Pile Driving Commences on New 26-Story Essex Crossing Tower

Posted on: February 6th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Essex Crossing Phase II is muscling ahead, as 180 Broome Street is cleared and primed for new development.

The Broome Street parcel, also known as Site 4, operated for decades as a parking lot. Until mid-December, when all vehicles were barred from the square-block space.

Late last month, workers began removing the aged chain-link fence, and establishing the perimeter. As a result, the entire traffic situation is reconfigured, with Broome and Suffolk Streets halved by ten-foot-high plywood barriers.

And now, a towering pile driver and fleet of backhoes to start the job…

As previously reported, a 26-story tower is set to rise and redefine the Lower East Side skyline. It’ll be stocked with 263 apartments (half affordable) across nearly 200,000 square-feet of residential space, plus an additional 148,067 square-feet designated commercial. The Market Line is part of the equation here, that much-ballyhood “bazaar” linked to the two nearby developments via underground passageway.

Handel Architects is the architect of record.

Recent Stories

Broad Daylight Bike Theft Outside Luxury Condo on Orchard Street

Thieves are becoming more brazen on the Lower East Side. Case in point, this bike thief on Orchard Street in broad daylight. A resident captured video of this man clipping a lock at 11:30am outside the luxury condo building at 196 Orchard Street on Sunday morning. The thief used an angle grinder to cut the […]

‘Cock’ Fight at CB3 Over Rivington Street Club

The Cock fight appears to be heating up. A large, vocal contingent of Hell Square residents is diametrically opposed to the bar moving into the former home of Fat Baby on Rivington Street. At issue is the business itself, which has come under fire in recent years from Second Avenue residents for being an unruly […]

Thirty Years Around the Block: The Story Behind the Clayton Patterson x Supreme Collaboration

Neighborhood documentarian Clayton Patterson has a new collaboration out now with Supreme. The question is, how did I connect with Supreme? It is a story that took about thirty years to get around the block. Just about all of the connections were through the streets of the Lower East Side. Here is how it happened; […]

Chinatown, SoHo, and NoHo Stand in Protest Against City’s Proposed Rezoning

Chinatown finds itself caught in a squeeze play with mega-towers set to loom over the Two Bridges neighborhood to its east and the rezoning of SoHo and NoHo to the west. As it turns out, Mayor de Blasio’s 11th-hour rezoning plan for the city’s historic districts will also include large swaths of Chinatown. Yesterday, a […]

The ‘Plus Pool’ Might Soon be a Reality off Two Bridges Coastline

More than ten years in the making, a daring pool pitch is a lap closer to reality in the East River. Just in time for a slate of new luxury skyscrapers. The so-called Plus Pool (stylized +POOL), that intriguing self-filtering swimming pool, will park in the Two Bridges neighborhood in the not-so-distant future, according to […]