Nabe News: May 11

Posted on: May 11th, 2010 at 1:40 pm by

Henry Street wrecking ball, Whitehouse threatened, and Avalon price gouging, all in today’s neighborhood news roundup!

Two of the city’s oldest structures – 22 and 24 Henry Street – were recently demolished.  Both were on the National Register of Historic Places, which does not protect from demolition [Save the Lower East Side]

The Whitehouse Hotel on the Bowery is hanging on by a thread.  Not only is Sam Chang eying the flophouse, but housing court hearings are a regular occurrence for the remaining residents [Curbed]

Grieve’s got the goods on last night’s NYU Expansion Plan meeting with Community Board 3.  And the school even admitted to over-saturation! [EV Grieve]

La Esquina is in all sorts of shit right now.  The subterranean eatery was shuttered yesterday by the DOB for not passing code.  Apparently, the kitchen exhaust was directly venting into a neighbors apartment [Eater]

Elevators are bad for office productivity.  Out of sixteen cities studied, New York wins for most time wasted in elevators.  According to the data, New Yorker office workers spend about 5.9 years stuck in an elevator [Gothamist]

Wolfgang Puck is slated to be the voice of Chef Smurf in the new live-action Smurfs movie [Hollywood Insider via Grub St]

Avalon Bowery shows off its ability to price gouge – $3,500 for 1BR; $7,495 for 2BR [NYC the Blog]

Diesel gets more stupid by the day with its “Be Stupid” campaign [Vanishing NY; Previously]



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