A six-alarm fire early Saturday morning has destroyed 116 Second Avenue, a vacant 15-unit, five-story tenement building in the East Village, and heavily damaged the 128-year-old Middle Collegiate Church directly next door. The blaze was first reported at 4:48 a.m. and quickly spread to the historic church at 112 Second Avenue, which is located between East 6th and 7th Streets. It took 44 units with 198 firefighters to contain the inferno, and four firefighters suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries. A third structure on East 7th Street also caught fire, but luckily everyone inside was able to safely escape. There is still no word as to the exact cause of the fire at this moment.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is reviewing proposals to renovate and refurbish the façade of a historic bath house in Manhattan’s East Village. The property is located at 538-540 East 11th Street and today operates as Bath House Studios, a professional photography studio and events space.
RAL Development recently celebrated the topping out of Zero Irving in Union Square, Manhattan. Located at 124 East 14th Street, the 21-story building will yield a mix of affordable and market-rate office space for technology firms and will provide on-site amenities, dining facilities, and the Digital Skills Training Center, which is envisioned as a pathway to good-paying jobs for the next generation of technology professionals.
Permits have been filed for an 11-story mixed-use building at 42 Second Avenue in the East Village, Manhattan. Located between East 2nd and East 3rd Streets, the interior lot is two blocks north of the 2nd Avenue subway station, serviced by the F train. Gemini Rosemont under the Second and Second Property LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications.
Permits have been filed for Freedom Village, a 13-story residential building at 268 East 2nd Street in Manhattan’s East Village. Located at the intersection of Avenue C and East 2nd Street, the corner lot is three avenue blocks east of the 2nd Avenue subway station, serviced by the F train. Non-profit Barrier Free Living is listed as the owner behind the applications. YIMBY revealed renderings and details of a housing development at 270 East 2nd Street by this developer in December 2018. It is unclear if the design have changed with this permit filing.