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    Default Lower East Side Development

    Lots of stuff going on....


    Switch Building
    109 Norfolk Street
    7 stories 68 feet
    Dev-Gil Grinberg
    Residential Condominium
    9 units 13,600 Sq. Ft.
    Under Construction 2004-2006


    A 7 storey residential building in the Lower East Side, currently under construction, redefines the bay window within the tight zoning constraints of New York City. An angled metal facade switches back and forth, allowing residents views up and down the street. The direction of overlap in the metal cladding panels alternate in direction, creating subtle differences in shadows from floor to floor. At the ground floor, an art gallery extends the full depth of the site, terminating in a skylit double-height space at the rear.

    The project is one of the projects on view at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.
    Last edited by Derek2k3; April 13th, 2005 at 09:07 PM.

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    Thumbs up Gotham Court

    Project #2

    Gotham Court
    149-151 Essex Street/152 Ludlow Street
    7 stories 75 feet
    Meltzer Mandl Architects
    Dev-149-151 Essex Street Assoc., LLC/Harris Barer and Barbara Rohregger
    Residential Rental
    22 units
    Completed July 2001-2002/2003

    Meltzer Mandl Architects
    149 - 151 Essex Street

    New York, NY
    Completion Date: 2002

    This apartment building consists of two contiguous loft buildings running between Essex Street and Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side Historic District that are being conjoined and added to for a total of 22 new market-rate apartments. 14 one-bedroom, 6 two-bedroom and 4 four-bedroom duplexes will each feature balconies that overlook the landscaped courtyard separating Essex and Ludlow Streets. Deterioration of the exterior façade has resulted in a metal plate façade system to replicate the original terra cotta.

    Gotham Court

    Conceived from the beginning as an urban oasis, Gotham Court delivers: large private terraces combined with expansive floorplans, high ceilings, large kitchens and chic Michael Love designed bathrooms evoke images of urban living as it was intended.

    To schedule a viewing contact George Arana, Vice President at 212-381-6568

    Designed by Internationally renowned an award winning architect, Marvin Meltzer, A.I.A.
    Bathroom features – lighting design by Michael Love, F.A.S.I.D.
    Closed circuit T.V., Intercom Security System.
    Private, landscaped common roof deck.
    Private, landscaped courtyard.
    Laundry Room.
    Fully integrated Cat. 5-e multi-phone "smart wire" wiring throughout
    Time Warner "Road Runner" & Verizon "Hi-Speed" DSL service.

    Large Private Terraces with every apartment.
    Designer Lighting fixtures.
    Open Lofty Layouts.
    Wite oak flooring throughout.
    9' ceilings.
    Exceptional closets.
    Fully tiled bathrooms with Kohler fixtures and large multi-pane mirrored medicine cabinets.
    Large G.E. equipped kitchens with white "Quadric" raised panel cabinetry – under cabinet lighting.

    $9m 'urban oasis' brightens up Lower East Side historic district
    Real Estate Weekly, Feb 18, 2004

    Meltzer/Mandl Architects has announced the completion of its third Lower East Side Historic District project.

    Gotham Court, a $9 million urban infill project located between Essex and Ludlow Streets, is a 22-unit rental residential development consisting of duplex penthouse homes and one-, two- and four-bedroom apartments arranged around a European-style courtyard.

    "Gotham Court was designed to be an urban oasis, consistent with the historical character and charm of the neighborhood," said Marvin H. Meltzer, AIA, vice president of Meltzer/Mandl. "It has been well received and we understand that it is fully occupied with monthly rents as high as $5,500."

    In order to create the homes on behalf of first-time developers Harris Barer and Barbara Rohregger, the architects had the task of designing a seven-story building to replace the one-story Ludlow Street structure that was demolished.

    They also had to re-invent the two contiguous loft buildings on Essex Street, adding two floors before connecting all three structures.

    "The additional floors were set back to maintain a scale consistent with the architecture of the neighborhood," said Meltzer.

    "The original facades of white terra cotta had deteriorated enough to make a new facade necessary," noted the architect. "We designed a pattern of metal panels and EIFS panels, that are similar to stucco, which together give the buildings a sleek, updated look while allowing the architect to echo some of the forms of the original facades."

