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BY SAM SPOKONY | The New York City Housing Authority said on Dec. 20 that site designations for its land lease plan — which would place luxury housing within its public developments — will not go forward before the end of this year, leaving the door wide open for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to quash […]

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   | An oversize presence on Community Board 3 for more than a decade, David McWater said he would announce his resignation at C.B. 3′s monthly full-board meeting on Tuesday evening, Sept. 24. McWater, 47, chaired the East Village/Lower East Side community board for four consecutive one-year terms from 2004 to 2008. “I’m […]

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BY TEQUILA MINSKY  |  The Lower East Side was home to about a half-million Jewish immigrants a century ago. About 350 synagogues — congregations in 70 discrete prayer spaces — dotted the neighborhoods south of 14th St. Some of these spaces were called shtiebelekh or shtiebels, just one or two rooms set aside for prayers, […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | The nine-story building that once housed the Bialystoker Center and Home for the Aged at 228 East Broadway will survive. On May 21, after around 15 minutes of discussion, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to approve it for designation as a New York City landmark. The Art Deco building […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | Damaris Reyes, executive director of Good Old Lower East Side, was the final person to speak before the interim opening of Pier 42 last Saturday, but she told the beginning of its history. And with her organization, which works to support neighborhood housing and preservation, entering its 35th year — just after recovering from […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Local elected officials announced that the developer of the former Pathmark site on the Lower East Side has agreed to build a replacement supermarket as part of the project. Much to the community’s dismay, the Pathmark was closed in December to make way for the new development. On Friday, Assembly Speaker […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Standing at a lectern in the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing room, Judith Prigal recalled her father. She was testifying at a hearing on whether the Seward Park branch library at 192 East Broadway on the Lower East Side should be landmarked. Prigal said that she had a photo of her […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Although local politicians, Community Board 3 and public housing residents are all calling for a slowdown in the process, the New York City Housing Authority is moving full-speed ahead with a plan to allow private “infill development” on eight of its Manhattan sites, including at five complexes in the East Village […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Although local politicians, Community Board 3 and public housing residents are all calling for a slowdown in the process, the New York City Housing Authority is moving full-speed ahead with a plan to allow private “infill development” on eight of its Manhattan sites, including at five complexes in the East Village […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  | Saying Lower Manhattan needs “a stronger, more active voice on the City Council,” Jenifer Rajkumar is about to formally announce her bid to unseat Margaret Chin in this year’s Democratic primary. “When major developers come to the South Street Seaport, or to Greenwich Village, or to the Lower East Side, and […]

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