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Going Out of Business Sale: Belraf Fabrics Closing After 33 Years on the LES

Belraf Fabrics will be closing its Orchard Street store on June 30 after 33 years on the Lower East Side, and the owners are offering bargain prices until then. …

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A Conversation With Mei Lum, Part of a New Generation Returning to Revitalize Chinatown

25 year old Mei Lum is the new owner-in-training at one of Chinatown’s oldest shops, Wing on Wo. & Co. Founded by her great grandfather, Walter Eng, the store originated as a “Chinese-Japanese Fancy Goods store” at 13 Mott St. in 1890. It moved nearby, to its current location at 26 Mott St., in 1925. …


Streetwear Brand, Sabit, Closes Clinton Street Store

Sabit The Shopp at 43 Clinton St. closed down last week after almost two years on the Lower East Side. …

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A Festive Block Party and a Spring Makeover at the Essex Street Market

There’s a big bash at the Essex Street Market this weekend in celebration of the historic public facility’s 76th birthday. …

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“Popped NYC” Hosts Lineup of Events For Their Last Few Weeks on Grand Street

Popped NYC, the local artists shop and space that collectively popped up at 365 Grand Street, will be closing at the end of the …


Sponsored: Furnishare – For a More Affordable New York

A more affordable New York? Yes, please! Manhattan is one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and the other boroughs …

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A Few Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is only four days away. But there’s no reason to panic. Here’s are a few Lower East Side options to consider: …


Sponsored Post: Furnishare – Get More For Less with a Furniture Subscription

Moving into a new apartment is expensive. Paying a real estate agent, a down payment, the first month’s rent and furnishing an apartment can add up to thousands of dollars. But what if you could save the money you would normally spend on furniture? …

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Photos: Zarin Fabrics Kicks off 80th Anniversary Celebration

Bobby Zarin, Jill Zarin, David Zarin. Photos courtesy of Zarin Fabrics/Andrew Werner.

During the past few years, Zarin Fabrics has gained quite a bit …

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Essential LES: Here Are the Local Spots We Would Hate to Live Without

This week we’re rolling out our Essential LES Guide both online and in our print magazine. It’s part of The Lo-Down’s year-long reporting …

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The Lo-Down Magazine: December 2015

Here’s the December 2015/January 2016 issue of our print magazine. It’s a special edition: “Essential LES,” is a guide to the Lower East Side’s …

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Instagram the Essex Street Market: Win a Holiday Gift Crate

Here’s one more reason to shop at the historic Essex Street Market. They’re running an Instagram contest (Miracle at Essex Market) with a great …

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Photos: Christmas Windows at Frank’s Bike Shop

The Christmas window display at Frank’s Bike Shop on Grand Street is a Lower East Side tradition. Greta Cohen sent along a few photos …

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Happening This Weekend


Lower East Side Holiday Art Pop-Up Begins Nov. 27