muenster on Stanton Street Becomes a Head Shop

Posted November 28, 2014 at 6:20 am

One Stanton Street storefront is making the leap from cheese to cheeba. You’ll recall that local startup Little Muenster melted, having disappeared from the Lower East Side landscape last summer. The cubbyhole space at 100 Stanton Street sat behind a curtain of butcher paper for the intervening months. Until last week. Its replacement isn’t too […]

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Meet 5 of the Bodega Cats Defending Ludlow Street [PHOTOS]

Last modified February 16, 2020 at 5:48 pm

One of the greatest parts about being in the city with someone who WAS of legal age to drink was what we dubbed “The Deli Tour.” This form of partying involved sending an adult emissary into a bodega, where that person would purchase the appropriate number of beers in brown bags, always with a straw. […]

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