S. Beckenstein

Another Leather Vendor to Shutter on Orchard Street

Last modified March 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

It’s an ongoing bloodbath in this former bargain district… The second coming of Giuseppe Uomo on Orchard Street is concluding. Curtains for the leather vendor that’s been operating here for the last four years. Handwritten signs at the entrance inform patrons that the store is closing. The original Giuseppe Uomo shop at 130 Orchard vacated […]

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Revisit Bustling Orchard Street, Circa 1930s

Posted March 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

Architecturally speaking, the corner appears today as it did more than seventy years ago. Well, almost.

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Early Edition: January 25

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:02 am

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Jewish Life on 1980s Lower East Side

Last modified November 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

With so many synagogues either gone, dilapidated, or repurposed as luxury condos, Jewish life on the Lower East Side is highly endangered.  Today, the New York Times’ Lens blog has a nice photo feature by Cuban-born Julio Mitchel on neighborhood Jews in the 1980s. This picture is particularly fascinating.  Given the appearance of the S. […]

Weekend Edition: July 11

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

[Photo Credit: Picturetakingone]

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Lower East Side in the 1970s

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:18 am

While reading 92YTribeca, we stumbled upon ForumNYC which has a trove of New York City photos from the late 1970s.  Here are some choice selections capturing the Lower East Side, along with contemporary snapshots of same.  Enjoy! East Houston, looking southwest.

Weekend Edition: August 29

Posted August 29, 2009 at 9:16 am

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Giuseppe Uomo Calling it Quits

Posted August 19, 2009 at 6:06 am

More sad news to report.  Another Orchard Street haberdasher is calling it quits – Giuseppe Uomo at #130, mere steps away from the recently shuttered Bonnie’s. Draped insultingly across its maroon awning is the tell-tale evidence.  The 1,600-square-foot store, which specializes in “high fashion for men,” is currently having a fire sale on all its […]