55 Spring Street

Spring Street Developer Withdraws Application for Controversial Special Little Italy District Zoning Change

Posted June 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

The years-running saga of rear yard development at 53-55 Spring Street concluded two weeks ago when the landlord withdrew the proposal under community pressure. Developer Joseph Brunner (aka JBAM), who acquired the property two years ago for $15.5 million, sought to construct a one-story addition that would encompass the rear courtyard, thereby enlarging the overall […]

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City Council Not Enthused About Developer’s Attempt to Alter Special Little Italy District Zoning

Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

City Council is pushing back against one developer’s bid to alter the Special Little Italy District zoning protections, thereby allowing building upgrades at 55-57 Spring Street. Developer Joseph Brunner (aka JBAM), who acquired the property two years ago, seeks to construct a one-story addition that encompasses the rear courtyard. The construction would enlarge the retail units to the […]

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Spring Street Developer Attempts Override of Special Little Italy District Zoning with Courtyard Addition

Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

One developer in the heart of Little Italy remains committed to overriding the special zoning district for commercial gain. Concerned neighbors are likewise rallied in opposition. Developer Joseph Brunner purchased 55-57 Spring Street in July 2015 for $15.5 million (from Marolda Properties, sued by the state for tenant harassment). Residents and retail were affected much the […]

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Korilla BBQ will Open its Second Brick-and-Mortar at 55 Spring Street

Posted November 11, 2016 at 5:11 am

No sooner did Ceci-Cela Patisserie and Eight Turn Crepe depart than the new class of tenants arrive at 55 Spring Street. Well, at least one new business. Today brings word that food truck favorite Korilla BBQ is opening its second brick-and-mortar location here. (Korilla HQ is on Third Avenue near Astor Place.) The facade of floor-to-ceiling […]

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Here’s the Likely Reason Why Ceci-Cela and Eight Turn Crepe Left 55 Spring Street

Posted November 8, 2016 at 5:00 am

When the Renatus Group purchased 55 Spring Street two years ago for $15.5 million, its beloved ground-level business, Ceci-Cela, was given marching orders. There would be no lease renewal for the twenty-five-year old establishment, which officially departed Little Italy last week. So, the patisserie proactively found a new HQ at 14 Delancey Street and reopened […]

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Ceci-Cela Officially Closes Spring Street Patisserie After 25 Years, Consolidates on Delancey 

Posted November 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

It finally happened. Ceci-Cela, patisserie mainstay of Little Italy for twenty-five years, has departed the neighborhood. They’ve since consolidated operations at the newish location on Delancey Street. A handwritten farewell note currently sits in the windows alongside token tombstone leasing signage. News of its relocation arrives about seven months after the Lower East Side iteration […]

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Ceci-Cela Patisserie Soft Opens its Delancey Street Outpost This Weekend 

Posted April 1, 2016 at 5:00 am

Popular SoHo dessert shop Ceci-Cela Patisserie is less twenty-four hours from opening its Delancey Street annex. Founding owner Laurent Dupal tells us that the soft open for this new location is tomorrow (possibly Sunday). “We will be giving some small samples for free, with coffee and croissants for sale,” Dupal tells us. Expect a formal public […]

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This Self-Proclaimed ‘Former Gentrifier’ was Himself Gentrified Out and Needs a Home

Posted June 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

One self-proclaimed gentrifier in Nolita is himself being pushed out of the neighborhood. In an “urgent” plea posted to Craigslist, the anonymous resident seeks refuge in a better housing situation. The mainstream clarion call was listed under the “apts wanted” section of the classifieds. “When I arrived in New York City, the proud owner of a […]

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