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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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Hunger Strike Set, Displaced 85 Bowery Tenants Likely Face Another 6 Weeks in Exile

Posted February 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

Despite public outcry, a potential hunger strike, and plenty of media coverage, the evicted residents of 85 Bowery won’t be returning home for at least another six weeks. That’s the timeline circulating from landlord Joseph Betesh’s camp for “emergency repairs” to conclude. Progress is at a trickle. According to The Village Voice, the replacement stairs […]

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What it’s Like Living Near the Norfolk Street ‘Animal House’ [VIDEO]

Posted February 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

To look at 180 Norfolk Street, you wouldn’t otherwise think anything of it. The property is a relatively non-descript building two doors down from the Angel Orensanz Center. On the contrary. Readers tell us that behind the brick facade is a purported frat house some are now calling “Animal House.” We hear that, for the […]

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Pile Driving Commences on New 26-Story Essex Crossing Tower

Posted February 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

Essex Crossing Phase II is muscling ahead, as 180 Broome Street is cleared and primed for new development. The Broome Street parcel, also known as Site 4, operated for decades as a parking lot. Until mid-December, when all vehicles were barred from the square-block space. Late last month, workers began removing the aged chain-link fence, […]

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