Sunshine Hotel Conversion Plans Revived as Ownership Again Seeks ‘Certificate of No Harassment’

Posted July 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Sunshine Hotel, one of the last operational flophouses on the Bowery, is again under the microscope regarding proposed conversion work that is years in the making. Further alluded to by that months-old banner draped from the facade advertising an “entire floor” for rent. Property owner Roseann Carone last month reapplied for a “Certificate of No […]

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Siempre Verde Garden Saved as City Transfers Ownership to Parks Department Under GreenThumb

Posted January 4, 2016 at 5:15 am

​Catching up on some news that transpired during the holiday week … Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton Street is finally under the protective care of the Parks Department. The city officially transferred ownership from from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which heretofore oversaw the parcel. The garden activists at 596 Acres listed the […]

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City Looking to Sell Essex Crossing Site 6 to Taconic Investments for $1

Posted September 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

Yet more controversy rolling out of Essex Crossing Site 6 this week. Not only did NYU Langone jump the gun on its new facility without a lease in hand, and the Educational Alliance reverse its obligation to create a “dual-generation” school, but the city is intent on selling the land to the developer. Not a […]

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Henry Street Settlement Inches Closer to Opening Community Facility at the Historic Engine 15 Firehouse

Posted May 1, 2015 at 9:19 am

The four-story firehouse at 269 Henry Street has been sitting vacant since shortly after 9/11. The iconic structure – built in 1884 and owned by the city – previously housed Engine Company 15 which subsequently folded into Ladder 18 a few blocks north on Pitt Street. Henry Street Settlement, however, is inching closer to opening […]

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Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton Street to Celebrate Its First ‘Growing Season’

Posted May 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

137-139 Attorney and its immediate neighbor at 181 Stanton Street were altogether dormant rat dens for more than three decades. But in a twist of old-school neighborhood activisim, community members transformed the pair of city-owned lots into a pocket garden last year. The Siempre Verde Garden was thus born, and awarded GreenThumb status from the […]

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Children’s Magical Garden Sues Developers to Seize Remaining Parcel at 157 Norfolk Street

Posted March 11, 2014 at 6:11 am

Nearly a year after the HPD delivered its parcels to the beleaguered Children’s Magical Garden, the green-thumbed members collectively filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court asking to be declared owners of the one non-city-owned parcel – 157 Norfolk Street. The paperwork was submitted to the city yesterday, and also seeks an unspecified amount in […]

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HPD Finally Begins Work Converting 244 Elizabeth Into Affordable Co-op Housing

Posted November 12, 2013 at 6:00 am

It’s been waiting on a friend renovation for a decade. Now the day is nigh. The derelict, century-old tenement at 244 Elizabeth Street is coming back to life. Back in September, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) happily announced that work would finally begin on converting the formerly city-owned rental building into an […]

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First Community Meeting for ‘Siempre Verde Garden’ on Stanton is Tonight

Posted February 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

Guerrilla gardening efforts have entered the next chapter at 181 Stanton Street.

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CB3 Supports Gardening in Vacant Stanton and Attorney Street Lots

Last modified February 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Neighbors of the long-vacant city-owned lots at 137 Attorney and 181 Stanton Street scored a victory last night in their quest to legitimize gardening efforts in the three-lot parcel.

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Grassroots Push for Park at Vacant 181 Stanton Lot

Last modified February 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Despite proposals to the contrary, there is a grassroots movement afoot to instead convert the overgrown lot at 181 Stanton Street into public park space.