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Katz’s Deli Files DOB Permits to Fix Basement Space Ruined in Water Main Rupture

Posted August 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

It’s been a tough summer for the iconic Katz’s Deli, which fell victim to a nasty water main break back in June. Rupture of the 1959 pipe – likely related to the never-ending East Houston rehabilitation project – literally broke the roadway and caused massive flooding in their basement. Moreover, the sidewalk out front caved […]

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6-Story Condo Building Planned for La Vie Site on East First Street

Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:39 am

La Vie Lounge shuttered last June after a controversial run at 64 East First Street. The nightclub had a long list of quality-of-life violations which pitted neighbors against it. Those on the block probably rejoiced, not only at its closure, but also that its entire history would be demolished. Permits for that were filed back […]

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Permits Approved for New 7-Story Luxury Residential at 155 Attorney Street

Posted May 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Another domino is falling as a result of the nascent transformation of Attorney Street from commercial to residential. As expected, the brick-box warehouse situated at number 155 will soon meet the wrecking ball. Demolition permits were filed with the DOB yesterday. In its place will be a seven-story (78 feet high), 300,000 square-foot luxury building […]

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DOB Approves Chetrit’s $13M Noho Hotel Conversion; Crunch Bowery Opens in June

Posted May 16, 2014 at 5:04 am

It’s been nearly a year since Crunch announced plans to move its Lafayette gym one block east to the Bowery. Well, 2 Cooper Square, to be precise. We are told that the new two-level facility should be ready sometime in the first week of June. Apparently the OG location will remain open during the transition. Meanwhile, a […]

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Permits Approved for Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel at 215 Chrystie Street

Posted April 18, 2014 at 5:14 am

Three days ago, Ian Schrager received blessings from the Department of Bulidings to construct his sun-eclipsing hotel at 215 Chrystie Street. Various permits for excavation and superstructure work, as well as for zoning changes, were all approved. This newest (nay, unneeded) Lower East Side hotel, the first city location for the “Public” brand, will rise […]

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Catch What’s Left of Motor City Bar on Ludlow Street Before It’s Replaced

Last modified April 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

The dearly departed Motor City Bar shuffled off this mortal coil on the final day of June last summer. It was an epic sendoff party that lasted a week, and included plenty of cheap beer and live music. A good portion of the space was stripped immediately after the demise, but silence quickly took hold […]

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Angel Orensanz Center Could Reopen Next Week Following Structural Repairs

Posted April 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Angel Orensanz Center could potentially reopen as early as next week. That’s according to the eponymous owner and foundation director who said that plans are already underway to remedy the cracked supports which made international headlines on March 31. No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred during the spring gala for the […]

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Revisiting the 2-Story Building that Will Rise at the Old Billy’s Antiques

Posted April 4, 2014 at 5:52 am

Walking by the lot previously known as Billy’s Antiques yesterday, we spotted a crew of architects assessing the area. Blueprints and other documents in hand. This prompted us to revisit the story and further check into what’s happening here. After all, Banksy’s grim reaper carnival stunt was the only action this site has seen since […]

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Angel Orensanz Hit with Full Vacate Order by DOB; History of Issues Revealed

Posted April 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

Monday night, just as the Soho Rep group celebrated its springtime fundraiser fete at Angel Orensanz, the interior balcony began to buckle. (Gretchen Mol and Tim Blake hosts) Some 500 gala-goers were quickly evacuated after cracks were discovered in one of the load-bearing balcony columns; reports also indicated that the floor itself began to sag. […]

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Soho House Files Permits for 139 Ludlow That Include Additional Floor; Preservationists Mobilizing to Landmark

Last modified February 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

139 Ludlow Street will be going under the knife shortly for its rebirth as “Ludlow House.” Permits for the transformation were filed last Thursday, but are currently awaiting approval from the Department of Buildings (i.e. it’s with the Plan Examiner). Lee Levine Architects was tapped for the $3.82 million project, the same interior design firm behind the […]

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