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Community Protests City’s Demolition of 70 Mulberry Street

Posted June 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s been five months since a devastating fire tore through the historic PS 23 building at 70 Mulberry Street. And with the city amidst full demolition – permits were approved this month – area preservationists are rallying to save what’s left. Neighbors argue that there is a total lack of transparency regarding the demolition and […]

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In Controversial Move, City Files Plans to Demolish 70 Mulberry Street

Last modified June 9, 2020 at 10:52 am

While the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and mayor’s office continued an apparent charade of “community engagement” at Community Board 3, the city quietly filed plans with Department of Buildings to demolish the PS23 facility at 70 Mulberry Street. Even though some Chinatown residents believe a full demolition would yield a swanky new building within […]

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11 Essex Street is Half its Former Self

Posted February 26, 2020 at 5:03 am

Nearly two decades of dormancy culminated with the destruction of 11 Essex Street. The writing was on the wall for the 112-year-old tenement, which had been wrapped in a death shroud late last year. As of this week, the demolition is nearing complete; the building has been cut down to half-size. As previously reported, real […]

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Marriott’s Moxy Hotel Lays Waste to Bowery Corner

Posted February 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

Gone is more than a century of Bowery history. Reduced to a dirt lot while it awaits the Moxy hotel. The backhoe, meanwhile, sits atop its latest victim. Victorious. As reported, the new Lighting District development will rise eighteen stories, deliver 300 guest rooms and a gym, all spread across roughly 85,831 square-feet of space. […]

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Bowery Building Razed for New Office Development

Posted November 21, 2019 at 5:02 am

The old Bowery tenement that previously housed a restaurant supply company is coming down. In its place, a new five-story office building. Passing by 216 Bowery this week, we spotted half the structure eliminated behind a Black death shroud. Approved permits on file with Department of Buildings indicate that the stout brick tenement at 216 […]

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Demolition of Long-Dormant 11 Essex Street Underway

Posted November 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

Dormant and decaying for years, the tenement at 11 Essex Street is at its end. Demolition is currently underway. Erasing a structure carrying 112 years’ worth of history. Death shroud is firmly affixed to the facade, as workers begin dismantling the building. It’s the first tangible activity onsite after a decade of dormancy. As previously […]

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Demolition Imminent for 11 Essex Street as 11-Story Micro-Unit Development Looms

Posted August 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

A Lower East Side tenement with a controversial history is coming down. The city issued the demolition permit for 11 Essex Street back in June, paving the way for redevelopment into micro-unit housing. The sidewalk bridge in place is further visual evidence. As previously reported, real estate scion Sion Misrahi parted with the neglected property […]

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66 Clinton Street Sees New Life as 8-Story Luxury Development

Posted August 22, 2019 at 5:04 am

Two months ago, New Life of New York City sold its flagship building at 66 Clinton Street and relocated to Alphabet City. Next up, luxury living. Just last month, the nascent landowners – Vault Development and TLM Equities – filed paperwork with Department of Buildings for the new development. Set to rise eight stories, the […]

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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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‘Moxy’ Destroys More Historic Buildings for its New Bowery Hotel

Posted August 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

Moxy Hotels, the Marriott sub-label, prides itself on being hip. Here on the Lower East Side, though, that equates to destroying centuries worth of local history. Up north in the East Village, five “landmark-eligible” buildings comprising 112-120 East 11th Street (across from Webster Hall) met the wrecking ball. The assemblage was described in a letter […]

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