Davey Drill

Coming Attractions: Soil Sampling as Sunshine Cinema Redevelopment Looms

Posted August 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

Outside the Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, a preview of the future. Namely, the forthcoming redevelopment of the neighborhood movie house into upscale retail and commercial offices. This Davey Drill was spotted taking soil samples yesterday from beneath the sidewalk. Such testing usually signifies the preliminary step before larger construction action begins. East End […]

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Drilling in Rear Yard of 151 Ludlow Street Worries Neighbors

Posted July 28, 2017 at 5:02 am

One month after 151-153 Ludlow Street changed hands in a $15.5 million transaction, all signs are pointing to potential property redevelopment. Drilling in the rear yard was enough to raise the antennae of neighbors worried about the future here. Two contractors were spotted in the backyard of 151 Ludlow Street with a makeshift rig to, […]

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At Rivington House, Soil Drilling Signals the Future [Updated]

Last modified March 20, 2017 at 11:44 am

This fifteen-foot Davey Drill arrived on Forsyth Street the other day. Situated directly outside Rivington House, its placement is the first real sign of forward progress toward condo redevelopment. Singular function – collection of soil samples ahead of any development. No construction is happening onsite, though. At least, not that we’ve noticed. A stop-work order […]

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Drilling Begins Outside Streit’s Matzo Factory on Rivington

Posted June 12, 2015 at 5:00 am

There it is. The first visible sign of demise and departure for the Streit’s Matzo factory on the Lower East Side. Sitting outside its decades-old premises at 148-154 Rivington Street is this Davey Drill, forever the token symbol of imminent change for the worse. Purpose of these crane-looking machines is to collect soil samples and data ahead […]

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Davey Drill Arrives Ahead of 6-Story Development at 194 Orchard Street

Posted July 15, 2014 at 6:03 am

Even as the Orchard Hell Building nears completion, there is no light at the end of the proverbial tunnel for upper Orchard Street. There’s infrastructure work beneath East Houston; a rumored development that will swallow the corner once anchored by Bereket; and a six-story residential building at the old Leather Gallery on Orchard Street. Plans […]

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The SPURA Davey Drill of the Day

Posted April 25, 2014 at 9:30 am

Those menacing Davey Drills are a common sight around the sprawling tract of SPURA land these days. The crane-looking machines are busy nabbing soil samples ahead of the massive new Essex Crossing development that will forever change the makeup of the Lower East Side. Today’s “drill of the day” was spotted in the Municpal parking […]

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Another Davey Drill Spotted Taking Samples in SPURA

Posted March 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

SPURA news is fast and furious these days. There is the alleged Essex Crossing expansion we exclusively uncovered last week that might jeopardize 75 Essex and/or Beth Hamedrash Hagadol; the park and school proposals for lot five; And of course, the bombshell that dropped this weekend, via the Times, about decades-old corruption by Assembly Speaker […]

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Signs of SPURA Development: Drilling for Soil Samples at 400 Grand Street

Posted February 21, 2014 at 6:10 am

While groundbreak on the new Essex Crossing megaproject is still a year from reality, we now have the first outward indications of future development. Stationed beside the doomed 400-402 Grand Street yesterday morning was what appeared to be a Davey Drill rig, presumably to collect soil samples. This drilling typically transpires before any large-scale construction […]

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