Waterfront Development

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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Here’s Your Chance to Bitch About Mayor de Blasio to His Face

Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:16 am

City Hall announced yesterday that Mayor de Blasio will host a town hall event on the Lower East Side next week. So, if you have something to say, say it to his face. Officials note that all topics are candidates for discussion. Plus, commissioners and representatives from other city agencies will also be there for […]

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The Pier 35 Screenwall Installation this Week is the Most Activity Here in 3 Years

Posted May 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s actually happening. Clean the crust from you eyes. Work has finally resumed at Pier 35 on the Lower East Side waterfront. Steel elements for the problematic screenwall – the shield for the neighboring pier and cause for much of the delay – began arriving this week, about three months later than promised. Crews were […]

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Soil Sampling Begins for Controversial 1,000-Foot JDS Tower on Cherry Street

Posted May 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

With the environmental review process of the Lower East Side waterfront still ongoing, the sight of this familiar construction vehicle outside 80 Rutgers Slip is not reassuring. After all, these Davey Drills are oftentimes the first outwardly visible indication that new development is moving forward. As previously reported, this is the site (247 Cherry) where […]

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LES Community Group Slams CM Chin for Colluding with Developers, Demands She Step Down

Last modified April 26, 2017 at 2:23 pm

The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is demanding that Councilwoman Margaret Chin step down. The grassroots organization, which counts more than a dozen other local groups in its ranks, claims that the politician is firmly in the pocket of big-money developers. That’s not a stretch, either. One need only have attended […]

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