Gentrification

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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Developers Celebrate Destruction of Sunshine Cinema with ‘Preview’ Party Next Week

Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sunshine Cinema closed exactly three weeks ago after seventeen years on East Houston Street. The contents of the movie house – seats, appliances, sundries – were quickly expunged and discarded in two curbside dumpsters. Gung ho about its new nine-story office development, the nascent property owners at East End Capital and K Property Group want […]

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Rag & Bone, Area Gentrifier, Commissions Anti-Gentrification Mural with Clash Imagery

Posted December 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Here’s a mural that’ll no doubt stir the pot. Rag & Bone, a store that replaced Cafe Colonial in 2010 and further contributed to area hyper-gentrification, just commissioned a new anti-gentrification mural for its art wall. Street artist Dan Whedon (aka Omni NYC) borrowed imagery from the seminal Clash album London Calling in which Paul Simonon […]

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Art

Residents of 83 Bowery Protest Margaret Chin for Selling out Chinatown

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

With Margaret Chin up for re-election next month, these Chinatown Bowery denizens are making plenty of noise in opposition. The embattled tenants of 83-85 Bowery, deadlocked in battle with landlord Joseph Betesh, are protesting the councilwoman at her headquarters later today. The protest rally is the second such action in a month for this Tenants […]

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Streets

Jeremiah Moss at his ‘Vanishing New York’ Book Signing and Reading [RECAP]

Posted July 31, 2017 at 9:38 am

We hear it often. Our city is losing its soul. In the hyper-gentrification that has sped up since the turn of the millennium, those of us who pre-date this era, frequently – and too often rightly – lament the closing of favorite local businesses, the loss of scale when high rises replace beloved older buildings, […]

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Chinatown Art Brigade Gets Vocal Tonight with ‘Lights On, Speak Out’ Event

Posted May 12, 2017 at 5:07 am

The Chinatown Art Brigade is set to unleash its spring projection event, dubbed “Lights On, Speak Out!” on Lower Manhattan. The program expands on their ongoing anti-displacement work in Chinatown, to include projections that “actively oppose the ban on refugees and immigration from Muslim countries.” Passersby will be invited to sing along to karaoke and […]

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Streets