September 14, 2016 / Headlines, News / Posted by: Elise Hanks

Raise the Roof

The merrily waving flag atop the new building at Site 6 of Essex Crossing marks a grand occasion.

For half a century, swaths of the Lower East Side have stood silent testament to the community’s need for resources, communal space, and affordable housing. This neighborhood has been fighting to preserve its history and cultures even as it searches for footholds in the future. Finally, Essex Crossing has arrived with an answer.

We could not be more proud to be the lead community partner for the city’s historic urban development project. The team at Delancey Street Associates, including L+M Development Partners, has pushed to ensure the first site completed is the one holding our inter-generational senior center, youth job training, and social enterprise cafe, designed to be a gathering place for – and operated by – the local community.

This week we celebrate the completion of the first phase of construction: “topping out” the 14th story. Check out the video below to see Executive Director Robert Corder take New York 1 to the top.

Five Decades after the Wrecking Ball Demolished Six Acres on the LES, a new Development Rises

By Michael Scotto
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 08:00 PM EDT

NY1 Interviews Grand St. Settlement Executive Director Robert Cordero

It was the largest piece of undeveloped city-owned land in Manhattan south of 96th Street, and for nearly fifty years, it sat empty. Now the six-acre site is finally being developed — one of the biggest projects in the Lower East Side in decades.


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