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    Poor Blue, stuck there all by itself amongst all that crappiness. It needs a friend .

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    February 27, 2013, 7:00 PMComment
    Where Buildings Fell As Hotel Rose, a New Condo and Calls For Justice

    Mel Bailey
    An empty lot at 89 Bowery may soon get a commercial condo building.

    Tenants of a Hester Street building that was leveled as a result of the new Wyndham Garden‘s construction will demand compensation during a rally Thursday. Meanwhile, another building that was razed as the 18-story hotel went up is finally being replaced.

    The tenement at 128 Hester Street was demolished in 2009 after it was destabilized by construction of the hotel next door. A lawsuit brought by the tenants of the building late last year alleges that the owner allowed building violations to pile up and ignored an “enormous volume of evidence of grossly substandard and hazardous conditions.” The building’s walls were damaged in part because of construction of the Wyndham Garden at 93 Bowery, Department of Buildings records indicate. The tenants were ordered to vacate the building in August of 2009 and it was demolished in November.

    The tenants allege that William Su, an owner of both the hotel and of 128 Hester Street, intentionally allowed the tenement’s condition to decline. “It’s my belief, and my clients’ belief that [Mr. Su and his partners] acquired 128 Hester knowing that there were some serious violations, structurally,” said John Gorman, their lawyer. “This group acquired 128 Hester, not to re-inhabit, not to maintain it, but to avoid any interference with the construction of the hotel.”

    In the years since the vacate order, a non-profit organization, Asian Americans for Equality, helped tenants file a petition with the New York Division of Homes and Community Renewal, which in 2010 ordered the building owner to pay his former tenants a stipend as well as moving expenses.

    But Mr. Su hasn’t produced the money. Instead, the agency decided to reconsider its initial judgment for reasons that remain unclear, according to Mr. Gorman. “I do not understand why after two levels of review the D.H.C.R. decides hey, maybe lets take another look at this; meanwhile my clients are dislodged without a penny of relocation benefits,” said the tenants’ lawyer, who estimated that they were owed around $800,000. “It bothers me to no end.”

    According to Mr. Su’s attorney, Stuart Klein, the agency realized it had erred and withdrew the claim.

    Meanwhile, Asian Americans for Equality has continued to facilitate conferences between the owners and tenants. The organization’s director, Peter Gee, said that Mr. Su has only attended one of the four meetings. Mr. Su’s lawyer said he was only invited to one. This Thursday, A.A.F.E. will host a rally in hopes of finally winning tenants the compensation to which they feel they’re entitled.

    From a flyer for the protest.

    “This remains an important issue because it has been over three years and there is still no resolution for the tenants of 128 Hester Street,” said Mr. Gee. “They have not received the fair and just compensation they deserve from the owners.” Mr. Gee expects 30 to 40 people to attend the rally in front of the Wyndham Hotel, including one or two of the families that were forced from their homes.

    Mr. Su confirmed that he was an owner of the Wyndham Garden and an investor in 128 Hester Street but declined to comment further. His attorney believes that if anyone should be held accountable it’s the plaintiffs, not his client. “I think they are a greater threat to the community than my client who put up a beautiful hotel — he turned an old rat-infested theater into something really important,” said Mr. Klein, referring to the shuttered movie theater that the hotel replaced. “I’d like to see the A.A.F.E. do that.”

    Mr. Klein claimed that “the A.A.F.E. are the largest landowners in Chinatown” and noted that his client has proposed that the non-profit house the displaced tenants in some of its own buildings, however the organization won’t budge.

    That’s because a strict federal process restricts how and when prospective tenants can be placed in the organization’s affordable housing units, Mr. Gee explained. “At the end of the day they are the ones that are responsible for taking care of their tenants,” he said of 128 Hester LLC.

    The lawsuit filed in October names 10 plaintiffs. A deposition was supposed to be held this week but the defendants’ lawyer has asked that it be postponed until April.

    Meanwhile, Elmhurst-based developer Steve Cheung has applied for a permit to build an eight-story commercial condominium at 89 Bowery, The Local has learned. The plot, which for years has been a vacant lot, was home to an office building that was also destabilized by the hotel’s construction, according to Department of Buildings records. It was demolished in 2008.
    Mr. Cheung said he would begin construction immediately after approval of the application, which was filed last week.

