Bloomberg to Announce Mega-Redevelopment of NYC’s Lower East Side

The planned “Essex Crossing” complex by SHoP and Beyer Blinder Belle. Image Courtesy of SHoP Architects

After decades of contention between residents and politicians, the will announce on Wednesday plans of constructing a six-acre complex by SHoP and Beyer Blinder Belle Architects over a ten year period. Nine vacant lots in New York City’s Lower East Side will be erected into a mega-development of retail, office, entertainment, cultural and housing units. The complex will be located in rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, once home to working-class Italians, Jews, Puerto Ricans and Ukrainians, and has struggled to preserve against an encroaching luxury market. In response, developers have collaborated with local community groups agreeing that half of the projected 1,000 apartments will be for low-, moderate-, and middle-income families.

However, is this enough to sustain a balance of varying incomes? 

Some question whether the project will be realized at all. Coming in at the final months of Mayor Bloomberg’s term, critics predict the plan could be overturned by his successor. Nonetheless, it seems everyone has come to a consensus; Something must be done about the empty lots and tension between the diverse communities in the area. Edward Delgado, a New York resident whose family was evicted from the area over forty years ago, has hope.

“I know it’ll never go back to the way it was,” he said. “But I want the right for poor people to live here, too.”

Read the full New York Times article to find out how developers plan to address the upcoming development. Make sure to let us know what you think in the comment section below.

References: New York Times, SHoP, Beyer Blinder Belle

Cite: Jose Luis Gabriel Cruz. "Bloomberg to Announce Mega-Redevelopment of NYC’s Lower East Side" 21 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • T

    They keep building these luxury developments in these neighborhoods. But, who actually lives in them? I’m not sure of the facts and figures but I’m quite sure 90% or more of the Manhattan populous can’t afford to live in these places.

    It is obvious that developers and City officials alike have no real desire to maintain the strong cultural identity of these neighborhoods.

    The way ‘affordable’ housing works in New York, there is no way any of the existing LES populous could even consider these places for future tenancy.

    I rant I know, but there is a reason there is such uproar over this project and other similar ones.

    Still… Better than parking lots I suppose.

  • Bloyd

    These are not designed for people that live in NYC, they are for wealthy investors/business executives/corporations abroad to have apartments in the city when they are here on business/vacation or as a way to avoid taxes by hiding money in assets. As an example just look at the MiMA tower in midtown, most of the floors are owned by a Japanese company and acts like an extended stay hotel for their employees. This development will never integrate itself into the community….

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