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Katz’s Deli Celebrates 30 Years of ‘When Harry Met Sally’

Posted May 29, 2019 at 5:05 am

It was the orgasm heard ’round the world… This summer, Katz’s Delicatessen will double down on its pop cultural acclaim. And by that, we mean When Harry Met Sally. The iconic movie with the immortalized Lower East Side scene celebrates its 30th anniversary in July, and the deli is celebrating with a month of movie-related […]

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‘Sunshine Cinema’ Gets its Demolition Death Shroud

Posted May 20, 2019 at 5:02 am

Hope you got your final photos for posterity, as the facade of the Sunshine Cinema is forever lost. Demolition death shroud – consisting of scaffolding and netting – is now firmly in place, effectively obstructing progress of the takedown within. Owner-developers East End Capital and K Property Group, who together purchased the Lower East Side […]

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Red Square Rooftop Clocks Erased (but will Return)

Posted May 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

If you look up, you may have noticed that the rooftop clocks are gone from the building formerly known as Red Square. Its erasure, as reported by EV Grieve, is part of the overall renovation plan implemented by the Dermot Company, which purchased the upscale residential complex for $100 million in 2016. Other modifications at […]

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‘Il Mattone’ is Opening a Lower East Side Pizzeria

Posted April 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

From falafel to pizza to burgers, and back to pizza again. Such is the trajectory of retail life at 147 East Houston. You may have noticed the complete transformation of the commercial storefront at Eldridge and East Houston. This particular space has been on and off the market several times in recent years. Even while […]

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Sunshine Cinema Signage Carted Away

Posted April 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

Sunshine, sunset, swiftly goes the demolition. Indeed, no sooner did the sidewalk bridge appear at 141 East Houston Street than workers deposed the Sunshine Cinema neon lettering. We’re told that a van carted the signage away yesterday. Co-owner-developer East End Capital did not return our request about the fate of the letters. Meanwhile, the demolition […]

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‘Green Roofs’ Are Now Mandatory in New York City

Posted April 22, 2019 at 5:03 am

It’s not easy bein’ green, but if you’re a developer, that may become the norm going forward. Capitalizing on the halo of Earth Day, City Council last Thursday passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a sweeping suite of measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gases released from buildings around the city. The carbon emissions package includes three […]

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Demolition of Sunshine Cinema is Underway

Posted April 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

We were warned this would happen. A year ago, in fact. In that time, vomit-inducing renderings teased the future of the once-beloved Sunshine Cinema. That of a commercial tower. And now the inevitable is upon us. Scaffolding was erected in front of the movie house last week, signaling the beginning of demolition activity. Permits to […]

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Digital Subway Swipe Scanners Spotted at Broadway–Lafayette Station

Last modified April 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

The future is now. MetroCard swipes are gradually transitioning to contactless paying, twenty-five years after the former was first introduced. We spotted the addition of Cubic-branded digital readers mounted to turnstiles in the Broadway-Lafayette subway station. Not yet ready for primetime, though, with a “coming soon” teaser message. EV Grieve also noted the arrival of […]

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Sunshine Cinema Developers Secure $67M Loan, Demolition Imminent

Posted April 3, 2019 at 5:09 am

The Landmark Sunshine Cinema closed forever just over a year ago. Since then, the historic building has pretty much been left for dead. A popular choice as public toilet and graffiti target alike. Plans for its redevelopment into a 65,000 square-foot boutique office building seemed to stall almost immediately. Demolition had been pegged for spring […]

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Could the Empty Newsstand at 2nd Avenue F Station Become Vending Machine?

Posted March 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

The newsstand nestled on the mezzanine level of the 2nd Avenue F station is dark. Shutters are drawn, as the last operator apparently went out of business months ago. Now, the MTA seeks another newsstand vendor to helm the spot, situated on the Allen Street entrance of the subway stop. A torn poster advertises “retail […]

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