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Make No Mistake, CM Margaret Chin Wants Towers in Two Bridges [OP-ED]

Posted November 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by community leader David Tieu, a member of the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors coalition, which is staunchly opposed to the incoming waterfront development. With just a rubber stamp of City Planning approval, four mega-towers on the flood plain of the Lower East Side waterfront – each between 60 and […]

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HPD Moves Forward with ‘Haven Green’ Development Atop Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified November 16, 2018 at 8:59 am

With the edict to remove statues from the park, the proverbial bulldozers are revving up the engines after the city decides to move forward with the redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden. This week, the Department of City Planning certified plans to proceed with the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) for the Haven Green […]

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CB3 Appears Receptive to BID Involvement in Liquor Licensing, Despite Vehement Community Opposition

Last modified November 15, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Should local business improvement districts have a hand in the liquor license process? Last week, the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 heard a proposal by the Lower East Side Partnership that would see the business improvement district insert itself into the liquor license application process. Needless to say, the appearance on the agenda caused […]

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Lower East Side Portfolio of 7 Buildings Hits Market for $72M

Posted November 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

An enormous chunk of Chinatown and Lower East Side real estate is now up for grabs. If you can afford it. Investment firm Avison Young began marketing the seven-property portfolio yesterday, seeking a sale price of $72 million. The housing package is a major divestment by controversial city landlord R.A. Cohen & Associates. It boasts seven tenement […]

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Crime is on the Rise in the Hell Square of Lower East Side

Last modified November 13, 2018 at 7:45 am

Hell Square is heating up, and residents remain caught in the crossfire. The booze-saturated party zone located in so-called “Sector C” – bounded by Clinton/Allen and Delancey/Houston – is seemingly becoming more dangerous. The most vocal block association in the vicinity, the LES Dwellers, crunched the crime numbers in a recent mailer to neighbors. Some […]

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Historic NYPL Rivington Street Branch Undergoes Condo Coversion

Posted November 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

As the Rivington House condo conversion progresses ever so slightly, another historic building barely a block to the east is headed for same. The Beaux Arts beauty at 61 Rivington Street is now tagged for a similar luxury upgrade. Back in May, the historic building, which formerly housed the New York Church of the Nazarene, […]

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Dual Demolition Underway on Chrystie Street Ahead of New 14-Story Tower

Posted November 9, 2018 at 5:00 am

Already with two context-killing luxury developments currently rising on Chrystie Street, the block between Rivington and Stanton is heating up. Work is now underway that will eventually yield a 14-story building. Demolition began over the summer at 199 and 201 Chrystie Street. The death shroud cloaked both buildings during their demise. Before long, the adjacent […]

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For Safe Keeping: Removing a Century-Old Bank Safe from Little Italy

Last modified November 8, 2018 at 10:05 am

In anticipation of imminent demolition, the Italian American Museum on Grand Street in Little Italy is relocating some of its treasures. For safe keeping. Namely, the multi-ton safe that dates back over a century. This past Monday, workers from the Acme Safe Co. removed the unique artifact from the vault of 185-189 Grand Street, which […]

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‘Cup & Saucer’ Returning (Next) to its Former Home on Canal Street

Posted November 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

Against all odds, word on the street is that Cup & Saucer is returning to the Lower East Side! Not only that, the luncheonette parked itself directly next door to its decades-old home at the northwest corner of Eldridge and Canal Streets. An informant on the block tells us that the Cup & Saucer reboot is […]

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Oliver Zabar’s ‘Devon’ Debuts on Broome Street Tomorrow

Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Zabar family finally made it to the Lower East Side. Oliver Zabar – Eli’s son and a former manager of Eli’s Night Shift on the Upper East Side – is behind this bar-restaurant, which serves a menu “elevated American bar food with French influence.” (Ken Addington is a consulting chef on the project.) As for vibes, […]

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