    Since 89 Bowery was a commercial rather than a residential building before it was razed, its fate hasn’t stirred the sort of controversy that its neighbor at 128 Hester Street has. But David Mulkins of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors had concerns about the new building.

    “In addition to the moral issue, there is also an aesthetic consideration,” he said. “89 Bowery is in the most well-preserved stretch of the Bowery Historic District which was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places. Tourism is increasing in this neighborhood because of its unique low-rise character and diversity qualities that high-rise buildings will obliterate.”
    Mr. Mulkins called the Wyndham Garden “an eyesore and a viscous symbol of the ill-regard some developers and architects have for the neighborhood.”

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    The Lo-Down - progress as of Feb 2013

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    The Lo-Down

    NYCHA Plans Released: 50-Story Towers Envisioned at Smith Houses

    In spite of strong objections from residents, the New York City Housing Authority is undeterred in its quest to lease public housing property for private development. The agency yesterday posted on its website “pre-request for proposal” documents and scheduled another round of “engagement meetings” with impacted communities. The revenue-generating proposal would develop sites at five Lower East Side projects. The real “request for proposals” (RFP) is expected to be released next month.
    The documents released show that one site, at the Smith Houses on South Street, would accommodate two 500-foot buildings (that’s 50 stories). We’ll have more on the plans later. In the meantime, you can have a look for yourself. Click through for a look at the scheduled meetings on the LES.
    June 13, 2013
    Baruch Houses
    Meeting Location & Time: Bard High School. 525 E. Houston St., 6 – 9 p.m.
    June 17, 2013
    LaGuardia Houses
    Meeting Location & Time: Rutgers Community Center, 200 Madison St., 6 – 9 p.m.
    June 19, 2013
    Campos Plaza
    Meeting Location & Time: Campos Plaza Community Center, 611 E. 13th St., 6 – 9 p.m.
    June 20, 2013
    Meltzer Towers
    Meeting Location & Time: Meltzer Senior Center, 94 E. First St., 1 - 4 p.m.
    June 20, 2013
    Smith Houses
    Meeting Location & Time: P.S. 126 – Manhattan Academy of Technology, 80 Catherine St., 6 – 9 p.m.

    By Ed Litvak in Lower East Side News on June 12, 2013 12:25 pm

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    New luxury building by Midtown Equities for 155 Attorney Street in LES

    JULY 31, 2013 2:08 PM|Posted in DEVELOPMENTS

    Joe Cayre’s Midtown Equities is planning a new residential building at 155 Attorney Street in the Lower East Side.
    Located between Stanton and East Houston streets, the project will have seven stories and 36 units, according to this plan exam application filed July 26th.
    The architect is Studio V, and the building will have an even 30,000 square feet of residential space. There will be a storage room, bicycle room and recreation room.
    Midtown Equities acquired the property in 2013, according to the company’s site. The project will be a luxury rental with an appropriately high-end amenities package. Here’s a slice of what the new 155 Attorney Street could look like:

    Photo: Halstead
    Rendering: Midtown Equities

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    Luxury, luxury, luxury, luxury, luxury, luxury, luxury ...

    Most made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

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    And somehow they all get sold/rented for big bucks.

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    City Plans Redevelopment for Vacant Area in Lower Manhattan


    Bryan Thomas for The New York Times
    The Seward Park urban renewal area has been the subject of disagreement between various factions in New York for decades.

    A corner of New York City, by Delancey and Essex Streets on the Lower East Side, has been a vacant, bitterly contested area for decades, as community groups and politicians battled to a standstill over what would replace tenements that were demolished in 1967.

    But after a three-year effort to forge a compromise, the Bloomberg administration plans to announce on Wednesday that it has selected developers to erect a complex called Essex Crossing at the location, long known as the Seward Park urban renewal area. The development would include retail markets, restaurants, office space, a movie theater, parks, an Andy Warhol Museum and 1,000 apartments. Half of the apartments would be for low-, moderate- and middle-income families.

