Lawsuit

Essex Street Property Named in Lawsuit Involving Philippines Billionaire

Posted March 31, 2021 at 5:08 am

The saga of 11 Essex Street – demolished for a fancy micro unit development – continues this week as the Lower East Side property is named in an international lawsuit against a Philippines billionaire. Bloomberg reported that Enrique Razon was sued in New York by a company claiming the tycoon illegally terminated an agreement for […]

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Appeals Court Overturns Verdicts that Blocked Two Bridges Towers

Last modified February 17, 2021 at 9:05 am

The years-long battle to erect enormous skyscrapers along the Two Bridges waterfront is edging closer to victory. In its decision, the Appellate Court yesterday sided with the city/developers in two related community-based lawsuits, reversing the February 2020 decision that halted construction of four new towers along the coastline. (The court hearing was two weeks ago.) […]

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Opposing Blue Moon Homeless Shelter on Orchard Street

Posted February 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Blue Moon Hotel will become a temporary homeless shelter, as a community-based lawsuit opposing the action was overruled. In January, three nearby landlords, two residents, and a restaurant collectively filed suit to block the transformation of the Orchard Street hotel to help ease pandemic-related overcrowding at city shelters. However, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Frank […]

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Appellate Court to Hear Community Lawsuit that Halted Development of Two Bridges Towers

Posted January 19, 2021 at 5:00 am

Down on the Two Bridges waterfront, the future of three super-tall residential projects will soon be decided. Indeed, it took a year, but a community-led lawsuit is now on appeal, with a court date set for next week. You’ll recall that a consortium of community groups under the banner of Lower East Side Organized Neighbors […]

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LES Neighbors Sue NYC to Stop Conversion of Blue Moon Hotel to Homeless Shelter

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Blue Moon Hotel is singing the blues after a group of local landlords this week took legal action against the city to stop its conversion into a homeless shelter. The owner of the boutique hotel at 100 Orchard Street – perennially for sale without takers – is apparently planning to lease the space to […]

Opening Salvo in Elizabeth Street Garden Lawsuit Against the City

Last modified November 19, 2020 at 8:39 am

City Council voted to redevelop Elizabeth Street Garden in favor of the Haven Green affordable, senior housing mixed-use project last year, but two lawsuits filed prior to that determination are only now circulating the court system. Yesterday, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Debra James heard oral arguments from both legal teams as well as and the city’s […]

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Community Lawsuit Halts City’s Chinatown Jail Plans

Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:05 am

The Borough-based jail plan hit another major snag this week, with a grassroots lawsuit blocking the proposed Chinatown prison. Neighbors United Below Canal, a community organization, announced yesterday that its lawsuit won an injunction against development of the thirty-story high-rise at 125 White Street. Judge John Kelley ruled in favor of the community, noting that […]

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Two Bridges Developers Vow to Appeal Judgement Halting New Towers

Posted February 26, 2020 at 5:00 am

Hours after the State Supreme Court ruled in favor of halting three towers in Two Bridges, the developers collectively announced their plans to appeal. Timeline given is “the near future.” The ruling came down from Judge Arthur Engoron Monday evening, favoring the plaintiffs, the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors, in their lawsuit. He found that […]

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Judge Rules in Favor of Community Lawsuit to Halt Two Bridges Towers

Last modified February 25, 2020 at 9:47 am

A state Supreme Court judge yesterday ruled in favor of a year-old community lawsuit to halt the planned development of three luxury towers in Two Bridges. State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron, who presided over the case brought by the Lower East Side Organized Neighbors coalition, found that the slate of skyscrapers is in direct […]

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Locals File Lawsuit to Block East River Park Demolition Ahead of Coastal Resiliency Project

Posted February 6, 2020 at 5:06 am

Local activists are fighting back against the city’s revised $1.45 billion coastal resiliency plan. Undertaking this reconstruction requires closure of East River Park, something locals have been battling since the 180 from the so-called “Big U.” Now, the grassroots organization, East River Park ACTION, is stepping up the pressure with a forthcoming “Alienation of Parkland” […]

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