Black Crescent Oyster & Cocktail Bar Opening Monday at 76 Clinton St.

After more than a decade as home to Alias, a new chapter in the life of the corner joint at Clinton and Rivington streets opens Monday, with the arrival of Black Crescent Oyster and Cocktail Bar, a seafood tapas and libations venture backed by longtime fish wholesaler Wild Edibles.

New Neighbor: The Hoodie Shop, 181 Orchard Street

The Hoodie Shop, 181 Orchard Street. Image credit: Adam Kane Macchia.

The Lower East Side has a new hybrid boutique —  the Hoodie Shop at 181 Orchard Street. it’s the brainchild of Aleah Speranza and Peter Shapiro, who’s behind the Brooklyn Bowl. They dreamed up the idea at a LCD Sound System concert (yes, really). The store carries vintage, outerwear, blazers, swimsuits and scarves.  There are, of course hoodies, but other items as well (everything has a hood of some sort). Brands include Aviator Nation, Evenagamba, B. Scott, Kings of Cole, Nicholas K., and Oliver Goldsmith.

As the email we received yesterday explained, the entrance “is covered in a time bending swirl of plant-like feathers that engulf the space.”  There’s a state-of-the-art video projection and sound system and ‘an elevated picture windowed dj booth.”  The decor is retro.  The “half retail/half hangout” concept will allow the space to “morph from boutique to movie theatre to living room to full scale event space.”

The Hoodie Shop is located at 181 Orchard Street (between Houston and Stanton).


New Neighbor: Site/109 at 109 Norfolk Street

109 Norfolk Street. Photo credit: Site/109.

There’s a lot happening on Norfolk Street these days. On Friday we received an email from Meryl Cooper, who along with partner Helen Allen, recently opened Site/109Located in the “Switch” building,  it’s an event and pop-up exhibition space.  The new business is located right next to the Lisa Cooley Gallery, which is relocating to 107 Norfolk (the old Tonic space) from Orchard Street.

Their inaugural exhibition opens this evening.  “Sex, DUI’s and Videotape” (a take on the Steven Soderbergh’s film) is an “examination of the changing definition of beauty and shame in today’s pixel-saturated society.”   The group show is presented by Hilger Gallery and BROTKunsthalle.  The opening is tonight from 6-9 p.m.


New Neighbor: Joe Sheftel Gallery Opens on Orchard

Now open at 24A Orchard St. Photo by Jordan Doner (

There’s a new player on the Lower East Side arts scene this week: Joe Sheftel Gallery has opened its doors at 24A Orchard St.

Proprietor Sheftel, 32, hails from Williamsburg by way of a Boston upbringing and a brief stint as a lawyer, but has deep roots in the LES. His maternal grandfather grew up here in the late 19th century, in various homes within a few blocks of Sheftel’s new digs, a former lingerie storage building between Canal and Hester streets. Prior to signing his lease, Sheftel worked with Miguel Abreu just up the street. His experience there, after jobs in galleries in Chelsea and SoHo and a career in private dealing, convinced him the LES was the right neighborhood for his new venture.

“I really enjoy working with people who walk in and want to talk about art, not just about the buying and selling,” Sheftel told us this afternoon. “I work with a lot of emerging artists, younger artists.”

New Neighbor: Home Espresso Bar, 250 Broome St.

Home Eespresso Bar, 250 Broome Street.

The other day we heard from Elliott Gabbay, who was hoping to get the word out about Home Espresso Bar, his dad’s new cafe, which just opened a few days ago.  We’re always happy to do our part to spread the word about new independent businesses, so I stopped by 250 Broome Street (the former La Barra space) yesterday to talk with Homayoun (Home for short) Gabbay.

New Neighbor: Plank Pilates Studio, 187 Chrystie Street

Plank Pilates Studio, 187 Chrystie Street.

Today we debut a new feature, “New Neighbor,” our virtual welcome for businesses and non-profit organizations setting up shop on the Lower East Side. It’s an opportunity for owners and operators to describe in their own words what what their ventures are all about. If you’re new to the neighborhood and are interested in being featured send us an email at

Here’s Matthew Wadiak of Plank Pilates Studio:

WHAT: Plank Pilates Studio is a new Boutique Pilates Studio with a focus on Tower Classes and Private Sessions.  Plank provides multiple Tower Classes everyday showcasing the finest handmade classical solid maple machines and talented, encouraging instructors.