Real Estate

Patti Smith Rallies with Supporters for Elizabeth Street Garden as City Terminates Lease

Last modified September 27, 2021 at 10:38 pm

The legal and political battle to save Elizabeth Street Garden from redevelopment intensified last week as the city sent the beloved urban oasis in Little Italy a notice terminating its month-to-month lease at the end of October. News of the potential eviction broke over social media in the midst of garden plans to host a […]

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Extell Residents in Cherry Street Tower Bark Foul Over Abundance of Dogs Despite No Pet Policy

Posted September 22, 2021 at 5:04 am

Residents of Extell’s “affordable tower” at 227 Cherry Street are barking foul over the proliferation of pitbulls, despite the no-pet policy. We are told by current tenants that leases contain a strict stipulation prohibiting pets in apartments, and that management (Wavecrest) seems deaf and/or slow to act about the apparent violations. By some estimates, there […]

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The Shameful State of Sara D. Roosevelt Park [OP-ED]

Posted September 20, 2021 at 5:01 am

The following editorial was written by longtime Lower East Sider and lifelong New Yorker Arthur Karpati. When I moved to the Lower East Side in 1999, I did so because of the dynamic nature of the neighborhood. Long one of the city’s great cultural crossroads—from Chinatown to Little Italy to Loisaida—it has also, in recent […]

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Now Reopened, Blue Moon Hotel Pins Survival on New Restaurant and Bakery

Posted September 14, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street hopes that diversification in its fifteenth year might bolster the bottom line. As part of its reinvention (and reopening), the Settenbrino family is looking to become more than just a “museum hotel” by creating food and beverage options. Specifically, two onsite establishments – Settenbrini’s enoteca and the Sweet […]

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Moscot Looks to be Opening Down the Block at 94 Orchard Street

Posted September 13, 2021 at 5:04 am

It appears Moscot is again on the move. And likely just down the block. Storefront buildout recently commenced on the ground floor of 94 Orchard Street, the pre-war tenement building CEO Harvey Moscot purchased last May for $4.75 million. Chatter at the construction site alleges that the century-old eyewear business will maintain a presence here […]

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Eight-Story Luxury Condo at 66 Clinton Nears the Top

Posted September 10, 2021 at 5:18 am

A former social services building on Clinton Street is now seeing new life as a ritzy residential development. As previously reported, developers Vault Development and TLM Equities are together planning an eight-story, 12-unit tower to occupy 66 Clinton Street. Sixty Six Clinton, as it’s known, is located on a block trending toward luxury, thanks to […]

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De Blasio’s Rezoning of SoHo/NoHo Becomes Lame Duck Race to Occupy Community Voice

Last modified September 9, 2021 at 11:13 am

When opponents of the SoHo rezoning staged a protest rally outside Manhattan Borough President’s Gale Brewer’s office, Democratic nominee for city council, Chris Marte, took to the megaphone with a rallying cry urging Brewer to “vote no.” As previously reported, Brewer didn’t conclusively say “no.” But she didn’t approve the rezoning application, either. Brewer eventually […]

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Residents of Flooded Orchard Street Tenement Allege Landlord Mum on Safety Inspections

Last modified September 10, 2021 at 4:53 pm

Residents in a flood-damaged Lower East Side tenement allege that the landlord has been unresponsive to cleanup and assessment. During Tropical Storm Ida last week, a torrent of rainwater cascaded through the bones of 96 Orchard Street. Dramatic video posted to Twitter shows waterfalls in the hallways and even a ceiling collapse. Tenants claim that […]

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30-Story Tower at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site Begins Ascent

Posted September 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

The canyon of development along the backside of Essex Crossing on Broome Street is growing. Indeed, the foundation is down and ascent of a towering new building underway at the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site. After months of excavation, the first elements of the superstructure are now visible above the plywood. One-story height. As previously […]

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BP Brewer Keeps Residents in Suspense as City Pushes Ahead with SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Last modified September 7, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Opponents of the City’s SoHo NoHo Neighborhood Plan descended upon City Planning  Commission headquarters yesterday, rallying outside 120 Broadway before testifying against the de Blasio administration’s last minute effort to rezone SoHo, NoHo, and parts of Chinatown and Little Italy. Anticipating crowds, CPC secured two overflow rooms to provide safe,  in-person testimony. In the end, though, subway […]

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