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June 8th, 2003, 06:02 PM
Does anyone know about development on the Bowery? This is what I have found:

http://www.wjeinc.com/Projects_Under_Development/development_projects.htm (bottom of page)



(Edited by boweryboy at 6:05 pm on June 8, 2003)

June 8th, 2003, 06:05 PM
There was also the recently completed 199 Bowery by Thomas O'Hara.

June 12th, 2003, 11:21 AM
I found this:


(Edited by Johnny at 11:21 am on June 12, 2003)

July 20th, 2003, 12:17 AM
another development:


(Edited by boweryboy at 12:17 am on July 20, 2003)

July 20th, 2003, 09:33 AM
SLCE Architects; Monika Graff for The New York Times

July 21st, 2003, 09:02 AM
I worked in the research of archaeological significance for parts of the blocks on the Bowery just north of Houston. Recently, the LPC declared a NOHO historic district, on the west side of the "...oldest road in America" (Encyclopedia Americana) but ignored the east side of the street particularly 292 Bowery, home of Kate Millett, noted feminist, and the adjoining "Germania Hall" where the first woman elected to a union, Kate Mullaney, of Troy, NY was chosen sitting next to Susan B. Anthony. Former sites of Quaker and Methodist cemeteries (moved to LI) there are two non-denominational vault cemeteries in the neighborhood of 2nd St. and 4th St. and the Bowery. Other important events transpired there. My report was submitted without discussion and without approved edits from me and my coworker by a large firm, Parsons Inc., and paid for from Pasadena, CA. You might know them, they inspect cars in New Jersey, among other things.

(Edited by georgejmyersjr at 11:56 am on July 21, 2003)

July 21st, 2003, 10:48 AM
Avalon is doing the Chystie Place development - joy.

Any news on the museum's design? *It should be pretty impressive.

July 21st, 2003, 11:44 AM
Many months ago, before public revue and hearings, Avalon, believe it or not was posted on the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission's website as the supplier of middle income housing on site and please call this number if you are interested. This to me as a New Yorker, and one in the middle of trying to figure out if my small research project the "Cooper Square Urban Renewal" was not the Trojan Horse it was in 1971, 25 square blocks of the Lower Eastside. I can't believe they would allow such crass commercialism and open the Commission to calumny by allowing that business to post itself in that way.

Further, at the public hearing, which I viewed from the Bronx on Bronxnet cable, Kate Millet was given the floor to speak, and was interrupted many times and then told her time had run out, as she tried to explain the experience of 9/11/01 from her place, as the "ghosts" went walking by. The hearing again, did nobody any good and if I added the time spent in interruption to the time of her presentation it would have finished right on the mark. Again, the administration that would sell Wall Street to New Jersey.

By the way the "wrecking ball" is illegal in Manhattan, but across the river perfectly legal in the South Bronx.

(Edited by georgejmyersjr at 5:09 pm on July 21, 2003)

October 1st, 2003, 12:07 AM


October 1st, 2003, 12:13 AM
this as well

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6558241&BRD=1840&PAG=461&dept_id=5 05431&rfi=6

October 3rd, 2003, 05:59 PM
I've read many complaints about that Cooper Square tower

October 9th, 2003, 03:40 PM
This would be really cool:


How can we SUPPORT this project?


October 9th, 2003, 03:57 PM
It's tough. I think the city wanted to rezone to build up all the useless parking lots, etc, which there should be NONE in Manhattan if you ask me.

It'll be the typical give and take NIMBY v. sensible folk fight.

Write to the mayor and the councilman.

October 11th, 2003, 01:34 PM
What could have been...



October 11th, 2003, 01:36 PM
When the Going Gets Tough, Hoteliers Go Residential

by Gabriel Sherman

Meet the latest real-estate victim of the post–Sept. 11 downturn: the proposed Ian Schrager hotel at 32-40 Bond Street in Noho. The $60 million project, funded by Bond Street Hotel L.L.C.—a partnership between Mr. Schrager’s company, Ian Schrager Hotels, and hotel power players Richard Born and Ira Drucker—has been scrapped in favor of a 14-story, 100,000-square-foot residential building designed by architect Gary Handel, which will house 65 loft-style units and 5,000 square feet of street-level retail on the site of what currently is a 100-space parking lot between Lafayette Street and the Bowery. The building will be Mr. Schrager’s first signature residential development.

