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Report: Tenement Museum Workers Unionize

Posted April 24, 2019 at 5:03 am

The front-facing staff of the Tenement Museum, after many failed attempts throughout the years, have finally agreed to unionize. A vote was held last week in which all education, retail, and visitor services employees mobilized to join Local 2110 UAW (United Auto Workers). The measure passed by a 96% margin. The vote was spurred by […]

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Sunshine Cinema Signage Carted Away

Posted April 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

Sunshine, sunset, swiftly goes the demolition. Indeed, no sooner did the sidewalk bridge appear at 141 East Houston Street than workers deposed the Sunshine Cinema neon lettering. We’re told that a van carted the signage away yesterday. Co-owner-developer East End Capital did not return our request about the fate of the letters. Meanwhile, the demolition […]

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Meet the Newest Condo Tower to Join Chrystie Street Corridor

Posted April 23, 2019 at 5:01 am

A half-block from the Public Hotel, another tower is poised to rise. Where 199-201 Chrystie Street once stood, there is now a hole in the ground waiting for a fourteen-story luxury payload. And this is what it’ll look like. Work just began on the condo project within the last few weeks. Owner-developer KD Sagamore, which […]

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CVS Coming to Ben Shaoul’s Hell Square Condoplex

Posted April 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

Six months after Marshalls planted a flag on the northern perimeter of Hell Square, another big-box tenant is coming. CVS pharmacy just announced itself to the neighborhood with store signage in the last remaining commercial space. For months, we’ve heard rumors to that effect, and now it’s proven true. This completes the big-boxification of Ben […]

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‘Green Roofs’ Are Now Mandatory in New York City

Posted April 22, 2019 at 5:03 am

It’s not easy bein’ green, but if you’re a developer, that may become the norm going forward. Capitalizing on the halo of Earth Day, City Council last Thursday passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a sweeping suite of measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gases released from buildings around the city. The carbon emissions package includes three […]

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Demolition of Sunshine Cinema is Underway

Posted April 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

We were warned this would happen. A year ago, in fact. In that time, vomit-inducing renderings teased the future of the once-beloved Sunshine Cinema. That of a commercial tower. And now the inevitable is upon us. Scaffolding was erected in front of the movie house last week, signaling the beginning of demolition activity. Permits to […]

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Another Essex Crossing Skyscraper Tops Out at 26 Stories

Posted April 19, 2019 at 5:03 am

The towers of the Lower East Side continue to redefine the once-predominant low-rise skyline. Indeed, Essex Crossing checks off another milestone this week as the development at 180 Broome Street (Site 4) tops out. It stands at 26 Stories, roughly the same height as the marquee Essex Crossing building a couple blocks to the west. […]

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Amidst SoHo-NoHo Rezoning, Crosby Street Cardboard City Proves Need for City Planning Spotlight

Last modified April 17, 2019 at 9:44 am

Dueling photographs of a single Crosby Street stoop reveal a tale of two perspectives of life in SoHo. A sight that exposes the real need for City Planning to obtain “a 360-degree analysis that includes all points of view,” which it hopes to gain during review of the neighborhood’s zoning regulations. Back in February, the […]

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Historic Orthodox Jewish Organization Sells East Broadway Building

Posted April 16, 2019 at 5:03 am

Way east on East Broadway, more links to the neighborhood’s Jewish past are disappearing. Word is now circulating that the four-story pre-war tenement at 235 East Broadway just changed hands. Lower East Side Jewish history permeates this site (East Broadway still retains some of those roots). The property had collectively housed the United Jewish Council of […]

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Is Extell Resorting to Rentals at One Manhattan Square? [Updated]

Last modified April 16, 2019 at 2:09 pm

For many on the Lower East Side waterfront, Extell’s purported woes are a lesson in schadenfreude. Especially given the years of construction hell endured by those in the vicinity. Apparently it’s much ado about occupancy. No sooner do move-ins happen at Extell’s One Manhattan Square than residents start renting out their pricey new pads. That […]

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