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Local Groups Blast de Blasio for Being ‘Pleased’ with Jared Kushner’s Appointment to Senior White House Adviser

Last modified January 13, 2017 at 7:03 am

Mayor de Blasio is quite happy (nay, “pleased”) at the appointment of local slumlord Jared Kushner to Senior White House Adviser in father-in-law Trump’s administration. Despite Hizzoner’s opposition to the Donald. Perhaps you saw the story, and quotes, published in Politico the other day. “About the person of Jared Kushner — I respect him a […]

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Five Years Delayed, ‘Package 4’ of East River Esplanade Finally Ready to Proceed

Posted January 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

The war of attention between the city agencies is finally over. Package 4 of the East River Esplanade, already delayed five years, is ready to proceed. Gears are in motion to beautify the stretch of waterfront between Catherine Street and Pike Slip. In the end, it was a single, century-old length of subterranean piping that […]

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Sales Begin at Anna Wintour’s Bleecker Street Condo Nemesis

Last modified January 12, 2017 at 10:02 am

Despite the protestations of Vogue overlord Anna Wintour, the eight-story replacement building at 178 Bleecker Street is complete and ready for open wallets. Branded as Dolce Greenwich Village, the luxury development is taller than its neighbors on the block, and already boasting the requisite teaser signage geared toward the upper crust. Yep, it’s been a long nine […]

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Redefining Public Space at the Lillian Wald Houses

Posted January 11, 2017 at 9:37 am

The Lillian Wald Houses are in the process of getting a revamped green community space along Avenue D. The project, “Opening the Edge,” has been in the works since September 2016, and is part of a larger program called The Energetic City: Connectivity in the Public Realm. The aim here is to breathe life into the city “by connecting […]

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Post-Storm Stray Voltage Found on Orchard Street

Posted January 11, 2017 at 5:18 am

Stray voltage remains one of Con Edison’s biggest problems, yet it’s not often discussed in the public forum. Only when tragedy strikes. (The placement of the skull Halloween jug is apropos.) The last time the hot-button issue came up was in February 2014 when a dog was electrocuted to death on Clinton Street. Objects on […]

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East Houston Sleepy’s Store Closes for Rebranding to ‘Mattress Firm’

Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:06 am

Guess we can no longer trust Sleepy’s for the rest of our lives. All locations are henceforth rebranded as the rather antiseptic Mattress Firm. The so-called “mattress professionals” at 250 East Houston is closed during this turnover period. It’ll reopen this Friday (January 13), if signs in the windows are to be believed. This name change […]

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CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery Hit with Stop-Work Order for ‘Possible Unsafe Crane Operation’

Posted January 4, 2017 at 5:13 am

It appears that the incoming CitizenM hotel may not have been totally transparent with their community update this week. In the communique, which we reported on yesterday, their public relations team explained that the crane would be deposed and splayed out for routine “quarterly” maintenance  (i.e. safety purposes). There’s more than meets the eye, though. You see, […]

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ABC No Rio’s Passive House Replacement Potentially Delayed Due to Overall Lack of Funding

Posted January 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

Punk haven ABC No Rio is taking baby steps toward demolition and rebuilding of their new Rivington Street facility. The city gave its initial nod back in July, then two months later, water, electric, and sewage utility lines were each severed. The remainder of demolition awaits the official go-ahead, though, and is expected to commence […]

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Brace, that CitizenM Crane will Tower above the Bowery for at Least Another 5 Months

Posted January 3, 2017 at 5:08 am

The CitizenM Hotel is one of the busiest project sites in the neighborhood of late. Ironic, given its status as in-progress for the better part of a decade. Its towering crane (aka Power Boom) is to remain a semi-permanent skyline fixture until all modular units are stacked to the 19-story summit. At the moment, the crane […]

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It’s Curtains for Cake Shop; Last Live Show is on New Year’s Eve

Last modified December 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

After years of well-documented struggles, the current incarnation of Cake Shop – the venerable performance venue that entered the Ludlow Street music scene in 2005 – is ending. The refreshed exterior masonry and remodeled guts were apparently too little too late. According to an email blast from ownership, the bottom line just isn’t being met, […]

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