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Sperone Westwater Takes Developer of Neighboring Condos-and-Hotel Tower to Court

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After coming out in opposition of a project for a mixed-use, 25-story hotel and condominium building development that would block its easterly view (pictured) in October of last year, Lower East Side gallery Sperone Westwater has filed a complaint in New York State Supreme Court in an effort to force an environmental review of developers Ian Schrager and Ruben Schron’s project, the Real Deal reports.

The complaint, filed on January 10, alleges that the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals should have ordered a review of the project’s environmental impact before approving it. Lawyers for the gallery say the 289-foot-high building will cast shadows across Chrystie Street onto Sarah Delano Roosevelt Park and on the neighboring Liz Christy Community Garden.

The mega-gallery isn’t the only member of the visual art community opposing the massive tower; artists Kiki Smith and Chuck Close, as well as the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, have come out against the project.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image via Sperone Westwater/Facebook.)

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