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Rendering composite of Ben Shaoul and 196 Orchard St, Photo: Real Deal

More About that 3-Level Equinox Gym Coming to Ben Shaoul’s Orchard Street Development

Posted May 31, 2016 at 5:10 am

It’s old news that hated developer-landlord Ben Shaoul attracted Equinox gym to his new ten-story condo project beside Katz’s Deli. But it’s not yet a done deal. More red tape. The city, vis-a-vis the Board of Standards and Appeals, must first approve a special permit to operate a “physical culture establishment” under current zoning restrictions […]

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Peace Pentagon Activist Offices Relocate to Chinatown Following $20.75M Sale

Posted May 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

The storied Peace Pentagon of 339 Lafayette Street is finally liquidated. The spirit of the resistance is leaving the neighborhood, with luxury to take its place (naturally). As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute sold the borderline-unstable building to real estate baron Aby Rosen for $20.75 million in October. It owned the icon since 1974. […]

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Comptroller Stringer Scrutinizes $116M Sale of ‘Rivington House’ for Condo Conversion

Posted March 24, 2016 at 5:19 am

​You may have seen this… City Comptroller Scott Stringer is crying foul on the $116 million sale of the former Rivington House nursing home at 45 Rivington Street earlier this year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal this week. The buyer, Chinese-based China Vanke Co., is hoping to convert the building to luxury […]

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City Council Approves Controversial Citywide Rezoning Overhaul

Posted March 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

City Council yesterday approved the widest reaching zoning changes to the Five Boroughs in decades. The legislative body passed the two controversial anchor-weights of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing initiative (“Housing New York”) – Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH). His goal is to create 200,000 units of affordable housing […]

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GILF Hits 3 East Village Retail Victims with ‘Gentrification in Progress’ Tape

Posted March 3, 2016 at 5:16 am

Three beloved East Village stores were involved in a drive-by taping last night. Street artist GILF paid a visit to the trio of businesses, each having changed location or gone out for good. The familiar “Gentrification in Progress” tape criss-crossed the front of Trash & Vaudeville (relocated from St. Mark’s to East 7th Street), the Stage Restaurant […]

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45 Rivington Sold for Whopping $116M to Chinese Developer, Condo Conversion on the Way

Posted February 29, 2016 at 5:19 am

There are many historic Lower East Side buildings that are destined for condos, even if that’s not the current function. Case in point, 45 Rivington Street. It’s a sad precedent when the services that aid a community are pushed to the periphery. And so another such facility has fallen into the greedy hands of luxury. The […]

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Report: Think Twice Before Supporting Business Improvement Districts

Posted February 25, 2016 at 5:17 am

Yes, it’s time to think twice before supporting the local business improvement district. Max Rivlin-Nadler over at the New Republic pens a compelling piece about how these organized groups of local stakeholders – such as the Lower East Side Partnership (nee BID) – are actually toxic to the neighborhood they purportedly serve. In the end, […]

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LPC Rejects Aby Rosen’s Modifications to Former Women’s Shelter at 348 Lafayette

Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:16 am

​You may have noticed the orange fencing atop 348 Lafayette Street (aka 11 Bond). That’s an illustrative mockup of the rooftop addition proposed by real estate magnate Aby Rosen in his bid to convert the former 43-bed women’s shelter into a luxury commercial complex. You’ll recall that Rosen purchased the 1913-vintage building last summer for […]

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ODA’s Cantilvered 100 Norfolk Street Ascends to 6-Story Height

Last modified January 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm

​Off the rails for the majority of last summer, the luxury development at 100 Norfolk Street is back on track. And in a big way. Blame a scary stop-work order for the hiatus, levied due to partial collapse of the framing from concrete pouring. Not to mention the various after-hours work days without proper variances […]

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Ben Shaoul Plays Up Katz’s Deli for Sales of New Development at 196 Orchard Street

Posted January 5, 2016 at 5:18 am

With the plywood surrounding the mud pit in tatters, developer Ben Shaoul is finally adding some branding to his forthcoming development at 196 Orchard Street. As of yesterday, there is now dedicated wrapping along the outer boards (plus, flashy website). And it’s enough to induce upchuck. The imagery and message rely heavily on the longtime presence […]

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