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Now Reopened, Blue Moon Hotel Pins Survival on New Restaurant and Bakery

Posted September 14, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street hopes that diversification in its fifteenth year might bolster the bottom line. As part of its reinvention (and reopening), the Settenbrino family is looking to become more than just a “museum hotel” by creating food and beverage options. Specifically, two onsite establishments – Settenbrini’s enoteca and the Sweet […]

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Moscot Looks to be Opening Down the Block at 94 Orchard Street

Posted September 13, 2021 at 5:04 am

It appears Moscot is again on the move. And likely just down the block. Storefront buildout recently commenced on the ground floor of 94 Orchard Street, the pre-war tenement building CEO Harvey Moscot purchased last May for $4.75 million. Chatter at the construction site alleges that the century-old eyewear business will maintain a presence here […]

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Eight-Story Luxury Condo at 66 Clinton Nears the Top

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:18 am

A former social services building on Clinton Street is now seeing new life as a ritzy residential development. As previously reported, developers Vault Development and TLM Equities are together planning an eight-story, 12-unit tower to occupy 66 Clinton Street. Sixty Six Clinton, as it’s known, is located on a block trending toward luxury, thanks to […]

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De Blasio’s Rezoning of SoHo/NoHo Becomes Lame Duck Race to Occupy Community Voice

Last modified September 9, 2021 at 11:13 am

When opponents of the SoHo rezoning staged a protest rally outside Manhattan Borough President’s Gale Brewer’s office, Democratic nominee for city council, Chris Marte, took to the megaphone with a rallying cry urging Brewer to “vote no.” As previously reported, Brewer didn’t conclusively say “no.” But she didn’t approve the rezoning application, either. Brewer eventually […]

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Residents of Flooded Orchard Street Tenement Allege Landlord Mum on Safety Inspections

Last modified September 10, 2021 at 4:53 pm

Residents in a flood-damaged Lower East Side tenement allege that the landlord has been unresponsive to cleanup and assessment. During Tropical Storm Ida last week, a torrent of rainwater cascaded through the bones of 96 Orchard Street. Dramatic video posted to Twitter shows waterfalls in the hallways and even a ceiling collapse. Tenants claim that […]

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30-Story Tower at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site Begins Ascent

Posted September 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

The canyon of development along the backside of Essex Crossing on Broome Street is growing. Indeed, the foundation is down and ascent of a towering new building underway at the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site. After months of excavation, the first elements of the superstructure are now visible above the plywood. One-story height. As previously […]

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BP Brewer Keeps Residents in Suspense as City Pushes Ahead with SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Last modified September 7, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Opponents of the City’s SoHo NoHo Neighborhood Plan descended upon City Planning  Commission headquarters yesterday, rallying outside 120 Broadway before testifying against the de Blasio administration’s last minute effort to rezone SoHo, NoHo, and parts of Chinatown and Little Italy. Anticipating crowds, CPC secured two overflow rooms to provide safe,  in-person testimony. In the end, though, subway […]

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Community Group Sounds Alarm over City’s Alleged ‘Takeover’ of the East Broadway Mall

Posted August 31, 2021 at 5:01 am

The southerly East Broadway Mall beneath the Manhattan Bridge is a pillar of the Chinatown community. Stocked with several small businesses serving the local populace. Perhaps, not for long, though. Local community groups allege that the city is “rashly taking back the mall.” In particular, the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side […]

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BP Brewer Meets Community Resistance at SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Hearing

Last modified August 25, 2021 at 10:31 am

Borough President Gale Brewer is now in the hot seat with the city’s public review process churning onward for the controversial rezoning of SoHo, NoHo and parts of Chinatown (not to mention what’s left of Little Italy). To that end, Brewer held a virtual hearing on the subject via Zoom and Facebook just three days […]

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DDC Seeks Students and Local Artists to Beautify the Eyesore of East Side Resiliency Project

Posted August 24, 2021 at 5:06 am

Let the so-called art-washing begin. The city is amidst a crowdsourcing campaign to find students and/or local artists who will decorate fencing erected for the controversial East Side Coastal Resiliency project. This “Call for Art” is aimed at students from kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as local artists. Student winners earn $300 reward, while […]

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