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City Claims to Preserve East River Park Amphitheater and Allow LES Ecology Center Composting to Remain

Last modified June 14, 2021 at 8:23 pm

With the massive East Side Coastal Resiliency Project underway, the city last week announced additional funding to preserve the East River Park amphitheater, and allow the Lower East Side Ecology Center to keep its compost footprint inside the park. City officials announced the cash infusion to save the eroded bandshell – erected in 1941 – […]

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Judge Denies City’s Motion to Dismiss Community Lawsuit in SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Posted June 9, 2021 at 5:02 am

The New York State Supreme Court last week denied the city’s motion to dismiss the ongoing community lawsuit over the controversial SoHo/NoHo Rezoning plan. Apparently, the city’s handling of the public review portion of the procedure was cause for concern. As previously reported, SoHo Alliance and Broadway Residents Coalition together sued the city in April, […]

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So Long SoHo, Hello Mega-SoHo

Last modified June 7, 2021 at 8:27 pm

The public review process has begun on the city’s downtown rezoning effort, now dubbed the “SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan.” If you, like many residents, haven’t checked back into these plans amidst the pandemic, now is certainly the time! While the initial strategy detailed by the Envision Soho/NoHo Report focused on retail permits and overall quality of […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Creator, and Gallerist, Allan Reiver Dies at 78

Last modified June 1, 2021 at 11:17 am

The start of the holiday weekend came with sad news for residents of Little Italy and supporters of Elizabeth Street Garden. Late Friday, ESG Inc., the nonprofit that runs and maintains the garden, announced the passing of Allan Reiver in a newsletter to its members and advocates. Cause and date of death are not yet […]

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Judge Denies Final Appeal by Opponents of the Two Bridges Development

Posted May 28, 2021 at 5:00 am

The years-running community effort to derail development of the Two Bridges waterfront ended in crushing defeat yesterday. The New York Court of Appeals declined to hear cases from community groups that had previously sued to stop the four mega-towers from the coastline. This rejection arrives three months after the developers successfully overturned the case on […]

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Moscot Family Buys Walkup Down the Block from Orchard Street Store

Posted May 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

Eight years after the MOSCOT flagship store crossed the Delancey divide, the family acquired property just down the block.  Public records show that Harvey Moscot, fourth-generation owner and CEO of the century-old eyewear brand, purchased the five-story walkup at 94 Orchard Street. The deal closed earlier this month, under the shell name of SGEN, LLC, […]

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Decades-Old Orchard Street Haberdasher Back on the Market

Posted May 18, 2021 at 5:08 am

On the block for more than sixty years, the Global International menswear store is again up for grabs. The haberdashery has been on and off the market a few times since 2017. Four years ago, furor ensued after we posted a story about its possible closure. Egged on by the appearance of a Misrahi leasing […]

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City Planning Certifies Controversial SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Plan

Posted May 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

After more than two years of planning (and missteps with the community), the rezoning of SoHo and NoHo is moving forward. The City Planning Commission yesterday certified the application to rezone these contiguous neighborhoods, kickstarting the tedious public land-use review process (ULURP). The proposed changes to update the 1970s-era zoning would apply to roughly 56 […]

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Bialystoker Nursing Home Tower Begins 30-Story Ascent

Posted May 17, 2021 at 5:00 am

Another monstrosity to dot the Lower East Side skyline. Four years after its structural predecessor was razed, a thirty-story tower is now on the rise beside the Bialystoker Nursing Home. As of this week, the skeletal superstructure sits at roughly four stories in height. Major construction ahead that will yield this… Round Square Development (née […]

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Rebirth of 63 Pitt Street is a 12-Story Residential Tower

Posted May 14, 2021 at 5:00 am

A new luxury rental building is on the docket for Pitt Street. In due course, the pre-war tenement building at 63 Pitt Street will be destroyed to make way for a twelve-story apartment complex. Plans have been underway for the last couple years. However, Department of Buildings issued permits late last month for both the […]

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