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‘Flight of the Conchords’ Consulate Building on East Broadway is Now Getting Demolished

Last modified September 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

And we edge closer to an out of scale two-tower development at the Bialystoker nursing home site… The building at 232 East Broadway, also known as the fictional New Zealand consulate in Flight of the Conchords, is a goner. The death shroud is now draped across its carcass, awaiting the wrecking ball. Indeed, the Department […]

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6-Story Residential Development to Rise from the Ashes of 330-332 Grand Street

Posted September 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

Last Friday, just as the city geared up for the holiday weekend, a local developer filed plans to construct a new residential development on Grand Street. One that will replace the last of the two-story shops between Ludlow and Orchard Streets. As previously disclosed, property owner Daniel Wise acquired 330-332 Grand Street at the end […]

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Congee Bowery Converted to ‘Hot Pot Village’; Neighbors Worry About Unpermitted Crane

Posted July 25, 2017 at 5:09 am

The twelve-year-old Congee Bowery restaurant closed back in April for a concept tune-up. Now, three months later, the establishment is nearly ready to reopen, albeit delayed and with a new identity. Congee Bowery ditched the “traditional Chinese” fare and is henceforth Hot Pot Village. Menu and relaunch are still up in the air. In the meantime, […]

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HPD Files Plans for 15-Story Essex Crossing Building on Broome Street

Posted July 24, 2017 at 5:02 am

There is a torrent of Essex Crossing news of late. Here’s the latest. Last Friday, the Department of Housing and Preservation Development filed plans for a new 15-story construction and obligatory foundation work at 202 Broome Street, currently a functional parking lot. The new mixed-use development includes 83 market-rate condo units across 104,594 square-feet (no […]

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More Bowery Buildings Demolished for 11-Story Mixed-Use Development

Last modified June 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Time has come for 139-141 Bowery, properties which have been on death row since 2014. The city finally issued demolition permits for the two buildings earlier this month, a couple years after Department of Buildings approved the plans. Wrecking crew are now on scene to begin the dismantling. As reported, the tax lots of 139-141 Bowery […]

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Report: Big Real Estate Against City Council Tenant Advocate Bill that would Curb Construction as Harassment

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Last week, the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings considered more than a dozen tenant-friendly bills that would provide protection from landlord harassment. Yet, one in particular, code-named Intro. 1523, drew the most attention, as it would carve out a new position within the Department of Buildings with the purpose of weighing tenants’ welfare […]

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City Issues Vacate Order for Partial Balcony Collapse at Seward Park Co-op

Posted March 7, 2017 at 5:12 am

The city issued a partial vacate order at the Seward Park Co-ops (212 East Broadway) a few days ago in the wake of a partial balcony collapse on the seventeenth floor. The incident last month resulted in concrete tumbling onto the pathway below, sealing off the space (including the playground) from tenant use. And it’s still […]

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Happy Ending’s Basement Club Hit with DOB Vacate Order

Posted December 15, 2016 at 5:00 am

The headaches keep racking up for Happy Ending on Broome Street. Last week, the Department of Buildings paid a visit to the rebooted, yet phony, art-bar-slash-nightclub and issued a vacate order. The sticky notice is pasted near the entrance of 302 Broome Street. It’s been a rocky couple years for the always controversial Happy Ending. […]

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DOB Allows Return of The DL and GreenStar Foods at 95 Delancey After Partial Collapse

Posted July 8, 2016 at 5:00 am

Your reprieve from The DL is finished; the problematic nightclub is no longer dark. Back in business after two days of forced hiatus at the corner of Ludlow and Delancey Streets. Tuesday morning, a chunk of exterior dislodged from 95 Delancey and tumbled to the sidewalk below. Fire Department was reportedly summoned, and the area […]

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Icon Realty Principal Faces Potential Criminal Charges for ‘False Filings’ at DOB

Last modified June 15, 2016 at 9:35 am

Icon Realty is often considered one of the more reviled landlords citywide. It’s another example following the trend of multimillion-dollar acquisitions followed by tenant harassment. And now, finally, some discipline. The Department of Buildings recently charged Icon co-owner Terrence Lowenberg for false filings on a construction permit for 56 West 11th Street. Hearing on the matter […]

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