    Homes feature oak flooring, 9' ceilings and spacious closets. Kitchens are equipped with white "quadric" raised-panel cabinetry and under-cabinet lighting. Baths are fully tiled with Kohler fixtures, large multi-mirrored medicine cabinets and lighting designed by Michael Love, FASID.

    All residences boast a private balcony opening onto the courtyard, as well as access to a landscaped common roof deck.

    "Gotham Court is the kind of project the Lower East Side needs if the historic district designation is to succeed in protecting the neighborhood's culture and character," said Meltzer.

    COPYRIGHT 2004 Hagedorn Publication
    COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group

    GOTHAM COURT THE HOTTEST BLDG. IN LES NO FEE!! Mint 700Sqft 1 Bedroom with Private Terrace, Hardwood Floors, Western Sunny Exposure, Serene, Dual A/C and Heating Units, Gas Heat paid by Tenant, Elevator goes to the Common Roofdeck, 9 ' Ceiling, Televised Intercom, Wired for Time Warner "Road Runner" & Verizon " Hi-Speed" DSL service. Fully intergrated Cat. 5-e multi-phone "smart wire". Available ASAP Brokers keep your fee....
    "The building brings the outdoors into each unit," says Brian Edwards, director of leasing at Halstead/Feathered Nest. "Every apartment in Gotham Court has outdoor space‹and not the dinky little terraces attached to high-rise buildings.".....
    In a Hot Market, Everyone Wants to Be a Developer
    Published: July 25, 2004

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    These developments help make the housing projects look not so bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stern
    These developments help make the housing projects look not so bad.
    Stern, I agree. I thought that they were horrible. I didnt want to say anything though, becuase I figured everyone else liked them.

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    West Harlem


    I like the narrow infill section of Gotham Court. Otherwise... no.

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    Default Switch Building

    Quote Originally Posted by Stern
    These developments help make the housing projects look not so bad.
    Agreed that Gotham Court isn't that great but the "Switch Building" is interesting for such a constrained site where one would expect the typical brick box.
    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3
    Project #1

    Switch Building
    109 Norfolk Street
    7 stories 68 feet
    Dev-Gil Grinberg
    Residential Condominium
    9 units 13,600 Sq. Ft.
    Under Construction 2004-2006

    109 Norfolk Street

    Compare it with the crap next door.

    More construction photos and renderings at the site:

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    Project #3

    Asian Americans for Equality Community Center
    111 Norfolk Street
    Victor M. Morales Architect
    6 stories 59 feet
    Dev-Asian Americans for Equality
    Residential Rental/Educational
    21 units 18,900 Sq. Ft.
    Completed Early 2004

    From Community Free Software Group
    The AAFE Community Center Opening

    On January 16, 2004, members of the Community Free Software Group were invited to attend the opening of the new Asian Americans for Equality Community Center. Located at 111 Norfolk Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side, the facility is a residence for low-income families, a public meeting place, and a technology education center with broadband Internet access for AAFE's clientele.

    Attending the ceremony were AAFE Directors and supporters, members of the community, representatives of the Grand Street Settlement Foundation, and City Councilman Alan Gerson. Presiding over the ribbon-cutting ceremony was New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

    CFSG members were honored to attend, and we look forward to offering many helpful and informative workshops at the facility. Below are photographs from the event.
    Last edited by Derek2k3; April 14th, 2005 at 07:00 PM.

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    Default 154 Attorney Street

    Project #4

    154 Attorney Street
    154-160 Attorney Street
    7 stories 75 feet
    Kutnicki/Bernstein Architects
    Dev-Leonard Taub
    Residential Condominium
    33 units 39,643 Sq. Ft.
    Under Construction 2004-2005

    Kutnicki/Bernstein Architects

    From Curbed

    Building details for 154 Attorney Street via Elliman's Rob Gross, who's handling the marketing:

    32 Unit Condo building with (gulp) an attendant
    Designed by Kutnicki/Bernstein Architects (Vesta 17 on 17th and 7th & 20 Broadway in Wburg)
    Beautiful finishes and design, high loft-like ceilings
    Many units with private terraces
    Storage in basement, common roof deck
    GROHE bathroom fixtures, Zuma 6' soaking tubs, GE Profile Stainless kitchens, Wenge finish cabinets
    extremely low monthlies/421A tax abatement
    6 Cabana spaces for sale on the roof (the cabanas are private roof spaces that someone can buy who lives on a lower floor but who wants some roof)
    A typical floor has 5 homes. A studio w/terrace, two large one bedrooms w/windowed den and terrace, and two 2 Bedroom/2 Bath spaces.

