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Angel Orensanz Center Could Reopen Next Week Following Structural Repairs

Posted April 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Angel Orensanz Center could potentially reopen as early as next week. That’s according to the eponymous owner and foundation director who said that plans are already underway to remedy the cracked supports which made international headlines on March 31. No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred during the spring gala for the […]

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Angel Orensanz Hit with Full Vacate Order by DOB; History of Issues Revealed

Posted April 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

Monday night, just as the Soho Rep group celebrated its springtime fundraiser fete at Angel Orensanz, the interior balcony began to buckle. (Gretchen Mol and Tim Blake hosts) Some 500 gala-goers were quickly evacuated after cracks were discovered in one of the load-bearing balcony columns; reports also indicated that the floor itself began to sag. […]

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Breaking: Angel Orensanz Evacuated Due to Structural Instability

Last modified March 31, 2014 at 9:53 pm

The Angel Orensanz Foundation at 172 Norfolk Street was just evacuated due to structural instability. Scanners are reporting that a load-bearing support column for the balcony has a crack. Some eyewitnesses claimed that “something fell” which precipitated the action. First responders immediately arrived and cleared the building. Update: others are saying that the balcony floor […]

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Children’s Magical Garden Sues Developers to Seize Remaining Parcel at 157 Norfolk Street

Posted March 11, 2014 at 6:11 am

Nearly a year after the HPD delivered its parcels to the beleaguered Children’s Magical Garden, the green-thumbed members collectively filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court asking to be declared owners of the one non-city-owned parcel – 157 Norfolk Street. The paperwork was submitted to the city yesterday, and also seeks an unspecified amount in […]

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Junior Projects Gallery Space Opening at 139 Norfolk Street Next Week

Last modified February 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

For roughly five years, 139 Norfolk Street was the domain of Grand Opening, an experimental space that housed some truly funky installations. The storefront showroom included interactive pop-up events like ping pong, a wedding chapel, a fashion runway, and even a drive-in movie experience. But it ceased operations last year. Now a new gallery is taking […]

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Sanctuary of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in ruins, Photo: Landmarks Conservancy

Inside the Decaying Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Posted February 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

“SAVE the FIRST Eastern European [Russian] Synagogue in the Americas,” reads the inactive Facebook page dedicated to Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. The historic Gothic Revival synagogue was built in 1850 as a Baptist church and purchased by the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol congregation in 1885 for $45,000 (about $1.2 million today). The New York City Landmarks Commission found […]

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Sell or Save: Dual Fates of 75 Essex and Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Overshadowed by SPURA Development

Posted February 14, 2014 at 6:01 am

Get on that steed and warn the locals; the carpetbaggers are coming. With the Essex Crossing SPURA project looming in the distance, speculation abounds. How much will Lower East Side property values increase? Will longtime residents be priced out? Who will benefit most? Will the neighborhood character disappear? These are but a taste of questions […]

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102 Norfolk Street, Home of The Back Room, Asking $11.95M

Posted December 13, 2013 at 5:45 am

While 100 Norfolk Street barrels toward a glassy cantilevered future (now a pit), its pre-war neighbor one door to the north has hit the market. A new real estate listing for the property went live this week via Massey Knakal, proposing a price of $11.95 million. Interesting that said development is not even mentioned in […]

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Developer Serge Hoyda Files Permits to Construct 6-Story Building on Children’s Magical Garden

Posted December 2, 2013 at 6:09 am

In case you missed this during the holiday week… Developer Serge Hoyda is proceeding with plans to construct residential living on one-third of the Children’s Magical Garden. Permits were filed with the Department of Buildings in mid-November for a six-story (70 feet) structure at the address 157 Norfolk Street. The completed project will apparently sport […]

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Demolition Nearly Complete at Future Cantilevered Condo on Norfolk Street

Posted October 30, 2013 at 6:10 am

Get ready for more glass. Cantilevered glass. It’s coming. Permits were filed back in June of this year, but now demolition of 100 Norfolk Street is well underway, advancing at quite a clip. Indeed, most of the two-story building is now simply dust in a curbside dumpster. It shouldn’t be long before all remaining evidence […]

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