What's in a Name?
Best Laid Plans
In 1989 the Beastie Boys featured a photo of the corner of Ludlow and Rivington streets in the Lower East Side as the cover art for their critically-acclaimed album Paul’s Boutique.
Now Community Board 3 is reportedly considering naming the intersection “Beastie Boys Square” thanks to an online petition launched by Brooklynite LeRoy McCarthy. Read More
Exciting news for residents and denizens of the Lower East Side tonight. After, oh, seven decades, the city has finally reached a deal to redevelop the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, those swathes of parking lots just south of the Williamsburg Bridge affectionately known as SPURA.
According to two people present at the meeting (The Observer had other commitments, tonight, in addition to closing the paper—more on that tomorrow), the plan presented by the city’s Economic Development Corporation, with 900 apartments and nearly a million square feet of commercial space, was unanimously approved by Community Board 3. The linchpin, announced by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, was that the city had agreed to make half of those units permanently affordable, rather than a possible sunset 60 years out.
At 6 tonight, the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side plans to rally against what now appears to be the inevitable rezoning of the East Village just to the north.
The group has labeled the rezoning a "racist" plan to limit building heights and essentially abolish the community benefits incentive in 110 Read More
The Villager is reporting that Cooper Square Hotel developers Gregory Peck and Matt Moss have "finally caved" and agreed to neighbors’ "tough terms for operating [the hotel's] outdoor areas."
Under the deal, outlined on local Community Board 3′s Web site, the builders have agreed to restrict loiterers, taxis, and limos Read More