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8th Season of Hester Street Fair is Underway

Posted April 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

The eighth outing of the Hester Street Fair is now underway. Opening weekend was last week, which is a whole month earlier than the fair’s normally started in years prior. With this new season brings a new mission statement for the enterprise – “empowering pursuits of passion” – in hopes of promoting the exhibition to “emerging creative […]

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‘Brooklyn Diamond’ Coffee will Shine where Tiny Empire Failed on Lafayette Street

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:19 am

Where one Brooklyn business failed, another is giving it a go. And this one, a contribution to “Latte Lane.” Brooklyn Diamond is making its way to the eastern fringe of SoHo. The misnomer of a coffee shop has grand plans for 234 Lafayette Street, its second location in Manhattan, and third overall. From the about […]

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Shuttered ‘Sunrise Glass & Aluminum Warehouse’ Anchoring Allen Street is Under Renovation

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:13 am

Sunrise Glass & Aluminum, the anchor occupant at the corner of Allen and Broome Streets (aka Hy Genee Way), lost the fight last year. It’s now out of business, a fact signaled by the significant store remodeling underway. The letters spelling “GLASS” down the facade of 91 Allen Street were removed, and now a corner-hugging sidewalk […]

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Orchard Hell Building Snags ‘Jump Into the Light’ Retail VR Experience

Last modified April 22, 2017 at 10:54 pm

In the base or the year-old Hotel Indigo (aka Orchard Hell Building), the struggle to rope in any retail of substance continues. Ben Shaoul signed up for a temporary stay at 180 Orchard Street about nine months ago to help sell condos at his Bereket-killing development next door. It’s still there, sparsely populated, yet acting […]

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Draft Environmental Review Doesn’t Take into Account Effects of 3 LES Waterfront Super-Talls, CB3 Says

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Department of City Planning this month issued its initial review of the overall impact that three mega-developments on the Lower East Side waterfront – composed of 2,700 rentals and condos – will have on the surrounding community. The Land-Use subcommittee of Community Board 3 met this week to discuss the city’s assessment of the […]

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Henry Street Settlement Receives $360K Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

Posted April 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

The Henry Street Settlement recently won a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Indeed, $360,000 –  the largest non-media grant awarded – has been earmarked to support the settlement’s latest venture, “The House on Henry Street: Settlements, Public Health and Social Reform.” It’s multi-platform exhibition that will “explore social activism, urban poverty and public health […]

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The ‘Privilege’ Lifestyle Brand has a New Boutique on Clinton Street

Posted April 20, 2017 at 5:15 am

Clinton Street now has the privilege the urban style boutique of same. The Brooklyn-based lifestyle shop just inked a lease on the ground floor of 84 Clinton Street, joining three mom-and-pop stores at this address. It opens to the public this weekend (April 22), along with the requisite launch party planned for that night at […]

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‘Killion’ Kills off Orchard Street Boutique After Less Than 2 Years

Posted April 20, 2017 at 5:13 am

Another Orchard Street boutique bites the dust. Killion killed off its Lower East Side store a couple weeks ago without much notice to the neighborhood. The silent shutter frees up one of three retail spaces at 145 Orchard, an address familiar with high turnover (aka “Orchard Estate”). Killion debuted at Orchard Street in August 2015, peddling “modern […]

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Billboard Operator ‘Lure Outdoor’ Takes Store Beside xCubicle on Essex Street

Posted April 20, 2017 at 5:11 am

xCubicle downsized its videogame repair shop last July, having shuffled over to the adjacent (and adjoining) space on Hester Street. The move was a concerted push to ditch the retail and refocus efforts on servicing equipment, the original vision of the business when it first got its start in 2008. The downsizing left behind a tiny, […]

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