What costs $500, smells like urine, and bears no trace of modern day utilities? If you guessed a great real-estate investment, well then, you’d be right!
In a new series exploring its readers apartments, Gothamist shares the experience of Lisa R., who moved into her East Village tenement in 1980. The building had been abandoned for 10 years, which may account for its exceedingly poor upkeep.
It’s one of the more unusual buildings in the city—an office building smack in the middle of Astor Place, designed by one of the world’s top architects. But as Edward Minsikoff’s 51 Astor Place, designed by Fumihiko Maki, comes closer to reality, the building has defied understanding.
Now, it has finally launched its website with updated renderings and floorplans (spotted by Curbed) which finally helps us get what the building is all about.
Beloved by vaguely health-conscious girls from coast to coast, Pirates Booty has become a hang-over staple, a white cheddar puffed delicacy ever preferable to radioactive orange Cheetos. The East Village is about to get its own fresh batch of Booty, as the brand’s founder, Robert Ehrlich has just bought a home in the neighborhood, city records show.
Andre Balazs is not known for his quietude, having developed hotels the world over famous for their parties and celebrities—the Standard Hollywood has naked people in the lobby, the Standard Manhattan has them the windows. So it is surprising to hear the hot hotelier tell Grub Street that the new Standard East Village, inside the old, alien-looking Cooper Square Hotel, will be more “residential, more quiet—more introspective, if you will.”
The East Village has a lot of cool things, like Momofuku and gutterpunks summering in Tompkins Square Park, but it still lacks a big black horse and a cherry tree. Perhaps this helps explain why Scottish folk rocker K.T. Tunstall has sold her home of three years.
Jimmy McMillan isn’t done with us yet. The man, the legend who electrified the political scene briefly in 2010 with his amazing debate performances and unnaturally epic facial hair is suing the NY State Board of Elections for leaving the word “damn” out of the name of his party, “The Rent Is 2 DAMN High Party.” In a complaint filed earlier this week McMillan said NY State Board of Elections officials have a “‘BIAS’ against the word DAMN in the Rent Is 2 DAMN High Party name.”
Last night, The Observer happened to be strolling around the East Village. From the free-range organic leather goods to trendy speakeasy boites, the East Village retail has visibly gentrified. But what about the residential side? With more tenements than townhouses, the East Village may never draw the moneyed marked enjoyed by the Read More
As you enter the capacious quarters of the Public Theater in the East Village, you walk through a construction site: a grand building being torn out from the inside. The space is currently undergoing renovations, but still acts as the primary location for the eighth year of Under the Radar, New York’s downtown experimental theater festival, which runs through Jan. 15.
This feeling of restoration never seems to leave as you become privy to the rich, eclectic and fiercely original performances the two weeks has to offer. Experimental theater, by definition, avoids convention, often leaving audiences questioning the value of the genre. But doubters must make the trip downtown: the offerings are impressive and remarkably diverse, including media like video, music, dance and puppetry, produced by companies based in Europe and America.
In the Neighborhood
However hard to imagine, the East Village will soon be even more colorful. A local group has managed to raise a full $3,000 on Kickstarter to “beautify” the East Village, DNAinfo reports. Apparently deeming itself too urbane for scaffolding and dumpsters, those city scabs we’ve come to know and love, the Fourth Arts Block (FAB, get it?!) will use the money to paint the industrial construction accoutrements.
The group has been quietly embellishing construction sites in the neighborhood since 2008. Perhaps best known for the sidewalk mural on Extra Place, the non-profit organization hopes both to make the neighborhood more aesthetically agreeable and to evoke the neighborhood’s gritty, guerilla-art past.
A six-story, 25-unit East Village walk-up with mostly market-rate units has sold for $8.7 million, Eastern Consolidated brokers said yesterday.
RURU & Associates, a family investor, nabbed 68-70 Second Avenue, also known as 86 East 4th Street, after standing out among an estimated 100 other potential buyers.