Fashion

The ‘Ludlow Flea’ Takes up Banksy’s Former LES Lot

Posted September 29, 2021 at 5:09 am

Exit through the gift shop takes on greater meaning down on Ludlow Street. Indeed, the appearance of food trucks in the vacant lot made famous by Banksy (eight years ago) was a harbinger of what followed. Namely, the Ludlow Flea. Ludlow Flea is a grassroots outdoor market that appeared at 159 Ludlow in late August. […]

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Frank Ocean Hits the Bowery with ‘Homer’ Jewelry Line

Posted August 11, 2021 at 5:03 am

The downtown Jewelry Exchange now has a touch of celebrity in its ranks. Frank Ocean, the multi-platinum singer-songwriter, chose the Bowery hub as the exclusive retail location for his nascent “Homer” brand. Designed in New York and manufactured in Italy, the debut collection includes high-end jewelry made from 18K gold, recycled sterling silver, hand-painted enamel, […]

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Myplasticheart Decamps for Brooklyn After 15 Years on the LES

Posted August 3, 2021 at 5:03 am

Myplasticheart, the eclectic designer toy shop, recently fled its longtime perch on Forsyth Street for the greener pastures of Brooklyn. The small business had spent fifteen years on the block. When asked about the move, ownership told us in an email that the deterioration of conditions in Sara D. Roosevelt Park across the street was […]

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St. Mark’s Comics Reopens Next Week, Not on St. Mark’s

Posted July 23, 2021 at 5:03 am

The well-loved comic book store St. Mark’s Comics is getting reissued, just not on St. Mark’s Place. Pow! The moniker “St. Mark’s Comics,” will be kept, but the store’s location is now at Brooklyn’s Industry City. News of this rebirth trickled down a couple months ago, but recent storefront developments have increased chatter about its […]

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Hard Rock Jewel The Great Frog Expands with New SoHo Location

Posted July 14, 2021 at 5:09 am

Ten years after opening on the Lower East Side, The Great Frog is leaping across town with a new retail location. The heavy metal jeweler is now slinging rings and such from 172 Spring Street, across from Boqueria. This is the second New York City store for the London-based brand, and sixth overall. With nearly […]

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Damaged by Car Collision, ‘November 19’ Reopens on Orchard Street

Posted July 12, 2021 at 5:07 am

One month after a Toyota Camry ended up inside its store, home goods shop November 19 is back on track. The Orchard Street store reopened to the public over the weekend. The car collision devastated the business, which had just opened at 37 Orchard three weeks prior (end of May). Damage to its inventory was […]

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Jimmy Jazz Founder Joseph Khezrie Dies at 90

Posted June 23, 2021 at 5:03 am

The founder of Jimmy Jazz, the streetwear retailer born on Delancey Street, passed away earlier this month. Joseph Khezrie was 90-years-old. He died on June 4. The company posted a memorial on Instagram this past Sunday, which included a brief video. “Our founder, Joseph Khezrie, was a deeply loyal, respectful and hard-working man,” the post […]

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Cactus Store Resumes Summertime Residency on Essex Street

Posted June 22, 2021 at 5:10 am

The Cactus Store returned to the Lower East Side this weekend for its fourth seasonal outing, and first since coronavirus ruined everything. As before, the succulents sellers plant annual roots in the lot at 5 Essex Street. Infrastructure from prior years remains in place. Saturday was opening day. The Cactus Store is a product of […]

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In Crowdfunding Push, Army & Navy Bags Surpasses $110K in Donations

Posted June 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

While the pandemic continues to ebb ever so slightly, many small businesses remain on the brink. Army & Navy Bags is one such struggling mom-and-pop, but luckily there are those in the community who wish to keep it buoyed. One year since a successful crowdfunding campaign netted north of $60,000, Brandon Stanton of Humans of […]

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Orchard Street Boutique Damaged by Car Collision Raises Over $10K to Rebuild

Posted May 28, 2021 at 5:03 am

This past Monday, a home goods boutique on Orchard Street was devastated when the driver of a Toyota Camry barreled into its store. November 19, as the establishment is called, had only opened at 37 Orchard three weeks earlier, and is now picking up the literal pieces. Damage to its inventory was extensive, so ownership took […]

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