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Remembering Frances Goldin, A Fearless Fighter For Affordable Housing

You may have seen the tributes in the past week to Frances Goldin, the legendary Lower East Side community activist who died at the age of 95. Goldin was co-founder of the Cooper Square Committee and the Lower East Side Joint Planning Council.

(Photos) Art Exhibition Precedes Destruction of Old Essex Street Retail Market

The new Essex Market has been open for about six months, and the old historic Essex Street Market building on the north side of Delancey Street will soon by knocked down to make room for yet another new apartment building as part of Essex Crossing.

What The New York Times Got Wrong About Essex Crossing

The other day in The New York Times, architecture critic Michael Kimmelman called the Essex Crossing project, "one of New York’s most promising new mixed-use developments." He even dubbed it the "anti-Hudson Yards." The Lower East Side mega-project, with...

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 Side is undergoing dramatic change. But two community organizations are about to remind  us that...

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.

30 Years Later, Revisiting Bobby G’s “Youth of the Lower East Side”

The Essex Crossing development project is obviously changing the neighborhood in dramatic ways. A current show at the Hionas Gallery recalls a time, three decades ago, when the former urban renewal site was targeted not for redevelopment -- but...

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

After community feedback, plans for the park on Broome Street are moving toward completion.

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

If you still doubt that the former Seward Park urban renewal site is finally poised for redevelopment, here's some additional proof. The Department of Buildings has approved a pre-demolition plan two buildings on site #5 of the Essex Crossing...

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

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.  An excerpt: Mr. Silver has long characterized his...
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