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Adjacent Commercial Developments Break Ground Simultaneously on East Houston Street

Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:07 am

Whatever period of respite the Houston Street corridor above SoHo may have enjoyed these past few years (remember the station connection project?), it’s now over. The thoroughfare has just returned to a massive construction zone thanks to a pair of simultaneous commercial developments now underway. The gas station-to-offices complex at 300 Lafayette Street got its first […]

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11-Story East Houston Condo Gears up with New Sales Office on Essex

Posted August 24, 2016 at 5:10 am

Pit status notwithstanding, big pimping begins for 287 East Houston. Condos in this new eleven-story development are slated to go live any day now, so the powers that be are gearing up for the pitch. A new sales office is already in the offing upstairs at 123 Essex Street, a space familiar with such uses. […]

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The LES ‘100 Gates Project’ Reaches its Centennial Goal with Katz’s Deli Mural

Posted August 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

After two years of artwashing the Lower East Side, the 100 Gates Project reaches its namesake goal. And it’s only fitting the that 100th gate in the eponymous street art program appear on Katz’s Deli. Artist L’Amour Suprim was bestowed the honor, and spent yesterday decorating two of the restaurant’s shutters. Apparently there will be a party next […]

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There was Reportedly a Bomb Scare Yesterday at the Sunshine Cinema [Updated]

Last modified August 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

If you were courageous enough to head into the soupy atmosphere yesterday, you may have noticed the substantial police presence outside the Sunshine Cinema. Counter terrorist cops (“strategic response group”) were crawling, bomb-sniffing dogs on the hunt, leaving East Houston cordoned off. Unconfirmed word on the street is that someone called in a bomb threat […]

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This Testimony Scolding Mahfar’s Re-Zoning Proposal for East Houston is Everything

Posted August 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Samy Mahfar is pushing hard for rezoning a portion of East Houston to placate personal gain. The proposed two-and-a-half block commercial overlay is seemingly a selfish play to ensure bars or restaurants are permitted in his forthcoming luxury development at 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). As opposed to community services, like the day care centers […]

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City Council Mulling Mahfar’s Controversial East Houston Rezoning Bid After City Planning Approval

Last modified August 8, 2016 at 11:53 am

Samy Mahfar will stop at nothing until his dream of rezoning part of East Houston Street is realized. It’s a selfish play to ensure bars or restaurants are permitted in his forthcoming luxury development at 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). Nothing new, really. Mahfar’s associates twice pitched Community Board 3 to install a commercial […]

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The 2-Story Building that Replaced Billy’s Antiques is Finally Revealed

Posted July 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

Billy’s Antiques is now trumped by this new two-story brick building. Under construction for more than two years – plus the legal proceedings regarding six inches of real estate – the new 76 East Houston Street is finally ready for the public eye. The commercial-only building, composed completely of brick and with arched windows, was […]

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Six-Story SoHo Development Spells End to Broadway-Lafayette Subway Entrance

Posted June 22, 2016 at 5:19 am

That new six-story commercial development on East Houston Street just claimed its first victim. The southeasterly entrance to the Broadway-Lafayette subway station is now closed for the duration. It won’t be reopening, presumably, until the project is complete in “mid-2018.” The rendering per owner-developer Madison Capital illustrates how the access point is incorporated into the overall […]

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Demolition Begins at Samy Mahfar’s 255 East Houston, 13-Story Residential Building on the Way

Posted June 13, 2016 at 5:14 am

Down comes 255 East Houston. Building owner, and reviled landlord, Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) just commenced demolition activity at the East Houston property. The requisite slate of netting and scaffolding arrived last week, so the end is nigh. Once razed, the mid-block parcel will birth a thirteen-story luxury residential tower. Of course, there’s a […]

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President Obama Got to Experience the Nightmarish East Houston Reconstruction Project Firsthand [PHOTOS]

Posted June 9, 2016 at 5:14 am

Yesterday evening, President Obama experienced first-hand the dreaded East Houston Reconstruction Project (already more than three years behind schedule). The line of vehicles traversed some of the worst sections of pavement between Orchard and Chrystie Streets. The entire roadway was closed off, and barricades installed curbside, for his motorcade, which snaked its way uptown at around […]

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