Ludlow Street Free Store

Getting by: Hugging Trees with Vicki Rovere on Ludlow Street

Posted September 30, 2020 at 5:08 am

In our ongoing series “Getting By,” Lower East Side residents and business owners share, in their own words, how they’re navigating the new normal of pandemic times. In this installment, operator of the longtime Ludlow Street Free Store, Vicki Rovere, penned her thoughts. I live alone, and after a while in lockdown, I really hankered […]

More than a Decade Later, Junk is Still Treasure with Vicki Rovere’s Free Store on Ludlow Street

Posted June 25, 2018 at 5:18 am

The so-called Free Store on upper Ludlow Street is an institution. A source for both browsing and trashing junk. On the occasion of its approximate twelfth anniversary, roving proprietor Vicki Rovere shows little sign of slowing. “Part of my goal in running the free store is to raise people’s consciousness about what gets wasted and […]

This Useless ‘Inutilious’ Store on Ludlow Street Sells Nothing

Posted August 21, 2015 at 5:10 am

Inutilious is an obscure trivia word that essentially means “useless.” That’s the type of retail awaiting 151 Ludlow. Photographer Adrian Wilson will open a new store at 151 Ludlow Street in a couple weeks. Unlike its trendy predecessor, Portia & Manny, this quirky shop will sell nothing. A retailer that gives everything away. The Inutilious […]

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Vicki Rovere’s ‘Free Store’ Still a Late-Night Attraction on Ludlow Street After 15 Years

Posted May 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

The long arm of gentrification and its army of boutique hotels and lux living is quietly squeezing another longtime Lower East Side tradition. That of the “Free Store” on the northern fringe of Ludlow Street. Thirty-seven-year Ludlow resident and self-proclaimed “environmental scavenger” Vicki Rovere has been running the show for a decade, constantly hauling suitcases […]

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