Broome Street

The Sara D. Roosevelt Park ‘Pit’ Becomes a LES Homeless Encampment

Posted July 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Anyone passing through Sara D. Roosevelt Park these days bears witness to the dire situation there. Specifically the section between Delancey and Broome Streets, where the benches around the sunken court have become a homeless encampment. As before in the northern reaches of the park, this area, nicknamed “The Pit,” is now a ground zero […]

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Plant-Based Community Fridge Opens its Door at Essex Market

Posted July 1, 2021 at 5:03 am

As of last week, the Lower East Side now boasts a second community fridge dispensing plant-based goods. The newest addition is at the Essex Market, the 220 Broome Street entrance. The new swap stop is stocked with plant-based and organic foods, as well as canned goods. Such as Fresh Produce, Jarred Nut Butters, Whole Wheat and […]

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Wesley Williams, the First Black Firefighter in NYC, Chatting with Great Grandson [INTERVIEW]

Last modified June 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Now more than ever, the story of Wesley Williams must be told. As the first African American firefighter to join the Fire Department, Williams defied the odds again and became Chief in 1919. His detail was Engine 55, which is still active at 363 Broome Street in Little Italy (where Steve Buscemi volunteered). He later […]

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Orange Glou to Launch Broome Street Wine Shop on Friday

Posted June 8, 2021 at 5:04 am

Orange Glou, a wine club service founded two years ago by sommelier Doreen Winkler, is finally planting its … vines. As first reported here back in February, Winkler’s venture is going retail with a new brick-and-mortar at 264 Broome Street, a former tailor shop. It’ll offer 100 different regional “orange” wines – vintages made from […]

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Shuttered GrandLo Cafe Becomes Community Resource Center at Essex Crossing

Posted April 5, 2021 at 5:06 am

GrandLo Cafe might be done, but its service to the community is not. Under the same moniker, the short-lived coffee shop at 178 Broome, which permanently closed last year at the outset of the pandemic, has since been reincarnated as a community neighborhood center. And its latest endeavor is free COVID-19 testing, happening twice per […]

Essex Crossing has a COVID-19 Vaccine Site

Last modified March 25, 2021 at 9:49 pm

An enormous, vacant commercial storefront at Essex Crossing is now COVID-19 vaccination site. The ground floor of 244 Broome Street, the fourteen-story condo building that also houses the International Center of Photography and the Gutter bowling alley, was recently transformed to administer doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Lines that snake around the block are a […]

Next Phase of Market Line at Essex Crossing Now Visible

Last modified January 21, 2021 at 12:05 pm

With scaffolding and other construction elements removed from The Artisan building at Essex Crossing, another part of the Market Line is coming into focus. Unlike the westernmost third of the Market Line, this section beneath 180 Broome Street feels less like a dungeon. Design elements, including massive grand staircase and full facade glass open the […]

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‘Sami & Susu’ Pairs up with Ten Bells on Broome Street

Posted November 20, 2020 at 5:03 am

In which Mediterranean cuisine joins forces with natural wine on Broome Street. As of today, Sami & Susu – the Williamsburg Mediterranean restaurant that launched earlier this year – is setting up shop inside popular twelve-year-old wine bar, Ten Bells (247 Broome Street). The focus is a spin on traditional and family-inspired fare, with the […]

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Iconic ‘Sohotel’ on the Bowery Hits the Market as $55M Development Opportunity

Last modified November 11, 2020 at 5:40 pm

One of the longest running hotel properties in the city is now on the market for an astronomical ask. Sohotel, the 94-key hotel at the corner Broome Street and the Bowery, is currently making the rounds as a “prime corner development site.” Asking price for the 42,000 square-foot property is $54.99 million. Despite the positioning […]

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Two Affordable Towers by Grand Street Guild Gain CB3 Endorsement

Last modified November 4, 2020 at 8:15 pm

The proposal for two large towers of affordable housing near the Williamsburg Bridge received the support of Community Board 3 last week. As previously reported, the Grand Street Guild plans 15- and 16-story buildings composed of 480 permanently affordable apartments. The large-scale development comes at the expense of the former Little Star early childhood center […]

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