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Two Bridges Developers Plan to Appeal Court Ruling on LES Mega-Towers

Posted August 5, 2019 at 5:04 am

Well, this was certainly inevitable. No sooner did the Supreme Court force the land review process on three controversial Lower East Side towers than the developers announced intentions to appeal. Last Thursday afternoon, State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled in favor of New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in their […]

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Judge Rules in Favor of Public Review Process for Two Bridges Mega-Towers

Posted August 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

Another defeat for developers in the battle for the Lower East Side waterfront. Yesterday afternoon, State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled in favor of New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in their lawsuit against the city, which contends that the three proposed mega-developments in the Two Bridges neighborhood must go […]

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City Sanitation Trucks Seize Pier 42 Space for Parking

Posted July 11, 2019 at 5:11 am

The perennially delayed Pier 42 public park has taken on a different function in the offseason. It’s returned to the previous purpose as parking lot. Several readers living on the waterfront point out that the Department of Sanitation, which maintains a hub just down the coast, has now taken to parking its trucks in the […]

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Two Bridges Waterfront Esplanade is Closed to Pedestrians for July 4 Fireworks

Posted July 2, 2019 at 5:03 am

Apparently, a closeup view of the fireworks is now an elitist activity. For the first time in recent memory, local residents will not be allowed to watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks from the esplanade of the Two Bridges waterfront. The annual tradition of incendiaries is back by the Brooklyn Bridge for the first […]

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Judge Halts Two Bridges Megatowers After Hearing 3 Lawsuits

Posted June 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

A state Supreme Court judge yesterday extended a temporary halt on a slate of controversial Two Bridges waterfront towers, following a day of testimony on three separate lawsuits accusing the city of illegally approving the $4.5 billion developments. Judge Arthur Engoron, who presided over the cases, issued an injunction against the developers behind three super-tall […]

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Is Extell Resorting to Rentals at One Manhattan Square? [Updated]

Last modified April 16, 2019 at 2:09 pm

For many on the Lower East Side waterfront, Extell’s purported woes are a lesson in schadenfreude. Especially given the years of construction hell endured by those in the vicinity. Apparently it’s much ado about occupancy. No sooner do move-ins happen at Extell’s One Manhattan Square than residents start renting out their pricey new pads. That […]

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Desperate Extell Offers to Waive up to 10 Years of Common Charges at One Manhattan Square

Posted April 11, 2019 at 5:09 am

Winds of change are blowing down on the Lower East Side waterfront. Extell appears desperate to sell condos at One Manhattan Square. So much so that the 850-foot, 815-unit skyscraper has resorted to comping up to ten years of common charges for new residents. These fees range from roughly $700 to $2,300 per month, based on current […]

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City Council Bill Hikes Fines on LED Billboard Barges

Posted March 27, 2019 at 5:04 am

It’s a day of reckoning for the fleet of floating billboards. City Council is mulling a new bill to increase fines on the LED barges, advertising which officials believe to be illegal under zoning code. These floating billboards first started appearing in the New York waterways last October. It’s an intrusive 60-foot screen that usually […]

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Two Bridges Developers Respond to New Lawsuit Against the City

Posted March 25, 2019 at 5:04 am

Friday morning, a coalition of concerned neighbors and grassroots organizations under the umbrella Lower East Side Organized Neighbors, filed a lawsuit against the city in State Supreme Court to halt the construction of three new skyscrapers along the Two Bridges waterfront. The ultimate goal is preventing a wall of glass and implementing the decade-old, grassroots Chinatown Working […]

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Neighborhood Group Sues the City to Stop New Towers in Two Bridges

Posted March 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

Three months after first leveling the threats, the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors (LESON) has filed a lawsuit to stop four new towers (as part of three developments) from sprouting on the Two Bridges waterfront. The community organization partnered with the Asian American Legal Defense Fund to take the fight to the city. LESON has […]

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