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First Rendering of the 14-Story Hotel Rising at Vacant Eldridge Street Lot

Posted February 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

What the neighborhood doesn’t need is another large-scale hotel. But that’s precisely what’s happening at 79 Eldridge Street, where construction last week commenced on a new context-killing fourteen-story lodge. And now we have our first sight of what to expect from this long-vacant lot. It’s amazing how these illustrations completely gussy up neighborhoods to make […]

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Henry Street Settlement Begins Rehabilitation Work on its Firehouse Facility

Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Henry Street Settlement is moving forward with its plans to revamp a retired Lower East Side firehouse. Even though the ceremonial groundbreak transpired back in November, only now is the real job beginning. The Department of Buildings issued permits last week to redevelop the local icon (269 Henry Street) into a new community facility […]

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14-Story Hotel Development Reactivated at Vacant Eldridge Street Lot

Posted February 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s been two years since we learned about the new hotel planned for 79 Eldridge Street, the long-vacant lot situated south of Grand. Despite the submission of building plans to the city back in March 2016, inactivity has been the trend here. No longer. As of last week, the green-hued perimeter plywood is now constructed […]

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Little Italy Church Rectory Hits the Market as $14M Development Site

Last modified February 20, 2018 at 10:04 am

The dying carcass of Little Italy continues to get picked apart. Mere days after a devastating fire knocked out Angelo’s on Mulberry Street comes word that the Most Precious Blood Church is selling its rectory. (The church itself is on Baxter Street.) The fifty-foot-wide property in question, located at 109 Mulberry Street, currently houses the […]

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Here’s the First Look at the 11-Story Rebirth of 139 Bowery

Posted February 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

There is nothing left of 139-141 Bowery. Over the course of the last several months, the side-by-side buildings experienced a slow death at the hands of a wrecking crew. (Non-union scabs, apparently, as the giant inflatable rats and pigs previously made an appearance.) But this newfound open-air will soon yield more residential mass. Below is […]

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Chinatown Rails Against Proposed ‘Dogman’ Sculpture Ahead of Lunar New Year

Last modified February 20, 2018 at 10:52 am

With the lunar Year of the Dog just a day out, some in the Chinatown community are incensed about the so-called “Dogman” sculpture planned for Kimlau Square. The proposal, designed by artists Gillie and Marc and backed by the Chinatown Partnership, calls for a 900-lb, bronze dapper dog holding an apple. Community Board 3 last […]

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Is Trader Joe’s Still Opening at Essex Crossing? [Updated]

Last modified February 16, 2018 at 4:20 pm

[Updated below] As widely reported, Trader Joe’s is coming to Grand Street at Essex Crossing sometime later this year. Or is it? Messaging about its fate has grown somewhat ambiguous since plans were first announced in October 2016. Rumors and speculation are now circulating that the popular supermarket reportedly backed out of the project altogether. […]

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CoCo Bubble Tea Closes Delancey Street Shop Due to ‘Infrastructure Issues’

Posted February 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Less than two weeks ago, CoCo bubble tea suddenly shuttered the Delancey Street outpost. A printout in the window blames the closure on “infrastructure issues” likely related to the ongoing exterior renovation of the 156 Delancey retail strip. Even though the letter to patrons hints at a potential return – “we are working to get […]

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Rivington House Condo Conversion Begins as Slate Property Group Files Plans with City

Posted February 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the community slighted, Slate Property Group now officially embarks on its luxury conversion of Rivington House. Three separate permit applications were filed with the Department of Buildings last week for the upcoming job. This despite the partial stop-work order still in effect on 45 Rivington Street. CetraRuddy Architects is the design firm behind the $17.1 […]

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Developers Celebrate Destruction of Sunshine Cinema with ‘Preview’ Party Next Week

Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sunshine Cinema closed exactly three weeks ago after seventeen years on East Houston Street. The contents of the movie house – seats, appliances, sundries – were quickly expunged and discarded in two curbside dumpsters. Gung ho about its new nine-story office development, the nascent property owners at East End Capital and K Property Group want […]

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