Seriously, Eisner Bros. Doesn’t Want You Cutting Through their Driveway on Essex Street

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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Eisner Bros. really means it, now. Stop using their L-shaped driveway as a shortcut between Ludlow and Essex Streets. As of this month, the owner of 75 Essex has taken additional measures to secure the area. Guess the parked jalopy wasn’t good enough.

Just a few weeks after the Saturn SUV was parked here, a pair of crowd control barricades was installed to block both entry points. Each is chained in place to ensure security. They mean business.

The freestanding 75 Essex Street will soon be dwarfed by the 14-story Essex Crossing condo construction on Site 1 (i.e. the Municipal Lot). This luxury development will sport 55 units (half affordable) and is the only condo component in the first phase of Essex Crossing. Upscale basement bowling alley (Splitsville Lanes) and an as-yet-unknown museum institution. Once complete, it will have had the effect of creating a new alleyway behind the former Eastern Dispensary building.

Meanwhile, 75 Essex Street remains on the chopping block, asking an ungodly $39 million. This isn’t the first time, either. The should-be landmark first appeared for sale in 2010 for half as much. Despite urgent pleas of protection from preservation groups and Community Board 3, the Landmarks Preservation Commission ultimately decided to deny an official designation.

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