The project is a significant departure for Mr. Born and Mr. Schrager and represents the sober realities of Manhattan’s boutique-hotel market, still struggling to recover from the 90’s bubble and a downtown economy that, by many measures, continues to reel from the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

One of the biggest losers in the economic downturn following the attacks has been New York’s $4 billion hotel industry. The significant drop in tourist travel over the past two years has hurt Manhattan’s hotel developers, who count on the influx of more than 35 million visitors a year to fill their rooms and finance new projects. During the 1990’s boom, boutique-hotel developers played host to "new economy" media moguls and Wall Street bankers flush with cash and eager to mix in the dimly lit lobby lounges and minimalist suites. But times have changed: Average hotel-room rates in Manhattan are down 15 to 20 percent of their pre–Sept. 11 levels, according to hospitality adviser PKF Consulting, and the continued slump in domestic business travel—down an additional 7 percent in 2002—has left developers scrambling for ways to raise occupancy rates in an already competitive downtown boutique-hotel market that makes new construction an eminently risky proposition.

"The economic climate to build a new project is not viable in this market today," Mr. Born told The Observer. "It’s a new reality. In today’s market, I can’t build a new project from the ground up successfully."

New hotel developments require serious financial commitments. In 1993, the Four Seasons invested a reported $1 million per room during construction of its 367-room, I.M. Pei–designed hotel on East 57th Street. On smaller projects, like the proposed Bond Street property, costs typically run approximately $500,000 per room when the developers commission a star designer such as David Rockwell, Philippe Starck or Rem Koolhaas to work on a ground-up project.

Mr. Born, a developer responsible for putting more than 5,000 hotel beds in the city, said that most boutique hotels completed since Sept. 11 have been renovations of existing structures, such as the 125-room Maritime on Ninth Avenue—in which Mr. Born is a partner—and the 24-room hotel at Soho House, which took over space in a former electronics warehouse at 29-35 Ninth Avenue. In September, Mr. Born paid a reported $23.1 million to take over the 120-room Gorham Hotel on West 55th Street. He said he purchased the Gorham because the dour economic climate precluded new construction. An exception, the 13-story, $60 million Gansevoort on 13th Street and Ninth Avenue in the meatpacking district, is a ground-up project set to open in January. Mr. Born said it’s still uncertain how the 187-room hotel will fare.

"The Gansevoort is in a hot neighborhood. It will do well. But the question is, will it do well relative to its cost?" he asked.

Mr. Schrager—with nine hotels under his belt, from New York to London and Miami to San Francisco—has been hit especially hard by the soft hotel market. In 2001, he announced that he would develop a 20-story hotel on Fourth Avenue and Astor Place, on a lot owned by Cooper Union. He commissioned architects Rem Koolhaas (the Dutch designer of the Prada flagship store in Soho and the new $165 million Seattle Library) and Jacques Herzog (of Herzog de Meuron, the Swiss firm behind the 1997 construction of London’s Tate Modern Museum) to design the Astor Place Hotel. By 2002, Mr. Schrager scuttled the hotel project, and the land is now being developed as a residential project by the Related Companies (the developer of the $1.7 billion Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle), along with a $5 million investment by Mr. Schrager. More recently, in August, the 375-room Clift Hotel, Mr. Schrager’s first San Francisco property (which he purchased in 1999 for $80 million and renovated at the cost of approximately $20 million in 2001), filed for Chapter 11. In June and September, Moody’s investment-ratings agency downgraded some of Mr. Schrager’s bonds to junk status.

"The cost of building from the ground up in New York is very high. It’s very risky given the current state of affairs," Mr. Schrager said. But he stressed that boutique hotels that offer guests a lifestyle experience are still solid investments in this difficult tourist economy. "When you’re in a tough market, I’d rather go to market with a distinct project than with a generic project. You’re that much more competitive," he said.

