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In ‘Wayfinding’ Flub, City Moves Sidewalk Post to the Correct Spot

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:18 am

The Department of Transportation is apparently in need of its own wayfinding in Chinatown. You may have noticed that this WalkNYC installation was previously erected on the wrong spot. The signage first arrived near the southeast corner of Essex and Canal Streets at the end of November. Upon closer inspection, though, the “You are here” […]

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Last 2 Parking Lots on Delancey Street Closing in the Next Month for Essex Crossing Towers

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

For the first time in fifty years – since the notorious “urban renewal” slum clearance of 1967 – the last two parking lots on Delancey Street will soon go under the knife. The parcels are incorporated into the Essex Crossing development, and as such, are ready for their luxury payload. The Lower East Side Partnership […]

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Elected Officials Come out Against Redevelopment of Elizabeth Street Garden as Senior Housing

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:06 am

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract last Friday for an affordable housing project atop the Elizabeth Street Garden. All but a death sentence for the open space. The proposed building – developed by Penrose Development – will rise seven stories and carry 121 permanently affordable apartments for seniors. And as if […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden will be Bulldozed and Redeveloped by Penrose Development

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Now that election season is over, there is finally movement toward the controversial destruction and redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. The city will apparently announce today that it’s chosen the developer to carry out this task. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract for the seven-story project to Penrose Development. The […]

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Do Big Belly Trash Compacting Bins Contribute to Litter Problem?

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 11:23 am

This photo says it all, really. Namely that those Big Belly receptacles might not actually be working to plan. The multi-thousand-dollar trash bins began appearing across the streets of Chinatown and the Lower East Side earlier this fall, but are they helping or just part of the problem? Despite the best of intentions, an overflowing Big […]

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Open 3 Months, ‘Brigitte’ Seeks Basement Club on Ludlow

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:08 am

Of course this would happen. Open nigh on three months, Canal Street bistro Brigitte is already angling to open a basement club. Naturally. Ownership this week submitted a dressed-up application to alter its liquor license to include bar and seats in the cellar. Blueprints show communal table seating to accommodate twenty-four additional patrons, plus a […]

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Hill & Dale Partners with ‘Thai Direct Bowls’ on Allen Street

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:06 am

Hill & Dale is now open for takeaway Thai lunch options. The Allen Street watering hole last month struck a partnership with Thai Direct Bowls, a startup that offers “authentic meal kits, healthy lunch bowls and delicious food products.” It’s sub-leasing the space from the golden-age-of-radio-themed bar during daytime hours (until 4pm). Patrons can choose […]

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8-Story Commercial Development Planned for Chinatown ‘Diamond Center’ on the Bowery

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Chinatown diamond district is getting cut once again. It wasn’t enough that the Diamond Corner at Hester Street and the Bowery was sacked and replaced with a Bank of America branch. 76 Bowery is coming down, too. And like its neighbor one door to the north, it’ll be redeveloped into an eight-story commercial building. […]

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Renowned Local Artist Teaching at Historical LES Art School [Sponsor]

Posted December 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

Local artist, Feargal Doyle, is the newest instructor at the Educational Alliance Art School at Manny Cantor Center. Doyle, originally from Dublin, now lives and works in New York and his exciting career has included working in architecture, set design and painting instruction around the world. The new class offered by Doyle will focus on […]