Resignations from CB3 After Controversial Committee Shakeup [Updated]

Last modified January 13, 2021 at 6:16 pm

The big news coming from Community Board 3 last night was not the monthly SLA subcommittee meeting, rather the resignation of two of its ilk. As previously reported, the Board Chair Alysha Lewis-Coleman sacked longtime SLA Subcommittee Chair Alexandra Militano from her role as committee chair the Friday before Christmas, and installed Michelle Kuppersmith as […]

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Nine-Story Condo Building on East 1st Street Rising Fast After Years of Dormancy

Posted January 11, 2021 at 5:14 am

The pre-war tenement at 118 East 1st Street was razed almost six years ago already. It took this long, but the residential replacement is finally making some serious progress. The project parcel largely remained dormant until late last year, when the steel superstructure began its ascent. It now stands at roughly eight stories, almost at […]

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B Bar Site on the Bowery to Sprout 21-Story Office Tower

Posted January 11, 2021 at 5:03 am

B Bar owner Eric Goode is co-developing a monstrous officer tower atop the ashes of his former Lower East Side nightspot. Permits were filed last week with Department of Buildings for a 21-story mixed-use development at 358 Bowery designed by architect Morris Adjmi, as first reported by EV Grieve. Plans call for 98,799 square-feet of […]

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Rest Assured, Economy Candy is Still Open

Posted January 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

With a spate of legendary institutions shuttering during pandemic, word began circulating over the weekend that Economy Candy was the latest victim. Not so. The candy shop, on the Lower East Side for more than eighty years, remains alive, slinging sweets from its doorstep at 108 Rivington Street. The above photo was taken on Saturday […]

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Notorious West 3rd Street McDonald’s Goes Belly Up

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:05 am

Not even McDonald’s can hack it right now. The long-running locations aren’t immune, either. The decades-old Greenwich Village restaurant on West Third Street, across from the legendary basketball courts (aka “The Cage”), is now dark. Storefront branding was stripped and interior furnishings are gone, and the store dormant. This often chaotic, rock-and-roll McDonald’s was notorious, […]

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Thieves Steal Outdoor Heater and Assault Worker Outside La Contenta on Norfolk Street

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:03 am

Outdoor dining structure have become easy pickings for area criminals. Two thieves filched the heater from the corral outside La Contenta on Norfolk Street last Monday (December 29), the restaurant manager tells us. We’re told that the pair staked out the scene at around 8:30am, then returned an hour later for the goods. However, the […]

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LES Neighbors Sue NYC to Stop Conversion of Blue Moon Hotel to Homeless Shelter

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Blue Moon Hotel is singing the blues after a group of local landlords this week took legal action against the city to stop its conversion into a homeless shelter. The owner of the boutique hotel at 100 Orchard Street – perennially for sale without takers – is apparently planning to lease the space to […]

The MTA’s Embarrassing ‘Dealncey’ Spelling Error

Posted January 7, 2021 at 5:07 am

This is a Queens-bound M train, the next stop is learning how to spell. An eagle-eyed observer riding the M train this week noticed that the Delancey Street/Essex Street station was completely misspelled. The embarrassing error – scrolling the onboard announcement display – read as “Dealncey.” How does this slip through? Misspellings of Delancey are […]

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Landlord Jumps in for Liquor License After Pizza Beach Closure [Updated]

Last modified January 7, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Pizza Beach is cooked, for sure. The five-year-old eatery dismantled its sidewalk structure and packed up the dining room earlier this month. Not to return. And there is already a replacement, according to application materials submitted to Community Board 3. The landlord, Sherr Equities (Orchard Flavor Partners) plans to open a nightlife establishment here. Update: […]

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LPC Calendars Hearing for Controversial Condo Alongside Merchant’s House Museum

Posted January 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Landmarks Preservation Commission set a date to consider a new application from a familiar face. And it has major implications (nay, ramifications) for the historic Merchant’s House Museum. As previously reported, Kalodop II Park Corp., the owner-developer which spent the last decade fighting for the hotel development of 27 East 4th Street, now proposes […]

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