The difficult downtown market has forced entrepreneurs like Mr. Schrager and Mr. Born to reassess their development options and reconsider residential projects. Mr. Born, who has had a hand in developing numerous Manhattan hotels with his partner, Ira Drucker—including the 77-room Chambers on West 56th Street, and Soho’s 75-room Mercer—has recently diversified into residential projects. In 2000, he developed the Richard Meier condominium towers that rise above Perry Street, and he’s currently in the early stages of planning a $40 million building on Greenwich Street in Tribeca.

"When you talk about building new," said Mr. Schrager, "you have to be very sure about the market, or it’s a very risky investment."

A Long Struggle

According to Mr. Born, the current economic climate dictates that the Bond Street property must be residential—if, that is, he gets to break ground at all.

On Oct. 8, the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals will hold a hearing to determine whether Mr. Born and Mr. Schrager receive a variance to construct their residential tower in Noho, a commercially zoned neighborhood. Since the hotel project was first introduced in 2001, Noho community groups have fought Mr. Born and his partners over the size of the building. Neighborhood activists and local residents are now bracing for a contentious campaign to block the intrusion of high-rise development, which has migrated from neighboring downtown neighborhoods. They cite examples like the 20-story, 111-room, $32 million Surface Hotel that’s going up on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. Noho activists have taken inspiration from the recent victory by neighborhood groups in the meatpacking district: On Sept. 9, at the urging of those groups, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated a part of the district as an official landmark.

At Community Board 2’s Sept. 18 meeting, members aired their strong opposition to the latest Bond Street proposal before unanimously voting against the $60 million project. Members objected vociferously to the size and bulk of the building, which they declared out of scale and context with the surrounding six-story, early 20th-century structures.

"They want a lot more bulk. It’s a lot more building than what we’re prepared to accept. The size of the building is not justified," David Reck, an architect and the chairman of Board 2’s zoning committee, told The Observer.

According to Bond Street Hotel L.L.C., the development will sit on a modestly sized 14,000-square-foot lot, which necessitates the building’s height to secure a healthy profit on their investment.

"Clearly, there’s an issue of density," Mr. Born said. "But I need a certain critical mass to make the project profitable. At 70,000 square feet, I can’t do it."

Community groups remain skeptical.

"It’s not uncommon for developers to claim hardship, saying they need to develop on a massive scale to make a profit," Andrew Berman, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, said. "When you scratch below the surface, a modest scale would be profitable."

Shortly after proposing the 140-room hotel in 2001, Bond Street Hotel L.L.C. shifted gears. In 2002, the architecture firm Gary Edward Handel and Associates—whose projects include the $175 million Ritz Carlton Downtown and the $279 million Lincoln West development at West 67th Street (home to the 10-screen Sony Theaters and the Reebok Club)—redesigned Bond Street Hotel L.L.C.’s proposal as a residential building, with 65 units ranging in price from $500,000 to $1.8 million. With the project still awaiting its variance approval, the details have yet to be finalized, but the current plan calls for loft-style units averaging 1,300 square feet, with 11-foot ceilings and open floor plans; the largest units will top out at 2,500 square feet. At street level, the architects have designed 5,000 square feet of retail space, which the developers hope to fill with chic boutique, gallery or restaurant tenants—the kind of niche retailers that populate the streets in neighboring Nolita.

Not surprisingly, Noho community activists see the Bond Street project as a harbinger of the glitz and glam that would be incongruous with the bohemian streetscape.

"It would, without a doubt, introduce a different scale into the area," Mr. Berman said. "These neighborhoods have been revitalized by the sweat equity of artists who have made the area livable. This kind of development would be just the first step in rising rents that would force out the artistic community. If the artists go, it’s killing the goose that lays the golden egg."

At the Sept. 18 meeting, community members also aired concerns that building luxury housing in an area with commercial zoning could pose a safety risk by placing residents in close proximity to commercial activity.

Mr. Born flatly dismissed the notion.

"Who do you think would be impacted negatively, the residents or the trucks making deliveries? The district is more residential than commercial. There are more trucks on the corner of 82nd and Lexington than in Noho. I seriously doubt if a single commercial user objected to our plans."

Peter Hoffman, the chef and owner of the Savoy restaurant on Prince Street, as well as a neighborhood resident and an outspoken critic of the Bond Street development, told The Observer that Mr. Born and his partners were exploiting the scale of the proposed building in a neighborhood with low-rise development.

