This is the list of recent news from all categories.
The Villager [reports] that a new café has opened at 224 Lafayette, a spot previously occupied by
the Falls nightclub.
The new eatery, "Midnight Café II", will continue with the diner-style menu of the original Midnight Café next door. (The older café will change its menu to include some Indian dishes).
Midnight Café II
224 Lafayette Street (NoLiTa)
7 a.m - midnight
If you ever had to walk all the way west from the A/C stop on West 34th street,
this idea has surely crossed your mind: "Why isn't there a closer subway stop for people living
and working on the West Side?".
Well, soon there will be. The boards of the MTA and City Hall jointly [approved an agreement] under which the 7 train will extend all the way to 34th St. and 11th Ave. Unfortunately, the extension will take six years to complete, so until 2012 we're just going have to walk from 34th and 8th. Earlier, more ambitious plans calling for a 2-stop extension were scrapped.
Citing a report by Citi Habitat brokers, "The Real Deal" reported that the vacancy rate on the island went up slightly from 0.43 percent in May to 0.56 percent in June.
Continue reading: Manhattan Vacancy Rate Up Slightly »
The June 26, 2006 issue of New York magazine analyzes the reasons for slow sales at Astor Place.
Continue reading: Press Bits: Astor Place Wrongs »
The Department of Housing Preservation & Development announces an affordable housing lottery for 53 apartments in a new development in the Bronx.
Continue reading: Bronx Affordable Apartments Lottery »
NY Times [reports] on Port Authority's plans for a new ferry service connecting Yonkers with the Battery Park City terminal and Pier 11. The commute time is expected to be about 45 minutes and the service is slated to begin next Spring (2007).
Dept of Housing Preservation & Development tells us that application forms for 41 affordable housing rental apartments (studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom) currently under construction at 2-4 East 1st Street in the Cooper Square are of the East Village are now available. The deadline is April, 16th 2006. Applications are to be requested from:
Extra Place ApartmentsCompleted applications should be returned to the P.O.Box listed with the application.
303 Park Avenue South, PMB 1122
New York, NY 10010
Equity Residential has just announced the purchase of 600 Washington - a 135-unit apartment building in the West Village for $75 million. 600 Washington, located less than block away from the espanade and the West Side Highway, is a 7-story apartment building constructed in 2004. The apartments are a mix of 99 studios, 23 one-bedrooms and 13 two-bedrooms.
NY Post is [reporting] that
"The owner of the Russian Tea Room plans to build a luxury residential high-rise atop the famed eatery, which shut down in 2002."Apparently, just 17 apartments will take up no less than 29 floors (some will have a second level).
The NY Post reports that the 47-unit Stonehenge West building at 120 West 86th Street has been recently sold by the Stonehenge Partners. The transaction is estimated at $28 million.