This week we have been following the legal back and forth between the NYC Economic Development Corp.(EDC) and a longtime vendor at the Essex Street Market. Last night, members of Community Board 3 briefly discussed the situation and the broader issue of protections for businesses at the market.
Lately, we’ve been talking about new arrivals at the Essex Street Market (bagels, ice cream and soup have been added to the retail mix). But — pending legal proceedings — there’s also a noteworthy departure to report; a merchant who’s been part of the market for 23 years.
It’s been about six weeks since the city announced the development team and overall concept for “Essex Crossing,” the mixed-use project for the former Seward Park urban renewal site. Time for an update.
Last week’s big news concerning the Seward Park site – the selection of developers for the billion dollar project – ends a chapter in the Lower East Side’s longest-running saga.
A day after the city announced plans for Essex Crossing, the billion dollar project on the Seward Park site, there’s plenty of new information to pass along.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to the Lower East Side this morning to announce that the Seward Park project, delayed for four decades, was finally a “done deal.”
Renderings: DSA/ShoP Architects.
Here are all of the rendering released today showing what Essex Crossing, the new Seward Park project, might look like. Keep in mind, architects still need to design the buildings. These images are simply representational. Following the renderings, see a detailed narrative on the housing, retail, open space and community facilities to be built during the next decade.
Mayor Bloomberg just made the official announcement of the development team that will be transforming what is known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area into “Essex Crossing.” Click for some of the renderings presented at the press conference today.
Awaiting Mayor Bloomberg’s arrival at the news conference announcing the development team for the Seward Park project.
Additional details concerning the Seward Park Project are continuing to come in this morning. We’re learning that an Educational Alliance pilot program, the country’s first two-generation school for low income families, will have a place in the big LES development.
Seward Park rendering; ShoP Architects.
As we reported yesterday, today’s the day Mayor Bloomberg and city planning officials formally unveil the development team for the Seward Park redevelopment project.
Tomorrow is a big day for the Lower East Side. The city is poised to announce the development team it has chosen for the Seward Park site.
A chapter is ending in the history of 185 Broome St., a 1930s-era firehouse, as the city’s Seward Park redevelopment project looms.
Rendering: “Babel Blocks” Delancey Street proposal. Image for illustrative purposes only.
Several months ago, we told you about a design competition from the Lower East Side BID for a Delancey Street History Fence. Through a 400 foot art installation, the organization, which operates two parking lots along the busy thoroughfare, was looking to pay tribute to the neighborhood’s diverse cultural legacy. The BID has now made its choice.
A selection committee recently notified the LES-based design firm, Boym Partners, that its proposal for a “Babel Blocks Fence,” celebrating the varied “races, religions and cultures” that make up the Lower East Side,” had won the competition. Babel Blocks, a series of wood figures, were created by Constantin Boym and Laurene Leon Boym in 2007, loosely based on their Lower East Side neighbors. They were included in “Design & the Elastic Mind,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, and won the National Design Award in 2009.
Today the New York Times published an interview with Don Peebles, who runs one of the largest African-American owned development firms in this country. The Peebles Corporation already has several New York projects in the works, including a large condo development in Tribeca. When asked what other plans his firm is making, Peebles responded, “There’s a series of properties that the city is going to be having a competition for and we’re going to bid on those as well. This is on the Lower East Side.” He did not offer any other details, but since it’s the only major city-owned site poised for redevelopment, speculation will immediately be focused on the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project. This month, developers submitted proposals for the 1.6 million square foot project. The city will choose the winning bid or bids by the fall. While some development firms have spoken in general terms about their proposals, the city has not disclosed any information about the companies competing for the big real estate prize.