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Report: Michael Shah Acquires 149 Rivington Street as Part of $100M Portfolio Deal

Posted May 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Delshah Capital, the real estate firm of controversial landlord Michael Shah, is close to closing on a “Brooklyn-centric” $100 million portfolio. According to The Real Deal, the blockbuster deal includes 28 buildings spread across Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Carroll Gardens, and Bushwick, as well as two buildings on the Lower East Side. While the addresses aren’t clear, […]

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Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery to Resume Hunger Strike

Posted May 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery – whose personal belongings were publicly trashed curbside several weeks ago – remain in exile exactly four months after the city issued a full vacate order on the destabilized tenement. With homecoming delayed indefinitely as landlord Joseph Betesh completes renovations, a resumption of the prior hunger strike is now planned for […]

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Check out the New Corlears Hook Ferry Landing, Due to Launch Imminently

Posted May 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

You’re looking at an aerial view of the new Corlears Hook ferry landing, which is making some serious progress. Two months after Mayor de Blasio visited the NYC Ferry project site, the new dock is close to completion. The canopied shelter is in place and construction material nowhere in sight. As previously reported, this new […]

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Fresh Permits Issued for Rivington House Gut Job

Posted May 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Piecemeal work at Rivington House is progressing, despite pressure from the community and elected officials alike. The Department of Buildings two weeks ago issued permits to CetraRuddy Architects, the design firm behind the $17.1 million remodeling, for interior demolition, despite the partial stop-work order on the property. This grants the team the ability to renovate […]

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Rumor: A T.J. Maxx for the New Lower East Side

Posted May 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s a big-box bulk-up on the Lower East Side. In case you had enough of neighborhood mallification, vis-a-vis Essex Crossing, there’s more. It’s rumored that T.J. Maxx is also poised to compete for your dollars in an increasingly crowded space. Word on the street is that T.J. Maxx – part of the TJX Companies that […]

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Soho House will Knock Down Libation Building for its ‘Ludlow Garden’ Concept

Last modified May 16, 2018 at 10:49 pm

Take note: Ludlow House, the Lower East Side version of Soho House, is about to expand in a big way. The high-end members club proposes to replace the problematic Libation space – nay, the entire property – with an “outdoor extension” called Ludlow Garden. Indeed, if all goes to plan, 137 Ludlow Street will be […]

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Amidst Vehement Opposition, CB3 Denies ‘Marilyn’ on Monroe Street

Posted May 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Two Bridges neighborhood last night was in sync with Community Board 3 over opposition to the proposed sub-grade cocktail den at 73 Monroe Street, The Marilyn. The SLA subcommittee stood firm in its denial of the application. As previously reported, Luis Gil, Umi Mucktar-Barnes, Kai Mucktar-Barnes, and Thomas Bonsignore (former partner of the late […]

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Fat Free Art Gallery on Allen Street Closing, Grey Lady Eyes Takeover

Posted May 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Fat Free Art Gallery is on a forced diet, and won’t be around much longer. The street art gallery newcomer – it opened on Allen Street in November 2016 – is closing in just a few weeks. We hear that exhibitions are set to conclude at the end of May thanks in large part […]

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DOT to Install ‘Directional Signage’ to Combat Congestion at Grand and Clinton Streets

Posted May 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Pressure from the community and elected officials is starting to pay off, it seems. Department of Transportation announced in a letter that it is addressing concerns about the traffic bottleneck at Grand and Clinton Streets. As previously reported, several Democratic district leaders last month penned a letter to Commissioner Polly Trottenberg urging immediate action. Elected […]

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Major Demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Appears Mostly Complete

Posted May 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is dead. Long live Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Yes, the 167-year-old house of worship was ruined before the fire. And, yes, the blaze destroyed whatever historic character remained. But now, pretty much nothing is left of the city-mandated landmark. It’s a hollowed-out shell of its former self. Demolition crews, under the supervision of […]

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