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The Monster That is Essex Crossing is One Step Closer to Completion

(Photo: Courtesy of Delancey Street Associates)

(Photo: Courtesy of Delancey Street Associates)

Brace yourselves, the behemoth is coming: the Lower East Side monster development known as Essex Crossing is (sort of close) to completing the first of nine units that will comprise the 1.9 million-square foot project. The developers, Delancey Street Associates, announced the “topping out” of 175 Delancey Street today, which is a fancy developer term for finishing the last part of a building’s basic structure.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s done yet. In fact, the ominously entitled “Site 6,” which is set to be a 14-story building with 100 units of affordable senior housing, won’t be completed until December 2017, a statement from Delancey Street Associates revealed.

Site 6, where Think Coffee and 100% senior housing will be located, Dattner Architects

Site 6, where Think Coffee and 100% senior housing will be located, Dattner Architects

In addition to the senior housing units, which are supposedly reserved for households earning between $24,200 and $54,400 per individual, Site 6 – seriously, the name sounds like something out of Hunger Games – will also include “five floors of commercial space including a 55,000-square-foot medical facility leased by NYU Langone, a job training center and senior community center run by Grand Street Settlement (GSS), an educational facility, and ground floor retail,” the developer’s statement said.

Project manager Isaac Henderson said that “175 Delancey is designed specifically to meet urgent neighborhood needs – low-income seniors in particular – and that’s why we moved forward with it first.” He calls the development an “essential community component of Essex Crossing” and points to Grand Street Settlement’s involvement in the project, which in addition to the job training and senior community center will be running a ground floor café (probably a Think Coffee partnership).

“Through its new senior center, GSS will expand its local programming, events and services for both senior residents as well as the broader LES senior community,” the developer’s statement said.

The site, which is designed by Dattner Architects and is located on the southeast corner of Clinton and Delancey street, marks the beginning of the Phase 1 construction process.

The 15-story Site 5 (145 Clinton Street), which will include 211 rental apartments, 104 of which are deemed affordable, is also currently under construction, as is the 14-story Site 1 (242 Broome Street), which will include 55 condominiums, 11 of which will be affordable; and the 26-story Site 2 (115 Delancey Street), which will include 195 rental apartments, 98 of which will be affordable. These three sites are scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2018.

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Cancel the TV Party, New Museum Is Having a Raymond Pettibon Retrospective

"Raymond Pettibon, No Title (This feeling is), 2011. Pen and ink on paper, 37 ¼ x 49 ½ in (94.6 x 125.7 cm). Private collection. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles."

“Raymond Pettibon, No Title (This feeling is), 2011. Pen and ink on paper, 37 ¼ x 49 ½ in (94.6 x 125.7 cm). Private collection. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.”

It’s been two years since Raymond Pettibon’s surfer art went on display on the Upper East Side. Wait, wha? The artist who did the anarchic drawings that graced the cover of Black Flag albums and concert posters? On the Upper East Side? If that seemed weird, this makes more sense: downtown’s own New Museum has announced that, in February, it will put on the city’s first major museum survey of Pettibon’s work, featuring more than 700 drawings across three floors.

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Backyard Wrestling Has Come to Brooklyn

(Photos: Endrit Slaughter via The Sloodge's Facebook)

(Photos: Endrit Slaughter via The Sloodge’s Facebook)

If you were recently enjoying a peaceful night in your quiet apartment in Park Slope when, all of a sudden, a crowd of nearby 20-and-30-somethings start chanting “U.S.A” and beating each other up and ruining your evening, well, Matt Proctor might be the person to blame.Proctor, an artist and member of the performance collective/show house the Sloodge, recently staged a DIY wrestling show—the first of the new Brooklyn Backyard Wrestling promotion—in his backyard in Brooklyn where, of course, things got weird.

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New Millennial-Friendly Hotel Threatens Historic East Village Tenements

Protestors organized against the new Moxy Hotel and demolition of historic buildings (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Protestors organized against the new Moxy Hotel and demolition of historic buildings (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Yesterday afternoon a group of vocal protesters gathered along East 11th Street, facing a row of historic brick buildings they’re intent on saving from demolition at the hands of one of the city’s most prolific developers. The structures in question are a streak of five residential buildings, all of them five-story, Old Law tenements that, according to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, have changed little since they were built between 1887 and 1892.

