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High Rents Force ‘Prema Hair’ from 101 Stanton Street After its $12.9M Sale

Posted September 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

No sooner did 101 Stanton Street change hands than this enormous, eye-grabbing leasing banner appear above the corner store. It seems rather apparent that the new owners now want the Prema Hair salon gone from the ground-floor retail. You’ll recall that a small consortium of real estate firms – Penn South Capital, Conway Capital, and […]

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Another Look at the 7-Story Rental to Destroy 200-Year-Old Federal Row Houses on Grand Street

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

A row of historically significant Grand Street buildings is one step closer to demolition. Applications were filed with the city last week to erect the seven-story residential structure at 282-286 Grand Street. We first broke news of this development back in April. The property owner – former oncologist-cum-art dealer Marc Straus – has major plans […]

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Judge Grants Notorious Landlord Steve Croman Reprieve for High Holidays, Postpones Sentencing

Posted September 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Convicted landlord Steve Croman will spend the Jewish High Holidays in the comfort of his own home instead of prison. At his hearing yesterday, Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser elected to postpone the sentencing another two weeks for the observance. Prosecutors on behalf of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opposed the motion, but […]

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CB3 and Neighbors Unite Against ‘Honey Fitz’ Proposal for Avenue A

Last modified September 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

More than a year later, applicants behind the Honey Fitz proposal are again attempting to infiltrate Avenue A. As before, however, neither the neighbors nor Community Board 3 are interested. The Late Late’s James Morrissey returned to the SLA subcommittee that snubbed his idea in February 2016, and likewise walked away last night empty-handed. There would […]

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‘Flight of the Conchords’ Consulate Building on East Broadway is Now Getting Demolished

Last modified September 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

And we edge closer to an out of scale two-tower development at the Bialystoker nursing home site… The building at 232 East Broadway, also known as the fictional New Zealand consulate in Flight of the Conchords, is a goner. The death shroud is now draped across its carcass, awaiting the wrecking ball. Indeed, the Department […]

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Flooded in Yellow, ‘The Allen Hotel’ Debuts After 5 Years of Construction

Posted September 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Allen Hotel, not to be confused with the stalled-out nightmare a few blocks north, just opened yesterday. Hence the streaming flags, bunting, illuminated signage, and gaudy lighting scheme. Seriously, the southeast corner of Allen and Broome Streets is flooded with yellow. The seven-story boutique lodge at 88 Allen boasts 41 rooms, each fashioned with cherry […]

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Manhattan Bridge Makeover and Rehab Slated to Begin Next Summer

Posted September 14, 2017 at 5:08 am

Starting next summer, the city will undergo the next step in the neverending rehabilitation of the Manhattan Bridge. It’s a multi-year effort (i.e. “component rehab”) aimed at updating both structural and ornamental elements that are in a purported dire need of repair. Brian Gill, Chief Engineer of Manhattan Bridge Reconstruction for the Transportation Department, and […]

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Marte is Not Conceding to Chin in District 1 Race; Might Request Recount

Posted September 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

While Councilwoman Margaret Chin basks in the glow of perceived victory in the Democratic Primary this past Tuesday, her main foe has not conceded. And doesn’t plan on it. Not yet, at least. Technically, the race is still too close to call. Data from the city Board of Elections still shows Chin ahead of Christopher […]

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CB3 Bristles at ‘Hell Square’ Designation in Controversial Liquor Saturation Panel

Last modified September 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Whenever the subject of liquor licenses in Hell Square is raised, conversations are heated and tempers flare. One need only attend the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting for confirmation, or, as it happens, a hearing to discuss bar saturation on the Lower East Side. Such was the case last night during the scheduled panel about “Alcohol […]

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‘Spaghetti Incident’ Annexes Adjacent Eldridge Street Store for New Pasta Shop

Posted September 13, 2017 at 5:02 am

In the two years since its inauspicious debut, Spaghetti Incident – an homage to the Guns N Roses covers album of same – has garnered quite the fan following on Eldridge Street. It’s seemingly as beloved as its predecessor here, Family Recipe. Now the forty-seat restaurant is ready to expand, and not too far away, […]

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