New SPURA Plan Reveals Big Changes – Like an Andy Warhol Museum – Are Coming to the Lower East Side

New SPURA Plan Reveals Big Changes – Like an Andy Warhol Museum – Are Coming to the Lower East Side

Perhaps the biggest addition to come out of this large-scale project will be the new Essex Crossing, which will replace the old Essex Street Market. The market will relocate across Delancey Street, doubling in size to 30,000 square feet with a 7,000 square

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City Council Finally Approves SPURA Plan for Lower East Side

City Council Finally Approves SPURA Plan for Lower East Side

After fifty long years of hemming and hawing, the City Council has finally approved the SPURA redevelopment plan for the Lower East Side. Manhattan won’t be getting a new ski slope-covered mega mall, but the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Plan will transform

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SPURA and Urban Design: Why Settle for a Near-miss?

SPURA and Urban Design: Why Settle for a Near-miss?

Nearly half a century ago, somewhere around 7,000 residents were displaced from their homes on the Lower East Side to make way for an urban renewal project. That area still sits empty today, home to no one except some parked cars and trucks. Years of contentious

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Lower East Side Leaders Urge City Council to Keep Walmart and Big Box Stores Out of SPURA

Lower East Side Leaders Urge City Council to Keep Walmart and Big Box Stores Out of SPURA

Lower East Side leaders recently met at a City Council hearing to discuss the development of the Seward Park Extension Renewal Area, lovingly known as SPURA. Together, the local supporters gave a resounding opposition to allowing big box retailers into the

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NYC’s Planning Commission Passes SPURA Redevelopment Plan With a Unanimous Vote

NYC’s Planning Commission Passes SPURA Redevelopment Plan With a Unanimous Vote

New York’s City Planning Commission voted yes this week on the controversial SPURA plan that would redevelop the Lower East Side lot and bring a bevy of new buildings (many that are unwanted by neighbors). The project for a cluster of city-owned blocks

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Residents Do Not Want SPURA to Bring Big Box Retailers to the Lower East Side

Residents Do Not Want SPURA to Bring Big Box Retailers to the Lower East Side

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Last year, Inhabitat reported on the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), a massive redevelopment project in the Lower East Side for one of the city’s largest underdeveloped plots of land centered on Delancy and Essex. While

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NYC Unveils Official Redevelopment Plans for SPURA in the Lower East Side

NYC Unveils Official Redevelopment Plans for SPURA in the Lower East Side

If you’ve ever strolled around the Lower East Side, you may have noticed some gaping holes in the cityscape. In fact, the cluster of blocks around Delancy and Essex is the largest plot of city-owned and undeveloped land in all of Manhattan! Last year, we

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Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan’s Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan’s Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Late last month, Community Board 3 approved the “Urban Design Principles,” a set of guidelines for the development of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) in the Lower East Side. The agreement was finally reached after 40 years of the land being

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Developers for Downtown Brooklyn’s New Green-Roofed BAM North Site II Announced

Developers for Downtown Brooklyn’s New Green-Roofed BAM North Site II Announced

Downtown Brooklyn’s Cultural District is starting to really take shape. Earlier last week, city officials including Mayor Bloomberg announced the development team for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) North Site II, the last undeveloped property in the district.

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Mobile Pop-Up Shop Kit Transforms Vacant Storefronts into Instant Community Hubs

Mobile Pop-Up Shop Kit Transforms Vacant Storefronts into Instant Community Hubs

An eclectic team of architects, designers, urban planners and filmmakers are giving new life to vacant storefronts on the Lower East Side with their ready-made kit of furnishings stored in a six-foot cube. The easy-to-transport box – called the Made in the

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Could Oddball Combo Shops Mean Salvation for NYC’s Beloved Mom and Pops?

Could Oddball Combo Shops Mean Salvation for NYC’s Beloved Mom and Pops?

