Jung Wor Chin

Glassy Gertel’s Killing Condo Has Risen from the Dead on Hester Street

Posted July 7, 2015 at 5:14 am

Once dubbed a “historic hole,” the former home of Gertel’s Bakery at 53 Hester Street is now filled with an eleven-story tumor. Sitting unpretty. Unencumbered, even. The finger building disrobed a couple weeks ago after many months of construction work. In fact, the project site was fallow until late last year. It’s been a long […]

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Comfort Inn Opening ‘Convenient’ LES Outpost at 154 Madison Street

Posted December 5, 2013 at 5:49 am

Plenty of hotel chatter to report on these days. Many long-stalled projects are now coming back to life, while others are still plugging away. Like the nearly-completed lodge at 154 Madison Street, which is already a year into construction and officially part of the streetscape. This won’t be a trendy boutique hotel, though. Turns out […]

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23 Orchard to Gain Rear Extension on Allen Street

Posted July 23, 2013 at 6:12 am

That small Allen Street alcove just north of Canal Street is not long for the Lower East Side. Until recently, this recessed cut-curb sidewalk space (behind Fat Radish) was used strictly for private parking. But now a plywood fence divides the lot, allowing for eventual development. Yup, every little piece of free real estate in […]

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Scenes from Sandy: 154 Madison Hotel Site a Victim

Posted October 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Since the Lower East Side has its fair share of stalled/in-progress construction sites, there’s plenty of risk from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Allen/Pike Street Corridor to Receive Another Hotel

Posted September 6, 2012 at 6:09 am

It’s a question we’ve been pondering for years. How many hotels does one neighborhood truly need?

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Progress Report: The New 2 Allen Street

Posted March 17, 2011 at 6:09 am

We recently fielded correspondence regarding 2 Allen, and realized it’s been quite awhile since our last progress report.