Bowery

Ai Weiwei ‘Good Fences’ Are Starting to Come Down

Posted February 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

Crews deployed across the city this week to depose of the months-long Ai Weiwei public art project, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” Here on the Lower East Side, the decorative chain-link fences were removed from the rooftops of 248 Bowery and 189 Chrystie Street. However, the series of banners straddling the Essex Street Market remains […]

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Here’s the First Look at the 11-Story Rebirth of 139 Bowery

Posted February 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

There is nothing left of 139-141 Bowery. Over the course of the last several months, the side-by-side buildings experienced a slow death at the hands of a wrecking crew. (Non-union scabs, apparently, as the giant inflatable rats and pigs previously made an appearance.) But this newfound open-air will soon yield more residential mass. Below is […]

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Chinatown Rails Against Proposed ‘Dogman’ Sculpture Ahead of Lunar New Year

Last modified February 20, 2018 at 10:52 am

With the lunar Year of the Dog just a day out, some in the Chinatown community are incensed about the so-called “Dogman” sculpture planned for Kimlau Square. The proposal, designed by artists Gillie and Marc and backed by the Chinatown Partnership, calls for a 900-lb, bronze dapper dog holding an apple. Community Board 3 last […]

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With Debut of ‘FitHouse,’ this Bowery Block is Officially Overrun with Upscale Gyms

Last modified February 14, 2018 at 5:07 pm

As the upper-crusters flood the Bowery, a growing number of fitness centers are following in kind. This cadre of upscale gyms, largely situated below East Houston Street, is poised to gain another. A new exercise studio called FitHouse will take over 276 Bowery in the coming months. It’ll offer unlimited yoga, dance, high intensity interval training, […]

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The 85 Bowery Hunger Strike ‘Temporarily’ Ends to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Posted February 13, 2018 at 5:16 am

The hunger strike has concluded, but allegedly not due to city intervention in the ongoing battle over the hazardous living conditions at 85 Bowery. Rather, after four days of inclement weather and no food, exiled tenants are ending their strike (for now) in the name of the Chinese New Year (the year of the Dog). Following […]

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Amidst Tenant Hunger Strike, Electeds Call for Investigation of 85 Bowery Landlord

Posted February 12, 2018 at 5:06 am

Political pressure is mounting against landlord Joseph Betesh, whose tenants at 85 Bowery were evicted last month due to hazardous living conditions. After the city’s inspection, Betesh had been forced, via court order, to remedy the unstable staircase within two weeks of the January 19 vacate order. That deadline has since passed, and on February 8, […]

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Tenants from 85 Bowery Go on Hunger Strike to Protest Delay in Repairs

Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:11 am

Displaced tenants from 85 Bowery are on hunger strike, foregoing food until the city forces the emergency replacement of the crumbling staircase. Landlord Joseph Betesh had been forced, via court order, to remedy the problem within two weeks of the eviction on January 19. That deadline passed last Thursday. Yesterday, eight strong gathered on the […]

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Hunger Strike Set, Displaced 85 Bowery Tenants Likely Face Another 6 Weeks in Exile

Posted February 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

Despite public outcry, a potential hunger strike, and plenty of media coverage, the evicted residents of 85 Bowery won’t be returning home for at least another six weeks. That’s the timeline circulating from landlord Joseph Betesh’s camp for “emergency repairs” to conclude. Progress is at a trickle. According to The Village Voice, the replacement stairs […]

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Bowery Lighting District Contracts as ‘New York Lighting’ Consolidates with Sister Store

Posted February 6, 2018 at 5:04 am

After more than a decade on the Bowery, New York Lighting is leaving its two-store gallery space in the coming weeks. Window-wide posters announce that the business is moving. In fact, we are told the lease is up and that New York Lighting is consolidating operations with its sister store, The Light House, just up […]

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Howl! Arts Expands with $9M Commercial Condo at 250 Bowery

Posted February 5, 2018 at 5:17 am

East Village arts nonprofit, Howl! Arts, just closed on a commercial condo on the Bowery. According to a report filed in Crain’s New York last week, the organization, named for Allen Ginsberg’s poem of same, purchased the 6,500 square-foot, second-floor condo at 250 Bowery for a sky-high $9 million. That’s approximately $1,400 per square-foot, thought […]

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