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Children’s Magical Garden Files Lawsuit Against Developer Over Alleged Intimidation Tactics

Posted November 24, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton Street is again battling its longtime nemesis, owner-developer of the neighboring parcel, The Horizon Group. Garden advocates led by Kate Temple-West filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday in New York State Supreme Court alleging that principal David Marom, who purchased the adjacent lot from Serge Hoyda in 2013, engaged […]

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30-Story Tower at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site Takes its Spot in LES Skyline

Posted November 23, 2021 at 5:01 am

It’s not enough to have Essex Crossing dominate the Lower East Side skyline around Delancey Street. Now, another. The hulking tower rising from the literal ashes of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is already halfway to the top, currently sitting at a healthy fifteen stories. This much after the better part of a year under construction. As […]

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Digging up the Seward Park Tennis Courts

Posted November 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

Just call it the backhoe blues. The heavy machinery arrived this week inside the Seward Park athletic courts on Essex Street. And the big dig is already underway along the perimeter of the play space. Rehab began late last month. We confirmed at the time with Seward Park Campus (formerly, Seward Park High School) – stewards […]

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Last-Ditch Rallying to Save Historic East River Park Buildings Slated for Demolition

Posted November 17, 2021 at 5:04 am

As the city inches closer to leveling East River Park as part of the $1.45 billion coastal resiliency plan, local preservationists are trying to save two architectural relics built decades ago. Organized by the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, dozens gathered at the Tennis Center comfort station in the park this past Sunday to protest […]

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East River Park Activists Score Temporary Restraining Order to Halt Resiliency Project

Posted November 5, 2021 at 5:16 am

In East River Park, the demolition is on pause. Activists locked in a lawsuit with the city against the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resilience Plan scored a temporary injunction yesterday to stop work. The East River Park ACTION group sent the following update: Appellate court judge Judith Gische heard arguments from Arthur Schwartz and […]

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Two Activists Arrested as City Begins East River Park Demolition for Coastal Resiliency

Last modified November 2, 2021 at 6:47 am

The battle between activists and the city spilled into East River Park yesterday, as construction officially commenced on the southerly leg of the East Side Coastal Resilience Project. Several sign-toting activists, including City Council District 2 challenger Allie Ryan, lined up yesterday afternoon to halt activities in the 46-acre park. The protest action thwarted the […]

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Verizon Bets on the Lower East Side with HQ Move to Essex Crossing

Posted October 29, 2021 at 5:00 am

Telecom giant, Verizon, is betting big on the Lower East Side. The company yesterday signed a lease at Essex Crossing, and will relocate hundreds of its employees from 140 West to Delancey Street, the New York Post reported. Verizon will take 143,000 square-feet of commercial space on the third, fourth, and fifth floors of the […]

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Fifteen-Story Condo Tower Slated for Lower Orchard Street

Last modified October 28, 2021 at 2:12 pm

The southerly base of Orchard Street is about to receive some additional heft. Fifteen stories’ worth, in fact. The dormant building at 24 Orchard Street will meet the wrecking ball in due course. The property itself changed hands in November 2020 for $6.7 million, and now the listed owner, shell entity NNYY LLC, is planning […]

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Borough President Implores Parks Commissioner to Address Community Concerns in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted October 21, 2021 at 4:59 am

Two stabbings within a twelve-hour period last weekend highlighted the decrepit, yet dangerous state of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The violence apparently pushed Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to exert pressure on the Parks Department to address certain core issues. In a letter to Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff this week, Brewer identified two key concerns – […]

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Coastal Resiliency Project Forces Lower East Side Ecology Center Compost Yard to Staten Island

Posted October 20, 2021 at 5:01 am

The Lower East Side Ecology Center has its walking papers. The local nonprofit is amidst a move, relocating the East River compost yard it called home for the last two decades. Over the last week or so, the 22-year-old compost yard was dismantled, as the East Side Coastal Resilience Project is set to break ground […]

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