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City Seeks Proposals to Convert Allen Mall Bathhouse into Food Stand

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:09 am

Now’s your chance to convert an old Lower East Side shithouse into a food stand. That’s right; the city officially began its Request for Proposals (“RFP”) process last week in order to redevelop the relic bathhouse situated in the Allen Street Mall. The decades-old structure – constructed in the 1930s as a bathroom for riders […]

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Noho’s ‘Peace Pentagon’ Boxed up, Ready for Demolition

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

Noho’s activist spirit is dead. Gone by way of luxury. The Peace Pentagon is about to follow. Demolition is nigh. Its longtime sidewalk bridge, a mainstay for several years, was deposed this week, yet quickly replaced. The borderline-unstable property is being boxed up in plywood as we speak. As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute […]

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As Development Heats Up, Landmarked Lower East Side Historic District Isn’t Any Closer to Happening

Posted July 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

With the city’s so-called “backlog” initiative firmly in the rearview, it’s time to refocus. You’ll recall that several local grassroots preservationists continue the battle to protect an historically-significant swath of Lower East Side territory. Led by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and Friends of the Lower East Side, the consortium of area groups is pushing […]

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Rivington House Activists Reject Mayor’s Proposed Compensation, Demand ‘Care not Condos’

Posted July 21, 2016 at 5:12 am

Grassroots group, Neighbors to Save Rivington House, released the following press release this week in response to the Department of Investigation findings over the Rivington House debacle. The organization is led by Kathleen Webster, who is also part of the Sara D. Roosevelt Coalition. From the mailbag: Neighbors To Save Rivington House is grateful to […]

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Have a Look Inside the Orchard Street Condos that Killed Bereket

Posted July 20, 2016 at 5:15 am

Ruin your morning with these images of Ben Shaoul’s new Orchard Street development. The ten-story building is well on its way toward ascension. Lots of steel and a deep pit. Until now, there was only one rendering. Take a look around at the condos that killed Bereket and a handful of other local businesses. As […]

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They Knew About the Rivington House Deal, but Just Didn’t Care

Posted July 18, 2016 at 5:18 am

More roundup… The Department of Investigations last week issued their scathing report on the Rivington House scandal, the former AIDS home now becoming luxury condos. A total shitshow from top to bottom. Even though no criminal activity is thought to have occurred (in their eyes), the agency repeatedly found fault with the actions and, at […]

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The Lowline Just Cleared a Major Hurdle Toward Opening in 4 Years, but Not Everyone is Thrilled About it

Posted July 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

City officials yesterday evening announced their full support of the $90 million Lowline project, some five years after its conception. As previously reported, the proposed tech-savvy park will reside in the old trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street (and visible in the Essex Street subway station). The announcement came during the Community Board 3 meeting meant to address […]

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Tenement Museum Begins its 10K Square-Foot Expansion into 103 Orchard Street

Posted July 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

Since last week, a team of workers has been constructing a mess of scaffolding around 103 Orchard Street. This property, of course, is owned by the Tenement Museum, and houses the Sadie Samuelson Levy Visitors Center on the ground level. But now the Lower East Side institution is expanding its footprint. This is not a […]

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Once a Treasure of Our Neighborhood, the Chinatown YMCA Heads South [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

The following opinion piece was penned by local activist Georgette Fleischer, President of the Friends of Petrosino Square community group. I love the Chinatown Y. I love the exercise classes (pilates and spin are particular favorites). I love swimming laps in the pool. I love community building with diverse neighbors of all ages. But there […]

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Debbie Harry and Martin Scorsese Support Landmarking 239 Elizabeth Street in Little Italy and so Should You [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2016 at 5:19 am

What follows is a selection from a “Request for Evaluation” sent to the Landmarks Preservation Commission last week to calendar 239 Elizabeth Street for landmarking. Author of the pitch, building resident Beth Joy Knutsen-Papaleo, even received letters of endorsement from Debbie Harry and Martin Scorsese. “I am dead sick of tasteless developers who never wanted […]

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