Coming Soon: Banners & Posters at 161 Allen

Posted on: March 8th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

In retrospect, the Waffin Tea Room never really notched a significant impact on the Lower East Side cafe scene.  The long-gone tea spot first opened in February 2009, but struggled to find a footing. Waffin was listed on the open market eight months later, and eventually closed in January 2010. An extended year-long period of silence commenced, while the signage remained intact.  But now a new commercial tenant is poised to open at 161 Allen Street.  One which will offer printing services for posters, advertising decals, and the like.

This image has been archived or removed.

Banners & Posters Shop Inc. has been in the works at 161 Allen Street since early January, when we first spotted workers preparing the space. An eye-catching piece of neon oaktag quickly followed, announcing the forthcoming tenant.  And until yesterday, this was the only semblance of the new venture here.

This image has been archived or removed.

[Photo Credit: Roger Paw]

The longstanding orange Waffin Tea Room awning was dressed in its new bilingual outfit of yellow-and-red.  In fact, the entire facade is decked out in their “menu” offerings.  Bowery Boogie correspondent Roger Paw investigated further, and learned that the store will open later this week:

I told him that I saw the poster on the store at 161 Allen Street and asked him when the store would open.  He said in a week and added that the poster machines were ready. I asked him if his store would take special orders as in, if I were to walk in with a photo could they make it into a poster? And he said yes.


Recent Stories

Eighteen-Story ‘Moxy’ Hotel Woos its Bowery Neighbors

Moxy is meeting the neighbors, currently amidst the requisite charm offensive ahead of its new hotel debut on the Bowery. The superstructure at 151 Bowery – construction of which had been on pause during the initial phase of the pandemic – topped out last October and now sits at eighteen stories. Joining the sky-high company […]

Another Lower East Side Crab Shack Shutters

It’s a crisis of crab cakes on the Lower East Side. In an apparent coincidence, two dedicated crab shacks – both located within a few blocks of one another – closed just days apart this month. As previously reported, Crab Du Jour closed down its franchise at Grand and Suffolk Streets within the last couple […]

A Show of Strength and Mourning As NYPD Responds to Domestic Dispute Call on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy

A man armed with a knife threatened his family in an Elizabeth Street apartment, then barricaded himself, cops said. At approximately 12:30pm on Monday, sources said the assailant menaced his family inside 239 Elizabeth – allegedly with a knife – then barricaded inside another room. Officers from the 5th Precinct arrived in good time, and entered the […]

Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Assembly Speaker from LES, Dies at 77

Sheldon Silver, the disgraced powerhouse of the New York State Assembly, and native Lower East Sider, whose career was toppled by a 2015 corruption conviction, died yesterday. He was 77. According to the New York Times, Silver, who maintained a residence at Hillman Houses, had been imprisoned at Devens Federal Medical Center in Ayer, Massachusetts. […]

Cops: Robbers Entered Juice Press through Rivington Hotel Basement

Brazen robbers used the basement of the Hotel on Rivington to hit the Juice Press location next door, cops said. Police sources say that bandits entered the Hotel on Rivington shortly before 6:00am the morning of January 19. Gaining access to the basement, the perps then used the passageway to sneak into the adjacent Juice […]