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The Pile of Rubble that was the LaGuardia Bathhouse

Posted September 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

It had been dormant since the 1970s. Now it’s a pile of rubble. The LaGuardia Bathhouse – built in 1909 – met its unceremonious end last week after months of demolition work. A backhoe currently sits atop the heap of century-old masonry, clearing the site for an empty field. As previously reported, the city quietly […]

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Century-Old LaGuardia Bathhouse is Almost Gone [PHOTOS]

Posted August 20, 2019 at 5:05 am

It sat vacant for four decades. Now, the long-abandoned LaGuardia Bathhouse is finished. A nub of its former self. Since our last checkup one month ago, the 1909 structure has lost most of its body. Removed brick by brick by men in cherry pickers. The mural on its western exposure – a depiction of Puerto […]

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Demolition of 1909 LaGuardia Bathhouse is Underway

Posted July 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

It’s been standing on the Lower East Side for 110 years. And now it’s coming down. Brick by antique brick. The long-dormant LaGuardia Bathhouse, situated just off Madison Street near the Little Flower Playground, is currently undergoing demolition. All because the city decided to change up its coastal resiliency plan that results in the closure […]

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More Market-Rate Housing for 35-Story ‘NextGen’ Tower in LaGuardia Houses

Posted April 26, 2019 at 5:04 am

More market rate housing than previously believed is coming to the proposed tower inside the LaGuardia Houses complex. In the year since the city released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the project, there has been little progress to note. As previously stated, the cash-strapped NYCHA pitched the mixed-income rental tower as part of their […]

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Is this the Future of Vanella’s Prohibition-Era Funeral Home on Madison Street?

Last modified April 10, 2019 at 7:42 am

Out with the old, in with the glass. Look no further than the (shuttered) hundred-year-old Vanella’s Funeral Home on Madison Street. The relic assemblage – in business as a mortuary here since the Prohibition era – sold for $7.8 million back in January. The buyer was Eric Pang of Metro City Acquisition LLC, according to […]

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Here’s How to Snitch on Building Owners for Not Shoveling the Snow

Last modified March 4, 2019 at 5:22 am

Waking up to streets of fluff (or slush) might deter some from trudging to the local bodega. Largely because many building owners are guilty of neglecting the snow cleanup. Some are late to it, and others just ignore the task altogether. Some are even chronic offenders; you know who they are if you’ve walked the […]

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NYCHA Impersonator Robs, then Burns Elderly Man in Vladek Houses

Posted March 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

Police are on the hunt for a man who impersonated a NYCHA employee in order to rob an elderly man in the Vladeck Houses Wednesday afternoon. The suspect exploited this fake identity while knocking at the door of a 73-year-old double amputee. Once inside, he brandished a gun, strongarmed the home health aide into the bathroom, […]

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Vanella’s Prohibition-Era Funeral Home Sells for $7.8M

Posted February 28, 2019 at 5:02 am

It took more than a year, but the shuttered Prohibition-era funeral home at 27-35 Madison Street is now in new hands. According to public records, Eric Pang of Metro City Acquisition LLC is the buyer of the old Vanella’s Funeral Chapel, having paid Linda Vanella $7.8 million for the four-building assemblage. The deal went into […]

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110-Year-Old LES Bathhouse Deemed Unstable, to be Demolished for Turf Field

Posted February 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

The LaGuardia Bathhouse, a Lower East Side relic abandoned since the 1970s, is to be demolished in the coming months, and replaced with a new playing field. The city quietly determined in mid-December that the crumbling building, situated alongside the Little Flower Playground on Madison Street, is not structurally sound and at risk of collapse. […]

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Woman Hit by Car on Madison Street Dies After 8 Days on Life Support

Posted July 26, 2018 at 5:03 am

A Lower East Side woman died earlier this week, eight days after being hit by a car near the intersection of Madison and Rutgers Streets. Relatives of 42-year-old Suzanne Egan reportedly removed her from life support that had kept her alive since the July 15 crash. Egan had been crossing mid-block on Madison Street at […]

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