The mall-ification of NYC has been pretty difficult to ignore, and it seems like every week another one of the small shops that makes our city so unique gets replaced with a shiny new outpost of some national corporation. A similar fate has been looming over

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New Arbor House Apartment Boasts a Massive Rooftop Farm and Affordable Rent in the Bronx

New Arbor House Apartment Boasts a Massive Rooftop Farm and Affordable Rent in the Bronx

The 120,000 square foot building, designed by New York-based ABS Architecture and developed by Blue Sea Development, was constructed using local and recycled materials and features a living green wall, air-filtration systems, outdoor exercise areas and artwork

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Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets Owners Want to Build a Vegas-Style Casino Next to Citi Field at Willets Point

Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are all for the redevelopment of the industrial Willets Point neighborhood next to Citi Field – as long as it includes a Las Vegas-style casino. Last year, Mayor Bloomberg announced plans to overhaul the area into a LEED-seeking

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Developers and Architects Asked to Submit Proposals for the Seward Park Redevelopment Site

Developers and Architects Asked to Submit Proposals for the Seward Park Redevelopment Site

The NYC Economic Development Corporation issued a Request for Proposals today calling for architects and developers to submit ideas on how to make the best use of the six-acre Seward Park Mixed-Use Development site. Entrants are being asked to reimagine

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Lowline Underground Park May Raise LES Property Values But Also Compromise Neighborhood Character

Lowline Underground Park May Raise LES Property Values But Also Compromise Neighborhood Character

Dan Barasch and James Ramsey’s innovative Lowline would be New York’s first subterranean park. Lit by an innovative daylight-siphoning fiber-optic cable and mirror system, the park would bring much needed green space to a retail-heavy area of the Lower

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The Lower East Side’s Historic Clemente Soto Vélez  Cultural & Educational Center Needs Your Help!

The Lower East Side’s Historic Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center Needs Your Help!

Most New Yorkers probably won’t recognize the gorgeous new Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center on the Lower East Side, as it has been covered by scaffolding for a whopping eighteen years! After years of renovation, the cultural center finally

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Greenpoint Landing: New Development Could Link Greenpoint to LIC With Santiago Calatrava Bridge

Greenpoint Landing: New Development Could Link Greenpoint to LIC With Santiago Calatrava Bridge

The undeveloped industrial part of northern Greenpoint may soon be the city’s next premier neighborhood – complete with its own Santiago Calatrava bridge! Handel Architects has designed ten luxury towers that would completely transform and enliven twenty-two

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LES Community Board Unanimously Votes Against Proposal to Turn Seward Park into Greyhound Bus Station

LES Community Board Unanimously Votes Against Proposal to Turn Seward Park into Greyhound Bus Station

On Tuesday night the Lower East Side’s Community Board 3 met to discuss plans by Greyhound Bus Line to transform the historic Seward Park into an inter-state bus terminal- and voted unanimously to deny the proposal! After three and a half hours of heated discussion,

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Massive Artificial Mountain Could Make Skiing Possible in the Lower East Side

Massive Artificial Mountain Could Make Skiing Possible in the Lower East Side

The elevated park would create a new natural environment for plant life as well as a habitat for birds, butterflies and small animals. Kim imagines the mountain would be covered with rich grasses, and even a forest. Plus, New Yorkers would be able to experience

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Low Line Park Exhibit Opens April 1st at Mark Miller Gallery in the Lower East Side

Low Line Park Exhibit Opens April 1st at Mark Miller Gallery in the Lower East Side

Designed by architect James Ramsey, the principal of RAAD, in part with Dan Barasch of tech think tank PopTech, the Delancey Underground calls for pumping natural sunlight into the subterranean space with fiber optics. The team has already created a successful

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Biologists Studying NYC’s Interesting Impact on Urban Wildlife Evolution

Biologists Studying NYC’s Interesting Impact on Urban Wildlife Evolution

An unfortunate consequence of living in an urban environment is that city folk tend to forget about nature. But for a group of field biologists working with the city parks department, New York City offers some of the most interesting and diverse environmental

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Potential Design Unveiled for a New Essex Street Market in NYC’s Lower East Side

Potential Design Unveiled for a New Essex Street Market in NYC’s Lower East Side

As many of our faithful readers know, Inhabitat’s office is located in New York’s Lower East Side — and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The neighborhood is chock-full of tasty vegan cafes and awesome eco shops, but it’s also packed with historic, decades-old

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