Tenement

The Belgian Blocks of Lower East Side Streets

Last modified May 14, 2010 at 7:43 am

Before asphalt pavement became the norm, most New York City streets were paved with “Belgian block,” rectangular granite slightly larger than brick. The method was allegedly first introduced in the city around 1850.  Some still survive in quiet residential areas and in historic districts, but have mostly disappeared from view.

Con Artist Workshop and Gallery at 119 Ludlow

Last modified December 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Now that THECAST is firmly situated above ground at 71 Orchard, their old “dungeon space” at 119 Ludlow recently changed hands; but it remains firmly footed in the fashion world. As we speak, an upstart artist co-op dubbed Con Artist is busy preparing for an official early-June launch.

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Tin Pan Alley Sheet Music Artifact at Tenement Museum

Posted April 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

Two years ago, the Tenement Museum’s curatorial staff and team of architects, conservationists, and contractors were busy excavating and stabilizing the fourth and fifth floors of 97 Orchard Street. Even though the Museum opened its first restored apartment in 1992 and purchased the building in 1996, we didn’t have the money to start renovating the upper two floors […]

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87 Rivington is Upgrading

Posted March 15, 2010 at 6:34 am

Last month, we received a scare after seeing crews unloading debris into a dumpster outside 87 Rivington Street.  At the time, it seemed that all signs pointed to demolition – the yellow box with RO drawn on shuttered gates, boarded windows, and constant site activity.  However, freshly renewed DOB permits issued a few weeks ago […]

From Tenements to Loews on Delancey

Posted February 23, 2010 at 6:33 am

Our East Village compatriot EV Grieve sent along this photo from the official records of nyc.gov.  It depicts a street scene outside 146 Delancey in 1908, and is accompanied by the following caption: A barefoot young boy on the sidewalk near 146 Delancey Street, Manhattan, watches laborers dig in the street. The view shows storefronts […]

Weekend Edition: February 20

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

[Photo via Mattron]

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Early Edition: January 14

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:07 am

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The Ludlow Installs Banner Advert

Last modified November 24, 2009 at 9:17 am

High above the tenement rooftops, The Ludlow luxury rental eyesore is installing a new banner advert. This latest action is rather appropriate, especially since the towering mega structure has a number of vacancies to its name. Guess living like a Rockefeller and partying like a rockstar isn’t enough to bring people through the door.

The Life Cycle of Eldridge Street

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

In this video, creator Zac van Schouwen explores the visual history of Eldridge Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets.  By animating sketches, he brings to life what the block might have looked like through its eight-generation lifespan. A much slower video can be seen here.

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