Demolition

Stairway to Nowhere: The Final Days of the Original ABC No Rio on Rivington Street

Posted April 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Demolition of a half-block of Rivington Street is full speed ahead, and with it, the destruction of the both the old ABC No Rio headquarters and the former Streit’s Matzo factory. For the last several weeks, the buildings comprising 148-156 Rivington have been decimated in dramatic fashion. A combination of Bobcats, backhoes, and handtools. It’s […]

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A Lower East Side Passover with the (Destroyed) Streit’s Matzo Factory [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? This year, the old Streit’s Matzo Factory buildings are no longer in existence. A pile of rubble picked over by backhoes and Bobcats. They don’t call it the “bread of affliction” for nothing. As previously reported, The family-owned Streit’s Matzo sold 148-154 Rivington Street to Cogswell Realty […]

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Fallow for a Decade, Activity Anew at 49 East Houston Lot

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:17 am

Holy shitballs! There is actually activity to report at 49 East Houston Street, forever the vacant lot and dumping ground. Yesterday evening, two crowbar-wielding workers were spotted dismantling the splintered plywood, revealing the void created here a decade ago. Word on the street is that the property is up for sale, though we haven’t spotted any listings […]

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Moscot’s Former Delancey Street HQ is Now in Ruins Ahead of 12-Story Redevelopment

Posted March 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

The eighty-three-year-old building that housed Moscot for nearly as long (i.e. 75 years) is now obliterated. A wrecking crew tasked with erasing this history has been busy onsite the last month or so. As of yesterday afternoon, most of the structure is gone, including the frame. What remains are the bones and debris; a ghost […]

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Demolition of ABC No Rio’s Former HQ Commences on Rivington Street

Posted March 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

The proverbial wrecking ball is busy around the Lower East Side these days. It’s tough to keep up. Over on Rivington Street, half the block is currently amidst demolition. First, the Streit’s Matzo Factory. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, the tenement that formerly housed ABC No Rio is receiving the same treatment. The city finally […]

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Demolition Finally Underway at Moscot’s Former Delancey Street Home (for Real this Time)

Posted February 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

The southeast corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets – the second home of Moscot for more than 75 years, and much later, a monument to graffiti – finally has its hot date with the wrecking ball. The ground floor fire in late December pretty much sealed the deal. Sidewalk bridge and plywood sheds were installed […]

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After 180 Years on the Block, 201 East Broadway is Eradicated for Modular Housing

Posted February 1, 2017 at 5:18 am

Bye Bye, 201 East Broadway. There it sat, for nearly two centuries (b. 1837), eventually acting as headquarters for the United Hebrew Community. Now, the recent property sale has prompted demolition of the Greek Revival buildings, and subsequent plans for modular housing, the first of its kind on the Lower East Side. Just like that, 180 years […]

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Lenny Kravitz’s Garage-Replacing Condos Hit with Stop-Work Order for ‘Foundation Removal’

Posted January 26, 2017 at 5:18 am

The new 7-story condo building at 75 Kenmare Street faces its first major hiccup. Two months after demolition of the longstanding auto garage concluded, the luxury development was hit with a full stop-work order by the Department of Buildings. The edict came down in mid-December – a week before the holidays – and the project […]

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Say Goodbye to the Streit’s Matzo Factory Buildings on Rivington Street [PHOTOS]

Posted January 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

The former Streit’s Matzo Factory complex on Rivington Street spent the autumn season in a state of dormancy. Despite the commencement of demolition activity several months prior. Now, it’s full speed ahead; the takedown has resumed after this extended period of silence. It’s really happening. So far, much of the old tenement factory is hollowed […]

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Developer Tears Down 260 Bowery for 8-Story Condo Building

Posted December 22, 2016 at 5:10 am

Over at 260 Bowery, nearly two years of posturing culminated this week with the arrival of a wrecking crew. Demolition permits were issued for the Bowery relic back in July 2015, even before its sale and replacement was announced. Nevertheless, the takedown is full speed ahead. At least two floors are gone from the three-story […]

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