This year-long reporting initiative explores the challenges faced by small businesses in our neighborhood and investigates the best solutions for long-term survival.

The project includes a series of 8 in-depth stories, profiles of the LES’s most loved businesses, a “Buy Local” Guide and comprehensive interviews with local leaders.

Our readers helped to make this project possible by backing our campaign here. We want to thank each and every one of them and especially our community partners:


Iconic Cup & Saucer Sign Removed From Canal Street Storefront

Jonathan Flaum submitted this photo, taken yesterday at the corner of Canal and Eldridge streets. The “Cup & Saucer” signage was being removed from …

Cup & Saucer, 89 Canal St.

Cup & Saucer, Classic Lower East Side Diner, is Closing Next Week

We just learned a short time ago that Cup & Saucer, the classic diner at 89 Canal St., is closing next week after 30 years at the same location. …

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Economy Candy Installs Retro-Style Signage to Celebrate 80th Anniversary

Have you seen the new look Economy Candy?

In celebration of the Lower East Side institution’s 80th anniversary, the third generation independent shop has …

Alex Shoe Repair on Secons Avenue closed up shop in 2015. Photo by ilyse Kazar.

CB3 Hosts Forum on Special Retail Zoning District

Coming up next week, Community Board 3 will be hosting a public forum on a proposal to bring a special zoning district to the East Village as a way of protecting independent small businesses. …

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Seward Park Liquors Loses Grand Street Space After Co-Op Board Votes

Seward Park Liquors is losing a space it has occupied at 393 Grand St. for more than four decades. …

Photo: Essex Street Market Vendor Association.

Spring at the Essex Street Market: New Vendors, New Programs

Over at the Essex Street Market, the spring season is bringing new vendors and new programs. Here’s an update on what’s happening. …

Katz's Deli photo by Karla and James Murray.

Capturing Vanishing LES Storefronts With James & Karla Murray

James & Karla Murray, local photographers dedicated to the preservation of NYC storefronts, are preparing to host a workshop series this spring and summer. …

Photos courtesy of 100 Gates Program.

LES’s 100 Gates Program Expands to Harlem and Staten Island

A public art initiative born on the Lower East Side is expanding to two more New York City neighborhoods. …

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Owner of Seward Park Liquors Retracts Some Statements About His Landlord

Here’s an update on the situation at Seward Park Liquors. …

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Seward Park Liquors Battles to Remain in Grand Street Storefront

The owner of Seward Park Liquors has gone public with his battle to remain in a storefront at 393 Grand St. …