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When the Rear Garden Grows the 28-Story Public Hotel

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:09 am

For the last year, 215 Chrystie Street has been the address of Ian Schrager’s posh Public Hotel (and condos). Before the 28-story development, though, this city parcel was the rear yard, and garden, for the Thelma Burke building on Stanton Street. The New York Times just published a new feature, “How a Garden for the […]

Founded on the Lower East Side, B’nai Brith Celebrates 175 Years

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

The oldest Jewish service organization in the world began here on the Lower East Side, and this year celebrates a major milestone. B’nai Brith International (“Sons of the Covenant”) – now in its 175th year – was founded on Essex Street in October 1843 by a dozen immigrants of German-Jewish descent. Of course, at that […]

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High-End Condo at 40 Bleecker Street Hits 2-Story Height

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:07 am

One year after its speedy demolition, time for a progress report on 40 Bleecker Street, soon to sprout more luxury living. The project site, situated at the corner of Mulberry, is sporting some heft. The superstructure recently achieved a height of two stories. And counting. As previously reported, this next chapter in the life of […]

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More than 100 Speakers Lambast Two Bridges Mega-Towers at City Planning Hearing

Posted October 18, 2018 at 5:04 am

Yesterday was a day of reckoning for the Two Bridges community on the waterfront. The City Planning Commission held the final public hearing regarding the Environmental Impact State for a trio of controversial skyscrapers along South Street. As previously reported, three developers (JDS Development, Starrett Corp., CIM/L+M) together seek “minor modifications” to the current zoning […]

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Trader Joe’s Debuts on the Lower East Side Tomorrow Morning

Posted October 18, 2018 at 5:02 am

Get ready to queue, Lower East Side. Trader Joe’s is coming. The newest grocery location opens tomorrow morning after two years in the making. The new Essex Crossing outpost – situated in the basement of 400 Grand Street – is lucky number seven for the ubiquitous grocery store in Manhattan. It’s being lauded as the […]

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McNally Jackson Books Faces $500K Rent Hike

Last modified October 18, 2018 at 9:03 am

Last week, we broke news that McNally Jackson Books is leaving its Prince Street headquarters next spring after fourteen years on the block. Eponymous owner Sarah McNally allayed the sadness by saying that they settled on a new space nearby. Reason for the abrupt departure is an astronomical rent hike. Until now, amount of the […]

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Public Hearing on Two Bridges Skyscrapers Happening this Morning

Posted October 17, 2018 at 5:08 am

Today is a pivotal day in the life of the proposed super-tall towers on the Lower East Side waterfront. The City Planning Commission is holding the final public hearing later this morning on the controversial application for the three new large-scale developments. Members of the public who attend will have a chance to speak (three […]

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Russ & Daughters Expands with 14K Square-Feet at Brooklyn Navy Yard

Posted October 17, 2018 at 5:04 am

Much like its centenary sister on East Houston (i.e. Katz’s Deli), Russ & Daughters is expanding into Brooklyn. The famed appetizing business – founded on the Lower East Side in 1914 – is planting a major flag at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Taking up 14,000 square-feet of space in Building 77. It’ll include a production […]

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Goa Taco Departs LES; Delancey Locale will ‘Rise’ as Coffee Shop

Last modified October 17, 2018 at 10:38 am

Goa Taco is no longer operational. Indeed, both the Lower East Side lunch spot and the Greenwich Village annex are both closed for good. The original location at 79 Delancey Street is now shuttered with brown paper in the windows. “We decided it makes more sense to close the Delancey Street location after Smorgasburg ended […]

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