    Designed by SHoP Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle, the glassy, six-acre complex would be built over the next decade by a consortium on nine city-owned lots in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood that was once home to working-class Italians, Jews, Puerto Ricans and Ukrainians.

    The redevelopment would tap into the past by giving priority to some of the 2,000, largely Puerto Rican families displaced four decades ago, and into the future by creating a neighborhood hub with badly needed housing, small-scale retail and office space for tech companies and budding entrepreneurs.

    “This project is the pinnacle of urban development in 2013,” Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel said on Tuesday. “It has all the hallmarks of a Bloomberg administration project: transforming an underutilized asset into a place that serves the diverse needs of the community.”

    To reach this point, the administration engaged in an unprecedented collaboration with the local community board and a task force starting in 2008. If Essex Crossing is built, it would also represent the culmination of compromises by various factions in the neighborhood and by the city itself.

    Edward Delgado, who was a teenager in 1967 when his family was forced to relocate, said he had always wanted housing for families of limited and modest means built on the site. “We had to go along with 50 percent affordable and 50 percent market-rate,” he said, “or we would’ve had another 50 years of empty lots.”

    The developers selected for the project — L&M Development Partners, BFC Partners, Taconic Investment Partners and Grand Street Settlement — won out over some of the city’s most prominent builders. In return, the developers will pay the city $180 million and start the first building within 18 months.

    The announcement comes about three and a half months before Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is to leave office, and some critics argue that his successor could easily overturn this plan.
    “The new mayor is going to want to put his own stamp on the project,” said Harold Jacob, general manager of the East River Housing Corporation, which operates 1,675 cooperative apartments in the neighborhood. “I don’t believe the city produced a good plan.”

    But elected officials, developers and others say that for the first time in nearly half a century there is a consensus on what should happen. The plan has the support of Councilwoman Margaret S. Chin; State Senator Daniel L. Squadron; Community Board 3; and the State Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, who lives nearby and has blocked past proposals.

    The redevelopment of the area had eluded Mayors John V. Lindsay, Edward I. Koch and Rudolph W. Giuliani, as well as Mr. Bloomberg in 2003. The longstanding split in the community had some Latinos and housing advocates demanding that the city build only low-income housing on the site, while residents of the nearby co-ops countered that only commercial development was appropriate.

    “It was an exercise in frustration,” said Richard LeFrak, a developer who was twice selected to rebuild Seward Park but was unable to move forward. “You had the collision between the Jewish community in the Grant Houses and the Latino and Asian communities.”

    The six blocks in the Seward Park urban renewal area have served as a symbol of the struggle to preserve affordable housing in working class neighborhoods against rapidly encroaching luxury development. Just north of Delancey and Essex Streets, the Blue Building, a 17-story glass condominium built in 2007, towers over the neighborhood.

    During the recession, late in 2008, Dominic Berg, then the chairman of Community Board 3, convened a committee to try to reach a consensus. “People were tired of looking at empty lots,” Mr. Berg said.

    At the same time, Madelyn Wils and David Quart, executive vice presidents at the city’s Economic Development Corporation, also began working on creating a ground-up development plan for the largest city-owned site below 96th Street. Her bosses were skeptical, but gave them the go-ahead.

    Both sides drew representatives of disparate neighborhood groups to come up with a set of development principles, which eventually included mixed-income housing, an emphasis on artisanal retail rather than big-box stores, office space that included incubators for budding entrepreneurs, parks and a new Essex Street Market that would still have vendors that provided goods for many of the low-income residents of the neighborhood.

    But they did not reach a consensus until after John Shapiro, chairman of the Center for Planning and the Environment at the Pratt Institute, conducted private sessions in which proponents of opposing visions, who had never sat at the same table, were asked for solutions that everyone could live with.

    “One thing that made this so hard,” Mr. Shapiro said, “is that all the players around the table wanted assurances that if they agreed to something, the terms of the deal would not change 5 or 10 years down the line.”

    One of the winning developers, Ron Moelis, chairman of L&M Development Partners, said, “It’s a big enough site that we can create a community that has all the aspects of what one wants in a neighborhood: a mix of housing, retail, entertainment, food, job training and office space that will serve both low income people who live there and newcomers to the area.”

