Real Estate

Pandemic Pitch: Essex Crossing Tries to Lease its Office Space

Last modified October 22, 2020 at 9:38 am

One of the crown jewels of the Essex Crossing mega project – namely, 350,000 square-feet of Class A commercial space – is also an Achilles Heel of sorts. And now, a first look. The Commercial Observer spilled ink this week on the challenges of renting this office space during pandemic times, even referring to the […]

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Weeks-Long Closure of Nathan Straus Playground was Due to Parks Department ‘Oversight’

Posted October 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

Until yesterday, the Nathan Straus Playground was locked up, leaving the community without a popular public amenity for three weeks. The playground, which abuts the Attorney Street cul-de-sac, had been closed without notice or communication from the city. Though the adjacent school, PS140, did have access. When reached for comment yesterday, the Parks Department admitted […]

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Start of $1.45B East River Park Resiliency Project Delayed

Last modified October 22, 2020 at 9:37 am

The planned demolition of East River Park for the new coastal resiliency project is delayed, the city recently revealed. The initial scope of the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project pegged a start date of September 2020, when areas of the coastline would be roped off ahead of construction. That was the plan through […]

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Trees in East River Park Marked for ‘Demolition’

Posted October 20, 2020 at 5:08 am

Over a thousand trees will be uprooted later this fall when the city commences its demolition and redevelopment of East River Park. Faux demolition flyers now dot the park to raise awareness of the impending arborcide for the controversial resiliency project. The bright-red bills announce trees as “marked for demolition by the mayor and City […]

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Looking at the Luxury Conversion of the Former Bialystoker Nursing Home

Posted October 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

Conversion of the former Bialystoker Nursing Home is well underway on East Broadway. Work commenced a year ago, but visible progress is now palpable. The landmark building – designated as such in 2013 – is encased in scaffolding, elevator shaft, and cranes, and windows busted out. In the near future, it will yield more luxury […]

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CB3 Committee Approves Grassroots Plan to Save Historic East River Park Buildings

Last modified October 19, 2020 at 5:13 pm

An ambitious grassroots proposal to rehabilitate two endangered East River Park structures received backing from Community Board 3 last week. As previously reported, two Art Deco gems rooted in East River Park were recently deemed eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Both the […]

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Ludlow Street Home of Bulgarian Bar Pitched for $13M

Posted October 15, 2020 at 5:05 am

The three-story tenement housing the so-called Bulgarian Bar is now on the market. The recent arrival of a large ad banner at 113 Ludlow Street is evidence enough. EXP Realty is the brokerage of record, listing the property for a handsome $13.5 million. It’s pitched as a development opportunity: Investors, Developers and Builders welcome to the […]

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One Manhattan Square Shows off 45K Square-Foot Private Garden with Tree House

Posted October 15, 2020 at 5:04 am

Crime might be spiking at one of Extell’s properties on the Lower East Side waterfront, but its luxury tower, One Manhattan Square, continues to bask in amenities. Specifically, its new garden area, which is touted as the largest private outdoor garden space in the city. At 45,000 square-feet, the West 8-designed yard features a furnished […]

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SoHo/NoHo Rezoning – Rotten from the Core [OP-ED]

Posted October 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos and Lynn Ellsworth of Human-Scale NYC. In January 2019 the Department of City Planning, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer held a series of public meetings with the thinly veiled goal of rezoning the adjoining, historic neighborhoods of SoHo and NoHo. To say it […]

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Stolen Years Ago, Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel Installs Replica Clock

Posted October 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

When it comes to the Jarmulowsky Bank Building, instances abound of “first time in a long time.” From its restored facade, windows, and wooden doors to the historically accurate cupola replica. Now it’s time to add the clock to that tally, too. Indeed, as part of the years-running hotel conversion spearheaded by DLJ Real Estate […]

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