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Yesterday’s Snowfall Toppled Trees Around the Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted November 16, 2018 at 5:06 am

Yesterday’s late-fall snowstorm (aka “Snowvember”) had trees falling around the Lower East Side. Over on Norfolk Street, the weight of the wet snow-pack toppled several large limbs at around 5pm, smashing into parked cars and blocking southbound traffic below Stanton Street. (Video below.) Firefighters quickly responded with the chainsaws to clear the debris. One person […]

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Make No Mistake, CM Margaret Chin Wants Towers in Two Bridges [OP-ED]

Posted November 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by community leader David Tieu, a member of the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors coalition, which is staunchly opposed to the incoming waterfront development. With just a rubber stamp of City Planning approval, four mega-towers on the flood plain of the Lower East Side waterfront – each between 60 and […]

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City Inaugurates 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane this Morning

Posted November 15, 2018 at 5:09 am

The city will roll out the green carpet this morning. Implemented last month, the nascent two-way protected bike lane along the south side of Delancey Street is finally ready for its official inauguration. The Department of Transportation is holding a press conference this morning on the Lower East Side to celebrate this “safer route for bicycle […]

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‘Sunshine Cinema’ Office Building Replacement Begins Marketing Push with New Renderings

Posted November 15, 2018 at 5:06 am

The reincarnation of the former Sunshine Cinema takes a new leap forward this week. East End Capital and K Property Group purchased the Lower East Side theater last year for $31.5 million and are redeveloping the property into a 65,000 square-foot commercial tower. For the moment, it’s still standing, yet remains a magnet for feces and […]

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CB3 Appears Receptive to BID Involvement in Liquor Licensing, Despite Vehement Community Opposition

Last modified November 15, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Should local business improvement districts have a hand in the liquor license process? Last week, the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 heard a proposal by the Lower East Side Partnership that would see the business improvement district insert itself into the liquor license application process. Needless to say, the appearance on the agenda caused […]

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City Finally Replaces Light Bulbs in Columbus Park After Months of Darkness

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:05 am

Something as simple as changing light bulbs got caught up in the city bureaucracy. Nevertheless, after an extended period plunged in darkness, Columbus Park in Chinatown is back under the lights. The city last week installed LED bulbs in a majority of the eighteen light poles dotting the park. This was the task, strangely, of […]

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Staring into the Pit of Essex Crossing Site 3

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:02 am

Another major hole in the ground, soon to sprout luxury. Along Delancey Street. Work is at a feverish pace as excavation and foundation activity at Site 3 of Essex Crossing proceeds. Here’s an update from Delancey Street Associates’ weekly e-blast: Drilling is complete for the foundation work [at 202 Broome Street], except at tunnel locations. […]

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Lower East Side Portfolio of 7 Buildings Hits Market for $72M

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

An enormous chunk of Chinatown and Lower East Side real estate is now up for grabs. If you can afford it. Investment firm Avison Young began marketing the seven-property portfolio yesterday, seeking a sale price of $72 million. The housing package is a major divestment by controversial city landlord R.A. Cohen & Associates. It boasts seven tenement […]

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Supreme Angers by Defacing Street Art with ‘Blessed’ Flyposting

Posted November 13, 2018 at 5:07 am

Call it supreme street drama. Skatewear brand Supreme upset at least one street artist over the weekend by spreading its flyer campaign across every surface of the Lower East Side. Among others, the handbills, which advertise the new “Blessed” skate video, were wheat-pasted along the facade of 26 First Avenue. The landlord had reportedly commissioned […]

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