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Flowers (and Other Things) for Clinton Street

Posted August 6, 2019 at 5:04 am

It was once one of the scruffiest addresses on Clinton Street. Now, the five-story tenement at number 84 adds a touch of floral to its retail ranks. Serial Lower East Side business owner Bill Fraser – the man behind Flowers on Essex and Flowers Cafe – is helming another related project. This time at Clinton […]

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Flowers Cafe Returns to Essex Street After 4 Years

Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

What’s old is new again. Flowers Cafe, the retro cafe displaced by development four years ago, returned to its Lower East Side stomping grounds last week. The business reopened around the corner at 39 Essex Street last Friday with a free bagel promotion. You may have seen the handbills in the vicinity. We first reported […]

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Long-Fallow Grand Street Development Reaches 3-Story Height

Posted May 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

You probably forgot about 355 Grand Street. And with good reason. This onetime pit had been vacant for over two years already, ever since the historic 200-year-old Federal-style row house was demolished. The luxury payload is now well underway. Finally, there is actual visible progress toward what will soon become a six-story mixed-use development. Work on the […]

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Three Years After its Demise, ‘Flowers Cafe’ Returns to Essex Street

Posted November 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

Flowers Cafe is sprouting once again on the Lower East Side. Three years after new development forced its demise. The mom-and-pop establishment will soon open around the corner from its longtime Grand Street headquarters. Teaser signage arrived in the windows of 39 Essex Street, heralding the imminent arrival of Flowers Cafe on the Go. (Grace […]

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200-Year-Old Federal Row House on Grand Street is Decapitated, Ready for Luxury Upgrade

Posted November 17, 2016 at 5:17 am

Broken, exposed, and put to pasture, the 200 year-old Federal row house at 355 Grand Street is slowly being dismantled. Despite demolition permits issued last February and a full vacate order served this past September, the structure remained relatively whole, even while the roof was open to the elements. Until last month. That’s when the […]

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DOB Issues Vacate Order for Doomed Federal Row House on Grand Street

Last modified August 16, 2016 at 9:28 am

The empty Federal-style row house at 355 Grand Street was further condemned to death this week by order of the city. On Tuesday, the Department of Buildings issued a full vacate order on the premises after the FDNY requested an inspection of the premises. Inspectors deemed the structure unsafe because the “roof has been removed leaving entire […]

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Vic’s Pizza Closing Tonight After 45 Years on Essex Street; Luxury Living Coming Soon

Posted November 30, 2015 at 5:12 am

Vic’s Pizza follows the lead of Flowers Cafe and will serve its last slice tonight (8pm) after more four decades on the Lower East Side. That’s two mom-and-pops shoved aside yet again, all in the name of that gold rush mentality. Both closures were expected, though, with plans of demolition and replacement revealed last spring. […]

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​The Long-Running ‘Flowers on Essex’ is Moving Across the Street

Posted September 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

It’s a time of transition for Bill Frazer. Two of his longstanding Grand Street businesses are in flux. Flowers Cafe ended its impressive ten-year run at 355 Grand Street on Friday afternoon. Its demise is attributed to the new six-story luxury development set to rise here. We’re told that there is a slight chance that […]

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Flowers Cafe Closes Tomorrow, Redevelopment of 355 Grand Street Imminent

Posted September 17, 2015 at 5:17 am

Come tomorrow, Flowers Cafe will be pushing daisies. The mom-and-pop cafe – headquartered at 355 Grand Street for ten years – is closing for good after business tomorrow. As we’ve been reporting, current property owner – Interboro Properties – filed plans in July to convert the 200-year-old building into modern, luxury housing. Never mind the fact that structure is […]

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Flowers Cafe is on Vacation Until Monday; Luxury Development Looms

Last modified July 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

Flowers Cafe is currently on vacation, but it’s not permanent. At least not yet. The sign on the front door promises a resumption in service on Monday (August 3). This quirky cafe is a favorite among locals for being a no-frills recharging station. Its very existence is threatened, though. The property owner – Interboro Properties […]

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