Rutgers Street

The Stalled 6-Story Development Rising Atop Former Rutgers Street Laundromat

Posted June 17, 2022 at 5:00 am

A former single-story laundromat on Rutgers Street is inching toward rebirth as a condo. Three years after the first filings with the city, the new development at 32 Rutgers Street has something to show for itself. It’s currently seated at about half its future six-story height. Upon completion, the new construction will carry total floor […]

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‘Common Books’ Pushcart Returns After Extended Hiatus

Posted September 30, 2021 at 5:02 am

The Lower East Side peddler who sells reads from her pushcart returns after an extended, months-long hiatus. Common Books, as it’s called, should be back on track tomorrow. “Bookshop Baby started school this week,” owner Brittany Bond said in an Instagram post earlier this month. Which translates to more time strolling the street, but mainly […]

East Broadway Subway Station Turns 85

Posted January 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

The East Broadway subway station wasn’t always a shady dungeon attracting crime. Once upon a time, the transit stop inspired celebrations across the Lower East Side. It was exactly eighty-five years ago – January 1, 1936 – that the East Broadway subway station debuted to the public. The feat of subterranean engineering, then known as […]

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Chinese Rice Noodle Cart Returns to Rutgers Street

Last modified September 17, 2020 at 6:59 am

Rice noodles returned to Rutgers Street last week for the first time since the pandemic sidelined the business. Now, more than six months later, the popular food cart is back on its perch. Still positioned outside Wu’s Wonton King. The Rice Noodle Cart has been in operation for over twenty years. It’s a cheap (and […]

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Six-Story Development Planned for Rutgers Street Laundromat Building

Posted February 1, 2019 at 5:05 am

It’s laundry day. The one-story laundromat building at 32 Rutgers Street is on the verge of redevelopment. Plans were filed last week for the construction of a sixty-foot mixed-use property. Qiliang Chen of Soho Property LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications. The proposed six-story development has total floor area of 10,047 square-feet, […]

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‘The Crossroads’ at 10 Rutgers Sells for Whopping $59M

Posted January 5, 2018 at 5:09 am

In a bonkers Lower East Side real estate play, the rental building at 10 Rutgers Street (at East Broadway) recently changed hands for an astonishing $59 million. The deal closed last week, according to property records, and lists the new owner as Arbor Realty Trust (aka AH 10 Rutgers LLC). Arbor acquired the eight-story building, […]

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City Installs Countdown Clock at Rutgers Street M9 Bus Stop

Posted October 16, 2017 at 5:13 am

Hark, weary commuters. There is a new piece of tech hardware at the northwest corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street. Indeed, the city installed a new countdown clock for the downtown M9 bus stop over the weekend. The bus information is posted on both the sign and available via audio cue. This is seemingly […]

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Playing Stickball on Rutgers Street [PHOTOS]

Posted August 14, 2017 at 9:53 am

It was like walking into an old black-and-white photograph. A game of stickball on the street – outside Rutgers Houses – with the Manhattan Bridge in the background. A fleeting moment of old school Lower East Side. The Saturday afternoon block party was a NYCHA event complete with cookout, music, and tables of advertising.

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The Secret of the Ooze (or, Why this Rutgers Street Playground is Closed

Posted January 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

A mysterious substance leak from a restaurant on East Broadway has sidelined the Captain Jacob Joseph Playground until further notice. The pocket park was gated and locked last week, with signs to that effect arriving shortly thereafter. Apparently an unknown kitchen “grease” oozed into the play area. Equally unknown is the restaurant in question, though […]

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Humping on the LES (or How the DOT Installed New Area Speed Bumps)

Posted August 30, 2016 at 5:07 am

Two sidestreets on the Lower East Side are recipients of speed bumps this month. Rutgers Slip, just above South Street, acts as an exit ramp of sorts for motorists coming from the FDR Drive/South Street. Cars tend to speed away northbound after turning onto the narrow street. The new road hump should deter that. In […]

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