In the News: Grove Plaza Tree Lighting on Wed, Leasing Begins for NYC’s Micro Apts

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**Leasing begins today for the Carmel Place, New York City’s first micro-unit development. Located on East 27th street, the 9-story building houses 55 studios ranging from 260 to 360 sq. ft. Per the New York Times, a furnished 355-sq. ft. apartment on the second floor will rent for $2,910/month, whereas an unfurnished 360-sq. ft. unit on the same floor is listed at $2,750/month. (Ouch!) The lowest-priced unit is a 265-sq. ft. studio on the third floor for $2,540/month. Studios will feature 9-foot tall ceilings and sliding glass doors that open onto Juliet balconies. The building also provides a gym, two lounges, an outdoor courtyard, and a shared roof deck with barbecue. —NYT

**Save the date. The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID) presents its annual Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony at the Grove Path Plaza on Thursday, December 3rd from 5pm till 6pm. Mayor Steven Fulop will preside over the ceremony and there will also be plenty of activities for kids including pictures with Santa and free cookies. HDSID

**J.C. Underground — the live music venue located underneath Grove Bistro — has officially opened its doors. The venue celebrated its grand opening on Thanksgiving eve with a salsa, merengue, and bachata party. There are a few pics up on the Bistro’s Facebook page, but no word yet on future events or upcoming band performances. —J.C. Underground

**If you take the WTC Path train, make sure to check out the Luminaries holiday installation located inside the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. The installation — which kicks off Wednesday, December 2nd — immerses viewers in a canopy of light emanating from 650 hanging lanterns. Visitors can send wishes to the lanterns via a wishing station, and for every wish, Arts Brookfield will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the Grammy Foundation to benefit music education programs in high schools throughout the country. The installation will run through January 10, 2016. The New York Times has a great write up and photos of the installation. —Brookfield Place

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