What Can We Learn from the Deltares Coastal Resiliency Report?

Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:06 am

The short answer is – not much. Last week, the city released the Deltares Report, a 68-page review of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project that had been commissioned by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Carlina Rivera in early September. The summary describes it as a “review of the concerns surrounding the ESCR […]

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PS 142 Mini Soccer Pitch Debuts in Attorney Street Playground

Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:03 am

Seven months after the city announcement, there is a new mini soccer pitch on the Lower East Side. Last week, PS 142 on Attorney Street cut the ribbon on the new play space. Essentially, blacktop painted with the lines of a soccer field. The play-yard addition is sponsored by the nascent NYC Soccer Initiative, a […]

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Permits Filed for 30-Story Bialystoker Tower on East Broadway

Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Two months after the former Bialystoker Nursing Home began its path to a gilded future, the birth of more luxury on the east flank has begun. Round Square Development (née Ascend Group) filed the first permits last week to construct a thirty-story tower at 232 East Broadway. It’s a jagged mess of condos that will […]

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Bird Watching on the Lower East Side this Weekend

Posted October 11, 2019 at 5:06 am

Binoculars at the ready! This weekend, the Urban Park Rangers from the Department of Parks and Recreation are hosting a birding session on the Lower East Side. The Rangers will guide enthusiasts of all levels to the best spots in the neighborhood, and the city at large, to catch fall migratory birds in action. Bring […]

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Bank of America Plants itself Beside Destroyed Sunshine Cinema

Posted October 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

With a commercial office building rising on the ashes of the Sunshine Cinema, it’s no wonder that a retail bank is moving in next door. Bank of America is planting itself in the long-fallow shop at the southwest corner of East Houston and Eldridge Streets. Work permits on file with the Department of Buildings give […]

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Essex Market Shut Down for Private Maker’s Mark Event, Leaving Locals Confused [Updated]

Last modified October 11, 2019 at 9:36 am

The following guest post was written by Joshua Cohen, a Lower East Side resident and patron of Essex Market. I think the Essex Market, generally speaking, has been a great model for public-private partnerships. But last night, the Market hosted a private event for Maker’s Mark whiskey, where the local community’s interested were certainly not […]

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T-Mobile is Closing its Delancey Street Store

Posted October 10, 2019 at 5:06 am

Lots of retail turnover on Delancey Street this month. Earlier this week, we broke news of Rainbow’s imminent departure from the thoroughfare after more than a decade in the neighborhood. Today, it’s the loss of another corporate footprint. Though, one with arguably less utility. The eleven-year-old T-Mobile outpost, essentially an advertising expense for the wireless […]

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Speed Cameras Installed on Pike Street

Posted October 10, 2019 at 5:04 am

As part of the city’s push to capitalize on pedal-heavy motorists, new speed zones and cameras are proliferating. The latest in the neighborhood is outside Rutgers Houses on Pike Street. The camera box installation appeared within the last couple weeks, affixed to a lamppost between Cherry and Madison Streets. As with other locations, when the […]

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Faerman Cash Registers Closure Scare on the Bowery [Updated]

Last modified October 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm

A Bowery relic is no more. Faerman Cash Register Company just closed the till for the last time, as it were. Tipsters wrote in to say that showroom at 159 Bowery is clearing out; the gates were drawn yesterday afternoon. Update: the store is not closed. They were observing Yom Kippur As previously reported, 159 […]

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DOB Steps up Campaign Against Illegal Half-Floor Subdivisons in LES Tenements

Posted October 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

The city is stepping it up with its campaign to warn Lower East Side residents about illegal conversions of living spaces. The sudden push follows the high-profile Department of Buildings inspection of 165 Henry Street in August, which uncovered units split into illegal “half-floors.” Tenants were found residing in SRO spaces with four-and-a-half foot ceilings. […]

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