DayLife Festival to Light Up Orchard Street With Food and Fashion

By Serena Solomon on September 13, 2013 1:10pm 

 Festivalgoers at a DayLife festival last year played urban badminton.
Festivalgoers at a DayLife festival last year played urban badminton.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — The DayLife festival will return to Orchard Street this Sunday with food, fashion and music from the neighborhood.

The event, run by the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, will take over three blocks of Orchard Street between East Houston Street and Delancey streets from noon to 5 p.m. for an end-of-summer celebration with urban croquet and badminton.

"We're billing this edition as our DayLife Summer Closing Party, so come out this Sunday for an official warm-weather send off," BID spokeswoman Natalie Raben said in an email.

Popular neighborhood restaurants such as Mission Chinese and The Meatball Shop will sell food from street puscharts, while newer eateries including Black Tree sandwich shop and the Jewish-inspired Schapiro's will feed festivalgoers as well.

The clothing shops that line Orchard Street — which sell everything from bargain leather jackets to unique collections from local designers — will set up stalls in the street to peddle their wares.

Two stages will host live music: One outside Tammany Hall at 152 Orchard St. will feature 9-year-old D.J Kai Song, while another stage on Orchard Street near Delancey Street, curated by surf-themed cafe Lost Weekend NYC along with The Leadbelly bar, will host relaxed sounds from East Village Radio contributors including Chances with Wolves and the Swaii Boys.

The Lower East Side BID first proposed the DayLife festival in early 2012 to rejuvenate the once-thriving daytime business in the neighborhood. It has since occurred several times throughout this summer and last summer.

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