Cutlog Prepares For Lower East Side Debut in May

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street. Photo credit: Cutlog.

Earlier this week, the organizers of Cutlog, the French art fair coming to the Lower East Side this spring, invited guests to the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center for a preview.  The event, showcasing emeging art from around the world, will be held May 10-13 at the partially renovated Suffolk Street facility.

Co-director Guy Reziciner led a tour of the building, which recently received an exterior makeover (the interior renovation is still to come). Forty galleries – some from new York (including from the LES), others from overseas – will take part in Cutlog.  There will be an accompanying film festival and a sculpture garden in Clemente Soto Velez’s courtyard.

Elected Officials, Community Boards Send Letter to Bloomberg, Rhea Concerning NYCHA Property Plan

A parking lot at the Smith Houses is one potential site for luxury development.

This afternoon, elected officials and three Manhattan community boards are out with a letter they have sent to Mayor Bloomberg and NYCHA Chairman John Rhea concerning a proposal to build luxury housing on parking lots and other open space surrounding public housing projects.  Click through to see the full text.

Followup: Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. Acquiring 156-164 Delancey Street

156-164 Delancey Street

Yesterday we reported that Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., a major commercial property owner, was marketing billboard space at 156-164 Delancey Street, a single story building directly across the street from the Seward Park Mixed-Use development site.  The promotional materials offered a pretty obvious clue that the property had recently changed hands.  Today we have confirmation of that.

A short time ago, Michael DeCheser of Massey Knakal Real Estate Services said 156-164 Delancey is in contract and the sale is expected to be finalized very soon. He said there were more than 30 offers for the site, which includes 12,000 square feet of air rights. Half of the offers met or exceeded the asking price, which was set at $3,950,000. He declined to disclose the sale price. Previously, the property had been part of the estate of Muriel L. Block, a benefactor of Yeshiva University.

Popping Up on the Bowery: “Abode” From Contestants on ABC’s “The Taste”

Gregg Drusinsky and Sarah Ashley Schiear. Photo credit: Openhouse.

If you’ve passed through the intersection of Bowery and Kenmare lately, you might have wondered what’s up with the sleek new storefront at 168 Bowery.  Here’s one answer: a special pop-up dinner series called “ABODE” from Gregg Drusinsky and Sarah Ashley Schiear, competitors in the ABC series, “The Taste.”  Next Thursday-Saturday, they’ll be hosting intimate, five-course gatherings at the Old Bowery Station, the new event space run by the owners of Openhouse Gallery and the Nom Wah Tea Parlor.

On the $85 menu, which includes wine pairings, are dishes such as fluke poke, a roasted shiitake salad with black garlic, a curry lobster bisque, cumin lamb and passion fruit panna cotta.  There are two seatings with only 24 reservations available at each seating.  Previous pop-up dinners at Bowery Station have sold out quickly. Click here if you’re interested in reserving a spot.


Good Morning!

Williamsburg Bridge. Photo by Laura Moss.

A mix of sun and clouds today — windy with a high of 34.

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