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Rivington House Roundup: 45 Rivington was Undervalued, Community Demands Deed Reversal

Posted April 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

​The $116 million sale of the Rivington House building, a former HIV/AIDS home, is under investigation from all angles. Local, State, and Federal. Specifically, the removal of a deed that mandated the facility operate as a non-profit health care outpost. Here’s a roundup of the latest news on the scandal, which continues to hurt Mayor de Blasio […]

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Hell Square Feels the Bern with New Bernie Sanders Street Art [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 14, 2016 at 7:10 am

While all eyes were trained on Washington Square Park yesterday for the Bernie Sanders rally, artist activists lent their own support here on the Lower East Side. The center of Hell Square now feels the Bern. The LES Dwellers block association joined forces with Clayton Patterson to organize the stunt, having invited a gaggle of […]

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Rivington House Roundup: US Attorney Preet Bharara Investigating Controversial Deed Lifting

Posted April 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

Another day, another multitude of stories regarding the Rivington House scandal. The Mayor and several elected officials really have some explaining to do about the loss of this community facility to luxury… US Attorney Preet Bharara – who helped bring Sheldon Silver to justice – is now investigating the deed lifting that allowed the $116 […]

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Caffe Vita Coffee Shop Joins Hotel on Rivington Reboot

Posted April 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

The Hotel on Rivington is seriously under the knife at the moment, undergoing a complete overhaul of its hospitality offering. Co-op Food & Drink closed back in January ahead of its tranformation to something altogether new in the high-turnover ground space. Indeed, you may have noticed the sidewalk bridge and plywood presently obscuring the first […]

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City Council Might Probe Shady Rivington House Deal

Posted April 11, 2016 at 5:19 am

As the days pass, more public officials are jumping on the bandwagon of opposition against the $116 million sale of Rivington House. Pressure is mounting. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito admitted last week that she’s considering “oversight hearings” to investigate the controversial $116 million transaction that fleeced the neighborhood of its nursing home. “Obviously there’s […]

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Rivington House Roundup: City Issues Full Stop-Work Order at Rivington House in Wake of Attorney General Probe

Posted April 7, 2016 at 5:19 am

The same day that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a probe into the controversial sale (and condo conversion) of the Rivington House, the city issued a full stop-work order on the property. It’s seemingly the first real tangible action in the wake of the scandal that’s rocked Mayor de Blasio’s administration. The Department […]

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Rivington House Roundup: Attorney General Opens Probe on Deed Lifting, Pols Holding Rally This Morning

Posted April 6, 2016 at 5:10 am

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened a probe into the suspicious deed change at the former Rivington House nursing home for AIDS patients.​ Subpoenas were sent last week to several players involved in the deal, including seller Allure Group, according to a spokesman for Schneiderman. This follows similar subpoenas by City Comptroller Scott Stringer […]

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Rivington House Roundup: Allure Group Finally Responds to Condo Controversy

Last modified April 5, 2016 at 11:19 am

The news surrounding the Rivington House scandal is at torrent levels. Publications are posting stories almost daily, rightly shoving Mayor de Blasio under the bus for the alleged corruption on his watch. Anyway, below is a roundup of the latest stories… The Allure Group, the for-profit nursing home operator that flipped 45 Rivington Street for $116 […]

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On Defensive, Mayor de Blasio Says ‘There Will be Consequences’ Regarding Controversial Rivington House Sale and Condo Conversion

Posted April 4, 2016 at 5:09 am

Mayor de Blasio is playing defense in the wake of the blockbuster scandal buzzing the Rivington House on the Lower East Side. It’s certainly a hot potato that no one is addressing yet. Quick recap: VillageCare had previously owned the 150,000 square-foot facility at 45 Rivington, but ceased operations as nursing home for HIV/AIDS patients in […]

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Unleavened Irony: Streit’s Doc Release and Factory Demolition Happening Over Passover

Posted March 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

Call it a case of unleavened irony. Demolition of the Streit’s Matzo factory and release of the long-in-production documentary on its life will both transpire this Passover. Through three long years and the departure of its subject matter from the Lower East Side, the feature-length documentary, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, is finally set to […]

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