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CitizenM and the Bowery Bottleneck

Posted November 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

On the Bowery, between East Houston and Delancey Street, is a traffic problem that refuses to go away. It’s the perfect cocktail of construction and roadwork to create a 24/7 disaster situation. Much of the blame can be pinned on the CitizenM hotel development at the northeast corner of Delancey. This decade-running project first seized […]

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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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Resurfaced Straus Square Torn Apart by Con Edison Roadwork

Posted October 30, 2017 at 9:45 am

Figures that Canal Street through Straus Square would be torn up so quickly after its resurfacing. That granular rumble-strip coating – meant as a skateboard deterrent – lasted three months before a utilities crew completely decimated the block. Con Edison workers on Saturday embarked on a project to repair the subterranean grid in and around the […]

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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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A Return to the Madison Street Sinkhole

Last modified June 2, 2017 at 9:17 am

Emergency crews have returned to the site of that massive sinkhole that opened on Madison Street in early May, caused by a burst water main.  It appears the asphalt patch was reopened a couple weeks ago to allow for additional work. They drilled below the roadbed to install what looks to be new piping infrastructure. The project […]

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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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GreenStreets Pedestrian Plaza Blooms Despite Mess of East Houston Reconstruction

Posted May 12, 2016 at 5:10 am

Some additional good news to report regarding the black hole of East Houston Reconstruction. The GreenStreets pedestrian plaza carved out of East First Street is sprouting. Initial completion (and planting) here was actually pushed up from its revised October 2016 target. Until now, the Department of Design and Construction and Department of Transportation were slow to […]

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New Sidewalks and Curbs Signal Some Semblance of Progress for East Houston Reconstruction Project

Posted April 29, 2016 at 9:29 am

​Since East Houston roadwork is nowhere near completion, we must relish the baby steps, as it were, of forward progress. Indeed. The first real noticeable change in months is now palpable along the battered corridor. New sidewalks on the south side. Over the last few weeks, contractors have poured new cement (i.e. “pigmented sidewalks”) and […]

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More Lower East Side Streets are Getting Milled and Paved this Week

Posted April 18, 2016 at 5:15 am

This is the month of milling here on the Lower East Side. Several more local streets are going under the proverbial knife this week for repaving. The following roads, among others, will be categorically scraped and grated into submission this week. Resurfacing will eventually follow, but never soon enough. Anticipated completion date is April 29. […]

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Neverending East Houston Roadwork Decimates 2nd Avenue Intersection

Posted March 25, 2016 at 5:18 am

Stay away from 2nd Avenue and East Houston. The city’s capital plan to replace infrastructure beneath East Houston Street is more than three years behind schedule, as previously stated. And yet there’s not much to show for it except roving staging areas, traffic bottlenecks, pedestrian detours, and loss to small businesses. Most recently, contractors opened […]

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