Gentrification

Two Bridges ‘Final Stand’ Against Wall of Glass on the Waterfront

Posted October 15, 2018 at 5:04 am

While Pickle Day seduced the mainstream on Orchard Street yesterday afternoon (i.e. tourists), the mood was much less happy-go-lucky down in Two Bridges. Full sour, indeed. Dozens gathered in a show of solidarity for a so-called “final stand” against the addition of four more supertall towers along the Lower East Side waterfront. Timing of the […]

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With Redevelopment Looming, the Sunshine Cinema Becomes a Public Toilet

Posted October 4, 2018 at 5:00 am

As we await demolition, the Sunshine Cinema is devolving at quite a clip. It’s now a literal shit-house. Indeed, the former arty theater has become the local bathroom of choice for many drunks and vagrants, some of whom congregate in nearby Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The movie poster frames on the facade closest to Forsyth […]

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Marshalls Opens its First LES Department Store Tomorrow

Posted October 3, 2018 at 5:09 am

The mallification of the Lower East Side advances headlong this week with the arrival of Marshalls. The suburban department store – whose TJX parent is also behind Home Goods and T.J. Maxx – signed a lease for the entire ground floor space spanning 197 East Houston. The new condoplex developed by Ben Shaoul. Doors open […]

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A Marshalls for Hell Square on the Lower East Side

Posted August 27, 2018 at 5:11 am

As Ben Shaoul’s block-spanning condoplex at the corner of Orchard and East Houston comes into full view, so too are its commercial occupants. We first reported back in May that TJX – the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods – was planning to open a new T.J. Maxx department store here. Plans […]

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Here’s Your Chance to Voice Opposition to the 3 Supertalls Planned for Two Bridges

Last modified July 31, 2018 at 6:45 am

The city almost pulled a fast one last month by dropping the Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding three incoming supertall towers just as Community Board 3 was headed for summer recess. Pushback from politicians and the waterfront neighborhood, plus coverage in the press, helped push back the deadline. The advisory body has sixty days to […]

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Streets

How the New Owners Really Feel About the Demolition of Sunshine Cinema

Posted March 23, 2018 at 5:08 am

The wrecking ball is coming for the Sunshine Cinema – which closed down at the end of January – and the new ownership couldn’t care less about it. In a Q&A with the Commercial Observer this week, Gregory Kraut, a managing partner at K Property Group, exhuded a rather flippant attitude toward the 1898-era building. Kraut’s […]

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The Neon Lights of Sunshine Cinema Have Gone Dark

Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:12 am

The Sunshine Cinema on East Houston is one step closer to its grave. While the brickwork of the building remains bathed in orange glow, the marquee lettering was not as lucky. As of this week, its token neon signage has gone dark. Shadows are now cast on the sidewalk below. Demolition is nigh. This latest action […]

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7-Story Matzo Factory Condos Top Out on Rivington Street

Posted February 20, 2018 at 5:12 am

The Streit’s name hasn’t held court on the Lower East Side since demolition of 148-154 Rivington Street commenced in the summer of 2016. Now, in its place, teaser signage for the upper crust newcomer which just topped out last week. The token signal of apex – an American flag – was planted atop the seven-story […]

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100 Norfolk Penthouse Sells for Record Setting $6.73M

Last modified February 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm

The cantilevered box of condos at 100 Norfolk Street debuted late last year, and became an instant eyesore, following in the grand tradition of Blue just across the street. Now, word is circulating that its crown jewel penthouse just closed for an eye-popping $6.73 million. The real estate PR machine is calling this transaction the […]

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When Salt-n-Pepa Filmed a Music Video Inside a Derelict Sunshine Cinema [VIDEO]

Posted February 15, 2018 at 5:07 am

Back in 1994, seven years before the Sunshine Cinema debuted for a second time, 143 East Houston Street was just another derelict Lower East Side building. Photogenic fodder for two local girls who reached stardom. Long after its stint as the Houston Hippodrome (Yiddish Theater) and, later, the “Sunshine Cinema” nickelodeon, the building itself fell on […]

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