45 Rivington Street

Rivington House Vigil Tomorrow Marks 2 Years Since its Controversial Closure

Posted November 30, 2017 at 5:16 am

The second annual vigil to commemorate both World AIDS Day and the closing and loss of Rivington House is happening tomorrow. Organized by the grassroots Neighbors to Save Rivington House, the event is a gathering by candlelight to pay tribute to the former residents of Rivington House, who ultimately lost their homes and community when […]

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City Partially Lifts Year-old Stop-Work Order at Rivington House

Posted June 20, 2017 at 5:17 am

Here we go… The Department of Buildings last week lifted, in part, the stop-work order on Rivington House. It was first issued by the city fourteen months ago, in the wake of the budding scandal revolving around the controversial deed lifting and subsequent condo flip. The partial rescind is causing concern amongst neighborhood activists and […]

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At Rivington House, Soil Drilling Signals the Future [Updated]

Last modified March 20, 2017 at 11:44 am

This fifteen-foot Davey Drill arrived on Forsyth Street the other day. Situated directly outside Rivington House, its placement is the first real sign of forward progress toward condo redevelopment. Singular function – collection of soil samples ahead of any development. No construction is happening onsite, though. At least, not that we’ve noticed. A stop-work order […]

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Rivington House Visioning Event Planned for this Sunday to Discuss ‘What’s Next’

Posted March 10, 2017 at 5:07 am

Grassroots organization, Neighbors to Save Rivington House, is hosting two upcoming brainstorming sessions, themed “What’s Next for Rivington House: Creating New Ideas for Community Care.” The goal is to look at an array of possible futures, by offering concrete information and innovative ideas for addressing the care needs (health, respite, supportive housing, disability, etc.) within the community. Locals are encouraged to join […]

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Rivington House Stays Front-and-Center in Marte vs. Chin City Council Showdown

Posted March 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

Looks like the widely reported Rivington House debacle will loom large over City Council elections next fall. Last Friday, City Council hopeful Christopher Marte, brought his campaign message of “increased transparency” and “community outreach” to the Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden rally outside the iconic 45 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. The Garden protestors […]

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City Official who Approved Rivington House Deed-Lifting is Fired

Posted February 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

Under fire from all angles, the de Blasio administration on Friday fired the official behind the deed-lifting that ultimately resulted in the $116 million sale of Rivington House into condos. The scandalous transaction led to a $75 million windfall for the city. The Wall Street Journal had the scoop on the firing of deputy Ricardo Morales. […]

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Squadron Urges Further Rivington House Investigation under the ‘False Claims Acts’

Posted December 23, 2016 at 5:19 am

State Senator Daniel Squadron is upping the ante in the Rivington House scandal. From the mailbag: State Sen. Daniel Squadron released a letter to letter to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter urging an investigation into the Rivington House deed restriction removal and purchase by the Allure Group under the State and […]

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Report: Deputy Mayor to be Grilled by City Council Over Rivington House Debacle

Posted September 28, 2016 at 5:10 am

First deputy mayor Tony Shorris will testify tomorrow before City Council regarding his role in the whole Rivington House debacle. This is a big deal. The $16.1 million deed lifting that led to a $116 million flip job into luxury condos by the Allure Group is still festering as problem for the de Blasio administration. Politco has the […]

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Stringer’s Rivington House Probe is a Slap on the Wrist for de Blasio

Posted August 2, 2016 at 5:10 am

City Controller Scott Stringer’s office yesterday released findings from its probe of the Rivington House debacle. In short, the findings fall short of full rebuke, essentially allowing the administration to get off with naught but a slap on the wrist. The report wasn’t quite as scathing as the Department of Investigation results of same (and […]

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This is the Bombshell Rivington House Deal Memo the de Blasio Administration Tried to Cover up

Posted July 27, 2016 at 10:02 am

The Department of Investigation, whose scathing report last week proved a mishandling by the de Blasio Administration in the Rivington House deed fiasco, released evidence late yesterday that the Mayor’s office deliberately covered up crucial information regarding the ongoing investigation. Specifically, a deal memo from July 2014 that weighed the pros and cons of allowing the […]

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