    Mr. Delgado, whose family was forced out of the neighborhood more than 40 years ago, said that the project would not have everything he wanted, but that it had enough.

    “I know it’ll never go back to the way it was,” he said. “But I want the right for poor people to live here, too.”

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    The Future of the Lower East Side's SPURA Revealed!

    by Sara Polsky

    An aerial rendering of the site.

    After about a half-century of attempts and failures to remake the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, or SPURA, the city has finally made some decisions about the fate of Manhattan's largest swath of undeveloped land south of 96th Street. The news broke last night that developers L&M Development Partners, BFC Partners, Taconic Investment Partners, and Grand Street Settlement won their bid for the site, and the resulting project, called Essex Crossing, will be designed by SHoP and Beyer Blinder Belle. Both firms are big names with plenty of experience in the city, Beyer Blinder Belle in preservation and restoration and SHoP on the often modern and wacky end of things. Combine their approaches and we get the renderings above, from the mayor's Flickr page. Glassy and mostly straightforward, with no ski mountains but, it must be said, some excellent scalies.

    An aerial rendering of Broome Street.

    Broome Street

    At Ludlow and Broome.

    Essex Street

    At Essex and Delancey

    An urban farm

    The proposed Andy Warhol Museum.

    A garden on Broome Street.

    The site will include retail, restaurants, a movie theater, parks, office space, and an Andy Warhol Museum. (We're still puzzling over that one.) And, of course, apartments— a full 1,000 of them, half of which will go to low- and middle-income families, and with first dibs to families displaced from the site when it was first razed. Here's a little bit more about the project from the mayor's official press release:

    In addition, the project, to be called Essex Crossing, includes a 15,000-square-foot open space, a new and expanded Essex Street Market, a dual-generation school operated by the Educational Alliance, a community center run by Grand Street Settlement, a rooftop urban farm, the Andy Warhol Museum, 250,000 square feet of office space and a diverse mix of retail space. Seward Park will also become a hub of small-business incubation, with micro-retail spaces and creative and tech co-working and incubator space.

    Though the size was razed with the intention of clearing it for urban renewal, the financing fell through, and the site has languished through several attempts to move forward with the project, including one by the LeFrak Organization in the 1980s and another by the city in 2003.

    We'll update as more details about the Essex Crossing plan become available. In the meantime, the floor is open.

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    that's quite a radical change for that neighborhood. The homies in the projects are going to have a new playground

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    Pretty radical. For down there anyway. There was a post months ago, maybe a year ago, with a similar diagram for that area slated for redevelopment. The blocks they're showing in this latest rendering aren't the same as in the other one. E.g. the municipal parking garage across from the Essex St Market isn't touched in this one, but it was, as was most of that block, in the old one. Wonder what happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    that's quite a radical change for that neighborhood. The homies in the projects are going to have a new playground
    I don't think there are any projects right in that area. The surrounding "project-like" buildings are mostly postwar coop complexes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariab View Post
    The blocks they're showing in this latest rendering aren't the same as in the other one. E.g. the municipal parking garage across from the Essex St Market isn't touched in this one, but it was, as was most of that block, in the old one. Wonder what happened.
    I thought that the lots north of Delancey were part of Phase II. The city always said they would develop the blocks on the south side of the street first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASchwarz View Post
    I don't think there are any projects right in that area. The surrounding "project-like" buildings are mostly postwar coop complexes.
    Alphabet City D is right there, there's probably more projects there per square foot than in Spanish Harlem. The buildings on the South side are mostly NYCHA too, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    Alphabet City D is right there, there's probably more projects there per square foot than in Spanish Harlem. The buildings on the South side are mostly NYCHA too, no?
    Well, yeah, if you consider the projects on Ave. D to be nearby, then yes, there are projects in the vicinity. But that's like 10-12 blocks from this site.

    I think all the highrise buildings on the south side of Delancey are cooperatives. There may be a few condos and rentals too, but mostly postwar cooperatives, some built by certain trade unions. I don't think any are NYCHA housing.

    They're actually pretty nice buildings, and not cheap, despite the utilitarian exteriors. They were traditionally very Jewish, but now seem to be more hipster/yuppie/whatever you call younger professional folks.

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