    We also have 3 garden duplexes with huge lawns (yes, we will sod!) and two spectacular 4 Bedroom Penthouses with tremendous decks and Viking/Bosch/Sub Zero kitchens.

    We should be coming to market end of April/beginning of May. Our showroom will be at 100 Rivington St., across from THOR.

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    Wow! I had a long-term relationship with someone who lived on Attorney Street. That would be the last place a person would expect a major development. It was garbage, garages, heroin addicts, broken glass and vomit (and my darling). It was all "of a time". Those days are clearly gone.

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    Manhattan - South Village


    I know, I never would have believed this kind of project on Attorney Street. The Parkside Lounge up on the corner is cool though - some really fun live music there.

    I also like that Switch building in the rendering. We'll see how it works when completed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYatKNIGHT
    I also like that Switch building in the rendering. We'll see how it works when completed.
    I agree - the switch rendering looks interesting, though gotham court shows how, uuuh, optimistic they can be.

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    Project #5

    Eldridge Street Apartments
    165-167 Eldridge Street
    Meltzer Mandl Architects
    Dev-School Yard Enterprises, LLC
    8 stories 75 feet
    Mixed-Use(Commercial & Residential Rental)
    18 units 27,247 Sq. Ft.
    Completed 2004

    Meltzer Mandl Architects
    Eldridge Street
    New York NY
    Completion Date 2002

    This new building, in red brick, will feature three floors of commercial space that can be leased individually or conjoined, and 18 apartments that will be a mix of one and two bedrooms. Eight apartments will feature roof terraces on the various setbacks and the remaining apartments will have French balconies to maximize light and air into the units without projecting onto the street. Built on a lot with 50-foot street frontage the project is noted for its complex sighting and accelerated schedule.

    165-167 Eldridge Street
    Number of Stories: 8 plus cellar
    Number of Units: 18

    NY Post
    You name it

    What does $16.5 million buy you these days in Manhattan?

    You could get a nice 4,000-square-foot condo at the Time Warner Center.

    Or maybe you can get an Upper East Side town house (sans doorman).

    But if you're willing to locate further south, you could become the Lower East Side's version of Donald Trump.

    Up for grabs is an eight-story commercial/residential building nearing completion at 165 Eldridge St. It features 18 luxury apartments (one- to three-bedrooms), over 10,000 square feet of commercial space and - last but not least - the right to name the building after yourself.

    "The apartments will have luxury finishes such as marble baths,Ó says Neil Sroka, the listing broker from the Corcoran Group.

    And who might buy into this unique situation?

    "It's perfect for an end user, like maybe a P. Diddy, for headquarters,Ó Sroka says.

    Maybe he could name it Diddy's Digs

    rooms: 4
    beds: 2
    baths: 1
    type: rent
    doorman: no

    rent: $4,400

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    The Villager
    New group’s going L.O.C.O. on the Lower East Side
    April 27 - May 03 , 2005
    By Amanda Kludt

    In an attempt to combat various problems on the Lower East Side, including the noisy construction of a 15-story apartment complex and an over-20-story hotel, a congested bar scene and disruptive film and television shoots, a group of local residents have come together to form the Ludlow Orchard Community Organization, or — in the acronym that sums up how they are being driven to distraction — L.O.C.O.

    Organizer Rebecca Moore said it’s time for the various groups and activists on the Lower East Side to come together to deal with the issues of the neighborhood. After learning that a new hotel being built on Houston St. between Orchard and Allen Sts. would be over 20 stories tall, towering over the small buildings in the neighborhood, and after a sleepless night when lights from a TV shoot shone through her window until 3:30 in the morning, Moore decided to post flyers all over the neighborhood calling on residents to organize. According to another L.O.C.O. organizer, Deanna Zandt, they’ve seen “an overwhelming response” from other residents and organizations.

    “If you go through 311 or the other official channels, they make you feel like you’re the only one who cares,” said Moore, noting that many activists have exhausted the traditional routes for change. “It’s clear to me that the only way to affect this situation is to get masses of people together.”

