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OTB Ghost Signage Above Delancey is Whitewashed

Posted June 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

For the first time in decades, the two-toned OTB signage is gone from the Delancey Street landscape. The former advertisement was whitewashed earlier this week. Or, rather, beige-ified. Off Track Betting previously operated one of its storefront parlors at 101 Delancey Street. Since its demise in December 2010 – along with the entire gambling operation […]

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Former Chatham Square OTB Transformed into Newest Chase Bank Branch

Posted April 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Chatham Square no longer has its OTB ghost signage. The former gambling parlor just off the Bowery – dormant since the city shut down operations eight years ago – is now a new Chase Bank. It opened to the public within the last week. This branch replaces the one that long held down the corner […]

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LES-Based ‘Off Track Betty’ Premieres at Brooklyn Film Festival Next Month

Posted May 25, 2016 at 5:16 am

Off Track Betty, the low-budget short shot exclusively on 16mm film, will see its world debut next month. It’s slated to appear twice during the Brooklyn Film Festival, on June 5 and June 10. Shot exclusively on 16mm film, Off Track Betty is a twenty-minute narrative short about a longtime resident who realizes she no […]

Claw Money Boutique Back in Business After Completion of Storefront Renovations on Delancey

Posted March 30, 2016 at 5:11 am

After consecutive months of ground-level renovations, the retail composition of 101 Delancey Street is no longer recognizable. Where a collection of rough-around-the-edges stores heretofore operated (OTB, Jackson Hewitt, Happiness Deli), three distinct commercial spaces now await tenants. Store entrances were all leveled to sidewalk grade, with any evidence of the former OTB now in the […]

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‘Off Track Betty’ Short Film Captures Delancey Street in Flux, and One Woman’s Faded Sense of Belonging

Posted July 1, 2015 at 5:09 am

One local filmmaker just completed a film shot completely around the Lower East Side. Specifically, the intersection of Delancey and Essex Streets. Its subject matter is also of the neighborhood. Shot exclusively on 16mm film, Off Track Betty is a narrative short about a longtime resident who realizes she no longer recognizes, nor belongs in […]

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Four Years After Its Demise, OTB Neons Pried from 101 Delancey

Posted November 10, 2014 at 10:07 am

Off Track Betting – formed in 1971 – closed the last of its once-ubiquitous storefront gambling parlors in December of 2010. It had been a rocky few years leading up to the eventual closure. Ultimately, the State Senate declined to pass an Assembly-approved bailout bill, so OTB was SOL. Over a thousand employees lost jobs. Now four years later, […]

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Former OTB at 105 Delancey Still for Rent

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

The long-vacant storefront just doesn’t seem to reel in any bites from prospective businesses.

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The Delancey Ministers Are Multiplying

Posted March 24, 2011 at 6:39 am

Not only are the Delancey Ministers back in action, but their membership seems to have multiplied like a pack of starving gremlins.

Former OTB at 105 Delancey for Rent

Posted February 15, 2011 at 6:09 am

With OTB out, 105 Delancey is primed for a new tenant.

OTB at 105 Delancey is Closed

Last modified December 16, 2010 at 9:10 am

An eleventh-hour New York State bailout never arrived, and OTB ceased operations last Tuesday.  The gambling operation, which currently owes creditors $67 million, including millions to the New York Racing Association, had already been rescued many times in the recent past.  This time, though, the State Senate ruled 29 to 21 to close operations. So, OTB […]