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At the Pink Building on Orchard Street, It’s a Mass Exodus Ahead of Retail Upscaling

Posted July 28, 2014 at 5:19 am

You wouldn’t know it during the filming sesh for Trainwreck last week, but there’s a seismic shift happening at the iconic. 321 Grand Street sold last summer for an unwieldy $27 million. Waterbridge Capital is the lucky owner, and now a year after its purchase, we’re starting to see the fallout. Plenty of changes, and more […]

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Voices of the Lower East Side Talk of Its Struggle to Survive

Last modified July 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The Lower East Side has been considered one of the eleven most endangered historic places since 2008. Truth. According to the National Trust of Historic Preservation: Few places in America can boast such a rich tapestry of history, culture and architecture as New York’s Lower East Side.  However, this legendary neighborhood—the first home for waves of […]

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The 9-Story Development Forcing Out Decades-Old Businesses at Bleecker and Lafayette

Posted July 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

Last week, we broke news that the longstanding businesses at the northwest corner of Bleecker and Lafayette would depart for something big. Like the building in the above rendering, unearthed by Curbed yesterday. Nothing is on file yet with the DOB, but rumor has it that this new nine-story building is forthcoming. It’s believed the […]

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RevJen’s Troll Museum is in Trouble; Here’s How You Can Help

Posted July 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

Lower East Side fixture RevJen – minister of the local avante garde – is struggling to preserve her unique attraction. The beloved Troll Museum inside 122 Orchard Street is threatened vis-a-vis her living situation. Since being fired from the Tenement Museum bookstore last year, RevJen has reportedly struggled to make ends meet. “Encroaching gentrification and […]

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MTA Begins First Step Toward Rehabilitating the East Broadway Subway Station

Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

Finally, some more good news out of the East Broadway F station. State Senator Squadron, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Speaker Sheldon Silver collectively made good on their promise. MTA workers were mobilized in force yesterday morning to repaint the dilapidated station. Neighbors were concerned about the potential presence of lead in the peeling paint. Tragic […]

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Bowery Graffiti Wall Enclosure Removed; 2009 Os Gemeos Mural Visible

Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:08 am

For the last few days, construction workers have dismantled the two-story paneled enclosure surrounding the Bowery graffiti wall. Now the original concrete slab – made famous by Keith Haring in summer 1982 – is publicly visible for the first time in five years. The Os Gemeos mural was the last commissioned piece before the art-vertecture […]

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Karl Fischer’s 255 Bowery Shows Its Skin for the First Time in 3 Years

Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

Well, what have we here? Three years on, we finally have a view of Hot Karl’s steaming seven-story pile on the Bowery. The finger building at 255 Bowery was cloaked in a shroud of bars and netting for what seemed an eternity. That all changed on Monday. Yet while the facade is now fully visible, […]

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The Bowery Graffiti Wall is Being Torn Apart Right Now

Posted July 22, 2014 at 5:54 am

As construction progresses at 76 East Houston, the adjacent graffiti wall suffers. That two-story paneled enclosure of the original concrete slab is currently being stripped of its artwork (that of Cope2). You can easily view the damage from behind the sidewalk bridge or via the gratuitous blogger portals. Shattered pieces of the mural now litter the […]

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Army & Navy Bags Adds New Canopy on East Houston Store

Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:03 am

Eleven months ago, the Lower East Side nearly lost one of its treasures. Army & Navy Bags at East Houston almost met its doom last August after the landlord nearly tripled the rent. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed, and the forty-year-old business was able to negotiate a relatively favorable price of “just under double” the previous amount. […]

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Vacated East Village BP Gas Station Sells for $32M

Last modified July 18, 2014 at 8:36 am

The vacant BP gas station site on Second Avenue is now primed for development. The Real Deal reported yesterday that the property changed hands for $32 million. Something big is coming, but it’s not immediately clear what. Rumors continue to swirl about a possible boutique hotel here. The seller of the lot is listed in […]

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