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September 23, 2017

FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC rental news

Images (L to R): 555TEN, 250 EAST HOUSTON, ENCLAVE AT THE CATHEDRAL and YORKSHIRE TOWERS East Side Views & More; $1,000 Deposit Special at Murray Hill High Rise Rentals [link] 250 E. Houston Ditches Red Square Name and Communist Statue, Offers Concession on Newly-Renovated Apartments [link] Extell Unveils 555X, Premier High-Floor Rentals on Manhattan’s West […]

January 15, 2016

Why Does This East Village Building Have a Statue of Vladimir Lenin on Top?

In 1989, the same year as the fall of the Soviet Union, Red Square was erected as one of the first large-scale private developments in the East Village. Today, it blends in with the other big-box apartment buildings that dot this stretch of Houston Street. That is, until you look up and see the statue of Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin. The 18-foot bronze statue by Yuri Gerasimov was actually commissioned by the Soviet Union in the early '80s as a tribute to their leader's supposed commitment to the working class. When the USSR fell, however, it was never unveiled. But in 1994, when Red Square developers Michael Rosen (a former NYU professor of radical sociology) and Michael Shaoul came across the Lenin statue in a Moscow backyard, it made its way up to the top of their building.
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