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145 Ludlow Street Shows Itself After 2 Years Under Wraps

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:18 am

With cranes, utility vehicles, pockmarked roads, and heavy clanking noise, Hell Square truly is living up to its name. Luckily, however, each of the foot-dragging developments in the vicinity are finally starting to wrap construction. Notably the Orchard Hell Building (i.e. Hotel Indigo) and, as of this week, the long-forgotten 145 Ludlow Street. You’ll recall that […]

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‘LESpace’ Pop-Up Incubator at Los Perros Locos is Donezo

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:10 am

It was exactly a year ago that Alex Mitow pulled the plug on the short-lived Los Perros Locos at 201 Allen Street. In the wake of this Colombian hot dog joint, the former proprietor instead transformed the store into “LESpace” – a food-based incubator space for pop-ups, chefs, etc. LESpace made the biggest splash with Polpo […]

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‘Delicious Deli’ Announces Itself as Newest Bodega on Eldridge Street

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:06 am

Here’s another case of loose infringement on the Lower East Side. While not quite the level of filching Mario for a pizza joint, the forthcoming Delicious Deli on Eldridge Street seems to lean a bit on the corporate competition for name recognition. That would be Dunkin Donuts. Nevertheless, the Delicious Deli is coming down the […]

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Notes from CB3: Arlene’s Grocery Renewed, Damion Luaiye Approved

Posted September 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

The SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 met last night for the second time in as many weeks. A scheduling choice that left little time for recuperation. Nevertheless, applicants, board members, and media stocked the chairs for another night of dueling. The meeting itself was a bit more subdued than most, but still an all-night […]

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Preservationists Blast City Council for ‘Anti-Landmarking’ Bill

Last modified September 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Preservationists, mount up. The City Council is currently mulling over a bill that could have profound negative effects on the character of the city’s great architecture. “Intro 775,” as the legislation is called, essentially establishes “do or die” deadlines for landmark designations. Basically saying that, if certain timing parameters are not met, then historic sites […]

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DOT Begins Installation of 2-Way Protected Bike Lane on Clinton Street

Last modified September 1, 2015 at 8:26 am

The Department of Transportation finally recognized some of the safety concerns along the waterfront, and just embarked on its “South Street Greenway” project. As previously reported, the overall plan – approved by Community Board 3 in April – is to “normalize” the street geometry in the immediate vicinity. In other words, a change to the […]

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402 Grand Street is Gone; Demolition of 400 Grand is Next

Posted September 1, 2015 at 5:17 am

As of this week, 400 Grand Street is the proverbial last man standing within the bounds of Essex Crossing real estate. But not for long. Demolition scaffolding is slowly snaking up its facade, a mere few days after the wrecking ball took out its conjoined sibling. That’s right. 402 Grand Street is gone from the […]

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Fung Tu is Still Without Gas After 7 Weeks

Posted September 1, 2015 at 5:14 am

Seven weeks. This past Friday marks the seven-week point that Fung Tu has been without gas at 22 Orchard Street. In fact, the whole building remains without connection. Owner Wilson Tang is keeping the restaurant open during this period, pulling stunts continue service; there is even a dedicated “No gas menu” which is now the status […]

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Joie de Vivre Hotel at 50 Bowery Tops Out at 22 Stories

Posted September 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

They’ve reached the top. That controversial new hotel at 50 Bowery – the first New York branch of the Joie de Vivre brand – was just capped at the end of last week. The final few floors were tacked onto the building in the month since our last progress report. Requisite American flag is planted […]

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