Luxury Conversion of Landmark Bialystoker Nursing Home Underway

Posted August 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

No longer home for the aged, the Bialystoker on East Broadway is henceforth a lap of luxury. Round Square Development (née Ascend Group) filed the first permits last week to begin the conversion process. To renovate the “existing community facility” into condo units. The rooftop water tank was also removed over the weekend. You’ll recall […]

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Skateboard Sexual Assault on Stanton Street

Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:06 am

A skateboarder on Stanton Street last month sexually assaulted a woman before rolling away undetected, police said. It was a daytime incident on July 17. The unidentified pervert groped the victim’s left breast while she was standing outside 90-96 Stanton Street. No injuries or other pain reported. “Yes, it’s not a shooting or a stabbing […]

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Chinatown is Not Equipped to Handle Heat Waves [OP-ED]

Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:04 am

The heat wave from July 18-21 revealed serious concerns about Chinatown and other under-served communities where city cooling centers were nonexistent or out of reach for many. Chinatown had three cooling centers listed on the city’s official website. Yet, the most easily accessible one to seniors had a “members only” sign taped prominently to the […]

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Subway Ventilation Work Foments Dangerous Conditions on Forsyth Street, Neighbors Say

Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

As construction proceeds on the new subway ventilation system beneath Forsyth Street, conditions above-ground are deteriorating. Neighbors allege that the staging area – opaque dust tarps, chain-link fencing, and plywood boards – creates blind spots and a “tunnel” conducive to illicit activity. Sex, drug use, and passing out are already commonplace on the block, no […]

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Will the Mandated Storefront Vacancy Database Solve High Rent Blight?

Posted August 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

City Council last month passed a bill that would require all business owners to register their storefronts with the city. This move toward cataloging aims to be the first public database of retail spaces with corresponding vacancy status in the country. “Int. No. 1472” was introduced earlier this year by the office of Borough President […]

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The New ICP Center at Essex Crossing Loses Eleven Madison Park

Posted August 9, 2019 at 5:04 am

What was once touted as the “cultural anchor of Essex Crossing” is now dead in the water. Catching up on some Essex Crossing miscellany… Hospitality group Make it Nice (of Eleven Madison Park fame) joined forces with the International Center of Photography well over a year ago, with the ambition to provide premium private event […]

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Grand Street Bank Robber Fled to Brooklyn in Cab Before Arrest [Updated]

Last modified August 10, 2019 at 8:20 am

A man stole a bag of cash yesterday morning from the TD Bank in the Zarin building on Grand Street before fleeing to Brooklyn, police said. The thief – purportedly a 50-year-old Hispanic man, according to the Citizen app – grabbed approximately $600 in currency before hailing a cab to Brooklyn. He reportedly slipped the […]

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First Look at Shepard Fairey’s Mural of Rosario Dawson Atop 190 Bowery

Posted August 8, 2019 at 5:06 am

Here is the first unencumbered look at the new Shepard Fairey mural atop the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery. (Craning of the neck not necessary.) The iconic street artist – currently celebrating thirty years of his Obey Giant brand – hit the rooftop of 190 Bowery last month to (legally) install his latest piece. […]

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‘Uni K Wax’ Salon Chain Heads to Hell Square

Posted August 8, 2019 at 5:04 am

Uni K Wax, a waxing salon chain, is hopping aboard the Hell Square gravy train. The company signed a ten-year lease in the ground level of 199 Orchard Street, previously occupied by Equinox gym as a sales office. The new salon takes 1,000 square-feet of the store once anchored by American Apparel (that footprint is […]

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Drilling Begins at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol for New 30-Story Development

Posted August 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

And so it begins. The full-scale redevelopment of the charred Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site on Norfolk Street. Back in June, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to demolish the surviving south tower, which city officials had hoped to incorporate into the new two-towered development in the works. City engineers subsequently surveyed the wreckage and concluded […]

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