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Envisioning a Future SoHo-NoHo with Mixed-Use Zoning

Last modified June 13, 2019 at 9:19 am

SoHo and NoHo residents are no doubt anxious to see if any of their input gained from four public engagements had any effect on the Department of City Planning. But those who participated shouldn’t be a surprised if tonight’s “Preliminary Presentation” of results from the Envision SoHo and NoHo Planning Process will reveal a recommendation […]

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BIRDLINK Installation on Lower East Side Provides Habitat for Local Wildlife

Posted June 13, 2019 at 5:05 am

Local wildlife is happy with a new artist installation in the northwest corner of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Artist Anina Gerchick introduced her newest BIRDLINK last weekend beside the East Houston Street basketball courts. It’s a seven-tier, sixteen-foot “deployable habitat” that overflows with native plants. Each of the “towers” together provide a home for nineteen […]

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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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