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Rendering of 155 Attorney St., Photo: Midtown Equities

7-Story Luxury Rentals at 155 Attorney Street Will Look Like This

Last modified August 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Behold, the first rendering of the new 155 Attorney Street. This incoming seven-story luxury rental building is germinating on the site previously occupied by the Plantains Wholesale Beer warehouse. The image does its best to hide the very commercial nature of this sleepy block. Midtown Equities, which actually acquired Soho House last year, purchased 155 […]

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224 Mulberry Condo Shows Itself; Little Italy Zoning Height Restrictions Ignored

Posted August 11, 2014 at 6:10 am

The trendy transformation from car-park to condoplex is nearly complete at 224 Mulberry Street. It’s been a complete construction zone these last few months, resulting in the new superstructure you now see. Half the netting was recently removed to reveal the all-brick exterior. The recent addition of a banner advertises that sales begin in “late […]

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Mini Davey Drills Spotted Inside Bereket and Philly’s Ahead of Rumored Large-Scale Development

Posted August 8, 2014 at 6:02 am

It’s coming. In case you needed even more evidence that the low-rise strip of retail at the northeast corner of Orchard and East Houston is doomed, check this out. Mini Davey Drills were stationed inside both Bereket and Philly’s Cheese Steak yesterday to collect soil samples ahead of the inevitable ground break. Larger drill equipment […]

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Chrystie Street Warehouse Will Sprout 9-Story ‘Albino’ Tower

Posted August 4, 2014 at 6:10 am

There are some neighborhood properties that you look at and just know they’re doomed. Especially those of the warehouse variety that still dot the landscape. Like the one at 125 Chrystie Street (corner of Broome). Its days as a commercial hub are numbered, soon to be replaced by an “albino” mess of glass luxury. Indeed. […]

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Voices of the Lower East Side Talk of Its Struggle to Survive

Last modified July 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

The Lower East Side has been considered one of the eleven most endangered historic places since 2008. Truth. According to the National Trust of Historic Preservation: Few places in America can boast such a rich tapestry of history, culture and architecture as New York’s Lower East Side.  However, this legendary neighborhood—the first home for waves of […]

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Karl Fischer’s 255 Bowery Shows Its Skin for the First Time in 3 Years

Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

Well, what have we here? Three years on, we finally have a view of Hot Karl’s steaming seven-story pile on the Bowery. The finger building at 255 Bowery was cloaked in a shroud of bars and netting for what seemed an eternity. That all changed on Monday. Yet while the facade is now fully visible, […]

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Samy Mahfar’s Luxury Conversion Creates ‘War Zone’ for Tenants of 102 Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Posted July 14, 2014 at 5:38 am

Controversial real estate mogul Samy Mahfar (pka SMA Equities) purchased 102 Norfolk Street back in April of this year. It was around this time that we first started hearing chatter about the luxury conversion, and purported efforts to boot all the longtime rent stabilized tenants. It’s nothing new really; he used the same borderline-legal tactics […]

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Philly’s Cheese Steak Follows Bereket Out of Business; Low-Rise Stretch of East Houston Endangered

Posted July 1, 2014 at 5:49 am

Bereket was but the first, yet certainly not the last, to wilt ahead of the wrecking ball. Its neighbor two doors down at 191 East Houston Street also appears to be closed. Philly’s Cheese Steak and its Disney-infringing neon has been dark the last couple days. The state of the interior paints more of the proverbial […]

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Extell’s Pathmark-Killing LES Tower Will Rise 68 Stories and Boast 787 Rooms

Posted April 28, 2014 at 6:10 am

The action at the former Cherry Street Pathmark is beginning to take shape. Permits were pre-filed last Thursday for the Extell tower that will soon blight the community. While it’s not quite the 70 stories in height promised at the outset, the paperwork reveals that it’s still tall enough to eclipse everything in the immediate […]

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Documentarian Clayton Patterson Leaving Lower East Side for Austrian Alps

Posted April 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

The Lower East Side lost its rebel soul many moons ago, but now it’s saying goodbye to one of its biggest champions. Seriously, how many times have we been uttering end of an era these last few years…? The New York Times now reports that Clayton Patterson, a fixture for 35 years, is retiring from the […]

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