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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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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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