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Vacant Essex Street Lot Reborn as ‘Temporary’ Garden Space

Posted May 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

In a rather uncharacteristic turn of events, the property owner of 5 Essex Street is converting the long-dormant lot into green space. Over the last several days, workers were spotted marking off a rectangular parcel of land and adding a bed of gravel. A new plywood fence was also installed. Site intel reveals that a […]

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Hotel 50 Bowery is an Insult to Chinatown with its Insensitive ‘Opium Den’ Themed Club [OP-ED]

Posted May 22, 2017 at 9:33 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. Many Chinatown residents are disgusted that 50 Bowery’s Joie De Vivre glass hotel towers over the turn-of-the-century neighborhood, arguing how out of character it is compared to the surrounding area, while others show concern it may further fuel gentrification and displacement. Yet, the announcement […]

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Seward Park Co-op Building Had a Fire in its Boiler Room Yesterday [Updated]

Last modified May 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm

You may have noticed the extreme response of fire engines on Clinton Street yesterday morning, just outside Fine Fare. Apparently, there was a fire in the boiler room of Seward Park Co-op at 175 Clinton. No one was asked to evacuate, by FDNY or otherwise, but a few residents did so of their own volition […]

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Rumor: Sunshine Cinema Sale a Done Deal

Posted May 18, 2017 at 10:17 am

We reported back in March that a buyer had a purported $31.5 million contract out on the 1898-era Sunshine Cinema. Now two months later, the rumor mill is again in overdrive mode. Word on the street is that the transaction reportedly closed yesterday. The Lower East Side blog further notes that the property may have been flipped a […]

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Black Tree Reboot ‘Raw Material’ Evicted from Orchard Street

Posted May 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

For the second time in two years, the Health Department wielded its hammer at 131 Orchard Street. Only this time, for Raw Material (nee Black Tree), it wasn’t a mouse infestation. In an apparent coordinated hit by the Health Department and the State of New York Workers’ Compensation Board, inspectors recently shut down the eight-month-old Raw […]

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Only 1.9% Commission to Sell Your Apartment! [SPONSORED]

Posted May 17, 2017 at 8:15 am

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CB3 Votes to Deny Epstein’s Bar Revival and Shah’s Clubby Mexican Spot ‘Dos Cientos’

Posted May 16, 2017 at 9:16 am

The room was packed to the gills, hot, and without proper ventilation. Typical circumstances for a late-night Community Board 3 meeting of the SLA subcommittee. This one dragged well into the wee hours of the night. Fireworks didn’t happen until late. The potential revival of Epstein’s Bar was one of the marquee applications of the […]

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In Revival of Epstein’s Bar, Neighbors Fear another Hoodwink

Last modified May 15, 2017 at 6:58 am

Something fishy is going on over at the vacant Epstein’s Bar on Stanton Street. On the face, it appears only that the proprietor of 310 Bowery Bar is looking to take over operations here. Dig a little deeper, and something doesn’t add up. Let’s back up first. Recall that the ouster of Epstein’s Bar from […]

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Rendering of Ace Hotel Surfaces at 225 Bowery with Promise of 2018 Completion

Last modified May 12, 2017 at 1:51 pm

You’re looking at the sight outside 225 Bowery, where Ace Hotel is gradually converting the 107-year-old relic into its newest lodge. Purportedly. This rendering appears on the Department of Buildings info board presently attached to the 225 Bowery plywood, and arrives courtesy of the HAKS architecture firm on the project. Upon completion – the aforementioned DOB signage promises a […]

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Parks Department Outlines $6.4M Seward Park Upgrades, Coming Late 2019

Posted May 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Seward Park, the oldest municipal park in the country, is headed for a massive makeover … in two years. Thanks in part to hard-fought battles for funding and upgrades by its namesake conservancy, Seward Park last year scored $6.4 million as part of the “Parks Without Borders” program to reinvigorate the parkland. It’s certainly a […]

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