Cooper Square

Preservationists Fuming Over LPC Plan to Cut Public from Landmarks Process

Posted March 26, 2018 at 5:15 am

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is in the process of altering some of its rules, and it’s striking a chord with worried preservation-minded folk. The amendments in question originate in Title 63 of the Rules of the City of New York. The biggest proposed issue involves removing the public from the process entirely – including at […]

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The Village Voice Returns Home to Cooper Square

Posted January 31, 2018 at 5:12 am

Four years since decamping for the Financial District, The Village Voice has returned to its longtime home in Cooper Square. It’s a rather subdued homecoming for a struggling publication that just recently discontinued its print edition after sixty years. The Voice previously occupied four floors inside 36 Cooper Square from 1991 to 2013. With the […]

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Tonight, Learn More About Big Tim Sullivan, ‘King of the Bowery’

Posted May 24, 2017 at 5:16 am

As part of the Lower East Side History Month festivities, tonight the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and Grace Church High School welcome author Alice Sparberg Alexiou to speak about the (in)famous Timothy Sullivan, or as many knew him, the puported “King of the Bowery.” Sullivan resided at the Occidental Hotel (now the SoHotel) at 146 […]

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Today in LES History: Senator Barack Obama Makes a Campaign Stop at Cooper Union

Posted March 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

On this day in… 2008 – Campaigning Illinois Senator Barack Obama took the stage at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. The then-presidential hopeful gave a speech about the economy, and proposed an additional $30 billion stimulus package to help during the downturn. Obama was introduced by Mayor Bloomberg. The event was highly symbolic, as Cooper Union […]

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Chair Gigi Li Defeats Chad Marlow to Continue Reign Over CB3

Posted June 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

For Community Board 3, a broken chair remains as such. At least for another year. At the full board meeting last night, members voted in favor of incumbent Chair Gigi Li over challenger Chad Marlow. Ballots collected resulted in a 31-15 decision. Sport was in the air, so a coin was flipped by newcomer Enrique Cruz (of […]

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Astor Place Redesign Makes a Mess of Cooper Square [PHOTOS]

Last modified February 13, 2015 at 12:08 am

Cooper Square is a mess. More so than usual, as the “big dig” here has begun. Just last month, the statue of a sedentary Peter Cooper was boxed up while renovations on his eponymous block proceeded (the plywood is already tagged). Teardown of the twin forks of Cooper Square followed shortly thereafter, and the area is now […]

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Peter Cooper Statue Boxed Up for Astor Place Reconstruction

Last modified April 25, 2014 at 11:37 am

You may have noticed that the statue of Peter Cooper sitting comfortably in his eponymous park is currently encased in an enormous plywood box; or that traffic barriers now cordon off a section of the roadway. These noticeable changes pretty much kick off the broader $16 million capital works project to redesign the entire composition […]

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Village Voice Departs Cooper Square for FiDi

Last modified September 20, 2013 at 9:18 am

The Village Voice is no longer part of the neighborhood it once represented so well. Apparently the failing newspaper vacated 36 Cooper Square last Friday after two decades, and has since relocated offices even further downtown. As in the Financial District. Quite fitting given its nascent corporate status and highly-public exodus of its most valued […]

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Muji Opens Today at 52 Cooper Square

Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

As previously reported, Muji signed on for ten years at this address, and is reportedly paying upwards of $25,000 in monthly rent.

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Muji Cooper Square Opening on April 12

Posted March 13, 2013 at 6:45 am

Alleged “bleeding” retail traffic and the imminent completion of the Death Star at 51 Astor Place were cause enough for Muji to hop onto the bandwagon of East Village gentrifiers.

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