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Condo Woe: One Manhattan Square Struggles to Shift Inventory, Takes out $692M Loan

Last modified September 6, 2019 at 7:20 am

It’s no secret that One Manhattan Square is desperate to stock its ranks. The struggle is real. Earlier this summer, Extell offered up to 10 years of free common charges to prospective condo buyers who purchased before July 4; internet ad banners are ubiquitous; sales are also sluggish. Revealed in a Commercial Observer report about […]

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Pizza Champ ‘Famous Hakki’ Plans New Chicken Spot on Essex Street

Posted September 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Lower East Side pizza champion is diversifying with a new spot dedicated to chicken. Hakki Akdeniz, who owns a plethora of pizzerias around the neighborhood, is planning to open Essex Chicken at 115 Essex Street. Just a few doors down from Champion Pizza. The 24-seat newcomer will boast a small menu of assorted chicken, […]

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‘Grinch’ Developer Dumped Rotting Garbage, Garden Advocates Allege in $5M Lawsuit

Last modified September 3, 2019 at 9:21 am

The Children’s Magical Garden last week filed a lawsuit against the owner-developer of the neighboring parcel, accusing him of bullying and harassment. Specifically with regard to the recent dumping of trash into the green space. The Horizon Group – whose principal, David Marom, acquired the vacant lot from Serge Hoyda in 2013 – has been […]

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Masked Men Rob Norfolk Street Boutique at Gunpoint

Posted August 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

Two masked men robbed a posh boutique on Norfolk Street this past Sunday afternoon in broad daylight, police said. The gunpoint robbery unfolded as if in a movie storyline. The two men entered Maryam Nassir Zadeh at 123 Norfolk Street shortly after 1:00pm. The first – dressed in black pants, white shirt, and face obscured […]

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Demolition Imminent for 11 Essex Street as 11-Story Micro-Unit Development Looms

Posted August 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

A Lower East Side tenement with a controversial history is coming down. The city issued the demolition permit for 11 Essex Street back in June, paving the way for redevelopment into micro-unit housing. The sidewalk bridge in place is further visual evidence. As previously reported, real estate scion Sion Misrahi parted with the neglected property […]

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East Broadway Yeshiva Hit with Antisemitic Graffiti

Posted August 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Metivta Tiferet Yerushalayim building at 145-147 East Broadway fell victim on Saturday to an apparent antisemitic act. A vandal scrawled this caricature of a Jewish man with the word “evil” written beneath. The graffiti was reportedly scrawled while Shabbat morning services were underway inside. Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. […]

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Decades-Old Chinatown Stalwarts, Including Yee Li, Close for Good

Posted August 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

A spate of mom-and-pop closures has plagued Chinatown. In the last month alone, three longtime businesses – each established for decades – succumbed to cutthroat real estate pressures. Yee Li, the old-school Chinese BBQ joint located at Bayard and, had been a neighborhood mainstay the last thirty-three years. It was once named New Big Wang, […]

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Street Vendor on the Bowery Caught with Hands Down His Pants

Posted August 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

Caught red-handed. A street cart vendor on the Bowery was seen this week with his hands down his pants. Al Bundy style during lunchtime. Lower East Side local Snapped this photo of the food cart parked outside the TD Bank at Bowery and Canal Street. The image has already gone viral on a local level, […]

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Mayor de Blasio’s Flawed Jail Plan Leaves Inmates Further from Home [Op-Ed]

Posted August 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

As summer winds down, we head ever-closer to the city-wide ULURP hearings on the proposed borough-based prison plan. All said and done, it’s been one big farce the past several months, through various public hearings in four boroughs held by city agencies (save the respective community boards). At each turn, neighborhoods rallied to oppose Mayor […]

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Bones Discovered at MTA Construction Site on Forsyth Street are Not Human

Posted August 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Yesterday morning, construction workers on Forsyth Street unearthed bones. A subsequent investigation determined that the remains were not human. As we’ve been reporting, the MTA is currently replacing the subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until […]

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