Waterfront Development

City Council Passes Bill for Increased ‘Urban Renewal’ Transparency

Posted December 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

Earlier this week, City Council unanimously voted to pass legislation that would require the City to provide public access to urban renewal plans, which have been changing the real estate landscape of New York City for decades. Intro 1533-A, sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to […]

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Prohibition-Era Funeral Home on Madison Street Hits the Market for $12.5M

Posted November 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

A former Lower East Side funeral home with colorful gangster roots just hit the market as a multimillion-dollar “investment opportunity.” Robert “Roxie” Vanella was a gangster-cum-undertaker who ran in the same circles as Johnnie Torrio and Al Capone. Later in life, the outlaw (and convicted murderer) went straight, and founded his namesake funeral home. Now, […]

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Bill to Halt Lower East Side Supertall Towers Passes City Council

Posted November 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

It’s the eleventh hour, and incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin is pulling out all the stops. Her bill to curtail Two Bridges supertalls by JDS, CIM & L+M, and the Starrett Group gained a significant step this week, mere days from the highly-anticipated general election. Enter, once again, “Intro 1685.” Earlier this week at the Land […]

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Pier 35 Screenwall Takes Shape After Years of Delays [PHOTOS]

Posted October 25, 2017 at 5:03 am

Five months after heavy-duty work resumed at Pier 35, the park is starting to take shape. Little by little. The basic framework is in place for the so-called “screenwall” that will shield the new park from the adjacent Department of Sanitation-operated pier. Other design elements such as foot bridge and decorative stones are also installed. […]

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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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