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Demolition Looms as Wallplay Prepares to Exit 118 Orchard Street Next Month

Posted June 20, 2016 at 5:10 am

Here comes the wrecking ball at Orchard and Delancey Streets. More carnage and 12-story luxury rebirth on the way. Though you wouldn’t know it given the sleek new yellow paint job. It began two months ago with the closure and consolidation of Michele Olivieri shoe store. Now, Wallplay is following suit, soon to shutter its […]

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First Look at the 12-Story Tower that Chased MOSCOT from its Old HQ on Delancey

Posted April 27, 2016 at 9:26 am

For four years, a twelve-story tower has been promised for the northeast corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets. The project is no closer to reality, but there are rudimentary renderings available that showcase the newcomer. Helm Equities (aka David Escava) purchased 118 Orchard Street (aka 86 Delancey) in 2012 for $4.8 million. This transaction was […]

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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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‘GE Galeria’ is the Latest Gallery to Take Space at 86 Delancey Street

Posted February 25, 2016 at 9:26 am

​From October through December last year, Monterey, Mexico-based GE Galeria held a brief pop-up showroom in the base of the Orchard Hell Building (aka Hotel Indigo). Time served. Now the establishment is headed three blocks south to a location quite familiar with art of late. GE Galeria is the third gallery in as many years […]

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MOSCOT Crosses the Pond to Open New London Location

Posted October 21, 2015 at 5:19 am

It’s turning out to be quite the centennial for MOSCOT. The iconic Lower East Side optical company will expand yet again. This time across the pond to the United Kingdom. Next month, Manhattan-based MOSCOT will debut its flagship store in London’s West End neighborhood. Like its other locations around the world, 37 Beak Street will […]

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Moscot Celebrates 100th Anniversary with New Smart Car and Eyewear Line

Posted January 16, 2015 at 5:16 am

This is a momentous year for Lower East Side retail legend Moscot. Yesterday afternoon, the fifth-generation eyewear brand officially celebrated its 100th Anniversary with some interesting product updates. They’re going big, it seems, having teased loyal fans for the last couple weeks. First, and most surprising, Moscot joined forces with Smart to create a limited […]

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Moscot has a House Band with Dr. Moscot on Guitar

Posted October 24, 2014 at 6:10 am

Moscot rocks out with the best of ’em. The last two consecutive Thursdays, after hours, we spotted a four-piece band rehearsing inside the Orchard Street store. A double take proved that fourth-generation owner Dr. Harvey Moscot was indeed wielding a six-string (i.e. Fender Stratocaster). Moscot PR tells us that the house band is called “The […]

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12-Story Tower Planned for the Old Moscot Site on Delancey

Posted October 2, 2014 at 5:23 am

Exactly two years ago to the day, we broke news of Moscot’s move across Delancey Street. We noted at the time that a tower would likely rise on the site. You see, the two parcels comprising 118 and 120 Orchard Street were combined into one zoning lot shortly before our report. The two-story box remained […]

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Watch This Footage of Crowded Delancey Street in the 1970s [VIDEO]

Posted April 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

Last week, the venerable British Pathé news agency uploaded an entire collection of 85,000+ newsreels to its dedicated YouTube channel. Naturally, we honed in on some classic New York footage dated simply to 1970-1979. The clip shown below, “New York (1970-1979),” offers a great snapshot of the neighborhood, from Chinatown through the Lower East Side. Fast-forward […]

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Wallplay Debuts Intelligentsia Coffee Counter as Part of Jonathan Rosen’s “I Want” Gallery Show

Last modified April 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

The sandwich board outside the Wallplay showroom on Orchard Street promises an experience that’s “better than Starbucks.” The confused or intrigued should note that the announcement – dropped Sunday morning – is related to the latest endeavor inside the former MOSCOT gallery space. It’s called “(Blank),” a permanent “concept counter” run by coffee entrepreneur Fabrizio […]

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