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Ed Higgins, ‘Wingnut’ Artist of the Rivington School, Dies at 72

Posted December 20, 2021 at 5:02 am

Ed Higgins III, a seminal Lower East Side artist known as a pillar of the Rivington School movement in the 1980s, and for his unique “mail art,” died earlier this month. He was 72. Friends allegedly found Higgins in his Ludlow Street apartment last week after not hearing from him for several days. We’re told […]

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After City Council Nod, Mayor Set to Sign Controversial SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Posted December 17, 2021 at 5:02 am

Two years of controversy was capped Wednesday as the city passed a sweeping rezoning of the SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods. The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve the SoHo/NoHo rezoning by a 43 – 8 margin, thereby completing the final step in ULURP. The passage happened in the nick of time, with just two weeks […]

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City Begins Demolition of Historic East River Amphitheater, Birthplace of Shakespeare in the Park

Last modified December 16, 2021 at 8:01 pm

Demolition of East River Park continues unhindered, and in plain view of the public. The latest big job was the destruction of the historic East River Amphitheater. The bulldozers began uprooting the bench seating on Tuesday and continue apace. By yesterday evening, the seating area itself was rubble; the concrete structure is likely next. City […]

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Chinatown Neighbors Unite Against Proposed Homeless Shelter on East Broadway

Last modified December 15, 2021 at 9:55 pm

Concerned Chinatown neighbors are rallying in opposition against plans to convert a former hotel on East Broadway into a homeless shelter for the elderly. As reported this month, the new “safe haven” is a joint effort between nonprofits Asian Americans for Equality and Care for the Homeless that offers long-term residency – one year on […]

With Guns Drawn, Cops Arrest LES Shooting Suspects on Grand Street

Posted December 14, 2021 at 5:00 am

Two men were taken into custody this weekend in connection with a shooting that shattered a school window on the Lower East Side. The noontime arrest – caught on camera by a bystander – played out as street theater, much like a scene from Law & Order. And the clip immediately went viral on TikTok, […]

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City Defies Court Order with Round-the-Clock Weekend Tree Cutting in East River Park

Posted December 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

This past weekend was one of broken limbs and court orders in East River Park. The city defied the temporary restraining order to cease resiliency work – mandated by the highest court in New York State in the ongoing community lawsuit – the last three days by arriving early morning to chainsaw the trees. #EastRiverPark @NYCParks […]

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Daytime Dispute Ends with Gunshots Outside Delancey Street School

Posted December 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

A dispute between two groups of men yesterday turned violent and resulted in a gunshot that shattered a school window on Delancey Street yesterday, cops said. The altercation began shortly before 10:00am near the entrance to Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Broome and Forsyth. It moved up the block and shots were fired, one of […]

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Court Again Halts East River Park Resiliency Work

Posted December 9, 2021 at 5:00 am

The chainsaws are silent in East River Park, as advocates yesterday secured a stay that blocks demolition as part of the city’s $1.45 billion coastal resiliency project. Judge Rowan Wilson of the state’s Court of Appeals granted the stay on the reversal of a restraining order against the work by the Appellate Division, First Department, […]

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Trees in East River Park Get the Axe Ahead of Resiliency Project

Last modified December 8, 2021 at 6:57 am

Timber! Monday was the first day of a new reality inside East River Park. From here on out, it won’t be the same; razed and rebuilt based on a controversial $1.45 billion resiliency plan. With much of the park sealed during the phased construction period – the whole capital project carries an estimated five-year completion […]

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101 Delancey Street Sells for $10.4M

Posted December 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

An anchor tenement on situated on Delancey Street within the orbit of Essex Crossing just changed hands. The pre-war “Karg Building” at 101 Delancey – with Popeyes and HSBC bank on the ground floor – is now under the ownership of investor Zack Hering of 33 Equities. His company spent $10.4 million on the transaction. […]

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