Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street Garden Supporters and Housing Advocates Clash at City Hall Hearing for Haven Green

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:55 am

Supporters rallying to save Elizabeth Street Garden lined the steps of City Hall last Thursday chanting: “No Rubber Stamp!” This was a message to Councilmembers inside who were about to hold a hearing on the controversial Haven Green project. As part of the city’s public land-use review process (ULURP), the Haven Green development, with its […]

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Double-Date with Destiny for Elizabeth Street Garden and SoHo/NoHo Residents

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

Today, the stakes are high for both Elizabeth Street Garden advocates and residents of SoHo and NoHo. Councilmember Margaret Chin has double-booked a date with destiny. The final public hearing in the city’s land-use review process for the Haven Green senior affordable complex, set to rise seven-stories on the beloved Little Italy garden, goes before […]

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Black Seed Bagels will Reopen on Elizabeth Street Next Month

Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:09 am

One month after an early-morning fire ripped through the original Black Seed Bagels in Little Italy, the business is on the mend. And might reopen sooner than initially expected. As in next month. On March 7, a fire sparked on-premise and knocked out the whole bagel operation. Firefighters were successful in extinguishing the blaze and […]

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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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