If you’ve walked by the corner of Essex and Delancey streets on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, you’ve probably noticed there’s a lot going on. What is it? It’s the Essex Crossing mega-development. Among many other things, it will be the new home of the Essex Street Market. The current market is, however, still up and running and it wants people to know that.
It’s been a year since Puccio Marble and Onyx sold their last Williamsburg building at 661 Driggs Avenue for $5.6 million. Now, the new owners have filed plans to replace the old two-story structure with a four-story development, and YIMBY found a rendering of the project on the developer’s website.
The Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has filed plans to build a four-story building at 250 Broadhurst Avenue, at the corner of 155th Street and across the street from NYCHA’s Polo Grounds Towers.
On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed City Council bill Intro. 775-A. The bill imposes deadlines on the Landmarks Preservation Commission and gives additional power to property owners.
Billionaire Ronald Perelman has pledged to donate $75 million to resurrect plans for the World Trade Center‘s Performing Arts Center, to be located at 70 Vesey Street in the Financial District. That’s the patch of land bound by Vesey, Greenwich, and Fulton streets, once home of the WTC’s temporary PATH station. The three-to four-story, 80,000-square-foot complex, now dubbed the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, will eventually boast three theaters. They will each seat 499, 299, and 100 people, but will have the ability to be reconfigured into a single 1,200-seat theater, according to the New York Times. Brooklyn-based REX Associates is responsible for the design. Perelman’s donation will be combined with $100 million already awarded by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC). The project is reportedly expected to cost $240 million in total, although the the LMDC said last year it will cost no more than $200 million. Groundbreaking is set for 2018.