87 Rivington is Upgrading

Posted on: March 15th, 2010 at 6:34 am by

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 indicate otherwise.

This image has been archived or removed.

In fact, a residential renovation is in the works to upgrade the five-story tenement structure; a so-called “change of use and layout” to transform the fourteen-unit dwelling into just eight units.  Late last week, we received some visual confirmation in the form of a bendy crane delivering plywood through the windows.  Luxury condos on the way?

This image has been archived or removed.

Meanwhile, it appears the worksite snack of choice is beef jerky!  Though no word yet on whether the bombed-out payphone will remain post-renovation.

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

Avril Lavigne Marks 20th Album Anniversary on Canal Street

Avril Lavigne returned to SoHo this week to mark the twentieth anniversary of her pop-punk debut, Let Go. The “Sk8er Boi” artist took to TikTok in celebratory gush, posting a quick hit of her standing in the intersection of Broadway and Canal Street. An ode to the album cover, twenty years older and not blurry, […]

Long-Stalled Grand Street Lot Reactivates

Despite ongoing troubles with his East Broadway project, local owner-developer Daniel Wise is now proceeding with a new development planned for Grand Street. No longer an overgrown jungle of weeds, the zombie parcel spanning 330-332 Grand is, as of a couple weeks ago, fully reanimated. The Department of Buildings issued permits for foundation work last […]

From the Rooftops: The Hell Square Aural Assault

Articles about ear-shattering noise levels, from parties to cruising cars, as well as the general lack of regard for the residents of Hell Square, are rote at this point. Almost a cliche. But to residents living in the bullseye, the aural assault remains a weekly nightmare. And this past Saturday night, by several accounts, upped […]

Pitt Pool Opens for Summer Season

New York City public pools officially opened yesterday. For the Lower East Side, that means the Pitt Pool (aka Hamilton Fish) is ready to go. The launch happened with great fanfare. Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, Senator Brian Kavanagh, Council Member Carlina Rivera, and local kids […]

At Belse, the New Vegan Brewery on the Bowery

Belse, the Texas-based vegan brewery and restaurant, is now in business on the Bowery. The Lone Star State transplant – officially, Belse Plant Cuisine – takes 11,000 square-feet at 265-267 Bowery, in what was previously the fleeting home of the Paulaner Brauhaus brewery. The renovated space features three sections – a restaurant, bar, and Garden […]