Essex Crossing Park to Have Play Area, Native Plantings, Abundant Seating

Essex Crossing Developers File Pre-Demolition Documents For 400-402 Grand St.

New York Times: Silver, Rapfogel “Kept a Lower East Side Lot Vacant For 47 Years”

The Seward Park site, looking south on Delancey Street. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa/

The Seward Park site, looking south on Delancey Street. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa/

The Times just posted  a lengthy article examining the roles of Sheldon Silver and former Met Council head William Rapfogel in stopping redevelopment of the Seward Park urban renewal site for decades. 

Community Members Want More Robust Outreach For Essex Crossing Park

CB3 Asked For Feedback on SPURA Park, Fate of Essex Market Vendors Discussed

Here’s an update on the planning for Essex Crossing, the large residential and commercial project coming to the former Seward Park urban renewal area.

Jewish Conservancy Advocates For New Home as Redevelopment Nears

As we reported yesterday, six remaining tenants at 400 Grand Street, which will be demolished next year to make way for the Essex Crossing project, are fighting for relocation rights.   But another tenant in the building, the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, is also concerned about its future.

SPURA Residents Facing Displacement Say City is Ignoring Them

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.

Community Board 3 Seeks Information From City Regarding Essex Market Vendors

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.

City Declines to Renew Permit For Longtime Essex Street Market Vendor

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.

Seward Park Developers Create Website, Detail Essex Crossing Plans

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.

SPURA Timeline 2009-2013: The Long Road to a Development Deal

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. 

Followup: Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side

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, Developers Unveil “Essex Crossing” Plan

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.”

Essex Crossing: Renderings & Development Plans Detailed

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Renderings: DSA/ShoP Architects.

Here are all of the renderings 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.

Essex Crossing: Your First Look

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.