Waterfront Development

Environmental scoping session, January 2017

Draft Environmental Review Doesn’t Take into Account Effects of 3 LES Waterfront Super-Talls, CB3 Says

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Department of City Planning this month issued its initial review of the overall impact that three mega-developments on the Lower East Side waterfront – composed of 2,700 rentals and condos – will have on the surrounding community. The Land-Use subcommittee of Community Board 3 met this week to discuss the city’s assessment of the […]

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Environmental scoping session, January 2017

City Delays Environmental Review Process for 3 Proposed Supertall Towers on the LES Waterfront

Posted April 11, 2017 at 5:10 am

The Department of City Planning decided yesterday to delay the environmental scoping hearing for three proposed developments on the Two Bridges waterfront. Said meeting is now postponed one month to May 25, a small victory for the neighborhood, which is being exploited big time. On March 17, Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Borough President Gale Brewer […]

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Getting Acquainted with the Wall of Glass on the LES Waterfront

Last modified February 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Two of three waterfront developers offered an informational session last night regarding the wall of glass planned for the coastline. Starrett Development and L+M Development/CIM Group respectively presented highlights of 259 Clinton Street and 260 South Street to the Land Use subcommittee of Community Board 3. There was a subtle feeling of defeat detectable in the […]

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The new Lower East Side waterfront

As Lawsuit to Stop JDS 1,000-Foot Development is Tossed, Revelation that HUD Already Supports Plans

Posted February 8, 2017 at 5:17 am

As the gold rush continues to polarize the Lower East Side waterfront, it’s the seniors living in 80 Rutgers Slip who are most affected. After all, the proposed 1,000-foot tower is to sit directly atop the this building. Literally built on the backs of seniors. This is the handiwork of JDS Development in conjunction with Two […]

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LES Activists Torpedo Developers’ Scoping Session to Protest Waterfront Towers

Posted January 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was only fitting that, two days after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the spirit of protest infiltrated a planning session for the upcoming wall of glass on the Lower East Side waterfront. And a surprise, at that. The powers-that-be set up an info session (free food!) on the environmental review process (“EIS”) for the […]

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Rally Calling Out Mayor de Blasio and ‘Racist Rezoning’ At City Hall Today

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:39 pm

Many in the community want to end both the alleged racist rezoning and Mayor de Blasio and his administration. Time to rally ’round the family. Helmed by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side, hundreds are expected to descend on City Hall again today, with neighboring community support from the South Bronx, East Harlem, Sunset Park, Flushing, […]

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Reveal: Lands End II Parking Lot to Get 800-foot, Twin-Towered Beast

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:40 pm

Three years after acquiring the two low-income buildings comprising Lands End II (265-275 Cherry Street) for $279 million, L+M Partners and the CIM Group are planning to develop the parking lots facing the water (aka 260 South Street). It’s another of the so-called “soft sites” along the Lower East Side waterfront receiving renewed attention from the industry […]

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Extell Gets Glassed up on the LES Waterfront

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:40 pm

Currently sitting at roughly one quarter of its projected height, Extell’s One Manhattan Square is finally receiving its flashy (nay, reflective) outer layer. The first few window panes were installed within the last couple weeks, wrapping around segments of the fifth and sixth floors. This is referred to in developer parlance as the “curtain wall.” […]

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At 24 Stories, You Can Now See Extell’s LES Tower from Delancey Street

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:40 pm

At approximately 24 stories, Extell’s luxury behemoth, One Manhattan Square, is the tallest in the immediate vicinity. Trumping Rutgers Houses, Two Bridges Tower, and the Manhattan Bridge roadbed. The superstructure is now also visible from the intersection of Delancey and Essex Streets. An almost uninterrupted sight. It only gets worse from here, too. That tumor […]

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This is What the Retail will Look Like at Extell’s One Manhattan Square [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 18, 2017 at 11:40 pm

Last night, as per usual, a delegation from Extell Development Corp. and construction manager Lend Lease provided a community briefing about the waterfront bonanza sprouting before our eyes. The 80-story reality of One Manhattan Square on the waterfront has settled in during this gradual ascent of the superstructure. Neighbors are now forced to live with it. […]

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