14-Story Luxury Tower Planned for Chrystie Street Corridor

Posted December 13, 2017 at 5:06 am

Once again, art was employed as precursor to demolition. In this case, it was JR and Os Gemeos as it relates to 199 Chrystie Street, an old tenement walk-up that’s been slated for a gold-crusted makeover. Both this building and its immediate neighbor to the north are slated for destruction in the coming months to […]

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Essex Crossing Rental Complex Named After Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins

Last modified December 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins once lived in a walkup tenement at 400 Grand Street. That history was decimated two years ago when Essex Crossing muscled into the neighborhood. Now the mega-development is honoring the musician by naming the new fifteen-story tower at Site 5 in his honor. Here comes The Rollins, offering wallet-busting luxury rentals. One […]

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Two Scoops: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Expanding into New Essex Street Market

Last modified December 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

The beloved Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is expanding to the Lower East Side next year. It will take up residence inside the new Essex Street Market facility as part of Essex Crossing. This cross-neighborhood expansion is a first for the popular scoop shop, which has been serving its namesake neighborhood for four decades. Second-generation owner […]

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Join Hester Street at the Third Meeting for a Coastal Resiliency Update! [Sponsor]

Posted December 12, 2017 at 10:08 am

JOIN US AT THE THIRD MEETING FOR AN LMCR UPDATE! Tuesday Dec. 19, 2017 6:30pm – 8:30pm PS 184 Shuang Wen 327 Cherry Street (between Clinton St. and Montgomery St.) This meeting will focus on the waterfront from Montgomery Street to the Brooklyn Bridge. ALL ARE WELCOME! Childcare, translation (Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish), and a light […]

Watch the 7th Precinct’s Rap Pitch for Area Youth [VIDEO]

Posted December 12, 2017 at 9:12 am

There’s reason for this rhyme… The commanding officer of the Seventh Precinct alongside eight neighborhood coordination officers (NCO) recorded a rap track in a bid to connect with area youth. The barebones bit begins with one officer lifting from the Drake hit (“Energy”), “I got energy, gotta lotta energy; tryin’ to give the ‘hood lots […]

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Faux Fur Fashions Come to the Bowery with ‘House of Fluff’ Pop-Up

Posted December 12, 2017 at 5:16 am

There hasn’t been anything of note coming out of 342 Bowery since the Subway sandwich shop closed almost three years ago. In that time, the space became yet another gold coast vacancy. It almost became an “underground” sushi outpost, but those plans never happened. Instead, some fluff is here through Christmas-time. A so-called House of […]

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Red Compass Loses its Way, Sits Closed for Months

Posted December 12, 2017 at 5:07 am

For the second time inside a year, Georgian eatery Red Compass on Orchard Street is closed without notice. Only now, the outage appears permanent. Gates have been drawn during business hours for the last couple months. Calls to the Hell Square establishment all go directly to voicemail. Based on Yelp reviews, it appears the last […]

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14-Story Commercial Condo Tops out on East Broadway

Posted December 12, 2017 at 5:00 am

Eight months of constant construction has yielded a new tower at the southwest corner of East Broadway and Pike Street. The new commercial condo building, flanked by cranes and construction equipment on a regular basis, just topped out this week at fourteen stories. Installation of the curtain wall (i.e. glass facade) is happening simultaneously. As […]

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In Apparent ‘Wayfinding’ Flub, City Moves Sidewalk Post to the Correct Spot

Last modified December 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm

The Department of Transportation is apparently in need of its own wayfinding in Chinatown. You may have noticed that this WalkNYC installation was previously erected on the wrong spot. The signage first arrived near the southeast corner of Essex and Canal Streets at the end of November. Upon closer inspection, though, the “You are here” […]

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Last 2 Parking Lots on Delancey Street Closing in the Next Month for Essex Crossing Towers

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

For the first time in fifty years – since the notorious “urban renewal” slum clearance of 1967 – the last two parking lots on Delancey Street will soon go under the knife. The parcels are incorporated into the Essex Crossing development, and as such, are ready for their luxury payload. The Lower East Side Partnership […]

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