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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    Seems the zoning is partly to blame; there appears to be a height limit.
    And I'm sure at some point, NIMBYs too.
    Height is suppose to be evil or so they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post

    "Little Italy": what a laugh!
    wha? you gotta problem with that?

    It's good that there are height limits there -- especially in the blocks between Houston & Kenmare / Mulberry & Bowery. The streets on the edges kind of suck, but the blocks along Elizabeth / Mott are really special and don't need 15+ story towers looming over them.

    The Mini Mayors

    nytimes.com/2006/10/08

    ... wherever there is a demarcated piece of land, the odds are good that someone is willing to claim leadership over it, someone like Vinny Vella Sr., an actor who is known as the mayor of Elizabeth Street. Mr. Vella does not remember who first called him that, about 20 years ago, but he did not mind it at all, he said the other day, sitting in front of a meat market on his block just south of Houston Street.


    Richard Perry/The New York Times
    “Hey,” says Vinny Vella Sr.,
    the mayor of Elizabeth Street,
    “it’s a lot better than other things
    they could have gave me as a title.”

    “I said, yeah, you’re right,” he said. “Hey, it’s a lot better than other things they could have gave me as a title.”

    Mr. Vella’s duties include watching the block and keeping an eye out for people who he thinks look like trouble. He is not a mobster, but he plays one on TV on “The Sopranos” and in films like “Casino” and “Analyze That.” So when he draws close and tells someone to take a hike, he can give as good as he gets.

    Mr. Vella, 59, has lived on the block a long time, through bad times and good. His stretch of Elizabeth Street has changed a lot lately; it is lined with boutiques, and there are few visible remnants of the old Italian-American community. But sitting in a chair out on the sidewalk, pausing every so often to shake hands with a man walking by or to offer a compliment to a pretty woman, he finds the area as nice as it has ever been.

    “It’s a good neighborhood,” he said. “I keep a close eye on it, and we get very little problems on this block. I think that if there were more people like me in New York, we wouldn’t have so many problems.”

    Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

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    ^Sounds like a page out of Jane Jacobs' chef d'œuvre.

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    Preservation of Elizabeth and Mott doesn't require height limits on the Bowery.

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    Those are fairly narrow blocks (east <> west) in that area-- if you build high on the east side of the Bowery / Elizabeth blocks then there would be a visual impact from within that neighborhood.

    Height limit along Elizabeth / Mott (and within most of the center part of Special LID) is 7-stories / 75'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    Those are fairly narrow blocks (east <> west) in that area-- if you build high on the east side of the Bowery / Elizabeth blocks then there would be a visual impact from within that neighborhood.
    Not all impact is bad, and in any case it needs to be balanced against the demonstrated negative impact on the Bowery streetscape.

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    Looks like the digging at the project shown below is wreaking havoc on the neighbors (although the NY1 article says that 23 Second Ave. is between Houston and E. 1st, in actuality it is located just to the north of E. 1st) ...
    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post



    They have just started digging out the lot shown ^^^ at the lower right above for the next and last phase of this project.
    Partial Building Collapse In East Village Leaves 8 Homeless



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    October 19, 2006

    At least eight people are homeless after the basement of their Manhattan apartment building partially collapsed Thursday.

    Fire officials said a piece of the floor and two stairs collapsed at 23 Second Avenue, between Houston and First Street, in the East Village.

    No injuries were reported.

    Inspectors and engineers are assessing the stability of the building, but as a precaution all five apartments have been evacuated and the restaurant that occupies the ground floor is closed for Thursday night.

    The cause is still under investigation, but engineers are looking into a construction site next door.

    Copyright © 2006 NY1 News

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post

    DOB has issued a DEMOLITION Permit for 250 - 252 Bowery ...

    There's a rendering here: http://www.flankonline.com/

    Or HERE
    Demo has started at this site ... the 3 buildings have been gutted and are starting to come down ...

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    250 Bowery's Haunting Post-Industrial Vibe

    http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/..._vibe.php#more
    Friday, November 10, 2006, by Lockhart



    The transformation of the Bowery continues with this here architectural undertaking called 250 Bowery, shown in the rendering at top in juxtaposition to the boxy New Museum rising across the street. According to City Realty, 250 Bowery is set to become an eight-story, 63-room hotel/condo with a possible dash of style, thanks to its corten-clad exterior:

    "The thin perforated bands of the façade conjure some Japanese designs and the as-of-right building promises to be a stunning counterpart to the New Museum."

    A "stunning counterpart"? Hrm. Let's see how closely this puppy, designed by FLAnk Architects, ends up resembling the renderings before we hop on the giddy train. But it's a reasonable start. Ahead: another rendering, natch.



    · 250 Bowery [FLAnk Architects, deeply annoying Flash site]
    · Corten-clad hotel/condo to rise at 250 Bowery [CityRealty]

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    Just a couple of buildings west of Bowery a new building is coming to Bond St. They have poured the foundation and that's about it. Here is where the site will be: http://www.48bond.com/

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    The site at 250 Bowery is almost completely cleared:



    One has to wonder how long this funky little old assemblage across The Bowery from 250 will be around:



    Up the block from 250 at the long-shuttered & empty retail spaces at the SW corner of Bowery / Houston (across from where the new Whole Foods is going in) word is that negotiations between the Landlord and either a 24-Hour Drugstore or a bank are stalled over the length & terms of the lease:


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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
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    One has to wonder how long this funky little old assemblage across The Bowery from 250 will be around:


    I'll bet that those buildings date from about the 1840's. It would be a shame to raze them. In addition to being historic, they're also quite nice and simply need some TLC.

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    Agreed ^^^ they sure hold some of the character of Ye Olde Bowery ...

    Another shot of across the street: Bank or drugstore???

    (Note: This building will remain as the upper floors contain a number of protected residential tenants who have no intention of leaving) ...


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    The Booming Bowery. Fellow web cam fans: this is one of my recent favorites. That and NYwired webcam3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post

    The site at 250 Bowery is almost completely cleared ...
    About all that remains here is part of a tile-lined wall from the former "Madison Hotel" (the name of which is inset into the wall with black tiles -- I tried to get a closer shot, but the openings in the plywood wall along the sidewalk weren't wide enough ) ...



    This was just one of many flophouses that used to exist along the Bowery, many of which are chronicled in the book Flophouse: Life on the Bowery.

    From a review of that book:
    Some of the men -- and they are all men, no women are featured -- are satisfied and can't think of any other life that would make them happier. Some are miserable and some, Like Rob C. from New Orleans, just don't get it. Rob works as a bike courier by day and delivers pizza by night and came to New York looking for a cheap room and perhaps a little adventure:
    I tell people if I could somehow stream what I hear every day onto the Internet, it would be the greatest soap opera ever.

    I call this place Disfunction Junction, and the Fraternity House from Hell. But the Bowery is a vibrant community. Two blocks over, you're in Little Italy. Three more blocks, you're in SoHo. So I like the location. For a shower and a place to sleep, it's fine, If they'd just make the rooms about three times bigger and have Internet access, I think a lot of people would go for something like this.
    Some men, like Ted Edwards, see life on the Bowery with a sharper eye:
    This Place? This place is a respite for the weary on the run from life. How did I get here? That's your next question, right? I don't know. I really don't know. It was slow and methodical.

    But listen -- before you go, I want to explain something: My wife never left me. I left me. Do you know Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness? I decided on nothingness, because my being wasn't fulfilled in the way that I wanted it to be. So I set out to be nothing. And here I am. I've arrived. Nothing. Nothing!

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