    L.O.C.O. will focus on community forums, demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns to start. Zandt, a neighborhood resident and self-described “professional activist,” said they will also use creative techniques and “culture jamming” to get their message out. “We’re a creative neighborhood, ultimately,” she said, adding that unusual methods have worked in the past in her other political groups.

    One of the major issues for the fledgling organization is the construction noise around Orchard, Houston and Stanton Sts. Moore was also particularly upset that these large-scale projects were green-lighted without much protest from the community. “It’s bad enough that this is happening to a historic neighborhood, but this was so badly planned,” said Moore.

    “It’s going to make our lives miserable,” she said, referring to the noise that she said begins between 7 a.m.-7:30 a.m., even on the weekends. Moore filed a complaint with the Department of Environmental Protection earlier this month when she says she saw from her apartment on Stanton and Orchard Sts. construction workers being careless with asbestos removal. D.E.P. has fined the contractor and issued multiple violations for improper asbestos removal.

    The group also wants to tackle the issue of bar congestion. While many tout the growing popularity of the area’s bar scene as positive for the neighborhood, many residents are bothered by the noise. “We’re certainly not anti-bar,” said Moore, though adding that a lot of the new bars don’t care about the neighborhood or the community, and that they are targeting a “transient” crowd. She said since many bars cater to outsiders, visitors forget that there really is a Lower East Side community.

    In addition to the bars, the group wants to do something about the numerous movie and television shoots that take place in the neighborhood throughout the year. For the six months from October 2004 to March 2005 there were 141 film shoots in the East Village and Lower East Side, according to Moore. She said at one point there were five in one week on the Lower East Side.

    “The movie shoots contribute to this weird glamorous idea that people don’t really live here and it’s a movie set,” said Moore. “That attitude is being perpetuated by the films and media and the clubs.”

    While production studios can make donations to local charities and community groups to mitigate the disturbance, it is not required. Moore said that when she complained to Community Board 3 about the many recent film shoots, the board told her CBS’s pilot “Monkey Love” wanted to give $1,000 to the community and that she should recommend a group.

    Moore recommended ABC No Rio, a center for art and activism. According to the production company, they gave $1,000 to C.B. 3 and $500 each to ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side Girls Club and the Soho Partnership. The production company said if the groups haven’t received the money yet, it is still being processed. Moore believes it’s unfair that the whole community doesn’t have a say in how donations are spent and that there is no public record tracking them.

    With the disruption of the film shoots, which can shine lights and make noise late into the night, the bar traffic that continues until 4 a.m., even on weeknights, and the construction that begins early in the morning, Moore and Zandt say the group is basically dealing with quality of life issues.

    “L.O.C.O. is going to try in a way to plead for humanity,” said Moore. “People should be able to have a say in their lives.”

    The group’s mission statement is posted at

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    Thumbs up

    Just about every single one of those projects are outstanding. Yes, I see one of my pictures I took.

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    Project #6

    153 Bowery
    6 stories (5 story addition) 58 feet
    Paul Golden Architects, PC
    Dev-David Cohen
    Residential Condominium
    4 units
    Completed 2003

    NY Post

    The new 153 Bowery development has full-floor lofts priced at around $1 million, and a two-story, 1,950-square-foot, $1.795 million penthouse, all of which have private elevators and terraces.

    Developer David Cohen, who has a stake in 153 Bowery and a handful of nearby properties, has seen a drastic change in the neighborhood.

    "When I came to this area in 1969, there were a lot of drugs and prostitution," he says. "They had to remove people who were sleeping in the streets. Since then, the area has become nice. There are a lot of boutiques now."

    Though 153 Bowery is near many of those fancy boutiques and just steps from tres chic restaurant Capitale, happening new music venue Crash Mansion and a host of new galleries, it's also smack dab in the middle of the lighting district.

    Prospective buyers, willing to spend a million or more on an apartment, have to reconcile the fact that the neighborhood still has blemishes. And though it will certainly change in the coming years, with even more avant-garde establishments than it already has, it will probably always maintain some of its grittiness.

    The New York Times
    What Can a Million Buy in Manhattan? Something Average
    October 15, 2003
    The New York Post
    "Grand Opening"
    By Adam Bonislawski

    Just a few blocks from the reopened station sits 153 Bowery, a new building of luxury lofts. With amenities like granite countertops, Sub-Zero refrigerators, marble baths and Jacuzzi tubs, the building is a bit more upscale than is typical for the area.

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