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Ellen Grossman, Jay-Z, and Her Art

When Ellen Grossman met Jay-Z on the subway, the media paid attention. The Local visited the East Village artist to take a closer look at her art.

Owners of ‘Mystery Lot’ Ask For Go-Ahead on Eight-Story Condo

lotDaniel Maurer

The high-profile owners of the long-vacant “mystery lot” on 13th Street have applied for a construction permit, setting the wheels in motion for what promises to be a blockbuster eight-story condominium.

The application, filed last Thursday by developer Scott Shnay, indicates that the lot between Second and Third Avenues will get an eight-story mixed-use building containing 71 residential units. (The Post previously reported that the building would be a condo containing 82 units, to be completed late next year.) According to the application, which was under review as of Monday, the project will boast 5,275 square feet of commercial space (Brokers Weekly initially reported 4,500 square feet).

The architect of record is Todd Poisson of BKSK Architects, the firm behind 25 Bond Street, where a $19.5 million apartment was briefly home to Will Smith. In addition to Mr. Shnay and his brother Abe, developers said to be attached to the lot, which sold in November for $33 million, include Ironstate Development (a partner in The Standard East Village) and Charles Blaichman, whose projects include the Soho House building, the Richard Meier-designed 173/176 Perry Street, and an aborted hotel project with Jay-Z.

East Village Tweets

Post No GagasClint McMahon

Would-be messages from the East Village, in 140 characters or less.

Think Café

Think? He can’t even hear! So he’ll just stand & stare at
the barista there: Sleek update of the girl in Manet’s Un
Bar aux Folies Bergère

Literary Investigation

If T.S.E. were 23, would he be a downtown dandy,
mouth full of Jay-Z? LinkedIn loner on Facebook?
Poetry Society grandee? Let us go then,

& take a look. (Everything you wrote that was prophetic
& new, Major Tom, has long come true. So what would
you do now, for Act Two?)


You can either embrace it or invent increasingly
complicated ways to replace it. Either way, it’ll catch
you in the end. Worse, before then

Truth Deferred

One mirror cruel, the other kind, I stick to the latter
when I unwind. If truth is called for, I take a look: The
first reads me like a book
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