Real Estate


Languishing on the Market, Another Brokerage Tries to Pitch Retail at the Bowery ‘Bunker’

Posted October 25, 2016 at 9:43 am

Here we are again. A year-and-a-half after the Green Depot vacated 222 Bowery, the former environmentally-concious hardware store remains a decrepit dormancy. Just look inside. There is now a collection of toilet bowls, random bags of concrete, and other construction sundries. But nothing is happening. Except that a new brokerage is trying again to sell […]

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145 Ludlow Street Goes Nondo, Pitching a Penthouse at $16.5K

Posted October 25, 2016 at 5:14 am

For the first time in more than a decade, there is a building sitting at 145 Ludlow Street. Not for artists, though. You need some serious coin to live here. The luxury residence was conceived and constructed as condos, but the owner reportedly decided to go rental instead. The marketing copy is quick to remind […]

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More than a Year Later, Cooking Gas Finally Restored to 43 Essex Street as Retail Hits the Market

Posted October 24, 2016 at 9:46 am

Things are finally looking up for 43 Essex Street, a Lower East Side tenement whose tenants are struggling with the nascent slumlord. Cooking gas was restored last week after more than year without hookup, making life livable again. The former G&S Sporting Goods, meanwhile, is officially down for the count. Even though the local boxing […]

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CoCo Bubble Tea Spot Opens in Last Low-Rise Strip on Delancey Street

Posted October 24, 2016 at 5:18 am

Taj Gold, one of the last jewelry/pawn shops along the Delancey Street corridor, closed back in May. Its store canopy was pried from the building and its windows fully papered. The company had been on the block for more than a decade. And until last week, the space at 156 Delancey was a vacant mess […]

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Year After Fire Displaced Dozens, 73 Monroe Street Reborn as Luxury Rentals

Posted October 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

The five-story tenement at 73 Monroe Street is on the rebound more than a year after a second-floor blaze vacated the property and displaced dozens of tenants. Rehabilitation commenced several months ago and just recently wrapped, transforming the walkup into luxury rentals. In late May 2015, a fire sparked on the second floor and spread […]

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Site of Mass Displacement: A Chinatown Gentrified by Galleries [Op-Ed]

Last modified October 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm

The following was written by Liz Moy of the Chinatown Art Brigade. There is an ongoing perception that Manhattan’s Chinatown has stayed relatively the same throughout the years whilst other low-income neighborhoods of color have been overtaken by gentrification. Ask someone how Chinatown fares in an increasingly unaffordable city and they’ll likely say, at least […]

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Clinton Street ‘Casita’ Tree Tunnel Uprooted for Good

Posted October 21, 2016 at 5:14 am

The arboreal attraction (and known rat hangout) at the southeast corner of Clinton and Stanton Streets is officially kaput. That’s right, no more tree tunnel. A chainsaw crew arrived last week to chop and uproot the leaning line of trees comprising the overhang. This was a complete removal, unlike the trim of overgrowth that transpired […]

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CitizenM Changes Traffic Pattern on the Bowery without Community Consultation, Neighbors Allege

Posted October 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

Bowery neighbors were surprised to learn on Wednesday afternoon that the CitizenM hotel at 189 Bowery had completely altered the traffic pattern outside the construction site. A sneak attack to accommodate the arrival of a crane for the 19-story construction. The only warning to the area at large was green signs affixed to the trees […]

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It’s Time to Seriously Protest Moxy Hotel’s Demolition of an East Village Block

Posted October 19, 2016 at 9:43 am

Grab the pitchforks. Marriott hotels, vis-a-vis landowner Lightstone Group, began demolition of a half-block of East Village history earlier this month to construct a 300-room lodge. That’s Moxy. The hotel, that is, geared specifically toward millenials with disposable income. The doomed real estate in question is five “landmark-eligible” buildings comprising 112-120 East 11th Street (across from Webster Hall). […]

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Marshal Seizes Comprehensive Kids Development School on Delancey Street

Last modified October 19, 2016 at 7:37 am

School’s out for the Comprehensive Kids Development School on Delancey Street. The school had occupied the base of the Blue condo building since 2012, but was booted last month. City Marshals paid a visit and seized the enormous space. The token sign is affixed to the Norfolk Street entrance. Earlier this week, a cherry picker helped remove […]

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