Broome Street

‘GrandLo Cafe’ Debuts at Essex Crossing Today

Posted March 12, 2018 at 5:08 am

GrandLo Cafe – the new “nosh-for-profit” coffee shop to land on the Lower East Side – is ready to roll at Essex Crossing. It had been in previews for weeks. The Grand Street Settlement is in charge of the 2,500 square-foot social enterprise, providing “sustainably sourced coffee” and job training to area 16- to 24-year-olds. Soft open is today […]

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Veselka, Nom Wah, and Cafe Grumpy Join Market Line Roster

Posted February 7, 2018 at 5:05 am

With Phase II of Essex Crossing well underway at this point, developer consortium Delancey Street Associates has another ace up its sleeve. Announcing the first round of vendors joining the roster at the Market Line. The purported bazaar-like marketplace spans three blocks along Broome Street and will “bring together an eclectic mix of more than […]

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Pile Driving Commences on New 26-Story Essex Crossing Tower

Posted February 6, 2018 at 5:00 am

Essex Crossing Phase II is muscling ahead, as 180 Broome Street is cleared and primed for new development. The Broome Street parcel, also known as Site 4, operated for decades as a parking lot. Until mid-December, when all vehicles were barred from the square-block space. Late last month, workers began removing the aged chain-link fence, […]

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Rent Hike Forces Longtime Broome Street Tailor to Close

Posted January 31, 2018 at 5:03 am

As first reported last month, the end of the line is nigh for 264 Tailor. The local mom-and-pop closes after business today, the victim of an untenable rent Hike. On the block for more than two decades, the lease on 264 Broome Street is up. And the landlord wants more money. Mark Miller’s real estate […]

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Grand Street Settlement’s ‘GrandLo Cafe’ Raises $28K, Opens at Essex Crossing in March

Posted January 18, 2018 at 5:12 am

GrandLo Cafe – the new “nosh-for-profit” coffee shop concept – is two months from debuting at Essex Crossing. By March, the Grand Street Settlement will be running the show, providing “sustainably sourced coffee” and job training to area 16- to 24-year-olds. The Lower East Side social services organization kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign back in November, […]

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The Last Parking Lot on Delancey Street is Locked Up for Essex Crossing

Posted January 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

And there it goes. The last of the Delancey Street parking lots – effectively created in the aftermath of the controversial SPURA slum clearance fifty years ago – is now gated and cleared. Passenger vehicles were given notice of the closure a couple months ago. Removal from the Essex Crossing lot (Site 3) – between […]

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The ‘264 Tailor Shop’ is Closing After 25 Years on Broome Street

Posted January 9, 2018 at 5:08 am

The unassuming tailoring business at 264 Broome Street is shutting down operations. The eponymous shop has been on the block – near Allen Street – for more than twenty-five years. The first indication of demise was the handwritten sign in early-December that announced the cessation of dry cleaning services by month’s end. Now that the […]

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Another Look at the New 26-Story Essex Crossing Tower

Posted January 4, 2018 at 5:08 am

Another day, another news story about Essex Crossing. This time it’s to show off an updated rendering of the 26-story tower on its way to 180 Broome Street (aka Site 4). This vantage point is of the north side of the building, from Delancey Street. Handel Architects is behind the design. As previously reported, 180 […]

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Developers File for Pedestrian Tunnels Connecting 3 Essex Crossing Buildings

Posted January 3, 2018 at 5:00 am

During cold snaps like this week, the thought of an underground passage is enticing. So, it’s only fitting that Essex Crossing is currently petitioning the city for a pair of subterranean passageways connecting the new developments. Developers behind the three buildings benefiting from the Market Line recently applied for revocable consent from the Department of […]

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Here are Some Choice Media Quotes from the Penis Mural Story

Posted December 29, 2017 at 5:08 am

When Swedish artist painted the four-story phallus on the eastern exposure of 303 Broome Street, it became an immediate flashpoint. Complaints about the purple-pink penis reached a head on Wednesday afternoon – three days after the mural was painted – prompting landlord Samy Mahfar to order its erasure. Mahfar was allegedly unaware of the mural […]

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