Meet Me on Orchard Street: How a Corner of New York’s Lower East Side Became the Place to Be
Just around the corner from Chung is Emily Bode’s lush, wood-paneled store on Hester Street, which she opened in November of 2019, and her brand-new tailoring shop next door. When Huy Luong went out to photograph the neighborhood for Vogue last Saturday, Bode was hosting a sale to support COVID relief in India, where much of her collection is produced. A crowd gathered outside to buy custom T-shirts, photographs, and snacks to benefit GiveIndia and other organizations, while a mehndi artist gave henna tattoos for $20.
When the festivities wrapped up that evening, Bode’s friends didn’t have to venture too far. Take a right, and they’d find themselves at Reception Bar—Chung recommends the honeydew soju—or Skin Contact, Dudley’s, or Ten Bells. Turn left, and Orchard Street quickly ends at a triangle formed by Canal Street and East Broadway, where Dimes, Cervo’s, Bacaro, Kiki’s, and Forgtmenot draw crowds of their own. Canal’s two-way traffic is closed, so their tables spill far out into the street, and a lack of skyscrapers nearby makes for unexpectedly pretty sunsets.
You could spend an entire weekend zig-zagging between those crowd favorites and hidden gems—trust me, I have!—and never feel like you’re missing anything. That it’s all coalesced so organically and exists a little off the beaten path—far from Instagram-y matcha cafés and endless lines for trendier stores—makes it even more appealing. When Bode opened her store on Hester back in 2019, many found it an unlikely choice; not anymore.
Visual editor: Thomas Wolfe
Published at Sat, 22 May 2021 14:24:51 +0000