Economic Development Corporation

Years Behind Schedule, EDC Promises Pier 35 will be Complete in Fall 2017

Posted October 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

The city is so far behind on its commitment to the Lower East Side waterfront, what’s another year anyway? Nevertheless, the Economic Development Corporation promises that work on the years-delayed Pier 35 is set to resume in December (as in, two months) with a timetable of “Fall 2017” completion. So they say. Last night, a […]

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Completion of Long-Delayed Pier 35 is Nowhere in Sight

Posted September 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

“It’ll be at least another year before Pier 35 is finally complete,” read one of our headlines in July 2015. Those words still ring true today, as there really aren’t any updates to speak of. So, here we are, more than five years behind schedule with nothing to show for it except a footbridge, half-built […]

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City Seeks Proposals to Convert Allen Mall Bathhouse into Food Stand

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:09 am

Now’s your chance to convert an old Lower East Side shithouse into a food stand. That’s right; the city officially began its Request for Proposals (“RFP”) process last week in order to redevelop the relic bathhouse situated in the Allen Street Mall. The decades-old structure – constructed in the 1930s as a bathroom for riders […]

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Essex Street Market Attendance Woes in the Rearview?

Posted June 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

In March 2015, vendors operating within the Essex Street Market went DEFCON-2 over foot traffic woes and apparent lack of overall management acumen by the city, whose Economic Development Corporation is in charge. Now, however, it seems like everything is peachy inside the 76-year-old facility; a full 180 from last year’s dire assessment. What changed, you […]

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Essex Street Market Coated in Colorful New Mural to Help Visibility Woes

Posted June 14, 2016 at 5:12 am

The Economic Development Corporation is now banking on street art to help solve visibility issues for the Essex Street Market. Facade makeover began over the weekend and remains ongoing. As you can see, approximately one-third of the masonry is now painted like trippy wallpaper. This new mural is the latest attempt by the city, and […]

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As Another Section of East River Esplanade Nears Groundbreak, Locals Push to Keep the Skateboarders Out

Posted May 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Already three years behind schedule, the so-called “Package 4” of the East River Esplanade is back on track. Severe delays were reportedly much ado about archaic infrastructure beneath South Street and the lack of dry subterranean space, according to the Economic Development Corporation. City officials provided a status update to Community Board 3 last week […]

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CB3 Remains Skeptical Over EDC Selection Process for Lowline Site

Posted January 14, 2016 at 5:18 am

It’s clear that Community Board 3 is not too keen on the Lowline anymore. One need only observe the current process to procure design ideas via an official “Request for Expression of Interest” by the Economic Development Corporation for the 60,000 square-foot abandoned trolley terminal. Despite previous endorsements, the advisory body does not like the […]

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‘Osaka Grub’ is the Newest Vendor Inside the Essex Street Market

Posted January 5, 2016 at 5:10 am

With the new year comes news that another small business is set to plant roots at the Essex Street Market. Stall number 29, located in the north part of the building beside Peasant Stock, has been a vacancy in recent months. That all changed a few weeks ago when a new hood and other kitchen […]

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Deadline for Creative Submissions for Delancey Trolley Terminal Extended by a Month

Posted December 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

Backlash to the decision by the Economic Development Corp. to release its “Request for Expression of Interest” (RFEI) for the abandoned Delancey Street trolley terminal was quick and biting. The measure – a preliminary sourcing stage before any request for proposals – appeared before the Land-use subcommittee of Community Board 3 and was roundly rejected; […]

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Community Suspicious of Lowline and City’s Sudden ‘Request for Interest’ in Delancey Trolley Terminal [UPDATED]

Last modified December 10, 2015 at 11:51 am

Just before Thanksgiving, the Economic Development Corporation released a “Request for Expression of Interest” (RFEI) for the abandoned subterranean trolley terminal at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge. The stated goal is to field design ideas for the city-owned site, which hasn’t functioned since 1948. However, it was a move that many in the neighborhood […]

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