Lafayette Street in the Running to Receive Protected Bike Lane

Posted April 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

Primed and paved in the last couple weeks, that fresh layer of asphalt on Lafayette Street will soon gain some green. Yup. A new, safer bike lane is most likely on the way. The DOT threw together a deck describing in detail the plan to install a protected bike lane along the west side of […]

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Sinking Sidewalk at Orchard and Delancey Poses Danger to Pedestrians

Posted April 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Now here’s a corner just waiting for a sacrificial leg for a feast. The sidewalk outside Rox gallery – Delancey and Orchard – has been sinking for quite some time. At least the last six months. Of course, the terrible winter and recent spat of heavy rain couldn’t have helped matters much. The curb is […]


Center Medians Installed on East Houston Street This Weekend

Posted April 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

Any given day, the stretch of Houston Street east of Eldridge looks like a scene plucked directly from the celluloid of E.T. The plastic tents, yards of tubing, wire spindles, trucks, and workmen with dangling keys are a regular sight. Now, at least, two blocks of roadway are being capped and planted. Crews working overtime […]


Demolition Starts at Essex Street Municipal Parking Garage Ahead of $4M Makeover

Posted March 27, 2014 at 5:19 am

With news of SPURA and Essex Crossing on the brain of late, it’s worth revisiting the municipal parking garage straddling Ludlow and Essex Streets. After all, a 1970s style facility doesn’t really fit in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, so it too must react in kind. Even though the scaffolding and netting was installed months ago, […]

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Recap: Streetscape ‘Visioning Workshop’ for the Future of Orchard Street

Posted February 20, 2014 at 6:09 am

Do you love or hate neckdowns, bike corrals and bollards? (Also, do you know what they are?) Last night the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with local design firm Pilot Projects, presented a “visioning workshop” for the future of Orchard Street. Welcoming ideas from both residents and business owners, the event, […]

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CB3 Approves New DOT Plan to Improve Overall Safety at Bowery and Delancey

Posted February 12, 2014 at 6:09 am

One Bowery resident put it perfectly, and we couldn’t agree more – “I don’t cross at the corners [on the Bowery].” It’s simply too dangerous, especially at the east intersection of Bowery and Delancey. The Department of Transportation is well aware of the concerns here, and is presently revisiting safety improvements (for the third time […]

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Petition to Co-Name ‘Sol Moscot Way’ is Withdrawn

Posted February 12, 2014 at 5:49 am

What seemed an easy-peasy co-naming application for Community Board 3 was not. Also heard at the Transportation subcommittee meeting last night was the petition to name the southeast corner of Orchard and Delancey “Sol Moscot Way.” Team MOSCOT rallied the troops to the meeting, including fourth-generation owner Dr. Harvey Moscot, his son-successor Zack, and a […]

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Applicant LeRoy McCarthy fighting for his right to co-name "Beastie Boys Square"

Sabotaged ‘Beastie Boys Square’ Proposal Turns Controversial with Board Vote

Posted January 31, 2014 at 5:50 am

They asked CB3 but they still said no. Earlier this month, the transporation subcommittee of Community Board 3 forced LeRoy McCarthy to withdraw his application to co-name Ludlow and Rivington Streets Beastie Boys Square (cover photo of Paul’s Boutique). The agenda item sparked a nearly two-hour-long discussion about whether the applicant had properly followed procedure. […]

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MOSCOT Seeks Street Co-naming for ‘Sol Moscot Way’ at Orchard and Delancey

Posted January 30, 2014 at 5:33 am

It’s not just Beastie Boys Square; the Lower East Side street co-namings continue to roll in. Likely to the chagrin of the transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3, which is trying to regulate the number of these applications each month. Now MOSCOT wants in on the action. According to the CB3 calendar for February, the […]

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The ‘Pop Pop’ Project: A Living Street Sign

Posted January 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Here’s a new concept: a living street sign designed to pass on encouraging and cautionary words of a grandfatherly type. Or a Big Brother. “Pop Pop” is the brainchild of three grad students in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and it’s being put to the test on one lucky Manhattan street corner – Waverly and Broadway. […]

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