Fashion

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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Thirty Years Around the Block: The Story Behind the Clayton Patterson x Supreme Collaboration

Posted May 11, 2021 at 5:13 am

Neighborhood documentarian Clayton Patterson has a new collaboration out now with Supreme. The question is, how did I connect with Supreme? It is a story that took about thirty years to get around the block. Just about all of the connections were through the streets of the Lower East Side. Here is how it happened; […]

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Alife Shuts Down After 22 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted May 6, 2021 at 5:00 am

Alife, the seminal streetwear brand born on the Lower East Side, is closing its flagship store on Rivington Street and leaving the neighborhood. The shutter draws a curtain on more than two decades of retail in the neighborhood. Alife’s General Manager Treis Hill revealed the news on Instagram late-day yesterday, thanking everyone “that helped make […]

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‘Bowery Showroom’ is Gen Z Retail

Posted April 22, 2021 at 5:07 am

Looks like a new concept store is setting up shop on the Lower East Side. Bowery Showroom, a New York-based designer vintage and lifestyle brand, is opening its first retail location this weekend. Not on the Bowery; in fact a few blocks off at 57 Stanton Street. What we gather from the PR babble is […]

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‘November 19’ Home Goods Store Headed to Orchard Street

Posted April 12, 2021 at 5:00 am

Down at 37 Orchard Street, it’s one trendy home goods store to the next. You’ll recall that the seven-year-old Coming Soon relocated just down the block to the corner of Canal Street. (The former Alexander Olch boutique.) That was back in late-October. Now, six months later, the Hell’s Kitchen- based November 19 decor shop is […]

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Classic Coffee Becomes a Trendy Cafe Tailor Shop Hybrid

Last modified March 26, 2021 at 3:15 pm

On Hester Street, a beloved cafe goes from Classic to trendy. Indeed, the Classic Coffee Shop, which closed last year after decades serving the Seward Park environs, has been reborn as a fancy cafe-cum-tailor shop. Former owner Carmine Morales relinquished 56 Hester Street to clothing designer Emily Adams Bode and her partner, furniture designer Aaron […]

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Seward Park Co-op Breaks from Hester Street Fair in Favor of New Operator

Last modified October 28, 2021 at 11:32 pm

Hester Street Fair became a victim of its own success this spring, as its Seward Park Co-op overlord gave it the old heave-ho in favor of something new. Last year’s unique COVID-19 season was likely its last. Curbed had the scoop. The sudden decision – Hester Street Fair was to reopen on April 10 for […]

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Confirmed: Pearl River Mart Opening this Spring

Posted February 22, 2021 at 5:01 am

Pearl River Mart will be returning to SoHo, as first reported here Friday morning. Corporate responded with an official announcement on its website, stating that this flagship store is in fact underway. Ownership relays that buildout is ongoing, with launch likely in a “few months.” Springtime. “It is painfully ironic that due to the realities […]

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