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Cuchifritos Project Examines Essex Crossing (SPURA) History

Now that the Artists Alliance gallery and project space, Cuchifritos, is settled in at the new Essex Market at 88 Essex Street, they are taking a close look into some of the history of this new location (formerly known as SPURA, the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area).

Community Event Seeks to “Knit Together Old and New” on Former SPURA Site

A new Trader Joe's, Target and hundreds of new apartments (some luxury, some below-market rate) are the most obvious signs that the Lower East...

Block Party Celebrates “Past, Present, Future” of SPURA

By the fall, the first phase of the Essex Crossing project in the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) will be mostly completed.

After 50 Year Wait, First Tenants Moving Into New Apartments on SPURA Site This...

It's been 50 years since the city bulldozed most of the buildings in the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), displacing thousands of local residents.

50 Years After Losing Their Homes, Former SPURA Tenants Look to Essex Crossing

In an article posted online today (Trying to Undo a Lower East Side Diaspora), the New York Times looks at the prospect of displaced residents of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) coming back to the site.

Morning Reads: Deadly Beating, Salvation Army Bowery Facility Closes, SPURA Redux

A 68-year old man died after a beating on East 6th Street Friday (WCBS). The Salvation Army flees the Bowery (NYT). Revisiting the stories of those...

Morning Reads: Senior Rent Freeze Proposal, SPURA & the Jews, Amar’e Stoudemire Scores For...

Council member Margaret Chin introduces legislation that would freeze the rent of more seniors (Crain's). The Republican co-chair of the governor's disbanded ethics panel fumes...

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....

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...

Morning Reads: Danny Chen Opera, Revisiting SPURA, AirBnB Vents at NY Lawmakers

A vigil marks the second anniversary of Private Danny Chen's death in Afghanistan (NY1). An opera is being commissioned in memory of Danny Chen (NYT). Photo...

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...

Morning Reads: LES Chefs Win Beard Awards, Shark Fin Ban, SPURA Parking

Local chefs Wylie Dufresne and Danny Bowien take home James Beard awards (NYT). The State Legislature votes to ban shark fins (Daily News). How many parking...

Artists Have Until May 1 to Submit Proposals For SPURA Fence

Artists have a chance to put their mark on SPURA before the Lower East Side landscape changes forever.  The Lower East Side BID has...

Op/Ed: SPURA Plan Reflects True and Unprecedented Community Process

Editor's note: Last week, we published an op/ed from Jenifer Rajkumar, a district leader and prospective City Council candidate, concerning the Seward Park development...

Op/Ed: Let’s Not Miss a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Get SPURA Right

Editor's note: The following opinion piece was submitted to The Lo-Down by Jenifer Rajkumar, the Democratic District Leader for the 65th Assembly District and...

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