Real Estate

Essex Crossing Starts Leasing at The Artisan with Rentals Topping $3,000

Posted August 13, 2020 at 5:03 am

Essex Crossing this month announced the start of leasing at its latest luxury tower – The Artisan. Located at 180 Broome Street, this beast is the largest building at the nine-site project. Its floors contain office and retail space, as well as access to the Market Line, which is gradually reopening from the pandemic shutdown. […]

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An Open Letter to DOE Proposing Outdoor Classes at Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted July 28, 2020 at 5:02 am

The following open letter to the Department of Education was penned by executive director of the Elizabeth Street Garden, Joseph Reiver. Dear Chancellor Carranza, As the City moves to reopen public schools, Elizabeth Street Garden would like to offer our grounds for outdoor classes.  We understand the complexity of ensuring that children safely receive their […]

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Bowery Mission Puts Avenue D Men’s Shelter on the Market

Posted July 22, 2020 at 5:02 am

The Bowery Mission is looking to sell its Alphabet City men’s shelter in a bid to help sustain services through the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report in Real Estate Weekly, the historic organization tapped JLL Capital Markets to help sell 45-51 Avenue D. The two-building property currently offers transitional housing for formerly homeless men […]

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Bette Midler Tweets Opposition to$1.45B East River Park Resiliency Plan

Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:04 am

Coronavirus be damned, it appears the city is still on course to begin destruction of the East River Park this fall. And Bette Midler is not happy. “The idea of destroying parkland during a pandemic, where people are desperate for open space is insane,” the superstar singer tweeted to her 1.7 million followers last night, […]

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LPC Rescinds Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Landmarking, Paving Way for Towering Development

Posted July 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

On Mother’s Day in 2017, a teenaged arsonist torched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Three years later, the smoldering Norfolk Street site is no longer a city landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission last week voted to rescind the special designation that protected the synagogue for five decades. It was purportedly done so without much discussion from the […]

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Mayor’s Borough-Based Jail Plan Defunded $473M and Now on Hold

Posted July 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

Grassroots groups in diametric opposition to the city’s borough-based jail plan this week declared victory at its delay. For now. Last week, City Council and Mayor de Blasio approved the $88.1 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year. Within the accompanying report, the city mentioned, “Planned commitments for new borough-based jails have been reduced by […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Reopens Post-Shutdown

Posted July 6, 2020 at 5:04 am

At a time when city folk are clamoring for more open space, the Elizabeth Street Garden comes to the rescue. The one-acre sculpture park – nestled in the middle of Little Italy – reopened to the public over the weekend. Yet, with limited hours. Temporary visitation is weekends from 10:00am to 6:00pm. There are also […]

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Under Presure from Chinatown, Mayor Pledges $80M to Restore 70 Mulberry Street

Posted July 3, 2020 at 5:02 am

The fire-scorched school building at 70 Mulberry Street will see life anew, thanks to massive city funding. Mayor de Blasio announced yesterday in his morning press briefing that the new budget contains a line item for $80 million dedicated to restoration of the historic building. Hizzoner spent a solid four minutes discussing how Chinatown was […]

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When Rivington House Wouldn’t Clean its Garbage Mess, a Neighbor Stepped In

Posted July 2, 2020 at 5:06 am

A Good Samaritan took responsibility where a multimillion-dollar hospital system would not. As previously reported, the outside of Rivington House – future home of Mount Sinai’s future Behavioral Health facility – essentially devolved into decrepitude with the accumulation of trash at the doorstep. Untouched for days on end. But one Lower East Sider took matters […]

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Rallying Against Demolition of Century-Old School Building at 70 Mulberry Street

Last modified June 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm

Saturday afternoon, dozens of preservationists gathered outside 70 Mulberry Street to protest the demolition of a Chinatown relic. The former public school building that has served as a beacon of neighborhood nonprofits for decades. More than one hundred people congregated outside the fire-stricken structure. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams also showed his support for the […]

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