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Jing Fong Supporters Rally to Reopen, Boycott Landlord’s Other Businesses

Posted March 25, 2021 at 5:00 am

In the wake of Jing Fong closing, pressure mounts against Jonathan Chu, landlord of the former Chinatown eatery, to reopen the dining room. Handbills are now taped to surfaces in the vicinity of 20 Elizabeth Street, announcing a rally today, and calling for a boycott of Chu’s other businesses. As the poster attests, his family […]

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Hester Street Fair Tries to Stay Alive as Supporters Rally to the Cause

Posted March 24, 2021 at 5:05 am

The grassroots campaign to support the continuation of Hester Street Fair is gaining momentum. As reported, the weekly flea market was essentially booted from its eleven-year perch by their landlord, the Seward Park Co-op. The sudden decision – Hester Street Fair was to reopen on April 10 – dumbfounded both vendors and the ownership. “We […]

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Shuttered Ludlow Fitness Space Seeks New Occupant

Posted March 23, 2021 at 5:00 am

The former second-floor home of Ludlow Fitness now seeks a replacement tenant. Will it be another gym? Ludlow Fitness had been a mainstay above the Delancey Street Duane Reade for some fourteen years. And it was one of the better deals around. However, the advent of the novel coronavirus and pandemic lockdown pretty much spelled […]

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Seward Park Co-op Boots Hester Street Fair in Favor of New Operator

Last modified March 23, 2021 at 7:47 pm

Hester Street Fair became a victim of its own success this spring, as its Seward Park Co-op overlord gave it the old heave-ho in favor of something new. Last year’s unique COVID-19 season was likely its last. Curbed had the scoop. The sudden decision – Hester Street Fair was to reopen on April 10 for […]

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Mercury Lounge Building Hits Market for $7.5M

Posted March 19, 2021 at 5:01 am

Another Lower East Side building with an iconic commercial tenant is on the market. The mixed-use tenement at 217 East Houston Street, which houses Mercury Lounge on the ground floor is currently for sale. Asking price is $7.5 million. Of the eight apartments in the building, five are stabilized and three free-market. The music venue […]

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Pest Infestation Pushes Stanton Street Tenants to Sue Croman for 3rd Time in 4 Years

Posted March 17, 2021 at 5:04 am

Embattled tenants of 159 Stanton Street are again suing ex-con landlord Steve Croman. This time over a severe rodent infestation. According to a release from the Cooper Square Committee, residents are battling mice and roaches, owed largely to an upscaling project that dates back five years. More than half of the apartments, several of which […]

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Yonah Schimmel Building on the Market for $6M

Posted March 17, 2021 at 5:04 am

The longtime tenement home of Yonah Schimmel Knishes is for sale. Dubbed a “Prime location with heavy foot traffic,” the building at 137 East Houston has been on the market since last July. Its latest asking price is $6 million. The broker-babble further notes that the buyer gets “tremendous upside in a premier location with […]

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Campaign Underway to Landmark Historic LES Settlement House Buildings

Posted March 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

A grassroots campaign is now underway to landmark three historic Lower East Side settlement house buildings. University Settlement (1898) at 184 Eldridge Street, Educational Alliance (1891) at 197 East Broadway, and the former headquarters of Grand Street Settlement (1905) at 311 East Broadway are part of the pitch. All three are exemplary for their architecture […]

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Synagogue Adjacent Condo Tops out on Clinton Street

Posted March 9, 2021 at 5:02 am

A longtime synagogue driveway at the northern terminus of Clinton Street is now buried beneath a six-story condo development. And it just reached its apex. Construction during the last several months next to Congregation Chasam Sofer yielded the sixty-five-foot structure now visible from street level. Below is a rendering of what the future holds. Developer Andres […]

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East River Park Advocates Appeal Redacted Resiliency Engineering Report

Posted March 8, 2021 at 5:03 am

In a late-day mailer yesterday, East River Park advocates announced an appeal of the heavily redacted Value Engineering Study, the report Mayor de Blasio cited in 2018 when announcing the sudden change in the flood control plan. East River Park ACTION attorney Jack Lester sent an appeal on March 2 to the City’s Department of […]

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