"It’s an outrageous proposal," Mr. Hoffman said. "This building violates the sky plane. People appreciate this neighborhood for its light and air, and to propose a building that will stand on top of everyone just to make a boatload is clearly ridiculous."

But with development pressures increasing on the as-yet-undeveloped blocks in Noho, Mr. Schrager sees the Bond Street residential project as a way to shape the neighborhood positively.

"Development is happening down there—that’s a fact," he said. "I think it’s a design issue, and I think our building will be contextual, and I want to make a contribution to the community. I want to do the right thing, for the neighborhood and for myself."

If Mr. Born and Mr. Schrager fail to secure the zoning variance following the Oct. 8 B.S.A. hearing, the community will have won a temporary victory in their efforts to stave off high-rise development. But Mr. Born said that either way, Bond Street Hotel L.L.C. will develop the property to best maximize its investment in spite of the difficult hotel market.

"I think the community would be best served by working with me, by being involved in the process to get aspects they want into the project," he said. If the B.S.A. approves the variance, Mr. Born went on, "[the community] gets nothing and I get my building." If the B.S.A. rejects the variance, Mr. Born is prepared to wait rather than reduce the scale of the project.

"For me, I can sit with the land and, in two years, when the hotel market rebounds, I can do something else," he said. "I’d rather sit on the parking lot now and build something in the future."

You may reach Gabriel Sherman via email at: gsherman@observer.com.

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October 11th, 2003, 04:59 PM
The site of the proposed Cooper Square tower is currently a parking lot. The prewar building directly south of it is currently being renovated into a residential building with high-end street-level retail.

October 13th, 2003, 08:51 PM
There was an article in the 10/5 issue of NY Times magazine about the Bowery. Quite interesting. Maybe I'll go and see if I can post it.

November 5th, 2003, 09:32 PM
New development on Astor Place:


November 5th, 2003, 10:00 PM
That's pretty. Reminds me of the failed DGA Tower.

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November 5th, 2003, 10:56 PM
I have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 48 Cooper Square, the low, long four-story building south of this plot. The parking lot is often used by us students to cut across the midblock in order to get to classes more easily.

This tower looks really great and will be a very nice front to Astor Place.

TLOZ Link5
November 6th, 2003, 03:58 PM
Update: the cars have gone, the attendant's booth is being demolished, the site is cordoned off and a green plywood wall is being set up around the perimeter.

TLOZ Link5
December 30th, 2003, 10:36 PM
Before I left college for break on December, the booth was gone and the lot was being excavated. No telling how far along it is now.

I have a digital camera now (yay), so when I get back to college I can keep you guys posted.

January 5th, 2004, 02:41 PM
The New York Times
January 4, 2004
Rental Developer's Manhattan Debut: Lower East Side

AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES has been circling New York City with upscale rental apartment buildings in Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey, coming into the city in 2003 with a 32-story tower on the East River in Queens. Now the real estate investment trust is about to enter Manhattan with a splash.

The company has begun laying the foundation for the first of four buildings it is putting up on land that has been the target of fierce dissension and the site of failed plans for decades. To be called Avalon Chrystie Place, its 708 apartments will be in buildings scattered across four irregular parcels sitting between East Second Street to the north, Stanton Street to the south, the Bowery to the west and Second Avenue and Chrystie Street to the east. The property, which measures more than three acres, is traversed by East First Street and Houston Street.

A mixed use complex, Avalon Chrystie Place is to include studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with 531 renting for market rates. The remaining 177 will be set aside for tenants who earn no more than 60 percent of the area median income, which for a family of four in New York City, today comes to $37,680. A multilevel community and athletic center in the first building is to be operated jointly by the University Settlement, a 117-year-old social service agency, and the Chinatown branch of Y.M.C.A. of Greater New York, and there will be 85,000 square feet of retail space.

The venture, widely praised as the result of an unusual collaboration of state and city officials, nonprofit organizations, grass roots groups and private companies, brings to a close what has been called the longest-running dispute over an urban renewal site in the city. Designated part of the Cooper Square Urban Renewal Area in 1970 by the City Board of Estimate, it remained more or less untouched over the years, dotted by vacant lots and small, mostly unimproved, commercial and residential buildings.

