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Chinatown Art Brigade Protests Racially Insensitive ‘Poverty Porn’ at James Cohan Gallery

Posted October 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

A controversial show at the James Cohan Gallery that’s drawn local ire in the Chinatown community was the site of an invasive protest action yesterday. The Chinatown Art Brigade, known for its nighttime projections of “Chinatown is not for sale” onto building facades, organized the rally on Grand Street in response to the racially insensitive […]

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Demolition of 330 Grand Street Begins, Modular Housing up Next

Posted October 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

The last two-story holdouts along Grand Street, between Orchard and Ludlow, are ready to meet the maker. Yesterday morning saw the installation of sidewalk bridge and death netting outside 330-332 Grand Street. The wrecking crew is on its way. It’s worth noting that the new exterior appendages arrive some five months after demolition permits were […]

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Another Look at the 7-Story Rental to Destroy 200-Year-Old Federal Row Houses on Grand Street

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

A row of historically significant Grand Street buildings is one step closer to demolition. Applications were filed with the city last week to erect the seven-story residential structure at 282-286 Grand Street. We first broke news of this development back in April. The property owner – former oncologist-cum-art dealer Marc Straus – has major plans […]

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‘Randall’s Barbecue’ Takes a Foothold in Seward Park

Posted September 5, 2017 at 5:07 am

Shalom Chai pizzeria is three years in the grave, but its former Grand Street headquarters might soon go traif. From kosher dairy to barbecue, in fact. You’ll recall that the landlord of 359 Grand Street, the Seward Park Co-op, evicted the business in May 2014. That’s when first-timer Nathan Sklar signed a fifteen-year lease to impart a Mediterranean […]

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6-Story Residential Development to Rise from the Ashes of 330-332 Grand Street

Posted September 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

Last Friday, just as the city geared up for the holiday weekend, a local developer filed plans to construct a new residential development on Grand Street. One that will replace the last of the two-story shops between Ludlow and Orchard Streets. As previously disclosed, property owner Daniel Wise acquired 330-332 Grand Street at the end […]

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‘Yu Yu Spa’ on Grand Street Busted for Prostitution

Posted September 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

That a Chinatown spa was busted for prostitution three weeks ago is further reinforcement of a cliche stereotype. Yet that’s precisely what happened at 297 Grand Street, where the Yu Yu Spa heretofore held down the basement space. A summons is currently duct-taped to the front door, and sits alongside the requisite closure stickers by way […]

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Sidewalk Work Outside Zarin Building Finally Finished After 9-Month Ordeal

Posted September 1, 2017 at 5:12 am

Bank of America ditched its perch at the northwest corner of Grand and Orchard Streets last October after a decade-plus tenancy, as previously reported. Its identity was completely scraped from the exterior. Work on the sidewalk out front began shortly thereafter, but quickly hit a dead-end that only now is finally cleared. The Malachite Group, […]

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2-Alarm Fire in the Basement of 335 Grand Street Draws Huge Response

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 7:23 pm

There’s been a heavy presence of firefighters on Grand Street the last hour or so, battling a two-alarm basement blaze. Site of the action is 335 Grand Street, which has a Chinese supermarket in the ground level. The ladders remain extended. At the moment there is no word regarding any victims, and cause of the […]

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Tonight: Grill the Candidates Challenging Chin for City Council District 1 Seat

Last modified August 25, 2017 at 7:25 am

As the battle for the District 1 seat toils on, a candidate forum is happening tonight, to talk about the hot-button items of neighborhood development and displacement. Hosted by the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side, the meeting will primarily focus on “issues of zoning, development, low-income housing, gentrification, and environmental & […]

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Two-Story Shops at 330-332 Grand Street Sell for $6M, Demolition and Redevelopment Imminent

Posted August 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

Back in April, we noticed some unusual activity happening at 330-332 Grand Street. The roll-down gates for all five commercial units were hoisted, and the sidewalk flaps to the cellar opened. This could only mean one thing – imminent changing of the guard. And that’s exactly what happened. According to public records, the holdout two-story […]

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