Essex Street

The 26-Story ‘Gateway’ to Essex Crossing Tops Out

Last modified October 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Essex Crossing this week celebrates another milestone. The fourth and final building in Phase I of the billion-dollar mixed-use project has reached the top. The 26-story tower (revised from 24 stories) at 115 Delancey Street (aka Site 2) – referred to as the “Gateway” development – officially topped out yesterday afternoon. Token American flag currently […]

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Hokie Hibachi ‘Ninja Grill’ Arrives on Essex Street

Posted October 12, 2017 at 5:03 am

If hokie hibachi is in your wheelhouse, then this will serve as welcome news. Something called Ninja Grill is ready to do battle on Essex Street. Video game-style signage in the storefront window of number 103 announces the forthcoming arrival of this so-called “Japanese and hibachi express.” The Ninja Grill is assuming control of a […]

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Big Belly Trash Compacting Bins Arrive in Seward Park

Posted October 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

The upgrades keep coming at Seward Park on the Lower East Side. Most recently, the arrival of nearly a dozen new tech-savvy trash cans. Of the Big Belly sort. Big Belly receptacles are solar-powered “smart waste” machines that cost upwards of $4,000 apiece. In other words, garbage is compacted. Up to 150 gallons of refuse, […]

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About Those Ai Weiwei Lamp Post Banners All Over

Posted October 9, 2017 at 5:10 am

Ai Weiwei continues the urban takeover. Aside from new installations last week, the dissident artist also imparted two hundred banners to line area light poles. As part of the “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” public art project, the two-dimensional, hole-punched banners that feature portraits of immigrants from different eras, among them historic images from Ellis Island […]

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Ai Weiwei’s First LES Installation is Now on Display at the Essex Street Market

Posted October 7, 2017 at 9:03 am

Ai Weiwei is taking the city by storm this month with his “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” public art project. While not technically launched, the dissident artist’s work is already going up around town. Indeed, installation began earlier this week at the marquee locations like the Washington Square Park Arch and Cooper Union. Some of the […]

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‘iLoveKickboxing’ Revives Pugilism at Former G&S Sporting Goods on Essex Street

Posted October 6, 2017 at 5:08 am

Where boxing gear once ruled for decades, a new kickboxing concept will soon open shop. iLoveKickboxing, the gym which operates 100 training sites in all 50 states, just signed a 15-year lease at 43 Essex Street. The eight-year-old company will occupy 4,000 square-feet of commercial space at the tenement building, located just south of Grand […]

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DA Refuses to Prosecute Cyclist in Fatal Pedestrian Collision on Essex Street

Posted October 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was an early summer evening when a 63-year-old pedestrian entered the Essex Street crosswalk at Hester Street. Minutes later, he lay bloody and unconscious in the middle of the road as Good Samaritans and paramedics assisted him. A cyclist heading southbound on Essex had struck the victim, Shun Kwong Leung. He sustained a major […]

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Cafe Grumpy Reclaims Adjacent Store at 13 Essex Street for ‘Training Lab’

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

With Factory Tamal now up and running on Ludlow Street, its former location is back in the hands of its maker, so to speak. Cafe Grumpy just reclaimed the other half of its Essex Street coffee shop. We are told that the south store of 13 Essex Street – formerly the cafe’s on-premise bakery – […]

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When an Essex Street Sidewalk Becomes a Runway for New York Fashion Week

Posted September 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

At the outset of Fashion Week last Thursday evening, the Essex Street sidewalk just below Hester transformed into a runway of sorts. Not for random pedestrians showing off their latest threads, but for a new fashion brand. According to Out, the “queer design house” Nausicca was forced into an audible when inclement whether ruined its Seward Park […]

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Misrahi’s Long-Vacant 11 Essex Street Sells for $11.4M

Posted August 31, 2017 at 5:08 am

Eight years sitting empty, and a quarter of that time on the chopping block, a notorious Essex Street tenement building just sold for big bucks. Real estate scion, Sion Misrahi of Misrhai Realty, parted with 11 Essex Street for $11.4 million. Slightly discounted from the $12.5 million price tag sought since late 2015. Buyer of […]

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