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Next Phase of Market Line at Essex Crossing Now Visible

Last modified January 21, 2021 at 12:05 pm

With scaffolding and other construction elements removed from The Artisan building at Essex Crossing, another part of the Market Line is coming into focus. Unlike the westernmost third of the Market Line, this section beneath 180 Broome Street feels less like a dungeon. Design elements, including massive grand staircase and full facade glass open the […]

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Chinatown Welcomes New Easy Access COVID-19 Testing Sites

Posted January 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Finally a step in the right direction. Pop-up COVID-19 test sites opened in Chinatown yesterday, providing much-needed alternatives to locals seeking a swab. The sites – one at 62 Mott Street, and the other at Confucius Plaza – offer walk-in swab tests and antibodies tests. Center Laboratories is handling testing and results, which are emailed or texted […]

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Appellate Court to Hear Community Lawsuit that Halted Development of Two Bridges Towers

Posted January 19, 2021 at 5:00 am

Down on the Two Bridges waterfront, the future of three super-tall residential projects will soon be decided. Indeed, it took a year, but a community-led lawsuit is now on appeal, with a court date set for next week. You’ll recall that a consortium of community groups under the banner of Lower East Side Organized Neighbors […]

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East Broadway Subway Station Turns 85

Posted January 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

The East Broadway subway station wasn’t always a shady dungeon attracting crime. Once upon a time, the transit stop inspired celebrations across the Lower East Side. It was exactly eighty-five years ago – January 1, 1936 – that the East Broadway subway station debuted to the public. The feat of subterranean engineering, then known as […]

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Looking at the New Ludlow House Annex Atop Demolished Libation Site

Posted January 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

Well, that was quick. With Libation excised from the Lower East Side, the hole is now filled. Taken over by Ludlow House. The building at 137 Ludlow Street was demolished last year, and replaced in a matter of months. In fact, it’s already operational. The architecture of this one-story newcomer mirrors design elements of its […]

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Unused Half of Bowery’s Sunshine Hotel Flophouse Available to Rent

Posted January 14, 2021 at 5:00 am

The leasing banner has been strung from the facade of 241 Bowery for more than two years. Without much success. The second and third floors (combined 8,938 square-feet) – once part of the Sunshine Hotel flophouse – are again on the market. And at a hefty price: $6,495 for a “raw” space that requires renovations […]

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Sunshine Cinema Office Development Reaches Halfway Mark

Posted January 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Sunshine Cinema couldn’t be further down the horizon. Especially as each steel beam is knocked into place. Progress on the new office building at 143 East Houston Street is certainly visible now. Its skeleton recently reached the halfway mark, as it climbs to a total height of about nine stories. As previously reported, owners […]

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Resignations from CB3 After Controversial Committee Shakeup [Updated]

Last modified January 13, 2021 at 6:16 pm

The big news coming from Community Board 3 last night was not the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting, rather the resignation of two of its ilk. As previously reported, the Board Chair Alysha Lewis-Coleman sacked longtime SLA Subcommittee Chair Alexandra Militano from her role as committee chair the Friday before Christmas, and installed Michelle Kuppersmith as […]

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Rest Assured, Economy Candy is Still Open

Posted January 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

With a spate of legendary institutions shuttering during pandemic, word began circulating over the weekend that Economy Candy was the latest victim. Not so. The candy shop, on the Lower East Side for more than eighty years, remains alive, slinging sweets from its doorstep at 108 Rivington Street. The above photo was taken on Saturday […]

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LES Neighbors Sue NYC to Stop Conversion of Blue Moon Hotel to Homeless Shelter

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Blue Moon Hotel is singing the blues after a group of local landlords this week took legal action against the city to stop its conversion into a homeless shelter. The owner of the boutique hotel at 100 Orchard Street – perennially for sale without takers – is apparently planning to lease the space to […]