Buddhist Temple Survives Year of Renovations on Allen Street, Emerging with Rooftop Pagoda

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 at 5:05 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Two months shy of a year behind bars, the Cheng Chio Buddhist Temple is now finally seeing the light.

The house of worship – owned by Lily Wang – spent the interim upgrading the facility and bringing it up to code. Reinvigorating the property by renovating commercial units, enlarging the staircase, installing an elevator, and obtaining a new Certificate of Occupancy. Revised paperwork with the Department of Buildings shows a new CO calling for 6,713 square-feet for Cheng Chio (including a rectory) and 2,143 square-feet for the retail units.

This image has been archived or removed.

Contractors began removing the sidewalk bridge, scaffolding, and netting from the facade of 14 Allen Street last Friday. And there’s a new rooftop appendage…

A brand new terra-cotta pagoda was also constructed atop 14 Allen, and is an impressive addition to the block. Here’s the same building two years ago…

This image has been archived or removed.

14 Allen Street, August 2014

 

Recent Stories

Samesa is the First Vendor Casualty in the New Essex Market

Open only six months, the first vendor of the new Essex Market has gone belly up. Not one of the long-timers, though. Samesa ended its brief run earlier this month. Established by brothers Max and Eli Sussman in 2016, Samesa first announced its Lower East Side grab-and-go stall one year ago. The Middle Eastern restaurant […]

‘GoNightclubbing’ with Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong at The 72 Gallery [INTERVIEW]

Thirty-nine years ago, a new nightclub called Danceteria featured a video installation which recreating a suburban living room. The twist was that the giant old-school TV, housed in a mid-century wood cabinet, wasn’t playing reruns of I Love Lucy. Instead, there was a live feed of bands such as Iggy Pop, The Dead Boys, and […]

Market Line Debuts Beneath Essex Market this Friday

Come Friday, Essex Crossing hits another goal. Debut of the Market Line. There have been no official communications about the launch, but this date is two days later than participating vendors had previously communicated. (And a full season later than publicized at the Market itself.) Once fully operational, the Market Line is to occupy 150,000 […]

LES Synagogue Pursues Removal of Deed Restriction to Redevelop for Residential

As reported last month, the Lutowisker Synagogue on the eastern fringe of Delancey Street is headed toward redevelopment. The congregation, which owns the building and has been present on the Lower East Side since 1877, hopes to construct housing atop its house of worship. The proposal as it stands is to expand the building at […]

Famous Hakki Opens ‘Cluck’s’ Fried Chicken Spot on Essex Street

Famous pizza maker Hakki Akdeniz just unveiled his latest fast food concept. It’s chicken-focused fast food and seems poised to collect plenty of cash from weekend revelers in Hell Square. Cluck’s debuted last week at 115 Essex Street, mere steps from Hakki’s Champion Pizza. The signature menu offering here is the “chicken cone,” which is […]