Morning Reads: Innovate Manhattan Charter School is Closing, Askan Menswear Comes to Orchard Street, Oldest NYC Footage

Innovate Manhattan Charter School on Delancey Street will close its doors, due to recruitment and budget woes (Chalkbeat).

Askan Menswear leases space at 151 Orchard St. (Commercial Observer).

The business of opening an art gallery. Richard Taittinger is paying $25,000 month for his new Ludlow Street space (Bloomberg).

The photos of Allen Ginsberg 1953-1996 (Straight).

Video: The oldest known footage of NYC (YouTube).

Morning Reads: Ludlow Street’s New Aristocracy, Hotel Slump, Squatters of the LES

A dispatch from Monday night’s VIP reception at the newly minted Taittinger Gallery on Ludlow Street: “It will not be your typical downtown gallery—the high walls and sleek facade strut and soar like a Chelsea stalwart.” (Observer)

Gallerist Bridget Donahue settles in on the Bowery (WWD).

A full page ad in the Post pitches 190 Bowery’s “prime retail.” (EV Grieve).

The Howard Hughes Corp. continues to gobble up properties near the Seaport, most recently snatching a commercial building on Front Street for $24 million (Real Deal).

As the hotel building boom continues, hotel occupancy in New York sags (NYT).

Photos: Ash Thayer documents her years squatting on the Lower East Side (New Yorker).

Remembering Charlotte Spiegel, local politico and inventor of the city’s window guard program (NYT).

Morning Reads: Serial Robbers, LMDC’s Life Span, Taqueria LES Relocates

Police are looking for two robbers who have hit businesses on Mott, Elizabeth and other surrounding streets (Channel 4).

Editorial: The time has come to shut down the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., especially following the demise of Sheldon Silver, “one of its champions.” (Post)

Opinion: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara talks too much (Salon).

Taqueria LES makes the move to St. Mark’s Place as developer Ben Shaoul continues to clear out his Orchard Street acquisition (Village Voice).

While Whynot Coffee is destined to become a sushi restaurant, owner Emil Stefkov says he’s moving Whynot to a smaller space in the area (Grub Street).

A 2-bedroom duplex in a former funeral home on 2nd Avenue will cost you almost $10,000/month (EV Grieve).

Morning Reads: Brooklyn Bridge Repair Woes, Documenting LES Gentrification, “Naked City” Revisited

The Brooklyn Bridge repair project is behind schedule and $100 million over budget (Daily News).

Time to end subsidies for billionaires? Tenant advocates push to end the 421-a tax abatement. The fight over the issue in Albany is sure to put the mayor in a tight spot (Capital).

Gentrification Watch: New works from longtime Lower East Side artist Anton van Dalen “still contain the familiar symbols from his past next to wry reminders of the sterile present. The Lower East Side’s proud tradition of nonconformity mutates into excessive pizza consumption.” (Gothamist)

The Lower East Side figures prominently in “The Jewish Journey: America,” a documentary on PBS (JTA via The Forward).

1947 flashback: Recalling the Lower East Side filming locations of “Naked City” (Scouting NY).

Five months after opening, “The Comfort” hits the reset button (Daily News).

Morning Reads: Arrest in Avenue D Shooting, Support For Chrystie Street Bike Lane, Robert Moses Comic Book

Cops have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of an aspiring rapper on Avenue D (Daily News).

Community Board 3 asks the city to install a protected bike lane on Chrystie Street (Streetsblog).

Another take on Sheldon Silver’s status as Lower Manhattan assemblyman (Downtown Express).

L+M and Nelson Management paid $115 million for 257 South St. (Real Deal).

Borough President Gale Brewer and City Council member Margaret Chin are talking to developers about alternatives to Howard Hughes’ reviled Seaport development plan (Crain’s).

NYCHA Chair: Reckless spending days are over (Daily News).

Sunday is the end of the line for Streit’s on the Lower East Side (WSJ).

Mapping 25 years of gentrification in New York City (Curbed).

Have a look at the Robert Moses comic book (Hyperallergic).


Morning Reads: “Club Queen” Buys $7 Million Condo, Taking on “Tenant Relocators,” East River Ice Floes

Emma Hsieh, a real estate investor who owns two Lower East Side bars, buys a $7 million penthouse at 100 Norfolk St. (Post).

Local City Council member Rosie Mendez is co-sponsor of new legislation that would crack down on landlords that rent vacant apartments on Airbnb (Post).

Another Council bill takes aim at so-called “tenant relocation specialists.” (Crain’s).

Development plans for the former Mary Help of Christians lot are changing (EV Grieve).

The eulogies for Streit’s Rivington Street production facility keep on coming (JTA).

A man was critically injured in a fire on East 13th Street (Daily News).

This winter’s East River ice floes are a throwback to the 1800s (Scientific American).


Morning Reads: East Village Murder, Robbery Suspect, Dwellers Profiled

Cops say 21-year-old Shaquille Fuller is still on the run after allegedly shooting and killing a man outside the Wald Houses (Daily News).

Police are looking for a suspect wanted in several neighborhood robberies (Channel 11).

New Census figures show rents in New York grew faster than inflation during the past three years (NYT).

“Party Killers;” Profiling the Lower East Side Dwellers (Post).

East Village Cheese is moving to Avenue A (EV Grieve).

Summing up this year’s Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, now being held in Brooklyn (Village Voice).

Morning Reads: Avenue D Murder, Winnie’s Bar is Closing, the “Tyranny of Nostalgia”

A man was shot and killed outside the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D yesterday afternoon (Channel 2).

Tenant rights legislation sponsored by Sen. Daniel Squadron is ensnarled in the ongoing debate in Albany over the Women’s Equality Act (Gotham Gazette).