GVSHP and the other preservation groups that organized yesterday’s protest– including the Historic Districts Council, the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative and the East Village Community Coalition– are appealing to the city’s Landmarks and Preservation Commission to come through with an eleventh-hour historic district designation that would thwart plans for a 300-room hotel.

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Richard Kern Warps Back to ’80s East Village For an Exhibit That Promises to Be Polarizing

EvolLast year, when Richard Kern was revisiting his series New York Girls for a gallery show, he told us of the photography: “It was so long ago, almost seems like somebody else did it. It was definitely a different time period.” Much has changed since he snapped his dark, drug-drenched nudes of downtown hipsters– so much so that he told us he feels “a little pervy” doing the same these days. But that isn’t stopping him from rifling through the vault again for a new show of old work.

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Still No Date For Alamo Drafthouse’s NYC Debut, But Here’s a Look Inside

(Photo: Alamo's FB)

Alamo NYC’s lobby mural. (Photo: Alamo’s FB)

Ever since Tim League revealed that he was opening an Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn this summer, we’ve been waiting for an exact opening date with baited breath, with only some enticing details about the menu to tide us over. But wait, what’s this? On the Fandango app right now, it says that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is screening there on September 1. Could it be that Alamo will finally be open by then? After all, the Fandango listing even lets you reserve seats, offering a glimpse into the layout of one of the theaters.

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Budding Olympians Will Soon Be Able to Play Volleyball at Two Revamped LES Parks

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

If the Olympics put you in the mood for serving and spiking, here’s some good news: The Henry M. Jackson Playground is getting a volleyball area. It’s just one of many perks coming to two Lower East Side playgrounds as part of a city initiative to modernize ailing parks.

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Don’t Bother Telling Me About Your Weekend Unless You Partied On Shroom Beach

The JunXion staff packing up their concessions under the mushrooms. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The JunXion staff packing up their concessions under the mushrooms. (Photo: Nick McManus)

One of NYC’s wildest summer throwdowns happens to happen outside of NYC, at a place called Mushroom Park. Before you get any ideas, no, this isn’t exactly like the shroom-infused full moon party you went to while backpacking Thailand, though if anyone can channel that vibe it’s the art ravers at JunXion.

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Hoping to Revive Affordable Housing Incentive, Cuomo Appeals to Developers

Protestors (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Affordable housing advocates protesting Brooklyn Real Estate Summit last fall, 421-a was among their many greivances (Photo: Nicole Disser)

After a week of “secret talks” with leadership from one of the state’s most powerful interest groups, details are emerging regarding Governor Cuomo’s first major steps toward reviving 421-a. The New York Times broke the news yesterday evening about the first sign of a turning point for the controversial billion-dollar, affordable-housing tax abatement that was allowed to expire in January.

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Muralist Returns for Third Try after Bad Luck Streak of ‘Biblical’ Proportions

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After a false start three weeks ago, street artist Logan Hicks is ready to give his Bowery Graffiti Wall mural another shot. The stencil mural, entitled Story of My Life, was supposed to go up the last week of July, but was scrapped after the wood panels that held the canvas shifted positions overnight, ruining the half-finished piece.  Keep Reading »

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Community Urges City Council to Reconsider Houston Street Upzoning

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

East Houston street is currently a hotbed of development, as any casual stroll down the street will reveal. Endless scaffolding, boarded-up properties, fences, and signs announcing new things to come line the sidewalks of lots previously occupied by local shops, community facilities, and residential buildings. Although a 2008 rezoning was implemented, ostensibly to preserve the existing buildings and the affordable housing that many of them contained, developers who bought up a sliver of land at 255 East Houston Street may get a special rezoning through of their own.

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We Cool? NYPD Tries to Make Nice-Nice with Expansion of Community Outreach

(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office revealed plans for an expansion of the NYPD’s Neighborhood Coordination Officers program. Two patrol areas in the downtown area– including the 9th precinct on the Lower East Side and the Housing Bureau’s PSA 4 in the East Village– are among a dozen new locations where the NYPD will apply its latest neighborhood-based policing strategies which they say will allow police officers to work more closely with the community and identify special concerns.

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