Vacant

From Vacant Lot to Luxury Rentals on Attorney Street

Posted October 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

At the sleepy southern terminus of Attorney Street, another luxury rental is ready to go. The development at 91 Attorney is nearly a decade in the making, and rose atop a long-neglected lot and its adjacent garage. Developer Morris Platt picked up the parcel for $4 million back in 2013. (The other building onsite had […]

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On Grand Street, Where Weeds Tower Instead of Modular Condos

Posted September 10, 2019 at 5:02 am

The only thing missing from this picture is a tumbleweed rolling down Grand Street. The one-story pastels at 330-332 Grand Street were downed in a hurry, only to sit dormant. Long enough for weeds to grow into small saplings that eventually crossed the plywood threshold. Controversial Lower East Side property owner Daniel Wise – whose […]

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Streets

Will the Mandated Storefront Vacancy Database Solve High Rent Blight?

Posted August 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

City Council last month passed a bill that would require all business owners to register their storefronts with the city. This move toward cataloging aims to be the first public database of retail spaces with corresponding vacancy status in the country. “Int. No. 1472” was introduced earlier this year by the office of Borough President […]

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Streets

‘Holy Ground’ Smokehouse Readies Pop-up Picnic in Vacant Ludlow Street Lot

Posted June 27, 2019 at 5:07 am

The vacant lot might not have attracted a full-on food truck scene led by Schaller & Weber, but eats nevertheless are here at 159 Ludlow Street. Now that the gear from Sebastian ErraZuriz’s corporate space stunt is long gone, it’s apparently time for a cookout. Picnic tables and barbecues arrived in the resurfaced lot this […]

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Vacant Ludlow Lot Paved, but ‘Schaller & Weber’ Won’t Follow

Posted March 1, 2019 at 5:03 am

The overgrown Ludlow Street lot made famous by Banksy almost six years ago is now tamed. Wednesday morning, the uneven ground at 159 Ludlow was resurfaced. Now at grade, the long-dormant parcel is ready for its next chapter. But it’ll be without the Schaller & Weber food truck. The market and butcher business, founded on […]

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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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Art

‘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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Art

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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