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Open Streets: Hell Square Partially Closes to Motorists Starting Today

Last modified May 7, 2020 at 8:57 am

The streets of Hell Square are sealed to vehicular traffic starting today. This new change is part of the city’s overarching “Open Streets” initiative to free up pedestrian space during the coronavirus shutdown. Today’s changes include: Orchard Street, between Delancey and East Houston (already a pedestrian mall on Sundays) Ludlow Street, between Delancey and East […]

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Take a Stroll Down Orchard Street, Circa 1962 [VIDEO]

Last modified March 28, 2018 at 10:40 pm

At a slim fifty-five seconds, the following video is a time capsule from a very different Lower East Side. Boogie reader Adam Varsano shares the quick clip – shot by his father – which candidly captures a northbound stroll on Orchard Street, circa 1962-63. Back when the area really was a true bargain district (yet, […]

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Bloodbath in the Bargain District: 3 More Discount Vendors on Orchard Street Bow Out

Last modified July 17, 2017 at 11:46 am

It’s a bloodbath in the former “Bargain District.” Three old school apparel vendors are on the way out. All in quick succession. The second coming of Giuseppe Uomo ended earlier this month. But the closure is actually a year in the making. The store closing signs first appeared at 130 Orchard Street around this time last […]

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LES Restaurants to Square off in Oyster Shucking Contest

Last modified February 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

Get ready to shuck then … eat some oysters. Grey Lady owner Ryan Chadwick is hosting something called “Oyster Row,” the first neighborhood shucking competition and eating contest. Four Lower East Side establishments will participate in the challenge this Sunday, including Claw Daddy’s, Hotel Chantelle, Ten Bells, and host Grey Lady. Most oysters shucked in […]

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DayLife and Its Astroturf Return to Orchard Street on Sunday

Posted May 30, 2014 at 11:02 am

With the Orchard Street pedestrian mall basically dead, DayLife will again continue its quest to revive the Sunday mall trend. Albeit in a more “suburban” manner. The periodic event – organized by the Lower East Side BID – is set to return for a third season this Sunday, June 1. As with previous summers, DayLife […]

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Leather Loss: Bargain Vet ‘Daniel’s Leather’ Relocates on Orchard Street [UPDATED]

Last modified October 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

[Updated Below] A pillar of the struggling leather vendor community on Orchard Street is down for the count. After nearly twenty years on the block, Daniel’s Leather, which at one point owned additional stores in the immediate area, is now out of business. Reason for the closure is not even worth mentioning; you already know […]

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Recap: LES Pickle Day Returned Yesterday at Daylife [PHOTOS]

Posted October 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

It was, as promised, “kind of a big dill.” The LES Pickle Day returned yesterday afternoon as part of the DayLife Festival, and the crowd turned out in droves. Lots of local food and fashion vendors set up shop (or rather, rolled out pushcarts), which stretched down Orchard Street from Houston to Delancey. The streets were […]

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Recap: Katz’s Pastrami Eating Contest at DayLife Festival [VIDEO]

Posted June 3, 2013 at 5:26 am

The on-again-off-again DayLife Festival returned to Orchard Steeet yesterday, buoyed by a high-profile birthday celebration for Katz’s Deli. To help commemorate the big 125, the venerable Lower East Side institution held the Katz’s Deli World Pastrami Eating Championship outside the old Leather Gallery. Preceded by a pickle-bobbing primer, the pastrami eating contest was essentially the marquee […]

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DayLife Returning to Orchard Street June 2 with Katz’s Pastrami Eating Contest

Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:18 am

The Lower East Side BID introduced the periodic street-fest with the goal of attracting daytime traffic back to this corner of the neighborhood.

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Recap: DayLife Moves Back to Orchard Street

Posted October 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

A little rainstorm couldn’t keep the foodies away this past Sunday.

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