Waterfront Development

Scope the Latest Renderings for the 62-Story Eyesore on Clinton Street

Posted June 27, 2018 at 5:03 am

Just as the Draft Environmental Impact Statement was released for proposed redevelopment of the Two Bridges waterfront, fresh renderings of the newest super-tall hit the press. Seemingly timed to coincide with this action, the illustrations reveal another boring glass dildo. Real estate blog YIMBY scored the renderings of 259 Clinton Street (at South Street), a […]

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Two Bridges Developers Propose Subway Enhancements to Gain Favor; Community Wins Extension for EIS Review

Posted June 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yesterday’s rally and subsequent march regarding three new super-tall towers on the waterfront, orchestrated by Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, was successful. The community fought for an extension to review the draft Environmental Impact Statement released two weeks before the Community Board 3 summer recess. The advisory body has sixty days […]

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Two Bridges Outraged at EIS Timing, Rallying Today to Protest Waterfront Towers

Posted June 25, 2018 at 9:47 am

Two Bridges activists and local politicians are outraged that the Department of City Planning released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for three incoming super-tall waterfront towers just as Community Board 3 is preparing for its annual summer recess. The documents went public on Friday afternoon, and the agency is expected to certify today. (JDS Development […]

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Drill Rig Spotted Outside Future 700-Foot Towers Behind Lands End II

Last modified March 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Let the drilling begin. The enormous development behind Lands End II might be in a holding pattern, but things are hearing up. It is here that L+M Partners and the CIM Group hope to construct a 68-story residential building comprised of two towers. A token Davey Drill vehicle was spotted curbside on South Street last weekend. […]

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City Council Passes Bill for Increased ‘Urban Renewal’ Transparency

Posted December 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

Earlier this week, City Council unanimously voted to pass legislation that would require the City to provide public access to urban renewal plans, which have been changing the real estate landscape of New York City for decades. Intro 1533-A, sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to […]

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Prohibition-Era Funeral Home on Madison Street Hits the Market for $12.5M

Posted November 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

A former Lower East Side funeral home with colorful gangster roots just hit the market as a multimillion-dollar “investment opportunity.” Robert “Roxie” Vanella was a gangster-cum-undertaker who ran in the same circles as Johnnie Torrio and Al Capone. Later in life, the outlaw (and convicted murderer) went straight, and founded his namesake funeral home. Now, […]

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Bill to Halt Lower East Side Supertall Towers Passes City Council

Posted November 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

It’s the eleventh hour, and incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin is pulling out all the stops. Her bill to curtail Two Bridges supertalls by JDS, CIM & L+M, and the Starrett Group gained a significant step this week, mere days from the highly-anticipated general election. Enter, once again, “Intro 1685.” Earlier this week at the Land […]

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Pier 35 Screenwall Takes Shape After Years of Delays [PHOTOS]

Posted October 25, 2017 at 5:03 am

Five months after heavy-duty work resumed at Pier 35, the park is starting to take shape. Little by little. The basic framework is in place for the so-called “screenwall” that will shield the new park from the adjacent Department of Sanitation-operated pier. Other design elements such as foot bridge and decorative stones are also installed. […]

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CB3 Votes to Co-Sponsor Controversial Rezoning of LES Waterfront in Bid to Thwart Supertall Development

Posted October 19, 2017 at 5:01 am

Thanks to a confluence of election year politics and incessant grassroots organizing, development along the Lower East Side waterfront is firmly in the spotlight. It’s a rare moment when the voice of the people is being heard, albeit barely. There is definitely traction, but a race against the clock is afoot. Nevertheless, Community Board 3 […]

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Extell’s 80-Story Stain on the LES Skyline Finally Tops Out

Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

It’s an indelible stain on the skyline, visible from all corners of the Lower East Side. One Manhattan Square, the 850-foot (80 stories) “vertical village” on South Street, finally reached the top yesterday. Meaning, it won’t go any higher. This is likely the most important milestone since ground-break three years ago. Not that you would know it, […]

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