Broome Street

Grand Street Settlement’s ‘GrandLo Cafe’ Raises $28K, Opens at Essex Crossing in March

Posted January 18, 2018 at 5:12 am

GrandLo Cafe – the new “nosh-for-profit” coffee shop concept – is two months from debuting at Essex Crossing. By March, the Grand Street Settlement will be running the show, providing “sustainably sourced coffee” and job training to area 16- to 24-year-olds. The Lower East Side social services organization kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign back in November, […]

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The Last Parking Lot on Delancey Street is Locked Up for Essex Crossing

Posted January 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

And there it goes. The last of the Delancey Street parking lots – effectively created in the aftermath of the controversial SPURA slum clearance fifty years ago – is now gated and cleared. Passenger vehicles were given notice of the closure a couple months ago. Removal from the Essex Crossing lot (Site 3) – between […]

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The ‘264 Tailor Shop’ is Closing After 25 Years on Broome Street

Posted January 9, 2018 at 5:08 am

The unassuming tailoring business at 264 Broome Street is shutting down operations. The eponymous shop has been on the block – near Allen Street – for more than twenty-five years. The first indication of demise was the handwritten sign in early-December that announced the cessation of dry cleaning services by month’s end. Now that the […]

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Another Look at the New 26-Story Essex Crossing Tower

Posted January 4, 2018 at 5:08 am

Another day, another news story about Essex Crossing. This time it’s to show off an updated rendering of the 26-story tower on its way to 180 Broome Street (aka Site 4). This vantage point is of the north side of the building, from Delancey Street. Handel Architects is behind the design. As previously reported, 180 […]

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Developers File for Pedestrian Tunnels Connecting 3 Essex Crossing Buildings

Posted January 3, 2018 at 5:00 am

During cold snaps like this week, the thought of an underground passage is enticing. So, it’s only fitting that Essex Crossing is currently petitioning the city for a pair of subterranean passageways connecting the new developments. Developers behind the three buildings benefiting from the Market Line recently applied for revocable consent from the Department of […]

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Here are Some Choice Media Quotes from the Penis Mural Story

Posted December 29, 2017 at 5:08 am

When Swedish artist painted the four-story phallus on the eastern exposure of 303 Broome Street, it became an immediate flashpoint. Complaints about the purple-pink penis reached a head on Wednesday afternoon – three days after the mural was painted – prompting landlord Samy Mahfar to order its erasure. Mahfar was allegedly unaware of the mural […]

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Premature Ejection: 4-Story Penis Mural on Broome Street is Erased

Last modified December 28, 2017 at 10:08 pm

To come upon the mural had been a surprise. A giant dick greeting denizens of Broome Street, which didn’t last very long at all. Workers descended upon 303 Broome Street yesterday afternoon to erase the artwork with gray paint. By night, it was gone. Swedish artist Carolina Falkholt, 40, made international headlines this week by […]

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There is a Gigantic Penis Painted on this Broome Street Building

Last modified December 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm

Yesterday afternoon. Christmas eve. Street artist Carolina Falkholt took to Broome Street for an epic mural. She painted a throbbing, veiny penis on the east-facing wall of 303 Broome Street. It’s the Samy Mahfar-owned building with Louie & Chan club-restaurant on the ground level. The big dick is erect, measuring four stories in length, and there to […]

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Two Scoops: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Expanding into New Essex Street Market

Last modified December 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

The beloved Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is expanding to the Lower East Side next year. It will take up residence inside the new Essex Street Market facility as part of Essex Crossing. This cross-neighborhood expansion is a first for the popular scoop shop, which has been serving its namesake neighborhood for four decades. Second-generation owner […]

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Last 2 Parking Lots on Delancey Street Closing in the Next Month for Essex Crossing Towers

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

For the first time in fifty years – since the notorious “urban renewal” slum clearance of 1967 – the last two parking lots on Delancey Street will soon go under the knife. The parcels are incorporated into the Essex Crossing development, and as such, are ready for their luxury payload. The Lower East Side Partnership […]

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