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At 79 Feet High, ASVP Goes Big at Essex Crossing Rental Building

Last modified January 3, 2020 at 11:55 am

Today, we take another gander at the massive eight-story mural commissioned by Essex Crossing. Street art duo ASVP has been painting the facade of luxury residence (which also counts 50% affordable units), The Rollins, since late-October. Progress appears steady, albeit slow. As previously reported, the piece daubs the western exposure of the building, and measures […]

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Another Petition to Fix the Traffic Bottleneck at the Williamsburg Bridge Approach

Posted November 22, 2019 at 5:01 am

Any sort of long-term fix for the bottleneck at the Williamsburg Bridge approach remains elusive. In an effort to keep the issue from languishing as another political football, District Leader Daisy Paez drafted, and is circulating another petition. (Not online just yet.) The goal is to enact real change instead of “false promises and indifference” […]

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Caught Red-Handed: Spa Ordered Shut for Prostitution

Last modified November 18, 2019 at 10:25 am

Yet another Lower East Side “spa” is busted for prostitution. Grand Healing at 297 Grand Street was ordered shut by the police department at the end of October. It precedes the sex-related closure of Good Luck Spa on Orchard Street, yet appears part of the same crackdown. (Just take a look at that calligraphy in […]

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Street Art Duo ASVP Just Began Painting 8-Story Mural at Essex Crossing

Posted November 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

Tapped two months ago by Essex Crossing, street art duo ASVP is already headlong into its massive mural near Grand and Suffolk Streets. As previously reported, the piece daubs the western exposure of The Rollins (aka Site 5), and measures 10,600 square-feet — 220 feet long and as high as 79 feet tall. When complete, […]

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Pho Grand Reopens After Months-Long Hiatus

Posted November 4, 2019 at 5:06 am

The summertime hiatus is finally over for Pho Grand. The Vietnamese restaurant reopened on Grand Street yesterday. The months-long break was reportedly for store renovations, often a euphemism for “we’re packing up before anyone notices.” That wasn’t the case here at 277 Grand Street. And it’s unclear the real cause for closure. Pho Grand is […]

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Albert Trummer will Soon Open ‘La Bas’ in Grand Street Basement

Posted October 29, 2019 at 5:11 am

A notorious mixologist best known for setting his Chinatown bar-top on fire is finally opening his long-delayed Grand Street club. Apotheke vet Albert Trummer obtained his full liquor license for the basement of 324 Grand last January. Despite neighborhood protest. Now, a year later, he’s ready to talk about La Bas. Formerly named The Atelier, […]

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Two Years Later, Essex Crossing Taps ‘ASVP’ Duo for 220-Foot Mural

Posted September 30, 2019 at 5:09 am

It only took two years, but Essex Crossing finally found an artist for its planned 220-foot mural. One of the largest in downtown Manhattan. Way back in September 2017, the developer consortium behind the mega-project, Delancey Street Associates, put out a public call for muralists to decorate what is now known as The Rollins (aka […]

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Six-Story Row House Replacement Tops out on Grand Street

Posted September 20, 2019 at 5:03 am

At the corner of Essex and Grand Streets, two hundred years of history are officially erased. This six-story building – luxury condos – is the future. The drama here is more than four years in the making. After purchasing 355 Grand Street for $4 million in December 2014, Interboro Properties spent the next two years […]

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On Grand Street, Where Weeds Tower Instead of Modular Condos

Posted September 10, 2019 at 5:02 am

The only thing missing from this picture is a tumbleweed rolling down Grand Street. The one-story pastels at 330-332 Grand Street were downed in a hurry, only to sit dormant. Long enough for weeds to grow into small saplings that eventually crossed the plywood threshold. Controversial Lower East Side property owner Daniel Wise – whose […]

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Post-It Solidarity in Chinatown for Hong Kong Protesters

Posted August 19, 2019 at 5:03 am

The splintered plywood on the perimeter of 282-286 Grand Street is now a makeshift statement of solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong. Within the last few days, a display of colorful Post-It notes appeared atop the weather-worn flybills, each with a message in Chinese or English. The stunt includes two small baskets stocked with stickies […]

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