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The Centre-fuge Art Trailer has Disappeared from East First Street After 7 Years

Posted August 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

The grassroots art scene on East First Street just sustained a major blow. Indeed, Centre-fuge Public Art Project lost its primary canvas. The rotting mid-block trailer on East First Street was removed from its seven-year perch last weekend. Its fate was inextricably tied to the East Houston Reconstruction Project, which may or may not conclude […]

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The Bowery is Torn Apart for Water Main Replacements [PHOTOS]

Posted November 10, 2017 at 5:02 am

As if there isn’t enough roadwork happening along the Bowery mid-section, more is ongoing. Crews have been tearing up the west side of the street – between Prince and Spring – for at least the last month. Area residents are now faced with daytime water disconnection and temporary trash pickup changes. This is part of […]

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East Houston Reconstruction Delayed Indefinitely, City Says

Posted October 4, 2017 at 5:11 am

Still years behind schedule, the East Houston Reconstruction Project won’t be ending anytime soon. This despite the completion of the eastern leg as well as prior assurances to the contrary. Earlier this summer, the expected completion date had been tagged as “by Labor Day,” according to the project bulletin board at Community Board 3. Labor […]

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Neverending East Houston Reconstruction Closer to Completion as 2nd Avenue Intersection is Paved

Posted June 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Another section of the East Houston Reconstruction Project is wrapping up. But, after seven years of headaches along the thoroughfare, there is still more work to go. This means that it’s four years behind schedule. The Department of Design and Construction recently completed the block-long slate of upgrades between Chrystie Street/Second Avenue and the Bowery. […]

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Here’s What Happens When a Flatbed Navigates the East Houston Construction Zone

Posted June 7, 2017 at 5:06 am

Yesterday evening, during the late day rush, a flatbed truck physically came into contact with the never-ending East Houston Reconstruction project. In other words, a driver headed southbound on Second Avenue unknowingly struck and dragged a concrete construction barrier while making a right turn onto East Houston. A good samaritan ran after the truck to […]

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Southbound M15 Bus Service Restored to Allen Street at East Houston

Posted May 22, 2017 at 5:02 am

Downtown bus service is finally restored to the top of Allen Street. As of this week, the southbound M15 and M15 Select Buses have resumed pickup and drop-off service just south of Houston. The ticket terminals reappeared yesterday after a two-year absence from the block. You’ll recall that the M15 line was previously re-routed, beginning in January 2015, via […]

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‘Final Paving’ Commences Along East Houston After 6 Years of Constant Headaches

Posted September 14, 2016 at 5:04 am

Break out the bubbly. Already more three years behind schedule, the East Houston Reconstruction Project is finally lunging toward conclusion. Handbills scattered throughout the vicinity alert residents that FINAL PAVING is underway. Indeed, having commenced last night, and continuing tonight, the roadbed between Orchard and Chrystie Streets will soon be permanently capped. Assuming, of course, […]

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Sugar Cafe on Allen Street Returns from Flood-Induced Hiatus

Posted September 2, 2016 at 5:09 am

Sugar is back in action on Allen Street, having reopened this past Monday. The 24/7 local standby had been closed for the last two weeks, thanks to some unspecified “plumbing emergency.” At the time, a reader spoke to the owner who indicated the water issue was the result of ongoing roadwork for the East Houston Reconstruction project […]

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The DOT Wants You to Know that the East Houston Reconstruction Could Conclude as Early as Next Week

Posted September 1, 2016 at 5:00 am

Could it be? Are the headaches on East Houston about to become a thing of the past? Well, there’s this: The new construction bulletin from the Department of Transportation promises a conclusion to the never-ending East Houston Reconstruction project. Three years behind schedule, the latest estimate given was by the end of the year. That […]

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Adjacent Commercial Developments Break Ground Simultaneously on East Houston Street

Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:07 am

Whatever period of respite the Houston Street corridor above SoHo may have enjoyed these past few years (remember the station connection project?), it’s now over. The thoroughfare has just returned to a massive construction zone thanks to a pair of simultaneous commercial developments now underway. The gas station-to-offices complex at 300 Lafayette Street got its first […]

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