Report: Love A Lot Pre-School Shutters Amid Allegations, Investigations While Parents Scramble

Love A Lot pre-schoolers on their way to swim class in August 2010.

For residents and business owners on Clinton and Suffolk streets near Delancey, parades of small children coming and going from Love A Lot Pre-School were a regular scene of street life.

But these days, the toddler processions have ceased and the school’s two locations one block apart sit empty and locked. Love A Lot closed its 21 Clinton St. location in July, and state regulators subsequently shut down the original location at 99 Suffolk St. last month. Officials from the health and labor departments are investigating, while parents and teachers are suing for tuition refunds and back pay.

The Local East Village, a joint NYU/New York Times journalism project, documented the troubled school’s decline in an exhaustive investigative piece late last week.

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.