Opening Soon: Prohibition Bakery at 9 Clinton Street

Prohibition Bakery, 9 Clinton Street.

There’s no shortage of sweet indulgences and boozy destinations on Clinton Street.  But sometime soon, you’ll be able to satisfy both urges in one stop.  Prohibition Bakery, which you might already be acquainted with from the Hester Street Fair, is preparing to open at 9 Clinton Street.

Brooke Siem and Leslie Feinberg will be offering up their liquor-infused cupcakes in a brick-and-mortar outpost right across the Street from Clinton Street Baking Company and Dessert Truck Works.  Some examples: the Mojito (lime, rum mint), Sex on the Beach (orange, cranberry, vodka, peach schnapps) and Pretzels & Beer (pale ale, Nutella, pretzel, truffle).


“Recession Art” to Program Culturefix Performance Space, Gallery

Photo via Culturefix's Facebook page.

Some changes are coming to Culturefix, the performance space/gallery/bar at 9 Clinton Street in 2012.  Co-owners Cole Schaeffer and Ari Stern are partnering with Brooklyn-based “Recession Art” to program their cultural events and to run the retail space that has until now been a “pop-up” store (first for Perfect Picnic, then for Ernest Alexander).

On its web site, Recession Art explains:

“We are thrilled to announce that in 2012, Recession Art will expand into an additional permanent space  Recession Art and CULTUREfix have partnered to create an art space for emerging artists and aspiring collectors. Recession Art will curate the CULTUREfix gallery with solo shows by Featured Artists and group shows by alumni and other emerging artists. Affordable artwork, prints, and books by these artists and more will be available at Recession Art’s storefront… Curator Risa Shoup will act as RAC’s Programming Director, scheduling weekly events including readings, performances, discussions, and dinners to complement the exhibitions and storefront offerings.

The first show opens January 21st, featuring the work of New York artist Megan Berk.  Details can be found on Recession Art’s web site.


“Tricked: An Exhibition of Special Effects” Opens at Culturefix

Joe McKay, UFO #7, digital c-print mounted on aluminum - featured in “Tricked: An Exhibition of Special Effects” at culturefix

Our friends at culturefix are hosting a special gallery opening reception tonight for their show, “Tricked: An Exhibition of Special Effects.” It’s the last show that will be produced by their gallery director, Lia Woertendyke. They write: “Lia has curated the majority of our past shows and has helped produce nearly all of them.  In addition, she has helped build our business from the ground up.  Culturefix invites you to celebrate Lia’s last exhibition here and encourages you to show your support for a person who has played an integral roll in developing culturefix’s gallery.”

Retail Report: New Day Care, New Nail Spa, Plus Designer Menswear Updates

Ernest Alexander's new menswear store at 9 Clinton St. opened yesterday. Photo via @ernestalexander Twitter feed.

This morning we have some storefront news from around the neighborhood:

  • 118 Ludlow St. (Houston/Stanton): Think Pink Spa signed a 10-year lease for 2,200 square feet of space, also according to The Real Deal.
  • 9 Clinton St. (Houston/Stanton): Ernest Alexander, the NYC-based menswear designer, opened its first retail location yesterday, a pop-up shop we first previewed last month.
  • 74 Orchard St. (Broome/Grand): Work continues to transform the former Hyper Island digital design school into a new home for By Robert James, whose menswear boutique at 72 Orchard will move one door north and make room for incoming jeweler The Great Frog, which had originally planned to open its first NYC store yesterday.

Designer Ernest Alexander Opening Pop-up on Clinton

It does sound a little like the plot from HBO’s “How to Make it in America,” Ernest Alexander Sabine admits. He started designing and manufacturing stylish mens’ messenger bags two and a half years ago, drawing rave reviews from places like Esquire and GQ. Since then, he’s gradually expanded his offerings: belts, neckwear, additional accessories, clothing and outerwear. Most of his goods are manufactured in his workshop in Manhattan’s garment district and the rest within a few miles, and are sold at Club Monaco stores and other boutiques in New York and a few other cities.

Next month, Sabine will expand his eponymous business on a different level: he’s launching his first retail shop at 9 Clinton St. on the Lower East Side.

“My dream has always been to have my own store,” Sabine told The Lo-Down in an interview today. “As soon as I saw the space, I fell in love. It’s not too big, it’s not too small, there’s a bar downstairs, great foot traffic.”

“Tree Story” Opens on the Lower East Side Tomorrow Night

If trees could talk, what would they say? An exhibition opening tomorrow night on the Lower East Side explores this idea. Specifically, artist Leila El-Kayem’s Tree Story “uses the art of storytelling and drawing to re-connect urbanites with the trees that surround them.” 

Culturefix in the Crosshairs

Phone camera photo from Culturefix customer.

You’re looking at a grainy cell phone photo taken inside Clinton Street bar/performance space Culturefix this past weekend. As Grub Street and the Village Voice reported earlier in the week, the NYPD and several other city/state agencies paid the nightlife establishment a visit Saturday night. Culturefix co-owner Cole Schaeffer, who has been tangling with the 7th Precinct for several months now,  made a round of calls to several media organizations to detail what he called a “raid” on his business.  In the past few days, we’ve been looking into what happened Saturday.  Here’s what we found.

Culturefix Lawyer: Something Stinks on the LES

Photo via Culturefix's Facebook page.

On Friday afternoon, defense attorney Kevin O’Donoghue rose to his feet in closing arguments, telling a state Supreme Court judge, “something stinks on the Lower East Side and (referencing a recent New York Magazine story on the city’s smelliest block) it’s not just Allen Street.” The judge, Martin Schoenfeld (who happens to be a LES resident), corrected him, explaining that Broome Street, west of Allen, was actually the focus of the magazine expose.  But the judge did offer O’Donoghue’s client, Clinton Street nightlife establishment Culturefix, something else — a glimmer of hope in future battles with the NYPD and Community Board 3.

Culture Fix

The new bar, gallery and event space serves a light menu, including salads, cheeses and Spanish tapas.

9 Clinton, near Houston


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