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Steel Falls 30 Feet from One Manhattan Square, Injuring a Worker Below

Posted July 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

Extell’s One Manhattan Square saw a worksite injury last week involving a falling piece of steel from the superstructure. As first reported yesterday, the piece reportedly plunged thirty feet from the gargantuan project site. Apparently, the construction material struck the worker’s shoulder while operating a lift performing steel work. No ambulance was dispatched to 250 South […]

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Epstein’s Bar Reopens on Stanton Street (Again)

Posted July 11, 2018 at 5:03 am

The northeast corner of Allen and Stanton Streets is again alight. Epstein’s is back in action. The bro-bar resumed operations last week after a forceful sidelining from its prior reopening this past January. It’s currently business as usual, albeit without much crowding yet. You’ll recall that Epstein’s originally closed in September 2015 due in large […]

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Ninja Grill Hibachi on Essex Street Reopens Tomorrow

Posted June 13, 2018 at 5:13 am

In case you’ve been going through withdrawal, the Ninja Grill hibachi restaurant on Essex Street is set to return tomorrow. Thus concluding a three-month stay on the sidelines. As previously reported, the kitschy Ninja Grill opened at 103 Essex Street back in December. It appeared well received; based on initial Yelp reviews, the fast food […]

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Fresh Permits Issued for Rivington House Gut Job

Posted May 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Piecemeal work at Rivington House is progressing, despite pressure from the community and elected officials alike. The Department of Buildings two weeks ago issued permits to CetraRuddy Architects, the design firm behind the $17.1 million remodeling, for interior demolition, despite the partial stop-work order on the property. This grants the team the ability to renovate […]

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The Short-Lived Revival of Epstein’s Bar

Last modified May 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

Epstein’s Bar, resurrected from a two-year slumber back in January, lasted only a month before closing yet again. Since then, relative quiet at the corner of Allen and Stanton Streets. A printout affixed to the gated entrance continues to explain that the short-lived launch was only a “soft opening,” and that “full menu and brunch […]

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This Real-Time Map Shows You the Glut of Sidewalk Sheds Around the City

Posted April 12, 2018 at 5:07 am

In this town, sidewalk sheds seem to go up much quicker than they come down. Construction projects take forever, and residents are left for years with these unsightly eyesores. It’s just a fact of life. Now, the Department of Buildings has a fancy new way to distract track this unwanted, yet necessary street furniture. The […]

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Permits Filed for 9-Story Sunshine Cinema Replacement

Posted April 2, 2018 at 5:05 am

The Sunshine Cinema is headlong into its next life as a bougie boutique office building. Developers filed the permit application materials to the Department of Buildings on Friday for the new nine-story construction. The $9.5 million job will result in a 65,000 square-foot glass tumor at the rebranded 141 East Houston Street. Demolition of the […]

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Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery Rally Against Landlord and DOB

Posted March 29, 2018 at 5:06 am

Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery and advocates rallied yesterday to call attention to their plight. A crowd of about eighty marched on the downtown headquarters of Department of Buildings with a message of protest against the agency’s “inability to prioritize the safety of the tenants over the greed of the landlord [Joseph Betesh].” Representatives from […]

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Rivington House Condo Conversion Begins as Slate Property Group Files Plans with City

Posted February 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the community slighted, Slate Property Group now officially embarks on its luxury conversion of Rivington House. Three separate permit applications were filed with the Department of Buildings last week for the upcoming job. This despite the partial stop-work order still in effect on 45 Rivington Street. CetraRuddy Architects is the design firm behind the $17.1 […]

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Bowery Landlord Must Fix Unstable Staircase within 2 Weeks, City Says

Last modified January 19, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Controversial landlord Joseph Betesh must fix the destabilized staircase inside 85 Bowery within two weeks, the city stated yesterday after dozens of tenants were evacuated from their homes. As part of the ongoing legal case between Betesh and the tenant association here, the State Supreme Court yesterday afternoon ordered a city inspection of the property. Apparently, the […]

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