A rally was held in the Two Bridges neighborhood on July 21.

Two Bridges Mega Towers: City Council Politics Influences Development Debate

A Democratic primary in New York City is just about six weeks away, which means there’s more bluster than usual surrounding many big community issues. Election-year politics definitely played a big role July 21 at a rally in the Two Bridges neighborhood. …

9 Orchard St.

The Jarmulowsky Bank Building is Once Again a Hotel; Liquor Permits Requested

Here’s something to look forward to in September. We’re likely to learn more about plans by the owners of the Jarmulowsky Bank Building to open a hotel in the 12-story, landmark-protected property. …

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Eddie Huang Partners With Jonathan Chu For Baohaus at 48 Bowery

Celebrity chef/television star Eddie Huang is coming back to the neighborhood with a new restaurant at 48 Bowery. …

Local elected officials held a rally Friday, July 21 on Rutgers Street.

Chin, Brewer Threaten Lawsuit Over Two Bridges Mega-Towers

At a rally held on Friday morning, City Council member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer threatened legal action if the City Planning Commission approves three large-scale development projects in the Two Bridges area. …

Screen grab from Essex Crossing Interactive Map.

Plans Filed For Essex Crossing Building at 202 Broome St.

The City of New York and the developers of Essex Crossing are taking the next steps in building the second phase of the large project in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. …

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50-Foot Dome Moved Into Place on Roof of Jarmulowsky Bank Building

Have you noticed the prominent addition to the historic Jarmulowsky Bank Building on Orchard Street?

On Saturday, crews hoisted a giant dome and positioned …

City Council member Margaret Chin and Mayor de Blasio at last month's town hall. Photo: NYC Mayor's Office.

Council member Chin’s Foes Take Legal Action Over Seized Flyers at Town Hall

Here was the headline in the online version of the Daily News Friday evening: “Councilwoman Margaret Chin blasted over cops seizing leaflets from attendees at town hall in Chinatown.” …

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Stanton Street Shul Begins Urgent Building Repairs

Urgent repairs just began at the Stanton Street Shul, part of a larger plan to protect one of the last remaining active synagogues on the Lower East Side. …

Seward Park movie night, July 2016.

Wizard of Oz Comes to Seward Park July 15

For a second year, the Seward Park Conservancy, the Metrograph theater and the Henry Street Settlement are partnering for free movies in Seward Park. …

Photo: NYC Mayor's Office.

Mayor is Urged to Use His Influence on Rivington House Developers

Mayor de Blasio bristled at a Lower East Side town hall meeting last night when the inevitable question came about his administration’s handling of Rivington House. …

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24-Year-Old Man Indicted in Connection With Brutal Forsyth Street Attack

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office reports that a 24-year-old man has been indicted in connection with a vicious attack on a 61-year-old woman near Sara D. Roosevelt Park last month. …

Image from handout provided by Howard L. Zimmerman Architects.

CB3’s Landmarks Panel Urges Preservation of Fire-Ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

A structural engineer working for Beth Hamedrash Hagadol says the fire-ravaged synagogue at 60 Norfolk St. is in “dire” condition, and saving even small portions of the Lower East Side landmark will require a lot of effort and more than a little luck. …

NYPD photo, 2015.

Man Sentenced to 23 Years For Stabbing, Beating Ex-Girlfriend at Vladeck Houses

NYPD photo, 2015.

A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 23 1/2 years in prison for beating and stabbing his ex-girlfriend inside her apartment …

The mayor visited small businesses in the Bronx this past month. Photo: NYC Mayor's Office.

Mayor Returns to the Scene of the Crime: Lower East Side Town Hall Slated For June 21

The Lower East Side is, of course, where one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s biggest first term embarrassments played out (the Rivington House debacle) …

Schiff Fountain, Seward Park.

New City Budget Includes Schiff Fountain Funding, Grants For Numerous Local Organizations

The Manhattan Borough President’s office yesterday announced this coming year’s capital awards for local institutions, totaling $51 million. …