Clueless New Businesses ‘PYT’ and ‘Mr. Purple’ Pervert Lower East Side History

Last modified November 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

There seems to be a new level of cluelessness in the neighborhood. It’s one thing to honor the past, or even nod to it in a cheeky or kitschy way. Such is life with “authentrification” as selling point. However, it’s another thing to reference the icons of the past, while completely missing the point. We […]

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Extell’s Treehouse, and Other Ways the 80-Story ‘One Manhattan Square’ is Being Shopped to Foreign Buyers

Posted November 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

With the first Extell expo for Asian buyers now a footnote in the building’s history, we can dive into some of the marketing literature of One Manhattan Square. In particular, the 80-story monolith is being heralded by JLL Residential as “your private playground,” an all-inclusive middle finger to country club right smack in the middle […]

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BP Gas Station on 2nd Avenue is Leveled, 10-Story Residential Development Coming Soon

Posted October 30, 2015 at 5:18 am

In case you were wondering, it only takes a few hours to raze a gas station. The former BP service center on Second Avenue was completely leveled yesterday. It’s now a pile of rubble in the middle of the parcel, awaiting reassignment. As for the property – 24 Second Avenue – it’ll soon be redeveloped […]

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Extell’s ‘One Manhattan Square’ Website Goes Live with New Renderings, Confirms 80-Story Height

Posted October 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Here and now… Extell Development Corp. just unveiled the new condo sales website for “One Manhattan Square,” the bullshit upper crust name given to its South Street monstrosity. What’s interesting about the new splash page – published today – is the fact that it confirms the overall height. Yes, the tower will rise 80 stories, […]

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Brett Amory. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

Brett Amory’s ‘This Land is Not for Sale’ Exhibit is a Breathing Commentary on LES Gentrification

Posted October 20, 2015 at 10:25 am

Can artists prevail where politics and protests haven’t? Brett Amory’s new exhibit, “This Land is Not for Sale: Forgotten, Past and Foreseeable Futures,” is a thought-provoking form of visual protest against rapid gentrification and a changing New York City. The California-based Amory is known for his “Waiting” series of paintings, which depicted haunted and lonely […]

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The old Honest Boy Fruit Stand is boxed up

‘Honest Boy Fruit Stand’ Remnants on East Houston Burned in Weekend Fire; Permits Approved for New 6-Story Building

Last modified July 16, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Honest Boy Fruit Stand was a SoHo fixture for over three decades, feeding the mass of humanity that passed through on a daily basis. But it closed at the end of last year with barely a whimper. Its lifeless bones remained as testament to its significance in the neighborhood, even if littered with empty bottles and […]

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Beloved Bereket Beheaded by Ben Shaoul Ahead of 10-Story Condo Development

Posted July 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

Demolition is in full swing at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets, where the “Sledgehammer” himself, Ben Shaoul, is to deposit ten stories of luxury condo living. Victimized in this conversion from low- to high-rise were nearly a dozen stand-alone businesses, including a personal favorite. Bereket. Now, exactly one year after serving its last lentil […]

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This Self-Proclaimed ‘Former Gentrifier’ was Himself Gentrified Out and Needs a Home

Posted June 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

One self-proclaimed gentrifier in Nolita is himself being pushed out of the neighborhood. In an “urgent” plea posted to Craigslist, the anonymous resident seeks refuge in a better housing situation. The mainstream clarion call was listed under the “apts wanted” section of the classifieds. “When I arrived in New York City, the proud owner of a […]

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Ben Shaoul Makes Quick Work of 194 Orchard Demolition

Posted June 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

The former single-story home of the Leather Gallery was the last property to join Ben Shaoul’s nascent development portfolio on upper Orchard Street (for $8.8 million). Yet it’s the first to fall. The so-called “Sledgehammer” made quick work of 194 Orchard. Demolition lasted a mere two weeks last month, and the commercial building no longer […]

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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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