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CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

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Extell’s 80-Story Stain on the LES Skyline Finally Tops Out

Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s an indelible stain on the skyline, visible from all corners of the Lower East Side. One Manhattan Square, the 850-foot (80 stories) “vertical village” on South Street, finally reached the top yesterday. Meaning, it won’t go any higher. This is likely the most important milestone since ground-break three years ago. Not that you would know it, […]

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CM Chin Pushes Bill to Block Super-tall Developments in Two Bridges

Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:04 am

Catching up on some news from last week… Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced legislation that aims to halt three proposed waterfront mega-developments on the fast track to approval. “Intro 1685” calls on the Department of City Planning to consider certain land-use applications, including a planned “Text Amendment” that would subject three out-of-context luxury towers in Two […]

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Chin and Marte Duke it out for Two Bridges Votes in City Council Race

Posted August 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

The race for City Council District 1 is heating up big time. This week, the two main contenders hit the Lower East Side waterfront to stump for ever-precious votes. Councilwoman Margaret Chin looks to be in desperation mode to keep her job, as grassroots pressure from upstart Chris Marte mounts. But in Two Bridges, the […]

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In a First, Privileged Condo Owners at One Manhattan Square will have ‘Infrared Sauna’ Amenity

Last modified August 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Anything to one-up the competition, Extell Development Corp. is embracing a new spa fad to attract buyers to its monolithic One Manhattan Square. The so-called “vertical village” will offer infrared saunas as part of the bonkers slate of amenities available to condo buyers. It’s a fad endorsed by celebrities that apparently counts Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Anniston, […]

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Councilwoman Margaret Chin Threatens Legal Action Over Two Bridges Supertall Towers

Posted July 26, 2017 at 5:11 am

Last Friday, local politicans and community leaders held a rally outside the senior center at 80 Rutgers Street to protest the so-called “wall of glass” coming to the Two Bridges waterfront. The media stunt was an effort to push the City Planning Commission to think twice before approving the applications for these monstrous buildings when […]

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Delayed and Under-Funded, Pier 42 Esplanade Won’t be Complete until 2020 (at Least)

Last modified July 14, 2017 at 11:39 am

Already at least five years on the boards, the project to create public greenspace at Pier 42 is still nowhere near completion. Lack of funding apparently fueled the delays. But there is now some progress to report courtesy of a cash injection. Three years after last appearing before Community Board 3, spokespeople from the Economic Development Corp. […]

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At More Than 60 Stories, Extell’s Inescapable ‘One Manhattan Square’ Dwarfs the Manhattan Bridge

Posted June 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

It finally happened. The Manhattan Bridge is now dwarfed by its neighbor, One Manhattan Square. With Two Bridges residents focused squarely on stopping the three supertall developments invading the area, the controversial “trailblazer,” Extell’s One Manhattan Square, remains the 800-foot elephant on the waterfront. Three years into construction, the superstructure is getting glassed, and has […]

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Frustration Mounts Over Another Pier 35 Delay and Incomplete ‘Rutgers Pavilion’

Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:12 am

The fact that Pier 35 and the adjacent Package 4 of the waterfront are not complete at this juncture is a total joke. Both components of the overall waterfront plan are way past due date, angering locals who are tired of constant setbacks and pitfalls. The new, revised, updated, pushed-back date is now pegged for […]

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Long-Delayed Pier 35 Park Now Sports Some Major Heft

Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

Took ’em long enough, but it appears the severely delayed Pier 35 project is finally back on track. That curved structure you see rising along the perimter is part of the so-called “screenwall” that will shield the new park from the Department of Sanitation-operated pier next door. It’s also one of the primary hurdles that […]

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