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Soho House Puts Up Plywood Shed at 139 Ludlow Street; Conversion and Rooftop Extension Coming Soon

Posted December 11, 2014 at 5:34 am

Until this week, all had been pretty quiet on the SoHo House front the last few months. Indeed, their new “Ludlow House” in Hell Square last netted news in July when the Department of Buildings approved the creation of a fourth-floor “conservatory” to top the iconic building. This vertical extension to 71 feet is the […]

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‘Partial Demolition’ of Elizabeth Street Parking Garage Begins Ahead of Luxury Conversion; Hype Banners Arrive Onsite

Posted December 4, 2014 at 5:37 am

Nine months ago, developer duo Sumaida + Khurana acquired the commercial building at 152 Elizabeth Street for $21 million with the intention of developing the property. The brick box at the corner of Kenmare Street was subsequently boarded up in anticipation of the wrecking ball. Its replacement is more upper crust glass – a seven-story, […]

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Stability Issues at 6 Avenue B Result in Crumbling ‘Parapet Wall’

Posted December 3, 2014 at 5:33 am

We came across this crime scene tape yesterday evening outside the long-vacant, mysterious 6 Avenue B. It was around 6pm and a host of first responders were parked curbside and inside the tenement itself. Littering the wet pavement were small collections of debris that had fallen from above. The building is crumbling, it seems. According […]

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Under Fire for Illegal Backyard, Sixth Ward Removes Glass Enclosure

Posted November 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

The Sixth Ward on Orchard Street remains under fire for occupancy and egress issues concerning its illegal 90-seat backyard. From all angles, too. The Department of Buildings, State Liquor Authority, and Community Board 3 are reportedly applying pressure to force compliance. And now it appears the establishment is starting to buckle. Last week, the seven-year-old […]

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Parking Lot at 170 Suffolk is Being Converted to Gallery and Residential Duplex

Posted October 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

The mysterious garage-slash-scrapyard beside 170 Suffolk Street is presently undergoing massive change. For years, green brick and security gate warned of its nature as an “active driveway.” No longer. Property owner Michele Cohen filed permits with the Department of Buildings back in June to construct a two-story mixed-use building. The new structure will house “two […]

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Essex Crossing Developers File Permits for 15-Story Building on Clinton Street

Posted September 9, 2014 at 6:06 am

The gears of Essex Crossing are gradually creaking into motion, bringing the community one step closer to construction hell. We’ve already noted the appearance of preliminary demolition permits for the southernmost Essex Market building at 115 Delancey (Olympic Restaurant, Jade Fountain) and for the historic firehouse on Broome Street. Now for the new. Beyer Blinder […]

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Factory Building at 85 Attorney Street Converted to Residential; 2-Floor Extension is Happening

Posted September 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

The long-abandoned factory at 85 Attorney Street is finally seeing its own upscale conversion. Its graduation to the big leagues is many years in the making, though. In fact, we first started hearing chatter about changes here back in 2011, right around the time permits were filed with the DOB for a vertical extension. Well, the […]

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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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