Waterfront Development

CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

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Extell’s 80-Story Stain on the LES Skyline Finally Tops Out

Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s an indelible stain on the skyline, visible from all corners of the Lower East Side. One Manhattan Square, the 850-foot (80 stories) “vertical village” on South Street, finally reached the top yesterday. Meaning, it won’t go any higher. This is likely the most important milestone since ground-break three years ago. Not that you would know it, […]

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Extell’s 13-Story ‘Poor Door’ Tower Finally Takes Shape [PHOTOS]

Posted September 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Lost in all the Extell headlines about the Lower East Side waterfront is progress on the adjacent affordable building. Exterior work on the thirteen-story development at 229 Cherry Street is nearing completion after topping out earlier this summer. Upon opening – scheduled for spring 2018 – the new construction will boast 205 perpetually affordable apartments, […]

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CM Chin Pushes Bill to Block Super-tall Developments in Two Bridges

Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:04 am

Catching up on some news from last week… Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced legislation that aims to halt three proposed waterfront mega-developments on the fast track to approval. “Intro 1685” calls on the Department of City Planning to consider certain land-use applications, including a planned “Text Amendment” that would subject three out-of-context luxury towers in Two […]

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As City Council Race Intensifies, Candidate Christopher Marte Holds Press Conference on Two Bridges Over-Development

Posted August 15, 2017 at 5:16 am

As momentum builds for the City Council District 1 seat, grassroots candidate Christopher Marte is taking it to the waterfront. Again. By way of press conference. Marte is expected to speak out on behalf of the neighborhood against the lack of proactive zoning and community engagement, which “has left the residents of Two Bridges facing a […]

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Chin and Marte Duke it out for Two Bridges Votes in City Council Race

Posted August 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

The race for City Council District 1 is heating up big time. This week, the two main contenders hit the Lower East Side waterfront to stump for ever-precious votes. Councilwoman Margaret Chin looks to be in desperation mode to keep her job, as grassroots pressure from upstart Chris Marte mounts. But in Two Bridges, the […]

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Councilwoman Margaret Chin Threatens Legal Action Over Two Bridges Supertall Towers

Posted July 26, 2017 at 5:11 am

Last Friday, local politicans and community leaders held a rally outside the senior center at 80 Rutgers Street to protest the so-called “wall of glass” coming to the Two Bridges waterfront. The media stunt was an effort to push the City Planning Commission to think twice before approving the applications for these monstrous buildings when […]

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Not a Done Deal: Pols Push City Planning to Deny Waterfront Supertalls in Two Bridges

Last modified July 21, 2017 at 7:56 am

Elected officials and vocal community leaders are rallying this morning against three new supertall towers poised to invade the Two Bridges coastline (10am, 80 Rutgers Slip). The group, which counts Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer, will reaffirm the position that the developments are not a done deal. It’s a stunt meant to […]

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At More Than 60 Stories, Extell’s Inescapable ‘One Manhattan Square’ Dwarfs the Manhattan Bridge

Posted June 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

It finally happened. The Manhattan Bridge is now dwarfed by its neighbor, One Manhattan Square. With Two Bridges residents focused squarely on stopping the three supertall developments invading the area, the controversial “trailblazer,” Extell’s One Manhattan Square, remains the 800-foot elephant on the waterfront. Three years into construction, the superstructure is getting glassed, and has […]

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Long-Delayed Pier 35 Park Now Sports Some Major Heft

Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:18 am

Took ’em long enough, but it appears the severely delayed Pier 35 project is finally back on track. That curved structure you see rising along the perimter is part of the so-called “screenwall” that will shield the new park from the Department of Sanitation-operated pier next door. It’s also one of the primary hurdles that […]

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