Cohen’s Optical

Cohen’s Fashion Optical Targets Warby Parker with Vision Makeover and Orchard Street ‘Concept Store’

Posted April 19, 2016 at 5:13 am

​For decades, two stalwarts of the optics industry duked it out on a Lower East Side corner. Moscot and Cohen’s Fashion Optical competed for decades, yet the latter never really carried the cool cache of the former, and is barely associated with the neighborhood anymore. With good reason; it’s no longer independent (purchased by Houchens […]

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Cohen’s Optical Wooden Ghost Signage Uncovered on Orchard Street

Posted December 22, 2015 at 5:15 am

The endangered ghost signage peppering the Lower East Side with personality rarely disappoints. Our neighborhood history is simply too rich. Each subsequent archaeological discovery (nay, prize) shines a brighter light on bygone businesses nearly forgotten by the sands soot of time. Sometimes even the most insignificant event can trigger treasure. For instance, let’s have a […]

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Sidewalk ATM Removal Begins

Posted March 30, 2011 at 6:28 am

Neighborhood businesses are finally paying heed to the new sidewalk ATM law.

Lower East Side in the 1980s

Posted September 15, 2010 at 6:26 am

In the latest issue of Sensitive Skin Magazine, the editors have culled a number of stunning neighborhood photographs from the 1980s. Each of the images was shot by photographer Ted Barron.

Eyes on Delancey

Last modified April 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Last week, Triangle Optics moved across the street from its longtime 95 Delancey location. A salesman there informed me that the lease expired and the business needed to re-locate (most likely due to rents, but that wasn’t confirmed). Their new, albeit downsized storefront is mere steps from neighborhood archnemeses Sol Moscot [link] and Cohen’s Fashion […]