Winnie’s Bar on Bayard Street is closing after 28 years (Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY).

Opinion: The “misguided elitism of authenticity;” how the tyranny of nostalgia is making New York unaffordable (Observer).

ICYMI: Lowline co-founder James Ramsey has a pretty amazing loft in Tribeca (NYT).

Morning Reads: Interest in Silver’s Seat, Construction at 76 East Houston St., Bonnie Slotnick’s Comeback

Sheldon Silver shows no signs of relinquishing his Assembly seat. “I intend to fully represent my constituents in the best way I know how,” he told the Daily News (Daily News).

Downtown District Leader Paul Newell says, “I’m very seriously looking at running for (Sheldon Silver’s) Assembly seat.” Another district leader, Jenifer Rajkumar, is also said to be interested in running (Post).

Checking up on construction of a two-story building at 76 East Houston St., the former home of Billy’s Antiques (EV Grieve).

Report: Uber is hitting the city’s taxi industry hard (Crain’s).

A first look at the new Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks (Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY).

Morning Reads: Local Housing Preferences Scrutinized, Velazquez in Cuba, Remembering Joy Ryder

The federal government is examining whether agreements to set aside affordable housing for local residents violate civil rights laws (WSJ via Google News).

A housing court judge ruled that a rent regulated tenant could be evicted for listing his apartment on Airbnb (Post).

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez is part of a delegation visiting Cuba (News Daily).

Penny Arcade remembers musician Joy Ryder, who lost her battle with liver cancer on Valentine’s Day (EV Grieve).

A menswear collection inspired by the “urban renewal and gentrification of the Lower East Side.” (WWD)

Morning Reads: Landlord Crackdown, Silver Faces Possible Fines, Little Italy Rebranding

The mayor and State Attorney General today announce “an aggressive new effort to go after property owners who use illegal tactics to force out tenants paying lower rent… The Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force will take particular aim at landlords who rip up apartments under the guise of “renovations” to drive low-income tenants out.” (Daily News)

New mega-projects, including Essex Crossing, are “remaking swaths the city from scratch.” (Daily News)

The city is seeking proposals for a site it owns at 137 Centre St. (Real Deal).

Real estate brokers are stepping up their marketing push, selling Little Italy as a playground for “younger New Yorkers.” (AMNY).

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics has sent Sheldon Silver a notice of delinquency for failing to disclose outside income. He could face a $120,000 fine (Channel 2).

When Sheldon Silver returns to Albany next week, he’ll be working out of a much smaller office. Also: While “no final decisions have been made about Silver’s staff allocation… it is widely expected that his former chief of staff Judy Rapfogel will transition to his new office.” (Daily News)

The New York City Panel on Climate Change says sea levels will “swell another 18 inches to 39 inches by the 2080s and as much as six feet by 2100.” (takepart).

Manitoba’s will stay open after a crowdfunding campaign netted $31,000 (EV Grieve).

Morning Reads: Seaport Plan Stymied, East River Toll Proposal, Vanishing Language Exhibition

The Howard Hughes Corp. plan for the Seaport, including that 494-foot condo tower, appears to be going nowhere. The developer hoped Sheldon “Silver would support the project and overcome any local resistance” but in the aftermath of his resignation as speaker, “the political calculus has changed.” (NYT)

A report from a left-leaning group shines a light on Leonard Litwin, one of the real estate heavyweights linked to the federal corruption case against Sheldon Silver (State of politics).

Today an advocacy group is announcing a new proposal for tolls on East River bridges to pay for transportation infrastructure (NYT).

Ralph Feldman’s East 8th Street photos (EV Grieve).

City Lore looks at vanishing languages (Epoch Times).

Morning Reads: Buildings Sold For $50 Million, Garden Warriors Look Back, Silver’s Ethics Board Appointees

Developer Gordon Lau has paid $50 million for four properties: 116 Elizabeth St., 132 Bowery, 145 Bowery, 149 Bowery (Real Deal).

Activists recall the failed fight to save the Esperanza Community Garden and look ahead to a new battle to save garden parcels from development (NYT).

Sheldon Silver still has three appointees on the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. One of them is Marvin Jacob, brother of East River Co-op GM Heshy Jacob (Post).

The mayor discusses the future of NYCHA (City & State).

The housing authority is paying out millions of dollars to elevator repairmen (Post).

A collection of photos from the East River’s deep freeze (Gothamist).

Morning Reads: Restaurant Robbery, East River Dog Case, Franklin Furnace at Participant

Police are looking for a man who fired a gun inside a restaurant on Centre Street during a robbery (Channel 2).

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office is keeping busy with cases on the Lower East Side. Today a federal court judge will hear the case of Steven Gilbert, who accuses the East River Co-op of discrimination over the ordeal surrounding his service dog (Post).

Parishioners at Catholic churches set for closure, including St. Joseph’s parish, say the Archdiocese’s appeals process is unfair (NYT).

ICYMI: Participant celebrates Franklin Furnace (Observer).

Morning Reads: Community Garden Battle, Seaport Changes, Pole Dancing at the New Museum

Activists make a stand against the mayor’s plan to build housing on community garden parcels throughout the city (NYT).

A “moment of truth” for the South Street Seaport (Commercial Observer).

Pole dancing with a message: looking in on the New Museum’s latest interactive happening (Hyperallergic).

A look at Hood by Air, the cutting edge fashion brand operating from a storefront on Hester Street (NYM).

Who was that really tall dude on stage at Rockwood Music Hall? Oh yeah, it was Yale starting forward Brandon Sherrod, who has now joined the Whiffenpoofs (NYT).