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Rumor: A Century Later, Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes May Close Due to Rent Hike

Last modified January 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Not even a month into 2015, and already the high-profile Lower East Side closures are stacking up. The greats are fading. Streit’s Matzo obviously comes to mind, with fifth-generation ownership having sold the Rivington Street factory after 90 years on the block. That teary goodbye – and subsequent relocation to New Jersey – is planned […]

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More on the $45M Bowery Transaction that Has Preservationists Worried

Posted December 9, 2014 at 5:32 am

More information has come to light regarding the identity of the buyer who acquired a row of historic buildings on the Bowery. You’ll recall that 134-142 Bowery sold for a $45 million sum, but speculation was rampant as to who shelled out the cash. Now we know; look no further than … Montana (?). The […]

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173 Chrystie Sells for $15M, 10-Story ODA-Designed Tower Planned

Posted December 8, 2014 at 5:38 am

Looks like Neuman’s Kitchen catering will soon be giving up its hold on 173 Chrystie Street. Development is coming soon, and it should give you pause. ODA Architecture – bankrolling the hot mess of cantilevered condos at 100 Norfolk – has its muscle in this match as well. Public records indicate that Yaniv Cohen of […]

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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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About that Comic Book Sale Inside the Lobster Joint this Weekend; New Food Truck Coming Soon

Posted November 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

It would be dope if this was permanent, but alas, this is the new Lower East Side and a comic book store won’t do. What you see here was a temporary sale inside the now-former Lobster Joint. The flea market of sorts lasted all weekend, with various issues culled from all decades priced at $1 and […]

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WD-50 Countdown: Demolition Permits Filed for 7-Story Condo Tower on Clinton Street

Posted November 21, 2014 at 6:03 am

WD-50 is slated to conclude its decade-long presence at 50 Clinton Street in just over a week (November 30). Demolition of the entire row of quaint commercial stock will transpire soon thereafter. Indeed, the former 1492 has already been boarded up with dismantling activities transpiring behind the plywood shroud. Demolition permits were issued earlier this […]

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Help Fund This New Documentary About Lower East Side Squatters Who Battled Giuliani [VIDEO]

Posted November 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

Lower East Side squatter history remains a fascinating, if not controversial chapter in the book of New York’s life. So much so that there is even a museum dedicated, at least partially, to preserving the cultural significance of the bygone movement – the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. One upstart filmmaker hopes to capture the […]

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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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