Posted January 25, 2019 at 5:07 am
The pandemic of chain stores around Manhattan might be in somewhat of a containment stage, but not so much on the Lower East Side. Center for Urban Future last week released the annual “State of the Chains 2018” report [PDF], which tracks stats borough-wide. On a macro level, the news appears promising, with a .3% […]
Posted December 24, 2015 at 9:33 am
’tis the season … to review the annual report on the state of the retail chains across the Five Boroughs. The Center for an Urban Future just released its marquee research this week with statistics showing across-the-board increases. Their findings prove that so-called “chain creep” continues. Back home on the Lower East Side, we’re holding steady […]
Last modified October 17, 2014 at 8:59 am
7-Eleven netted mainstream coverage a couple weeks ago for the wrong reasons. Since opening the controversial Alphabet City location on Avenue A last year, neighbors have been kept awake at all hours with its overactive air conditioning and refrigeration units. The narrative quickly became the type of grassroots story that eventually made it to the […]
Posted December 9, 2013 at 6:10 am
The Center for an Urban Future published the sixth edition of its annual “State of the Chains” study last week. Dunkin’ Donuts was crowned victor this year, now with 515 franchise locations in New York City. Well, one of those Lower East Side locations – 250 East Houston Street – might be in trouble. The […]
Posted September 9, 2013 at 11:14 am
Seward Park stalwart Flowers Cafe – on the block for the better part of a decade – is celebrating its customers today. To show its appreciation, the luncheonette at 355 Grand Street is giving away free coffee until the end of business hours. The promotion is seemingly in response to the inevitable competition to arise […]
Posted August 22, 2013 at 6:05 am
Dunkin’ Donuts made quick work of the former Grand Health Pharmacy at 351 Grand Street. Months of interior renovations finally concluded this past week with the installation of the familiar shit-brown awning. Meanwhile, taking a look inside, it shouldn’t be long before this latest franchise location opens. Probably within the next few days. Oh, the […]
Posted August 20, 2013 at 10:15 am
Dunkin Donuts was recently in the papers with news of tallying 400 franchised locations in the city.
Posted May 10, 2012 at 6:18 am
Score one for the Lower East Side. Grassroots efforts to prevent two chain stores from invading Grand Street have succeeded.