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Redlining the LES: How Discriminatory Lending Policies Solidified Pre-Existing Inequalities

Last modified May 19, 2022 at 11:45 am

The following was written by Anna Sargeantson. All photos courtesy of Anna Sargeantson, except where otherwise noted. Home to dimly lit restaurants and bars frequented by NYU students and young professionals, the Lower East Side remains in many ways the epitome of New York City’s youthful heart. Under the surface, though, the neighborhood has historically […]

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Residents Unite Against Developer Plans to Swap Park for Parking on LES Waterfront

Last modified May 17, 2022 at 1:51 pm

Residents on the Lower East Side waterfront may soon lose more publicly accessible outdoor space. The developer of a new super-tall plans to reduce a children’s playground to a parking lot. As excavation work commences on Chetrit Group’s 70-story, twin-towered development at 265 South Street, tenants in the adjacent building – Lands End II – […]

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Saigon Social Vows Return After Fire Last Week

Last modified May 9, 2022 at 8:40 am

Closed for a week, Saigon Social continues to pick up the pieces from a fire onsite. “We are incredibly grateful that the fire was contained and no one got hurt,” the restaurant said in an Instagram update over the weekend. As ownership continues to assess damages from the fire at 172 Orchard Street last Monday, […]

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Ten-Story Tower Planned Atop Historic Eisner Bros ‘Eastern Dispensary’ on Essex Street

Posted May 5, 2022 at 5:01 am

The historic Eastern Dispensary Building on Essex Street – home of the longtime Eisner Bros. on the ground floor – is headed for redevelopment. A new vertical appendage. Owner of the hallmark, bunker-looking Building at 75 Essex filed plans this week with the Department of Buildings to redevelop the property to include a ten-story addition. […]

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Want a clean home with a clean conscience? Use NYC’s New Living-Wage Cleaning Service! [Sponsored]

Last modified May 3, 2022 at 4:42 pm

As you may already know, the cleaning industry has terrible practices. Companies overwork and underpay their employees, many of whom are misclassified as contractors and receive no benefits or legal protection. This kind of business model is bad for employees, bad for customers, and, ultimately, bad for society. Well-Paid Maids, New York’s only accredited living-wage […]

‘Chinatown Ten’ Face Civil Disobedience Charges for Blocking Jail Work

Last modified May 2, 2022 at 10:18 am

Last month, ten activists were arrested in Chinatown during a protest action against the demolition of the Manhattan Detention Center and its rebirth as a high-rise jail. The group of community leaders, which included two candidates for public office – State Assembly hopeful Grace Lee and State Senate candidate Vittoria Fariello – were collared for […]

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Five Alarm Fire at Dim Sum Palace Decimates Chinatown Building

Last modified May 2, 2022 at 6:35 pm

A five-alarm fire tore through a Chinatown building early Sunday morning. Shortly after midnight, the fire sparked in the rear of Dim Sum Palace, the restaurant in that ground level of 6 Chatham Square. The blaze quickly spread to all four floors and to the roof. Six hours later, the FDNY announced that the fire […]

Essex Crossing Preps New 9-Story Development with Brownfield Cleanup

Posted April 28, 2022 at 5:01 am

The next phase of Essex Crossing is upon us. Delancey Street Associates, the developer consortium behind the billion-dollar Lower East Side project, recently submitted an application to the state for Brownfield Cleanup at Site 9 (aka 120 Essex). This will spell the end of the decades-old Essex Street Market building just north of Delancey, which […]

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‘Nine Orchard’ Hotel Readies Springtime Opening After 10 Years of Construction

Last modified April 26, 2022 at 8:19 pm

Nearly a decade on, the Jarmulowsky Bank Building is finally transformed. The fourteen-story landmark structure will soon welcome guests, not as a financial institution, but as a boutique hotel called Nine Orchard. Described as a hotel “Blending historic architecture with elevated design and contemporary art,” Nine Orchard will begin reservations for its 116 rooms on […]

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Hell Square High: More than a Dozen Cannabis Shops Selling in Small LES Area

Last modified April 25, 2022 at 7:03 am

Growing like weeds. The proliferation, and concentration, of cannabis stores on the Lower East Side is real. Overrun would be the proper descriptor. One need only look to Hell Square, the chaotic party zone encompassing the sixteen-square-block area spanning Allen to Essex and Houston to Delancey. Not including the roving trucks, there are at least […]

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