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New LES Center Opens; Two Trees, City Strike Domino Deal

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[Renderings of the Manny Cantor Center, complete with ghostly scalies]

LOWER EAST SIDE—The Educational Alliance's Manny Cantor Center at 197 East Broadway opened today after its $55 million renovation. The center "reimagines the idea of the community center and offers high-quality services for people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels in one shared space," according to its press release. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

WILLIAMSBURG—This just in: Two Trees and the city have come to an agreement on the amount of affordable housing to be included in the redevelopment of the Domino sugar factory. According to a release from the mayor's office:

[T]he developer will provide an additional 110,000 square feet of affordable housing as part of the project, for a total of 537,000 square feet of affordable housing. The proposal will create 700 affordable apartments covering a range of incomes, including a significant number of units sized for families. Affordable apartments will be integrated throughout the complex, ensuring a dynamic mixed-income community. Unlike prior proposals, all of those units will be permanently affordable. Work on the first building will begin in December 2014.

The plan goes before the City Planning Commission on Wednesday, and, with this revision, is now almost certain to pass. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

ALSO WILLIAMSBURG—The Union, aka 544 Union, the Karl Fischer-designed rental building with mini golf on the roof, has hit 50 percent leased. The building has 94 units and is being marketed by aptsandlofts. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

STILL MORE WILLIAMSBURG—And another Fischer-designed Williamsburg rental building, 101 Bedford, is hosting a beer tasting with Breukelen Bier Merchants. Because of course it is. The amenity-laden building has already had a wine tasting and cooking class, which means that some sort of tasting for dog food is probably next on the agenda. [CurbedWire Inbox; previously]

The Union

568 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY