Vacant

Anti-Amazon Mural Painted in ‘Prime’ Ludlow Street Lot

Posted November 26, 2018 at 5:03 am

Today, on the occasion of Cyber Monday, it’s worth strolling past the vacant lot at 159 Ludlow Street. It is here – this prime location – that area artist Adrian Wilson has painted another timely mural. This go-round, it’s a mural against Amazon, represented by an upside-down parcel with branded logo, forming a frown face. […]

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‘Schaller & Weber’ Hopes to Park Food Trucks in Vacant Ludlow Street Lot

Posted October 31, 2018 at 12:05 pm

The dormant Ludlow Street lot popularized by Banksy five years ago, which continues to showcase unique murals, might soon attract the foodie crowd. Schaller & Weber, the butcher founded on the Upper East Side in 1937 by namesakes Ferdinand Schaller and Tony Weber, hopes to park a Schaller Stube food truck in the empty lot. […]

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An EKG Mural on Ludlow Street as Commentary on Richard Prince

Posted September 10, 2018 at 5:02 am

Copying a copier who copies. That’s the gist of this new mural in the vacant lot at 159 Ludlow Street. Street artist Adrian Wilson a few weeks ago replaced his two-year-old effort – “You’re here, now what?” – with a spoof on controversial creative Richard Prince. The mural is a life-size Instagram recreation of Prince’s […]

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Report: Mayor Mulls Retail Vacancy Tax for Greedy Landlords

Posted April 3, 2018 at 5:03 am

The practice of warehousing retail properties – intentionally keeping stores empty to attract high rents – could potentially conclude. Mayor de Blasio is reportedly mulling a plan to implement a “vacancy tax” on these greedy landlords. According to a dispatch in the New York Post, the poshest city neighborhoods are hardest hit. “Retail corridors in […]

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Fallow for a Decade, Activity Anew at 49 East Houston Lot

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:17 am

Holy shitballs! There is actually activity to report at 49 East Houston Street, forever the vacant lot and dumping ground. Yesterday evening, two crowbar-wielding workers were spotted dismantling the splintered plywood, revealing the void created here a decade ago. Word on the street is that the property is up for sale, though we haven’t spotted any listings […]

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Mapping Vacant Stores to Show How ‘High Rent Blight’ is Killing the City

Posted August 29, 2016 at 5:12 am

Warehousing. High rent blight. Store for rent. Call it what you want, but it’s a big problem in a city that so eagerly tosses its working class, mom-and-pop establishments into the proverbial gutter, in favor of high-paying corporate chains. It’s something that the Lower East Side, but the city at large, grapples with to a […]

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Vogue Day Spa No Longer in Business

Posted March 22, 2010 at 6:18 am

After years residing at the high-traffic corner of Orchard and Grand Streets, Vogue Day Spa is no longer in business.  The storefront at 322 Grand was recently vacated, with “for rent” signs taking positions above the entranceway.

Rat Den at 250 Bowery

Last modified July 30, 2009 at 7:28 am

One major problem with stalled construction projects around the neighborhood is the inevitable transformation to rat den.  All too often, the furry critters find glorious haven in the floating trash, twisted rebar, and pools of liquid.  Indeed, you may recall the “rat castle” of 179 Ludlow Street, which was initially planned as luxury living. Keeping […]