After 50 Year Wait, First Tenants Moving Into New Apartments on SPURA Site This Week

It’s been 50 years since the city bulldozed most of the buildings in the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), displacing thousands of local residents. …

Essex Crossing site1, Ludlow and Broome streets. December 2016.

50 Years After Losing Their Homes, Former SPURA Tenants Look to Essex Crossing

In an article posted online today (Trying to Undo a Lower East Side Diaspora), the New York Times looks at the prospect of displaced residents of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) coming back to the site. …

Morning Reads: Deadly Beating, Salvation Army Bowery Facility Closes, SPURA Redux

A 68-year old man died after a beating on East 6th Street Friday (WCBS).

The Salvation Army flees the Bowery (NYT).

Revisiting the stories of …

Morning Reads: Senior Rent Freeze Proposal, SPURA & the Jews, Amar’e Stoudemire Scores For Henry Street

Council member Margaret Chin introduces legislation that would freeze the rent of more seniors (Crain’s).

The Republican co-chair of the governor’s disbanded ethics panel fumes …

Rendering: an early vision of the green space planned on site 5.

CB3 Asked For Feedback on SPURA Park, Fate of Essex Market Vendors Discussed

Here’s an update on the planning for Essex Crossing, the large residential and commercial project coming to the former Seward Park urban renewal area.

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SPURA Residents Facing Displacement Say City is Ignoring Them

Several residents of 400 Grand Street, which is scheduled to be demolished to make way for the Essex Crossing development, say they continue to get …

Morning Reads: Danny Chen Opera, Revisiting SPURA, AirBnB Vents at NY Lawmakers

A vigil marks the second anniversary of Private Danny Chen’s death in Afghanistan (NY1).

An opera is being commissioned in memory of Danny Chen (NYT).

Rendering: Essex Crossing. ShoP Architects.

SPURA Timeline 2009-2013: The Long Road to a Development Deal

Last week’s big news concerning the Seward Park site – the selection of developers for the billion dollar project – ends a chapter in the …

Morning Reads: LES Chefs Win Beard Awards, Shark Fin Ban, SPURA Parking

Local chefs Wylie Dufresne and Danny Bowien take home James Beard awards (NYT).

The State Legislature votes to ban shark fins (Daily News).

How many …


Artists Have Until May 1 to Submit Proposals For SPURA Fence

Artists have a chance to put their mark on SPURA before the Lower East Side landscape changes forever. The Lower East Side BID has …

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Op/Ed: SPURA Plan Reflects True and Unprecedented Community Process

The Seward Park development parcels are depicted on the cover of the city’s request for proposals.

Editor’s note: Last week, we published an op/ed …

The Seward Park sites south of Delancey Street. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa.

Op/Ed: Let’s Not Miss a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Get SPURA Right

The Seward Park sites south of Delancey Street. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa.

Editor’s note: The following opinion piece was submitted to The Lo-Down by …

Morning Reads: SPURA Signals New Political Era, Squadron Fires Consultant, Photos Then & Now

The Seward Park development project “spells decline of old Jewish power brokers,” Sheldon Silver, Willie Rapfogel, Heshy Jacob.” (The Forward)

Report: Sheldon Silver seeks to …

The Low Line's demonstration project was held in the Essex Street Market this past fall.

Study: LowLine Could Boost Value of SPURA Sites

The Low Line’s demonstration project was held in the Essex Street Market this past fall.

Earlier this month we reported that the founders of …

Rendering: NYC Economic Development Corp.

Editorial: City Must Bring Transparency Back to SPURA Process

Rendering: NYC Economic Development Corp.

As we have reported on several occasions in recent months, a community-based task force is working with the city …