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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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Demolition Imminent for 194 Orchard; 6-Story Condo Building Coming Soon

Posted January 24, 2014 at 5:51 am

As if construction hell couldn’t get much worse for upper Orchard Street, demolition is imminent for the one-story building at 194 Orchard. We already have the Hotel Indigo (aka Hell Building) bottlenecking the block, and also the recent infrastructure work to rehab the water works. We first reported on the demise of 194 Orchard last […]

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Clandestine Chinatown Hotel with Gallery Front Busted on Canal Street

Last modified February 25, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Stroll by 171-173 Canal Street on any given day, and you wouldn’t think twice about the activity up above. Until now, the top floor of this five-story walkup hosted the so-called Collective Gallery, touted as a “very unconventional intimate space” utilized by a “collective of thirteen artists.” This is an unconventional space, alright, but only […]

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Orchard Hell Building Slapped with Stop Work Order Thanks to Falling Debris Onto Ludlow

Posted January 10, 2014 at 5:23 am

With a decade of constant headaches and aggravation under its collective waistband, 180 Orchard Street isn’t called the Hell Building for nothing. The monstrous 22ish-story structure, imminently to become the latest in the Hotel Indigo franchise, again lived up to its name earlier this week, nearly injuring someone in the process. We’ll explain. According to […]

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Former ‘Collective Hardware’ Building on the Bowery Amidst Residential Conversion and 2-Story Addition

Posted December 20, 2013 at 5:26 am

While its neighbors continue to upscale and attract nightlife tenants, 169 Bowery remained boarded up and sealed. Basically, zero activity here since Collective Hardware was evicted by landlord Gordon Lau in February 2010. That whole mess resulted in a lawsuit which remains unresolved nearly three years after filing; Lau had appealed the judgment after Collective […]

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