Photo: Kevin Gannon

Looking Back at a Decade of Demolition on Upper Orchard Street [PHOTOS]

Posted May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

It was a slow death, but Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul finally cleared out the small businesses operating at the corner of Orchard and East Houston. A parcel for which he paid $75 million. Now, with the wrecking ball mid-swing, and ten floors of condos (plus an Equinox gym) in tow, we got to reminiscing. Yes. It’s […]

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Decoding Real Estate Broker-Babble So You Don’t Have To

Posted May 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

At Boogie, we spend our fair share of time sifting through real estate listings for all manner of properties and businesses. Both on Craigslist and legit realtor sites, the broker babble employed is generally the same. So we decided to create a brief guide to help readers better understand the oft-utilized, and always-maddening lingo. Herewith, […]

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The Genesis Bridal Shop Finds a New Home on East Houston Street

Posted May 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Genesis Bridal Shop, a local stalwart on the block since 1983, officially departed 97 Clinton Street last week. As you might guess, the family-owned store succumbed to the escalating real estate pressures plaguing so much of the neighborhood these days. The landlord jacked the rent to more than double the current amount, making it […]

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Mama Spa on Allen Street is Looking to Flee

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

Mama Spa on Allen is on its way out. Just before its sixth anniversary on the Lower East Side, an oasis of calm is on the chopping block. The Mama Spa at 141 Allen Street is throwing in the towel, it seems. For the better part of the last year, a broker has been listing the […]

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Extell Begins Pouring Foundation at 250 South Street Site; West 8 Rumored Involvement

Posted May 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

For months, Extell Development Corp. has been pounding pylons for the new two-tower project at 250 South Street. A patchwork of iron beams dots the site; the beginning of the end. And now comes the first concrete of the project thus far. The foundation pouring began yesterday. Meanwhile, the rhythmic staccatto of hammering is impossible […]

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Last Residential Holdouts in 400 Grand Street Pushed out by Essex Crossing

Last modified May 19, 2015 at 8:19 am

The freestanding tenement siblings at 400-402 Grand Street couldn’t stand a chance in the face of the game-changing Essex Crossing development. There’s just too much money at stake here. These two buildings have been ready for bulldozing since April 2014, when the city officially issued demolition permits to Delancey Street Associates, the consortium of developers […]

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Damon Dash’s ‘Poppington’ Gallery is Finished Thanks to Visit from City Marshal

Posted May 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

Damon Dash is no longer pimping art on Orchard Street. For the headline-grabbing Poppington gallery, three years of showcasing street art at 60 Orchard Street just concluded. The owner of the commercial condo is now in possession after a visit by the city Marshal last week. Its pink-and-blue neons have been deposed, and the interior left […]

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Facing Eviction, Bowery Residents Speak Out Against Harassment by Landlord Joseph Betesh

Posted May 18, 2015 at 5:00 am

The same old tenant harassment tactics we see time and again are reportedly being employed down on the Bowery in Chinatown. Time to add Joseph Betesh (pka Milestone Equities) to the list of slumlords that are trying to toss longtime residents in favor of money. They call it “tremendous upside” in industry parlance. Betesh purchased […]

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The Orchard Hell Building Resorts to Crowdsourcing Store Ideas

Last modified May 15, 2015 at 7:59 am

It’s come to this. Desperation is spelled with a text message. Yes. The Orchard Hell Building, a 23-story development in progress for the last decade, has resorted to crowdsourcing commercial occupants for its ground-level units. Check out the poster attached to the sidewalk bridge. The flashy announcement beckons residents to send a text indicating what […]

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New Shared Bike Lane on Delancey Will Connect East River Park to Williamsburg Bridge

Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Department of Transportation will soon debut a dedicated bike route that connects the East River Park to the Williamsburg Bridge. Which might come as welcome news to those who traverse this path frequently. Until now, southbound cyclists from the waterfront were routed to the bridge via Grand Street. This artery is heavily trafficked, indirect, […]

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