263 Bowery Exposes Itself

Posted June 28, 2010 at 6:34 am

In the race toward completion, the Karl Fischer development at 263 Bowery is finally catching up to the neighboring Sperone Westwater Gallery, which recently unveiled its new metallic trim and corrugated siding.  The black netting and scaffolding are history, liberating both building and sidewalk.

Slipper Room Demolition Begins

Posted June 25, 2010 at 6:36 am

Demolition crews didn’t waste much time in dismantling the Slipper Room at 167 Orchard Street.  Less than a week after the burlesque venue had its final party, the big takedown of the one-story structure is already in effect.  And that tallish plywood encasement is hiding it all.

Another Look at 2 Allen Street Construction

Last modified January 1, 2011 at 11:15 pm

It was almost a year ago that we first reported on the demise and demolition of 2 Allen Street, an historic piece of the neighborhood designed and built by renowned architect Frederick Eberling in 1887.  Looking at the project site now, progress has been quite slow.  A stop-work order levied in March held up construction […]

New Developments at the Sperone Westwater Gallery

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

In the last month or so, the glass window casing has quickly raced up the front of 257 Bowery, future home of the Sperone Westwater Gallery.  The building now boasts more definition, and is no longer just a hulking slab of concrete.

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Slipper Room Announces Last Day and Closing Party

Posted June 8, 2010 at 6:12 am

Wednesday, June 16, is officially the last day of the Slipper Room as we now know it.  The burlesque nightspot at 167 Orchard street will be hosting a special “closing night party” to kick off an extended period of demolition and construction.

Median Work on Chrystie Street

Posted May 21, 2010 at 6:11 am

Earlier this week, nearly eighteen months after a median makeover on Chrystie Street just north of Delancey, the concrete island was completely ripped apart without warning.  And those bell-shaped abutments were left for dead in a pile of dust and rubble.

A New Rendering of the Orchard Hell Building

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

Judging by the new Misrahi Real Estate sign now hanging from the Orchard Hell Building, it seems that, one year later, the strip-mall threats could be back on the table.  The latest rendering boasts a more modest two-story row of retail, hawked as 160,000 square-feet of space plus underground parking.

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Casa Mezcal to Open in a Few Weeks

Last modified May 4, 2010 at 6:51 am

It appears the plywood sidewalk shed will soon be removed from the facade of 86 Orchard Street. According to an article in Sunday’s Post, Casa Mezcal, the forthcoming Mexican cantina-club-gallery is just a few weeks shy of opening.

Brickwork at New NYU Legal Facility on MacDougal

Posted April 27, 2010 at 6:27 am

Remember the Provincetown Playhouse (est. 1916) on MacDougal?  Like so many buildings across downtown, the last remaining piece of the historic structure is now held hostage by NYU.  Nevertheless, after a year wrought with overzealous demolition, stop work orders, and new construction, the legal facility is finally taking shape.

Dividing 185 Orchard Street

Posted April 22, 2010 at 6:32 am

Since the completion of the Thompson LES back in 2008, the expansive ground-level commercial space at 185 Orchard Street has been idle.  The glass remained unobstructed throughout (except for some yuppie-hating graffiti), and always advertised a unit that seemed too large for just one tenant.  No longer the case.

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