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The Lower East Side’s Newest High-Rise Hotel Opens Next Week

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

The long in-the-works Orchard Street Hotel is slated to open next week, according to general manager Angela Fiore. The hotel, at 163 Orchard Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets, is already taking reservations on Booking.com, where a deluxe queen room is going for $129 a night, a 75-percent discount off the original $499.99. The site says there’s an on-site bar, mentions that “certain rooms offer a view of the city,” and touts its proximity to the Lower East Side’s nightlife.

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As City Plans Live-Work Space For Artists, Developer Starts Building Studios

Photo: Gene Kaufman Architect

Rendering: Gene Kaufman Architect

Mayor De Blasio isn’t the only one pushing workspace for artists — it’s also being added by at least one private developer. Gene Kaufman — an architect better known for his controversial hotels — has designed a mixed-use studio building in East Williamsburg that will open in fall of 2016.
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Rendering Rundown: What to Expect From Phase 1 of Essex Crossing, Starting Now

Essex Crossing Site Two

Essex Crossing Site Two

With demolition slated to begin in the next two weeks, architects working on Essex Crossing told Lower East Siders what to expect from phase one of the massive development adjacent the Williamsburg Bridge.
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Is Your Landlord On This Watchlist?

Last week New York City’s Public Advocate, Letitia James, released the annual NYC Landlord Watchlist (established by Bill de Blasio back in 2010), which includes a long list of landlords who have accrued a significant amount of violations from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). And lucky for us, we’ve got plenty of slumlords to call our own.
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Petition Asks Domino Developers to Chill With the Weekend Construction

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A meeting on Tuesday regarding the impending Domino development on Williamsburg’s waterfront was a reminder to residents just how close construction looms. There was the usual push-and-pull between the developers and residents, but Two Trees and the locals reached something of an impasse on the issue of Saturday construction, scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. as soon as the first building is underway.
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Siempre Garden Issues a Cry For Help as Developer Moves In

Siempre Verde garden on the Lower East Side. (Photo: Siempre Verde Facebook)

Siempre Verde garden on the Lower East Side. (Photo: Siempre Verde)

In 2012, a blighted sliver of land between two buildings at 181 Stanton Street was transformed into a blooming green space by the hands of local volunteers. Siempre Verde is one of the most recent additions to the number of miniscule community gardens dotting the Lower East Side, but its existence is already threatened by a proposal for luxury housing.
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Rent Hike? Knickerbocker Village Tenants Aren’t Hearing It

Margaret Chin and tenant leader Mary Keating (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Margaret Chin and tenant leader Mary Keating (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

More than 120 tenants of Knickerbocker Village crammed into a fifth-floor room in lower Manhattan yesterday to protest a rent increase calculated at more than 13 percent over the next two years, contending that owners of the complex — and not they — should pay for a shortfall in their operating expenses.
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