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Grand Street Fire

Repairs Begin at Fire Damaged 289 Grand Street, Commercial Building Rises at 285 Grand

It's been a sad sight in Chinatown for more than two years -- the two parcels just west of Eldridge Street, where dozens of families were displaced following a devastating fire. Now there's news about 285-289 Grand Street,...

Grand Street Fire Victims Sue Landlord

A lawsuit was filed this week on behalf of 75 residents left homeless by the devastating fire that ripped through their buildings, 283 and 285 Grand Street, in April of last year. In a news conference held yesterday at the...

The Grand Street Fire — One Year Later

It's been one year since a devastating fire ripped through four Grand Street apartment buildings, killing an elderly man and displacing dozens of tenants. Today the New York Times has an update on the contentious legal battle surrounding one...

Landlord: $6 Million to Repair Fire Ravaged Building

We were in housing court earlier this morning, following developments in the legal fight between the owner and tenants of 289 Grand Street. An appraisal done by the consulting firm Brown Harris Stevens for the landlord determined it would...

Grand Street Fire Victims Claim Belongings; Sheldon Silver On the Scene

The photo above may not seem all that remarkable.   Modeling cards, a dvd player, a few other personal possessions are strewn on top of an unmade bed.  This image, however,  was not taken in just any apartment -- but...

Displaced Residents Receive Donations

As you might recall, several local businesses got together after the devastating Grand Street fire in April to raise money for displaced residents. On Monday, the money was distributed to more than three dozen families.  The benefit was sponsored...

Months After Fire, Bitter Legal Battle Intensifies

In the hours after fire ravaged three buildings on Grand Street this past spring, displaced residents found themselves in the media spotlight. Three months later, the television cameras and daily newspapers are gone. But the people whose lives were...

Assembly Passes Bill Waiving Bank Fees For Disaster Victims

On Sunday, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel Squadron gathered with community activists and displaced residents at the scene of April's Grand Street fire. In a mid-day news conference, Silver touted a bill waiving bank fees...

Battle for 289 Grand: the Landlord’s Perspective

Last night we heard from the attorney representing the owner of 289 Grand, one of the buildings ravaged in last month's devastating 7-alarm fire.  As we reported yesterday, the landlord has notified tenants it intends to terminate their leases. ...

More on the Threatened Demolition of 289 Grand

We have more now on the future of 289 Grand, one of four buildings ravaged in last month's 7-alarm fire. As we reported this morning, the landlord, Wong's Grand Street Realty, notified residents it intends to terminate their leases...
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Photo: The view of the Lower East Side from Brooklyn at dusk. In the news this past week: --There...
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