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Streit’s Matzo Factory Condo on Rivington Street Hits 3-Story Height

Last modified December 14, 2017 at 8:08 am

The unleavened grounds of the former Streit’s Matzo Factory are now rising. And in a big way. After nearly a year of foundation and underpinning work, the superstructure is beginning the proverbial skyward ascent. Now well past the plywood threshold. At last observation, the building is currently sitting at a roughly three-story height. As previously […]

Two Scoops: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Expanding into New Essex Street Market

Last modified December 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

The beloved Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is expanding to the Lower East Side next year. It will take up residence inside the new Essex Street Market facility as part of Essex Crossing. This cross-neighborhood expansion is a first for the popular scoop shop, which has been serving its namesake neighborhood for four decades. Second-generation owner […]

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Join Hester Street at the Third Meeting for a Coastal Resiliency Update! [Sponsor]

Posted December 12, 2017 at 10:08 am

JOIN US AT THE THIRD MEETING FOR AN LMCR UPDATE! Tuesday Dec. 19, 2017 6:30pm – 8:30pm PS 184 Shuang Wen 327 Cherry Street (between Clinton St. and Montgomery St.) This meeting will focus on the waterfront from Montgomery Street to the Brooklyn Bridge. ALL ARE WELCOME! Childcare, translation (Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish), and a light […]

14-Story Commercial Condo Tops out on East Broadway

Posted December 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Eight months of constant construction has yielded a new tower at the southwest corner of East Broadway and Pike Street. The new commercial condo building, flanked by cranes and construction equipment on a regular basis, just topped out this week at fourteen stories. Installation of the curtain wall (i.e. glass facade) is happening simultaneously. As […]

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Witnessing the Destruction of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue [PHOTOS]

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chisel and drill are fully deployed to dispense with one of the oldest synagogues in New York City. Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – constructed in 1850 and hollowed out by three-alarm fire last May – is being demolished as we speak. Literally brick by brick. Each day, the landmarked 167-year-old house of worship (closed and vacant […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden will be Bulldozed and Redeveloped by Penrose Development

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Now that election season is over, there is finally movement toward the controversial destruction and redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. The city will apparently announce today that it’s chosen the developer to carry out this task. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract for the seven-story project to Penrose Development. The […]

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8-Story Commercial Development Planned for Chinatown ‘Diamond Center’ on the Bowery

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Chinatown diamond district is getting cut once again. It wasn’t enough that the Diamond Corner at Hester Street and the Bowery was sacked and replaced with a Bank of America branch. 76 Bowery is coming down, too. And like its neighbor one door to the north, it’ll be redeveloped into an eight-story commercial building. […]

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Renowned Local Artist Teaching at Historical LES Art School [Sponsor]

Posted December 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

Local artist, Feargal Doyle, is the newest instructor at the Educational Alliance Art School at Manny Cantor Center. Doyle, originally from Dublin, now lives and works in New York and his exciting career has included working in architecture, set design and painting instruction around the world. The new class offered by Doyle will focus on […]

After 167 Years on the LES, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is Getting Demolished [PHOTOS]

Last modified December 10, 2017 at 6:06 pm

The day we all knew was coming is finally here. Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – ravaged and gutted by fire seven months ago – is ready for razing. It had been sitting with exposed guts for the better part of a year. The proper permits have been filed with Department of Buildings, and a wrecking crew […]

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Locals Uneasy About Incoming Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel and its Nightlife

Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

There is a fight brewing over the incoming nightlife establishment at the Jarmulowsky Bank hotel. The Orchard Street Block Association, for its part, is already gearing up for the effort. They’ve distributed flyers of opposition in the immediate vicinity of the Jarmulowsky Bank Building (with the Monopoly Man) – first at summer’s end and now […]

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