Real Estate

Bowery Building Razed for New Office Development

Posted November 21, 2019 at 5:02 am

The old Bowery tenement that previously housed a restaurant supply company is coming down. In its place, a new five-story office building. Passing by 216 Bowery this week, we spotted half the structure eliminated behind a Black death shroud. Approved permits on file with Department of Buildings indicate that the stout brick tenement at 216 […]

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Henry Street Settlement Facility Moves to Essex Crossing

Last modified November 22, 2019 at 1:06 pm

The Henry Street Settlement is Essex Crossing-bound. In part. Its Workforce Development Center just relocated from the corner of Essex and Delancey Streets – atop the McDonald’s – to a new spot at 178 Broome (aka Site 6). Signs on the front door of the center alert locals of the imminent move. Basically, Site 6 […]

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LES Synagogue Pursues Removal of Deed Restriction to Redevelop for Residential

Posted November 18, 2019 at 5:06 am

As reported last month, the Lutowisker Synagogue on the eastern fringe of Delancey Street is headed toward redevelopment. The congregation, which owns the building and has been present on the Lower East Side since 1877, hopes to construct housing atop its house of worship. The proposal as it stands is to expand the building at […]

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City Honors Sun Yat-Sen with Plaza and Permanent Statue in Columbus Park

Posted November 15, 2019 at 5:13 am

Mayor de Blasio, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and other politicians this week dedicated a slice Chinatown’s Columbus Park to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. This past Tuesday, what would have been the 153rd birthday of the founding father of China, also marked the return of the bronze statue after the city excavated a new permanent home. The area […]

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Essex Crossing Adjacent Properties on Ludlow Street Fetch $12M

Posted November 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Change may soon come to the Chinese food wholesaler at 89-91 Ludlow Street. The dual property just changed hands this month for $12.3 million. Buyer of record is an LLC linked to Brooklyn’s Xiaoling Huang. The two parcels in question, comprising a three-story commercial building and the adjacent lot where wholesaler C&L Restaurant Supply currently […]

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Construction Resumes at 139 Bowery, Awaiting 14-Story Payload

Posted November 13, 2019 at 5:09 am

There is finally construction activity to report at the 139-141 Bowery development site. The spot has been largely dormant ever since the double-wide walk-ups were summarily razed three years ago. With the area now buzzing, the march toward a fourteen-story future continues. Plans to redevelop the properties, in one form or another, date back to […]

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Demolition of Long-Dormant 11 Essex Street Underway

Posted November 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

Dormant and decaying for years, the tenement at 11 Essex Street is at its end. Demolition is currently underway. Erasing a structure carrying 112 years’ worth of history. Death shroud is firmly affixed to the facade, as workers begin dismantling the building. It’s the first tangible activity onsite after a decade of dormancy. As previously […]

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Former Home of Public on Elizabeth Street to Become 6-Story Office Development

Posted November 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Public restaurant on Elizabeth Street closed down in June 2017. It spent fourteen years serving in the former commercial bakery, and picked up Michelin nods along the way. Public was forced to close not by rent hike, but by construction on-premise. Chef and Avroko partner Brad Farmerie told Eater at the time that relocating […]

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Now Approved, Actually Building the Borough-Based Jails Might Take More than Political Wrangling [OP-ED]

Posted November 4, 2019 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by vociferous Chinatown activist Karlin Chan. As expected, City Council last month unanimously passed an unprecedented city-wide ULURP for the Mayor’s borough-based jail plan. Despite the lack of a concrete plan and the testimony of dozens calling for no new jails. So will these local jails ever get built? That […]

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City Council Passes Bill that Keeps Knickerbocker Village Affordable for 50 Years

Posted November 1, 2019 at 5:08 am

City Council passed a resolution Thursday afternoon that preserves affordable housing at Knickerbocker Village for the next fifty years. The bill provides a property tax abatement that will help offset future rent hikes. Years ago, management for the Two Bridges residential complex announced a rent hike of 13% to account for upgrades to the aging […]

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