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CPC Holds First Public Hearing on Elizabeth Street Garden Today

Last modified March 13, 2019 at 10:51 am

As two Elizabeth Street Garden nonprofit groups turn to lawsuits to thwart redevelopment of the Little Italy oasis, the Haven Green senior affordable housing complex is proceeding to the next phase of the Uniform Land-Use Review Process (ULLURP). The controversial, 123-unit development appears before the City Planning Commission for a public hearing this morning at […]

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The Past Still Very Present in SoHo as Planning Process Seeks a Future

Last modified March 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer opened the second public meeting for the SoHo NoHo Plan with this brutally honest admission, setting a new tone for the participatory workshops: “I do think that the first public event sucked and we learned many lessons.”  Motivated largely by fear of displacement, residents from the affected areas returned for […]

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Vinny Vella, Actor and Pulse of Little Italy, Dies at 72

Last modified February 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm

Who’s better than you? Vinny, that’s Who. Little Italy residents this week are mourning the loss of Vinny Vella. The local legend, and character actor, died of complications from liver cancer on Wednesday (February 20) at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife Margaret-Anne, and his children Benjamin and Anthony Hernandez, Lauren […]

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After Six Years of Debates, CB2 Tenders Final Denial of ‘Haven Green’ at Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted January 28, 2019 at 9:09 am

The longstanding debate over redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden (ESG) concluded its tenure in the Community Board system last Thursday night with an unequivocal denial by the full board. While strictly advisory in nature, this judgment represents an important, yet somber, victory for garden faithful who have rallied with local elected officials for the last six years […]

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CB2 Holds Final Hearing Tonight on Haven Green’s Controversial Plans for Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified January 14, 2019 at 7:31 am

While Community Board 2 won’t produce a final resolution on the redevelopment of Elizabeth Street Garden until a full-board meeting scheduled for January 24, tonight’s “big meeting” before the Elizabeth Street Garden Working Group committee will offer the community its best chance to weigh in on the controversial Haven Green affordable housing project. This time, CB2 […]

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‘POPS’ Goes the Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified September 5, 2018 at 8:48 am

Developers behind the controversial Elizabeth Street Garden affordable housing project are going straight to the public with their plans. Now, area locals will have another chance to interact with Haven Green, the proposed seven-story, “deeply affordable” senior housing development and its Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) that together replace the garden. Pennrose Properties, Habitat for […]

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Target and the Tale of Two (Storefront) Tributes

Last modified July 27, 2018 at 7:13 am

Anyone still disgusted by the marketing gimmicks of Target’s new Alphabet City store should head on down to Orchard Street for James and Karla Murray’s “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” photography exhibit to see how a proper homage to the New York City storefront is done. The couple’s storefront-persevering photography exhibition opened just days […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden and the ‘Halo Effect’ of Haven Green Redevelopment [OP-ED]

Last modified June 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

The debate rages over open space versus affordable housing in Little Italy.The following editorial regarding the fight for Elizabeth Street Garden was written and submitted by Little Italy native, Eddie Panta.  Garden advocates aren’t backing down from their fight to save Elizabeth Street Garden from redevelopment, even if it means being pitted against other non-profits. […]

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Rivington House Stays Front-and-Center in Marte vs. Chin City Council Showdown

Posted March 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

Looks like the widely reported Rivington House debacle will loom large over City Council elections next fall. Last Friday, City Council hopeful Christopher Marte, brought his campaign message of “increased transparency” and “community outreach” to the Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden rally outside the iconic 45 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. The Garden protestors […]

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The Cuban Corn Crisis on Prince Street

Posted February 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

The corner of Prince and Elizabeth Streets was noticeably quiet yesterday as Cafe Habana’s lunch patrons were met with a locked door instead of the trendy cafe’s signature Cuban grilled corn. Throughout the day, would-be patrons who normally loiter outside while waiting for tables or chomping down on corn, appeared confused at the closure. That […]

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