Affordable Housing

Grand Street Guild Files Plans for 15-Story Affordable Housing Tower

Posted August 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

New towers are coming to Broome Street on the Lower East Side. Now we have sight of the first newcomer. Back in January of 2018, the Grand Street Guild nonprofit officially announced the imminent construction of two, as-of-right 15-story apartments on its property, plus a parking garage. All 400 of the proposed units are earmarked […]

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City Council Approves Controversial Citywide Rezoning Overhaul

Posted March 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

City Council yesterday approved the widest reaching zoning changes to the Five Boroughs in decades. The legislative body passed the two controversial anchor-weights of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing initiative (“Housing New York”) – Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH). His goal is to create 200,000 units of affordable housing […]

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CB2 Endorses Permanent Preservation of the Elizabeth Street Garden

Posted February 14, 2014 at 5:33 am

The Elizabeth Street Garden in Little Italy just cleared its first major hurdle on the track to permanence. Many months of grassroots campaigning netted a win for advocates a couple weeks ago at the full Community Board 2 meeting. Many in the community believe the mid-block sculpture garden is under direct threat from the SPURA […]

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The Witch’s Broome: How I Battled My Broome Street Landlord and Won [OP-ED]

Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

The following Op-ed was written by local comedian Jeff Lawrence, a native New Yorker, and the founder of Laughing Buddha Comedy. He has appeared on NBC, MTV Europe, The Grammy Awards, and in the New York Times, the Daily News, as well as the front pages of the the Wall Street Journal and the Tampa Bay […]

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HPD Finally Begins Work Converting 244 Elizabeth Into Affordable Co-op Housing

Posted November 12, 2013 at 6:00 am

It’s been waiting on a friend renovation for a decade. Now the day is nigh. The derelict, century-old tenement at 244 Elizabeth Street is coming back to life. Back in September, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) happily announced that work would finally begin on converting the formerly city-owned rental building into an […]

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AFL-CIO Invests in Lands End II Housing

Posted December 22, 2010 at 10:50 am

Affordable living on the LES just received a helping hand from the AFL-CIO Housing Trust Investment.

More on the 12-Story Second Avenue Housing Plan

Posted December 9, 2010 at 6:40 am

Tuesday afternoon, the Local East Village dropped bombshell news that the block of Second Avenue between East Houston and First Street is on course for some heavy change.  Not just renovation.  It would spell at least two years of demolition, construction, and misplaced tenants and businesses.  And if all the necessary hurdles and red tape […]

The Affordable Housing Toolkit at 61 Delancey

Posted February 24, 2010 at 6:33 am

In early November, Indoor-Oudoor Flooring Supplies moved a few doors west from its location at 61 Delancey, and now resides at 55 Delancey.  Aside from a brief gallery show in mid-December, this corner real estate has remained vacant; affixed to its awning is a permanent for lease advertisement.  But as of today, this space will […]

The Lee is Taking Shape on East Houston

Posted February 10, 2010 at 6:19 am

The Lee has come a long way in just under a year.  Indeed, down at the corner of East Houston and Pitt, the twelve-story building is finally taking shape. Its sheer size and depth is deceiving from the Houston perspective, but round the corner and have another look.  Hello metallic siding!

A Rally for Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA)

Last modified November 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Yesterday was a day of activism in the Lower East Side.  For starters, dozens of neighborhood folk gathered at the southeastern corner of Delancey and Suffolk to show support for the re-development of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), which was cleared back in November 1967. Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Margaret Chin both spoke, […]