La Vie is Now a Pile of Rubble on East 1st Street
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There goes the last of La Vie, the controversial club that became a thorn in the side of East First Street. From the outset, it operated under the guise of a restaurant, and became supremely disruptive to quality of life on the block. Now those memories are dust in the wind.
Workers began dismantling La Vie at the beginning of October. It’s almost at sandlot status. Neighbors are probably reveling in the sight of its destruction.
As previously reported, property owner Ekstein Development – “a diversified and rapidly growing real estate investment firm with properties and businesses located throughout New York and New Jersey” – is poised to drop a six-story luxury dwelling here at 64 East First. Documents indicate that the building will offer 13,100 square-feet of residential space comprised of six full-floor units (likely condos), including two duplexes.
Construction permits are still pending, since nearly every application in relation to the new building was disapproved by the DOB.