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Demolition Finally Underway at Moscot’s Former Delancey Street Home (for Real this Time)

Posted February 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

The southeast corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets – the second home of Moscot for more than 75 years, and much later, a monument to graffiti – finally has its hot date with the wrecking ball. The ground floor fire in late December pretty much sealed the deal. Sidewalk bridge and plywood sheds were installed […]

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With Demolition on Deck, Fire Sparks at Former Moscot Building on Delancey Street

Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:13 am

Early Wednesday evening, there was a fire in the commercial space of 86-88 Delancey Street (aka 118 Orchard). The blaze was quickly extinguished, and plywood shed inserted to protect passersby from the damage. To be honest, the incident is just the latest contribution to the demise of this corner, formerly home to MOSCOT. If the […]

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City OKs Demolition of Former MOSCOT Building at 86 Delancey; 12-Story Luxury High Rise up Next

Posted September 13, 2016 at 5:05 am

Demolition and reconstruction has been looming at the northeast corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets for the last few years. Basically, ever since MOSCOT moved across the street to its new digs by the Tenement Museum. Now it’s finally happening. The Department of Buildings approved fresh demolition plans for the two-story box a couple weeks […]

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Taking Stock of Wallplay’s Graffiti Goodbye on Delancey Ahead of 12-Story Condo Conversion [PHOTOS]

Posted July 7, 2016 at 5:18 am

Graffiti is now inextricably linked to the gentrification life cycle. Art is the soft cool factor now used by the upper crust to sell the grit and grandeur of a so-called up-and-coming neighborhood. And it’s now en vogue, apparently, to decorate buildings on the docket for demolition. Case in point, what’s happening at 118 Orchard […]

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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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