Steve Lewis: APL Really, Really Opens Tonight

First, there was the hype. And then the delays. Then the chef quit before she even started. Then there was some more hype. And then more delays. Finally, a preview party and a solid opening date. Then, a note on the door saying no, the opening was pushed back a week.

This afternoon, someone in a position to know says it really is so: APL, Orchard Street’s newest nightlife hotspot, will actually open tonight.

Lower East Side Lens: May 7, 2011

Stanton Street, May 7, 2011 — another photo in our series by A. Jesse
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Free Outdoor Fashion Show Tomorrow

The folks at the Lower East Side Business Improvement District are putting on the glitz tomorrow for an outdoor fashion show featuring clothing by LES designers such as Robert James and James Coviello and local boutiques including TG170, Skunkfunk and Adrienne’s Bridal.

The free show will offer some seating and plenty of close-up views of casual and formal wear. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Broome Street between Orchard and Ludlow.

EV and C’town Beer, Co-op Food & Drink, Free Scoops

The proposed brewery at 14 Ave. B went before CB3 this week, but made the news for other reasons.

Wrapping up the week in Friday food news:

  • The planned East Village Brewery and Beer Shop on Ave. B at 2nd Street got nailed for appropriating Prime Meats’ menu and then apologized.
  • Meanwhile, in other beer news, you can now get growlers at a Chinatown newsstand.
  • Co-op Food & Drink is getting a lot of love this week: Guest of a Guest has shots of the opening party, and Grub Street offers a peek at the menu.
  • Stellina, the new dessert palace on Allen Street, will offer free scoops of its homemade sorbet and gelato on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Another Judaica Store on Essex Closing after 60 Years

Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica has been on Essex Street for six decades, most recently at No. 23.

The Lower East Side is losing another mainstay of its Jewish heritage.

“The people, they don’t come down here anymore,” Heidi Yousef says emphatically when asked why Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica plans to close in the next few weeks. “We don’t have that many stores here; it’s not that interesting.”

Security at Vladeck, Housing Fraud, Orchard Hotel and Art

  • Tenants in the Vladeck Houses push for new security cameras in wake of recent violence. (DNAinfo)
  • Seven people, including an Elizabeth Street Tenants Association leader, were charged yesterday with defrauding the city’s housing program of more than $250,000. (WSJ)
  • You are invited to the funeral for 35 Cooper Square. (EV Grieve)
  • More on yesterday’s news that the stalled construction monstrosity at 180 Orchard would become an upscale hotel. (GlobeStreet, The Real Deal, Curbed)
  • An Orchard Street art gallery’s sexually explicit paintings spawn outrage. (NY Post)

Good Morning!

Ready for the weekend on Ridge Street near Stanton.

Today’s weather will be a lot like the rest of this week’s: foggy morning, damp showery afternoon with highs around 70. But the forecast for the weekend is considerably brighter, with partly sunny days and highs in the mid-70s. Perfect weather to get outside and participate in one of the many activities happening around the neighborhood as part of It’s My Park Day; check out our list. LoMA is putting on “Hair,” the musical, and Rooftop Films are showing.