Holidays 2012: Keeping it Local on the LES

Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street.

Here’s another edition of our local holiday shopping guide. Enjoy.

  • The Tenement Museum is featuring $30 gift ideas for under $30.  There’s the classic Greek diner ceramic mug for $12.95, or how about the always-popular New York subway puzzle for $15.95 or, of course, a great selection of LES and New York-themed books. You can stop by the store at 103 Orchard Street to browse or go online.
  • Reed Space is having a holiday sale. Through December 25, you get 25% off (in-store or online) when spending at least $75.  You need the promo code, though.
  • Giselle, a fixture on the LES since 1979, is offering 60% off all fall/winter women’s fashions. The store is located at 143 Orchard Street.
  • Mastihashop is having their holiday party tonight at 145 Orchard Street. There will be cocktails, light bites, and of course, lots of new foods and beauty products straight from Greece. The festivities start at 4 p.m.


Holidays 2012: Keeping it Local on the LES

Image via FAB tumblr page.

Here’s your weekend edition of our “keeping it local” holiday guide.  Remember: keep sending us your shopping, dining and event ideas to

  • Tonight Fourth Arts Block is saying so long to its cafe by throwing a holiday party from 5-7.  Next year the space will become the “FAB Lab,” a shared creative workspace. They’ll be auctioning off cafe memorabilia and saying thanks to the staff.  The cafe is located at 75 East 4th Street.
  • The New Design High School has a pop-up shop in the Lower East Side Visitor Center (the BID), 54 Orchard Street, through 5 p.m. today. They’re offering holiday gifts made by the students.  You can pick up a cutom designed t-shirt or bag and support a great school.
  • Next Tuesday, the Museum of Chinese in America is holding an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party, which benefits CAAAV, a community organization that was very busy in the past few weeks coming to the aid of residents left in the dark and cold due to the hurricane. There will be live music, spiked punch and, or course, an ugly sweater contest.  Admission is $20.  More details on MOCA’s web site.
  • You may have heard Saxelby Cheesemongers was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy. Their Essex Street Market stall is fine, but unfortunately Saxelby’s Red Hook refrigeration facility took a beating.  The regional cheese specialist will be back at the New Amsterdam Market this weekend, along with other LES vendors such as Pushcart Coffee.  The Seaport was obviously devastated by the storm, so they could really use your support. Click here for more info.


Holidays 2012: Keeping it Local on the LES

Economy Candy Market 2

Economy Candy. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa.

We continue our “keeping it local” holiday guide today with more suggestions from the neighborhood:

  • It’s hard to beat Lower East Side institution Economy Candy when it comes to “can’t miss,” crowd-pleasing gifts.  The options are way too numerous to name but here are a couple of suggestions; Hammond’s jumbo handmade candy canes in peppermint, butterscotch or strawberry for $2.99 each; or how about those delicious hand-dipped specialty chocolates? A one-pound box costs $19.95.  Sure you can shop online, but it’s so much more fun to pay a visit to the store; 108 Rivington Street; open until 6 p.m. except on Saturdays when closing time is 5 p.m.