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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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287 East Houston Pulverized to Make Way for 11-Story Condo

Posted June 6, 2016 at 5:11 am

It took only a few weeks, but that old single-story commercial building quartered at 287 East Houston is completely gone. Thrown down last month in the name of more luxury living. As is so often the case these days, the space is now just another vacant lot primed for construction. This large gap will soon […]

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Drilling Begins Ahead of 6-Story Commercial Development at 19 East Houston Street

Last modified May 31, 2016 at 9:01 am

It’s a narrow tract of SoHo land currently underutilized and certainly overpriced, so why not re-develop it? The city’s Economic Development Corporation, the previous owner, ultimately decided to sell the 6,190 square-foot parcel (address is 19 East Houston) in 2013 to Madison Capital for $26 million. However, the deal didn’t actually go through until two weeks ago, […]

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Five Months After Debut, Luxury Rentals Development ‘The Jones’ is for Sale

Posted May 13, 2016 at 5:09 am

In keeping up with the Jones, we discover that not all is great at 331 East Houston Street. Barely five months after its inauguration, that newfangled thirteen-story luxury residential building is looking for a sugar daddy. The Jones, as the development is dubbed, is currently on the market for an undisclosed sum. Apartments in this […]

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GreenStreets Pedestrian Plaza Blooms Despite Mess of East Houston Reconstruction

Posted May 12, 2016 at 5:10 am

Some additional good news to report regarding the black hole of East Houston Reconstruction. The GreenStreets pedestrian plaza carved out of East First Street is sprouting. Initial completion (and planting) here was actually pushed up from its revised October 2016 target. Until now, the Department of Design and Construction and Department of Transportation were slow to […]

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In Which a Half-Naked Justin Bieber Fondles Himself Above Downtown

Posted May 9, 2016 at 5:16 am

Here he is again, Beiliebers. Your knight in stripped-off armor, fondling himself in the name of Calvin Klein. We’ve become accustomed to seeing the Bieber bulge above East Houston Street. Every couple months, Calvin Klein swaps out the four-story ad banner for another. It’s even spurred haters to respond with paintball revenge. This time, his […]

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VK Nagrani Transforms Bowery Coffee Space into New ‘Lodge’ at 87 East Houston

Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

One vintage purveyor is traded for another at 87 East Houston Street. Bowery Coffee and its sister antique shop B4 It Was Cool both bit the dust back in January 2015. Rent hike was the likely culprit, with one barista telling us at the time that the business “was no longer economically feasible.” Listings in the […]

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