Real Estate

Landlord Michael Shah Nabs Sago Hotel on Orchard Street for $8.5M

Posted June 30, 2021 at 5:01 am

Controversial landlord Michael Shah has a new Lower East Side property in his proverbial quiver. This time it’s a Hell Square hotel. Shah purchased the Sago Hotel at 120 Allen Street back in April for $8.5 million, city records show. With the acquisition, the owner-developer (DelShah Capital) now boasts two properties across from one another […]

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‘Library’ Condos Begin Selling on Rivington Street

Posted June 25, 2021 at 5:05 am

A former branch of the New York Public Library is born again rich. The Horizon Group, which acquired the historic Beaux Arts library building at 61 Rivington Street in May 2018 for $8.4 million, is in the final stages of condo conversion. Sales launched yesterday at the new development, known officially as the Library. At […]

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Owners Struggle to Keep Blue Moon Hotel Alive on Orchard Street

Posted June 24, 2021 at 5:09 am

The Blue Moon Hotel is trying desperately at a revival after a challenging few years topped by the pandemic freefall. Most recently, historic 100 Orchard Street had been in the news for its potential conversion to a homeless shelter. The stream of negative headlines and pressure from the community forced the hotel to cave, and […]

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City Embarks on $3.69M Rehab of Hamilton Fish Park

Posted June 24, 2021 at 5:01 am

The city will soon embark on a new project to renovate the Hamilton Fish Park Playground on Pitt Street. Funded with a cash injection of $3.69 million by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, the effort will enhance the playground with new features, improved safety surfacing, and more. But appears to stop short of the pool. […]

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Another Seward Park Co-op General Manager Resigns

Posted June 23, 2021 at 5:05 am

More leadership upheaval at the Seward Park Co-op. Residents were recently informed that Brendan Keany, who began his tenure as general manager as Frank Durant’s replacement on April 1, tendered his resignation. For official reasons unknowns. A replacement is currently being sought, below are the communications distributed to the residents a couple weeks ago. Dear […]

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Ludlow Street Pizzeria Hits the Open Market

Posted June 22, 2021 at 5:05 am

La Margarita Pizza might not have much time left in Hell Square. The Ludlow Street pizzeria is now pitched on the open market. The 800 square-foot store at 268 Ludlow appeared on Craigslist in late-May for $9,000 per month in rent. The listing caps some eight years in business for the Lower East Side pizza […]

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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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