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Extell Hit with Stop-Work Order for Controversial Excavation Work at 250 South Street

Posted June 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

Wow, what a week for Extell here on the Lower East Side waterfront. Just a few days after we first exposed that excavation work at 250 South Street was causing Cherry Street to sink a purported two to three inches, the billion-dollar developers were handed a partial stop-work order. The Department of Buildings issued the […]

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Extell’s 250 South Street Goes Condo and Will Actually Ascend 80 Stories

Posted June 11, 2015 at 4:58 am

Despite assurances and permits to the contrary, Extell’s new market rate monolith at 250 South Street will in fact rise to nearly 80 stories (831 feet!). There had been some hope that the skyscraper would be reduced to a still-unwieldy 56 stories. For whatever reason, those plans are apparently kaput. Not only that, composition of […]

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Ace Hotel Hit with Stop-Work Order for Conversion at 225 Bowery

Posted March 30, 2015 at 5:13 am

Let the renovations begin. Onsite work is intensifying at 223-225 Bowery where demolition contractors have been busy carting out debris amidst conversion to an Ace Hotel. This interior gut job of late is also joined by the hoisting of materials via flatbed cranes. As part of the new Ace Hotel project, property owners Omnia Group and […]

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Here’s What the New 210 Bowery Will Look Like After Its ‘Vertical Extension’

Posted February 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

The old-timer at 210 Bowery – once a 1930s-era flophouse called the Monroe Hotel – will see its glitzy makeover in the coming years. As previously reported, Acadia Realty Trust purchased the property two years ago for $7.5 million, and will sink an additional $3.8 million into four additional floors of residential living. Yep, the […]

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Ben ‘Sledgehammer’ Shaoul Files Permits to Demolish the Corner of East Houston and Orchard

Posted February 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

The process of demolition and development is now accelerating at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. Tiehama Grocery – a neighborhood bodega on the block for twenty-five years – shuttered last weekend thanks to Ben Shaoul. Two days later, paperwork was submitted to hasten the takedown. Indeed, the controversial slumlord is grabbing his […]

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Reader Report: Sunday Work at 100 Norfolk Without After-Hours Variance

Posted January 19, 2015 at 5:16 am

It seems that construction work related to 100 Norfolk is again running afoul of the Department of Buildings. An upset reader informed us yesterday that a team of contractors blocked off the street north of Delancey and spent the better part of the day jackhammering for sewer related work. Despite the deluge. According to DOB […]

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Illegal Work and Looming Con Edison Service Termination Worries Mahfar Tenants of 113 Stanton

Posted January 9, 2015 at 5:21 am

It doesn’t matter that Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) seems poised to let Con Edison service lapse during this bone-chilling cold spell. It also doesn’t matter that SMA sent a notice to 113 Stanton Street that the boiler and water will be shut for “more work.” Nor does it matter that said renovations, which just […]

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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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