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Revisiting Rachel Amodeo’s East Village Classic ‘What About Me’ [INTERVIEW]

Posted December 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

I don’t know about you, but every time I find out about a movie that was filmed in the East Village circa NOT present day, I get super excited. I revel in the unique gritty history, and how the streets were not littered with a Starbucks and ::insert generic Bank name here:: every other step. That’s […]

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100 Montaditos on Ludlow Street is Officially Kaput

Posted December 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

For 100 Montaditos, it’s one culture, zero ways to do it. At least on on the battered upper section of Ludlow Street. When it came to the Lower East Side iteration, the Spanish-based fast casual chain was an epic fail and a perfect example of how evading the host community can hurt in the long run. […]

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FIGMENT NYC Board Member ‘Costume’ Jim Glaser Resigns in Light of SantaCon Connection

Last modified December 18, 2014 at 10:12 am

Jim Glaser, a board member of the arts group FIGMENT, abruptly resigned yesterday after it was revealed he is one of the primary organizers of the raucous SantaCon pub crawl in New York City. News of this conflict-of-interest and his ultimate departure broke on a FIGMENT blog post penned by Executive Producer, David Koren. In […]

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11-Story Mixed-Use Tower is Planned for 139 Bowery

Posted December 18, 2014 at 5:00 am

New developments in the Bowery lighting district are becoming more commonplace these days. The frequency of property transactions and building renovations seems more frantic than in the past. Just look at what happened at 134-142 Bowery, which collectively netted $45 million last month. Computer printouts on the ground level of 139 Bowery just across the […]

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2nd Avenue Subway Station to Receive WiFi Service Next Spring; End of 2015 for East Broadway Station

Posted December 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

Not so fast. Despite the recent installation of WiFi equipment inside the East Broadway F station, internet access in this embattled subway stop is still far on the horizon. Transit Wireless, the company contracted to put the city’s system on the grid, tells us that service is part of Phase 4 which is set to […]

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The Federal-Style Row House at 35 Cooper Square was Razed for this Crappy Dorm

Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

The rich cultural history of 35 Cooper Square concludes with the reveal of its brooding gray replacement. Almost four years later, we’re now stuck with this eyesore of a dorm, courtesy of developer Arun Bhatia. The new thirteen-story building will house students from Marymount Manhattan College once completed. For almost two hundred years, a Federal-style […]

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Amato Opera House Lettering is No Longer on the Bowery

Posted December 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

The disheveled, remnant evidence of the Amato Opera House at 319 Bowery is now wiped from public view. Within the last month or so, onsite renovations ahead of luxury conversion resulted in the removal of the iconic lettering. Controversial landlord Steve Croman obtained permits from the Department of Buildings in October to transform this haunted beauty […]

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88 Clinton Street is Ready for Its 4-Story Vertical Enlargement

Posted December 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

There’s just so much upscaling on Clinton Street these days, what with all the recent property sales in the multimillion-dollar range. It’s open season, for sure, and the character of this former frontier is forever changing. Both 86-88 Clinton Street are still on course for total transformation; renovations have been underway at both properties since […]

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Karl Fischer’s 255 Bowery Marches Toward ‘Luxury Boutique Living’

Posted December 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

Shortly after its big reveal over the summer, the project site at Karl Fischer’s 255 Bowery went quiet. Its facade left in a pre-completed skeletal state. Work resumed a few months later, though, and we are now seeing the final touches applied to the seven-story product. It’s a mass of steel and glass that complements the […]

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Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street Raises Asking Price Again, This Time to $21M

Last modified December 15, 2014 at 9:40 am

The Blue Moon Hotel is a lesson in real estate pricing. Know the value of the property before asking for the farm. In this case, the boutique hotel at 100 Orchard Street has been on the chopping block countless times in the last decade (the first listing was in 2005 for $20 million) for a […]

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