Bialystoker Nursing Home

Permits Filed for 30-Story Bialystoker Tower on East Broadway

Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Two months after the former Bialystoker Nursing Home began its path to a gilded future, the birth of more luxury on the east flank has begun. Round Square Development (née Ascend Group) filed the first permits last week to construct a thirty-story tower at 232 East Broadway. It’s a jagged mess of condos that will […]

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Luxury Conversion of Landmark Bialystoker Nursing Home Underway

Posted August 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

No longer home for the aged, the Bialystoker on East Broadway is henceforth a lap of luxury. Round Square Development (née Ascend Group) filed the first permits last week to begin the conversion process. To renovate the “existing community facility” into condo units. The rooftop water tank was also removed over the weekend. You’ll recall […]

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After Rejected Seward Park Air Rights Deal, Developer Unveils Revised Plans for 28-Story Condo

Posted February 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

Now nine months removed from the rejected $54 million sale of air rights from Seward Park Co-op, Round Square Development, formerly the Ascend Group, has changed its tune. The plan for two monstrous towers on the sites flanking the Bialystoker Nursing Home building is now kaput. Instead, Round Square will drop a single condo development […]

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Seward Park Co-op Owners Petition Change to Bylaws that Would Allow $54M Air Rights Deal

Last modified August 24, 2018 at 9:12 pm

A sore loss, and a last-ditched effort at another shot… It’s been two months since the Seward Park Co-op collectively voted to deny the sale of its precious air rights to developer Ascend Group. Not content with the outcome of the member vote, it appears “the majority of shareholders” who voted YES are desperately trying […]

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First Look at Two-Towered Bialystoker Development on East Broadway

Posted July 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

One month after Seward Park Co-op members failed to approve a $54 million air rights sale, developer Ascend Group reveals renderings for its two-towered endeavor on East Broadway. As expected, the Bialystoker Nursing Home is completely overwhelmed by glass. Two towers of 20 and 36 stories apiece (larger than previously believed) will soon flank the […]

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Seward Park Co-op Votes to Deny Air Rights Deal to Developer

Last modified June 14, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Big news out of Seward Park Co-op this afternoon. The votes are counted; the housing complex on Tuesday voted to deny the $54 million sale of air rights to developer Ascend Group. According to management – Charles H. Greenthal and Co. – the referendum did not yield the required two-thirds majority to pass. (Results: 690 Yes, […]

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Why I’m Voting ‘YES’ Tomorrow on the Seward Park Air Rights Sale [OP-ED]

Posted June 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Last week, we posted an editorial from a Seward Park Co-op owner opposed to the sale of air rights to developer Ascend Group for its two-towered vision. Herewith, an op-ed from the other perspective on the shareholders vote, which happens tomorrow, written by Seward Park shareholder and former board member Marc Albaum. Picture this. It’s a […]

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Whose Air Rights is Seward Park Selling? [OP-ED]

Posted June 5, 2018 at 9:45 am

The following editorial was written by CUNY Sociology Professor and Seward Park Co-op resident Barbara Katz Rothman. The Seward Park Co-op board votes on the controversial Bialystoker air rights sale June 12. I am an academic, a CUNY Professor, a totally wonderful, privileged life.  I work from home a lot – when I lived in […]

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The Flight of the Conchords ‘Consulate’ Building on East Broadway is Demolished

Posted November 3, 2017 at 9:48 am

There is nothing left of 232 East Broadway, the 1960s-era building famously captured on the small screen as the New Zealand consulate in Flight of the Conchords. Demolition is now in the final stage, with bulldozers and backhoes removing the dust and bones. The destruction and cleanup are together the first step in a protracted […]

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‘Flight of the Conchords’ Consulate Building on East Broadway is Now Getting Demolished

Last modified September 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

And we edge closer to an out of scale two-tower development at the Bialystoker nursing home site… The building at 232 East Broadway, also known as the fictional New Zealand consulate in Flight of the Conchords, is a goner. The death shroud is now draped across its carcass, awaiting the wrecking ball. Indeed, the Department […]

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