Real Estate

The Ground Set to Expand Indoor Soccer Footprint in Chinatown

Posted December 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Ground is somewhat of a best-kept-secret in Chinatown for soccer lovers. The onetime glass warehouse offers an indoor field for all ages and a bar up front. It’s popular for kids parties and local leagues. And now it’s getting bigger. Six months since opening, business is booming. So much so, that even Chelsea Piers, […]

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BP-Replacing Condo Debuts on 2nd Avenue with Mathieu Lehanneur Showroom

Posted December 18, 2019 at 5:03 am

The last gas station in the East Village is now a ten-story condoplex. Now, after more than two years of construction, the limestone-clad development at 24 2nd Avenue inches ever closer to occupancy. Construction materials are gone. The incoming mixed-use development, designed by RSVP Studio, boasts thirty apartments, including a pair of duplexes, and capped […]

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The Unholy Alliance of New York City Upzoning and how it’s Affecting the Lower East Side [OP-ED]

Posted December 16, 2019 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by nascent grassroots group, Lower East Side Against upzoning. Today City Planning Commission votes on the two-towered development atop Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. A new tact employed by large for-profit developers is to obliterate zoning rules to capture vast public resources for private gain. The strategy innovated to rewrite city zoning […]

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Tough Slog for ABC No Rio and its Passive House on Rivington Street

Posted December 13, 2019 at 5:11 am

The redevelopment of ABC No Rio into an environmentally friendly passive house is again dogged by delays. In an appeal for donations on Giving Tuesday this month, ABC No Rio director Steve Englander provided an update on status of the new development. Another setback; this time it’s the necessary redesign of the foundation and plans […]

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International Center of Photography Readies January Reopening at Essex Crossing with Ginormous Photo Display

Posted December 13, 2019 at 5:06 am

Another big-box occupant at Essex Crossing goes live in just a few weeks. In January 2020, the International Center of Photography will unveil its “new, fully integrated” facility at 242 Broome Street. A ginormous, three-story photograph is currently hanging in the windows facing Essex Street as teaser ahead of launch. Shot by school alum Rochelle Brock, […]

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Services Now Offered to Chinatown Seniors at Confucius Plaza

Posted December 12, 2019 at 5:09 am

A new retirement community program is headed to Confucius Plaza on the Bowery. Earlier this week, Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined Confucius Plaza Management, Hamilton-Madison House staff, and local seniors at the 44-year-old complex to unveil the new Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) entity. The facility is aptly named The Joy Peace Center, and offers social […]

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Sunshine Cinema Office Development Hit with Stop-Work Order over Excavation

Posted December 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

The city halted construction on the commercial office development set to replace the former Sunshine Cinema. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Department of Buildings deployed inspectors to the project site and subsequently issued a full stop-work order due to excavation activities. Public records show that “foundation work with excavators” caused “structural cracks” in both the […]

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Happy Ending for the Good Luck Spa as it Reopens on Orchard Street

Posted December 11, 2019 at 5:04 am

The good luck is back, as the Chinatown spa of same just reopened. You’ll recall that the Good Luck Spa on Orchard Street fell victim to a police sting last month, and was busted for prostitution. The proverbial happy ending treatment for customers. The business only remained closed for a minute, and was back at […]

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Imagine if this 96-Story ‘RiverArch’ on the LES Stained the Skyline

Posted December 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

Given the gold rush mentality on the Lower East Side waterfront, it’s not surprising to see another bunkers development proposed. A so-called RiverArch all-purpose development to span the East River just north of the Manhattan Bridge. Conceived by Scott Baker, the futuristic plan is part bridge-part apartment building. The 96-story RiverArch would house thousands of apartments, a […]

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Remodeled Seward Park Reopens to the Public

Last modified December 9, 2019 at 2:46 pm

The remodeled Seward Park is now open to the public. Completed in just about six months, this $6.4 million capital works project refreshed many of the deteriorating conditions of the park. And in arguably record timing. Improvements include new park furnishings, equipment, expanded garden area, and renovated library plaza. Yet probably the most significant change […]

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