Target at Essex Crossing Announces Aug. 19 Opening, Local Job Fairs

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Target announced today a grand opening date for its new location at Essex Crossing. The 22,500 square foot “small format” store at 400 Grand St. (also known as 145 Clinton St.) will debut on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Also today, Target put the word out about several job fairs to be held this month in the community. The company expects to hire 85 employees for the Lower East Side outpost, which will be located on the second floor of a residential building called The Rollins. The employment events will be held June 11,12, 14 and 18 and, we’re told, are being coordinated in partnership with Delancey Street Associates (the Essex Crossing development group) and the Lower East Side Employment Network.

Anyone interested in applying, should visit Target’s employment page to make an appointment for an interview in advance. [Applicants should indicate that they’re specifically interested in jobs at 400 Grand St., Manhattan).

The store will be the fifth Target location in Manhattan and is part of a nationwide push into major urban markets. The Lower East Side Target will, according to a press release, offer a “curated assortment, including men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, baby essentials, toys, basics for the family, home décor, health and beauty products, electronics, tech accessories, and a food and beverage selection that includes fresh produce and grab-and-go items.”  There’s also going to be a CVS Pharmacy in the store.

Target has 27 stores open or in the planning stages in New York City. Just today a new store was announced in Brooklyn. A store will open in July on East 14th Street (Avenue A).

The Rollins, a 14-story tower, will also include a Trader Joe’s store, which is likely to open in the early fall. There are 211 rental apartments in the building, half low/middle income and half market rate. All of the affordable apartments were claimed through a city-sponsored housing lottery. Last week, Delancey Street Associates announced that more than 65% of the market rate units have been leased.

Essex Crossing is spread across nine sites, and includes 1,9 million square feet of residential and commercial development.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015 | Joel Raskin took this photo showing 400-402 Grand St., twin tenements that will soon be demolished | Weather: Cloudy skies today with a slight chance of showers and a high of 64 | Happening Today: “Things That Count, Things That Don’t,” an exhibition of 20 Turkish artists opens at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 6 p.m. | Send us your photos and tips | Subscribe to our daily newsletter | Please consider supporting our Small Business Survival Campaign! 

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Friday, May 1, 2015 | Here’s a look at the last days of 400-402 Grand St., two tenements that will soon be demolished for the Essex Crossing development project | Weather: Mostly cloudy today with a high of 60. Partly cloudy tomorrow with a chance of rain and a high of 68. Sunday, it will be partly cloudy with a high near 80 | Happening Today: It’s the kickoff of Lower East Side History Month | Send us your photos and tips | Subscribe to our daily email.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Street artist Hek Tad went to work on 400 Grand Street, the tenement that will soon be demolished for Essex Crossing | Weather: Another windy day with partly cloudy skies and a high of 43 | Happening Today: Oh, Cassius! plays tonight at 9 at Rockwood Music Hall | Send us your photos and tips | Subscribe to our daily email.

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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 the run-around by the city. Last night, they turned to Community Board 3 for help.

City Finally Faces Residents of 400 Grand Street

400-402 Grand Street; the building on your left is occupied; the boarded up structure on the right is vacant.

Finally this week, the residents of 400 Grand Street got to hear directly from the city about their fate. For nearly three years, they’ve been desperately trying to get answers about the status of their building, which sits on one of 10 sites making up the Seward Park redevelopment project (SPURA).  Monday night, two officials from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), which controls 400 Grand, appeared before Community Board 3’s land use committee.  What they told residents did not go over very well.

Barry Chusid, Tenant Activist, Succumbs to Long Illness

Barry Chusid (right) with Clayton Patterson. Photo by Hugh Burckhardt.

Last summer, I conducted an extensive interview with Barry Chusid, a longtime Lower East Side resident fighting to save 400 Grand Street, the apartment building he’d called home for many years. This morning there’s some sad news to report about Barry.  He was found dead in his apartment earlier this month, having succumbed to a long illness. Barry told me he was battling emphysema and other medical problems.

Barry was a well-known figure in the community. That’s Barry on the right (pictured above) with legendary LES photographer/documentarian Clayton Patterson. The photo was taken by Hugh Burckhardt inside Patterson’s Essex Street apartment about a year ago.

One Man’s Battle to Stay on SPURA

400 Grand Street.

400 Grand Street.

Barry Chusid is fighting to stay in his home, a 100-year-old, city-owned tenement  located at 400 Grand Street.  But this is not your average story of a guy at war with City Hall.  That’s  because Chusid (and the residents of 12 other apartments) happen to be sitting on some prime real estate — a little corner of the infamous Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA).

43 years after 2-thousand homes and many businesses adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge were bulldozed, former site tenants are still battling for the right to return. They’re actively involved in Community Board 3’s drawn out quest for a consensus plan. Meanwhile, Chusid  is  on a quest of his own. At a recent meeting of CB3’s SPURA task force, he vowed to “pitch a tent,” if necessary, rather than be displaced.