Special Little Italy District

Spring Street Developer Withdraws Application for Controversial Special Little Italy District Zoning Change

Posted June 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

The years-running saga of rear yard development at 53-55 Spring Street concluded two weeks ago when the landlord withdrew the proposal under community pressure. Developer Joseph Brunner (aka JBAM), who acquired the property two years ago for $15.5 million, sought to construct a one-story addition that would encompass the rear courtyard, thereby enlarging the overall […]

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City Council Not Enthused About Developer’s Attempt to Alter Special Little Italy District Zoning

Posted June 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

City Council is pushing back against one developer’s bid to alter the Special Little Italy District zoning protections, thereby allowing building upgrades at 55-57 Spring Street. Developer Joseph Brunner (aka JBAM), who acquired the property two years ago, seeks to construct a one-story addition that encompasses the rear courtyard. The construction would enlarge the retail units to the […]

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Spring Street Developer Attempts Override of Special Little Italy District Zoning with Courtyard Addition

Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

One developer in the heart of Little Italy remains committed to overriding the special zoning district for commercial gain. Concerned neighbors are likewise rallied in opposition. Developer Joseph Brunner purchased 55-57 Spring Street in July 2015 for $15.5 million (from Marolda Properties, sued by the state for tenant harassment). Residents and retail were affected much the […]

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Here’s the Likely Reason Why Ceci-Cela and Eight Turn Crepe Left 55 Spring Street

Posted November 8, 2016 at 5:00 am

When the Renatus Group purchased 55 Spring Street two years ago for $15.5 million, its beloved ground-level business, Ceci-Cela, was given marching orders. There would be no lease renewal for the twenty-five-year old establishment, which officially departed Little Italy last week. So, the patisserie proactively found a new HQ at 14 Delancey Street and reopened […]

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171 Bowery ‘Development Site’ Hits the Market for $12.5M

Posted May 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

“OBEY the future; Join the most exciting avenue in NYC.” That’s the proclamation from a new real estate listing circulating for 171 Bowery. The four-story tenement building, located just south of Delancey Street (and across from the ascending CitizenM monstrosity), is now on the open market as a $12.5 million “development site.” Jan Sasson of the […]

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Your First Look at the 19-Story CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery

Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

That pent-up energy from years of inactivity at 185 Bowery was relieved last week with an ejaculate of plywood fencing and construction crews. All of a sudden, there is an explosion of work at the CitizenM hotel site, mostly related to foundation and excavation. So what will this 19-story beast look like? Good questions. An updated […]

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Someone Hurled a Brick Through the Front Window of the 224 Mulberry Condo

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:17 pm

Little Italy still has some fight, it seems… The new monument to luxury living at 224 Mulberry Street was apparently the victim of vandalism over the weekend. A reader tells us that late Saturday night, someone reportedly hurled a brick through the window leaving a rather “dramatic” hole. The shattered glass has not been covered […]

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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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Martin Scorsese Endorses Bowery Preservation Plans

Posted March 20, 2013 at 6:26 am

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and its East Bowery Preservation Plan received another huge endorsement last week.

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East Bowery Preservation Plan Gains Key Support

Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:49 am

As architecture on the east side of the Bowery continues to reach toward the heavens, the skyline across the way remains a constant low-rise height. No more than eighty-five feet and with frontage mainly of masonry. And for one reason – the Special Little Italy District zoning designation. For years, however, the Bowery Alliance of […]

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