Cursed Spaces

On Clinton Street, ‘Thailicious’ Tries Where Many Others Failed

Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s been two years since a restaurant – or any tenant, for that matter – has held down retail at 71 Clinton Street. Now, another… The latest entrant to make a go of it here is Thailicious, the three-year-old Chinatown import (Baxter Street). Just down the block from popular local haunt, One More Thai, this […]

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Disarmed: Partner Dispute Leads to Shutter of Suffolk Arms

Posted April 24, 2018 at 5:02 am

Suffolk Arms mysteriously shuttered during the first week of April due to “renovations” and “mechanical upgrades.” Sounds convincing … not. Apparently, the closure is related to a dispute between co-owners Giuseppe González and well-regarded bartender Ruben Rodriguez. The former allegedly sought the ouster of the latter this past winter. However, according to a report in […]

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Hokie Hibachi ‘Ninja Grill’ Arrives on Essex Street

Posted October 12, 2017 at 5:03 am

If hokie hibachi is in your wheelhouse, then this will serve as welcome news. Something called Ninja Grill is ready to do battle on Essex Street. Video game-style signage in the storefront window of number 103 announces the forthcoming arrival of this so-called “Japanese and hibachi express.” The Ninja Grill is assuming control of a […]

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‘Butcher Bar’ Bows this Week on Orchard Street

Posted April 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Three months ago, we first broke news that the Queens-based Butcher Bar was planning a Lower East Side smokehouse. Subsequent weeks brought small changes to the facade of 146 Orchard Street – a neon here, a velvet curtain and window leafing there. Its debut is now days away. Employees at the Astoria outpost tell us that […]

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‘Zing’s Awesome Rice’ Closes Hell Square Snack Spot

Posted February 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

Zing’s Awesome Rice hasn’t been open of late. Looks like its fifteen-month reign in Hell Square just concluded. Indeed, all signs point to a permanent shutter – consecutive days of darkness, Yelp saying it’s closed, website disconnected, and no updates to social media. Most telling, however, is the disconnected phone line. Proprietor Zing Bai opened […]

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Unable to Negotiate Lease Renewal, ‘Flow Life’ Holistic Lounge Departs After 2 Years on Orchard Street

Last modified July 5, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Chalk up 58 Orchard Street as another cursed retail space. The Flow Life holistic lounge shuttered last week after just over two years on the block. Reason given – per the farewell letter taped to the door – is they were “unable to negotiate a lease renewal.” Ownership is currently seeking a larger location to […]

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Queens-Based ‘Butcher Bar’ Takes Over Cursed 146 Orchard Street

Posted January 25, 2017 at 5:12 am

There has been almost zero activity at 146 Orchard Street in the last four years. Just a disheveled appearance and a notorious reputation as a cursed space. This marked silence was finally pierced earlier this week, however, with the announcement of a new tenant. Get ready for the Butcher Bar. This disheveled storefront, you’ll recall, […]

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‘Red Compass’ Briefly Shutters After a Year on Orchard Street, but Reopens [Updated]

Last modified May 11, 2017 at 8:11 am

Red Compass, the ill-fated Georgian restaurant at 154 Orchard Street, is apparently on ice. The sub-level restaurant has been closed for consecutive nights, and without notice. The only clue is the “Rent Demand” letter taped to the shuttered gates. According to the document, ownership owes landlord Abraham Noy nearly $14K in back rent. UPDATE: Red Compass […]

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‘Colors’ of NoHo to Brighten Cursed Stanton Street Space

Posted January 6, 2017 at 5:12 am

The cursed Lowlife of Stanton Street will soon get another. Restaurant, that is. Word came down the pike this week that Colors is moving from its NoHo outpost on Lafayette Street to the Lower East Side. The establishment is taking up residence at 178 Stanton Street on February 13 (in time for Valentine’s Day), according […]

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These are the Most Cursed Commercial Spaces on the Lower East Side [LISTS]

Posted October 31, 2016 at 9:34 am

Some commercial spaces are simply hexed. No way around it, really. One restaurant might open after a year-long build-out and fail less than a year later. It’s a scenario we see play out ad nauseam on the Lower East Side. But who is really to blame? Is the landlord over-charging to the point where business […]

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