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Proposal for 128 MacDougal Street

Landmarks Okays Façade for New Pommes Frites at 128 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village

Pommes Frites, the Belgian fried potato joint in the East Village, was destroyed in a deadly explosion linked to an illegal gas tap on March 26, 2015. Now, the establishment is set to re-open a bit to the west. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved its façade at 128 MacDougal Street, located between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street in the South Village Historic District.

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Landscape renovations at LaGuardia Place. Photos by the author unless noted otherwise.

Landscape Renovations Underway At NYU’s Bleecker Street, LaGuardia Place Plazas, Greenwich Village

New York University’s 1.6-million-square-foot expansion looms on the horizon, in anticipation of its distant 2035 completion. However, well ahead of any significant redevelopment, a smaller overhaul of street-adjacent community space is already underway. NYU is collaborating with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to upgrade two linear, street-facing plazas at LaGuardia Place and Bleecker Street.

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530 Sixth Avenue

Extell Acquires Mixed-Use Development Site At 530 Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village

Extell Development has acquired the four-story, 17,000 square-foot commercial building at 530 Sixth Avenue, located on the corner of West 14th Street in Greenwich Village. According to Crain’s, the site could accommodate 126,750 square feet of residential space in the form of a new building. Zoning also allows for commercial and community space, and retail would more than likely be included in a new building. The developer acquired the property for an undisclosed amount from the Duell family, who has already sold a number of other properties around Manhattan to Extell chief Gary Barnett. Development plans have not yet been disclosed and the building’s commercial tenants remain operative for the time being.


Proposed expansion of the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, 11 East 11th Street.

Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue To Be Expanded, Flipped in Greenwich Village

A synagogue whose structure served varied purposes before becoming a house of worship will be getting a somewhat unusual expansion and facelift. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal from the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, located at 11 East 11th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place in Greenwich Village.

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