Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street Garden Development Nets Unanimous Approval from City Planning Commission

Posted April 12, 2019 at 5:06 am

The controversial redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden cleared a major hurdle on Wednesday, as the City Planning Commission voted to approve Haven Green. The unanimous vote for the affordable senior housing project came after dozens testified for and against Haven Green, which would drop 123 units of housing at the expense of the Elizabeth […]

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CPC Holds First Public Hearing on Elizabeth Street Garden Today

Last modified March 13, 2019 at 10:51 am

As two Elizabeth Street Garden nonprofit groups turn to lawsuits to thwart redevelopment of the Little Italy oasis, the Haven Green senior affordable housing complex is proceeding to the next phase of the Uniform Land-Use Review Process (ULLURP). The controversial, 123-unit development appears before the City Planning Commission for a public hearing this morning at […]

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Following Fire, Black Seed Bagels in Little Italy is Closed Until Further Notice

Posted March 8, 2019 at 5:09 am

The flagship Black Seed Bagels – serving Little Italy for the last five years – was hollowed out by fire early yesterday morning. A computer printout taped to the vestibule confirms the obvious – the specialty bagel joint is closed until further notice. Still no word on the exact cause of the fire, but firemen […]

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Early Morning Fire Knocks out Black Seed Bagels on Elizabeth Street

Last modified March 7, 2019 at 8:57 am

Daybreak today saw a fire erupt at Black Seed Bagels on Elizabeth Street. The blaze started just before 6:30am – the morning breakfast rush – and smoke was seen billowing out of the storefront. The Fire Department responded to 170 Elizabeth Street immediately – an all hands call – and worked to extinguish the flames. […]

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In Coordinated Action, Opposition Files Lawsuit to Halt Elizabeth Street Garden Development

Last modified March 7, 2019 at 8:48 am

Following months of legal threats, opponents of a plan to redevelop the Elizabeth Street Garden have filed twin lawsuits to stop it from happening. The garden itself and the separate nonprofit devoted to its protection (Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden) filed the action against the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in Manhattan Supreme […]

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Friends of Late Graffiti Writer Dan Whedon Crowdfund for His Memorial

Posted February 28, 2019 at 5:04 am

Old school graffiti writer Dan Whedon (alias OMNI) passed away earlier this week from an apparent drug overdose. Now, in the wake of this tragedy, friends are donating to help foot the cost of a proper memorial. A GoFundMe campaign began yesterday with the goal of raising $10,000 to help “give Dan the memorial he […]

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RIP Graffiti Writer Dan Whedon (OMNI), Passed Away in Elizabeth Street Apartment

Last modified February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

The old school graffiti community is coming together to mourn the loss this week of fallen comrade Dan Whedon. Whedon, a member of the “156 Crew” whose tag-name was OMNI, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his Elizabeth Street apartment on Monday. His exact age is unknown, but thought to be in […]

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Vinny Vella, Actor and Pulse of Little Italy, Dies at 72

Last modified February 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm

Who’s better than you? Vinny, that’s Who. Little Italy residents this week are mourning the loss of Vinny Vella. The local legend, and character actor, died of complications from liver cancer on Wednesday (February 20) at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife Margaret-Anne, and his children Benjamin and Anthony Hernandez, Lauren […]

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After Six Years of Debates, CB2 Tenders Final Denial of ‘Haven Green’ at Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted January 28, 2019 at 9:09 am

The longstanding debate over redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Garden (ESG) concluded its tenure in the Community Board system last Thursday night with an unequivocal denial by the full board. While strictly advisory in nature, this judgment represents an important, yet somber, victory for garden faithful who have rallied with local elected officials for the last six years […]

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CB2 Holds Final Hearing Tonight on Haven Green’s Controversial Plans for Elizabeth Street Garden

Last modified January 14, 2019 at 7:31 am

While Community Board 2 won’t produce a final resolution on the redevelopment of Elizabeth Street Garden until a full-board meeting scheduled for January 24, tonight’s “big meeting” before the Elizabeth Street Garden Working Group committee will offer the community its best chance to weigh in on the controversial Haven Green affordable housing project. This time, CB2 […]

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