For AvalonBay Communities, winning the bid for the project from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, marks an auspicious debut into a prime market.

It is one of the first REIT's to enter the Manhattan fray and is believed to be the first to build from the ground up.

But, said Bryce Blair, AvalonBay's chairman and chief executive, moving into Manhattan is only one part of a broader sweep through the Northeast, which, with Southern California, is a primary focus of the REIT.

"As our single largest community, Avalon Chrystie Place is an important signal of our interest in and commitment to the New York area," Mr. Blair said. "Our interest in the city began about seven or eight years ago, and we hope this is the first of many communities we put up there."

But, "we approach the New York area in a holistic way," he emphasized. "We didn't just say we want to be in Manhattan. What we are trying to do is to develop a portfolio of different property types across a variety of submarkets in and around New York. We can't do that without a presence in Manhattan, but our strategy is not myopically focused on Manhattan either."

Indeed, there are now AvalonBay complexes in 32 locales in the New York City area, half of them built or — in three cases — remodeled since 2002. Three projects are now under construction, in Glen Cove on Long Island, Milford, Conn., and Lawrenceville, N.J., and are scheduled to be occupied this year. Construction has also begun on a development in Coram, Long Island, and two more are on the drawing boards for Connecticut in the near future: one in Danbury, the other in Orange.

AvalonBay's developments are all clearly geared to an upscale clientele, although some apartments are set aside for tenants with limited incomes. The architecture varies with the community. In Glen Cove, for example, 256 apartments are set in a rambling, multistory structure with a courtyard, pool and theater. Farther east on Long Island, in Coram, 450 two-story units with lofts will meander around an 18-hole golf course. In New Rochelle, by contrast, a second skyscraper is being planned to duplicate the first, which opened in 2001. The 25-story tower dominates the skyline and is visible for miles around.

As it has edged closer to urban centers, AvalonBay has broadened its scope. In 1994, garden apartments represented 86 percent of its inventory, with mid- and high-rises accounting for the remaining 14 percent. By last year, the balance had shifted to 71 percent for garden apartments, 25 percent for mid- and high-rises and 4 percent for town houses. Chrystie Place will be its most urban setting yet.

"We are not cutting back on garden apartment development," said Fred Harris, the vice president of development for New York City, Westchester and Long Island. "We're simply offering a wider range of choices."

AvalonBay Communities
Target Market: People in Transition

Whatever the configuration, the company has defined its target market: people in transition. "They could be single, married with kids or empty nesters, but they tend to be people undergoing some change," Mr. Blair said. "Maybe they're 22 and in their first job or 28 and in their first marriage, 39 and in their first divorce or 62 and downsizing." As a result, he said, "The average stay is just under two years."

Although the market rate rents for the Manhattan apartments have yet to be set, Nancy Packes, president of Halstead/Feathered Nest Leasing Consultant, a marketing and leasing consultant on the project, said that if Avalon Chrystie Place were to open today, studios would probably go for about $1,900 to $2,100 a month, one bedroom apartments for $2,400 to $2,700 and two bedrooms for $3,900 to $4,400.

AvalonBay evolved from two residential development concerns, Greenbriar Apartments Homes and a division of Trammel Crow, that were both founded in the early 1980's and later converted to REIT's. By 1994, these companies were known as Avalon Properties, based in Wilton, Conn., and Bay Apartment Communities, based in San Jose, Calif. They merged in a $2 billion transaction in 1998. All told, the company has 139 "communities," encompassing 41,237 apartments in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

As a REIT, a publicly traded company that owns income-producing real estate, it is obligated to distribute at least 90 percent of its taxable income to shareholders in the form of dividends. Its securities are worth a total of about $3.3 billion, making it the 16th largest of 172 REIT's, according to Jay Hyde, a spokesman for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Among the 20 REIT's that specialize in apartments, it ranks fourth, as measured by market capitalization, said Randy Anderson, a professor of real estate finance at Baruch College. "It is consistently among the strongest dividend payers," he said.

The timing of its entry into Manhattan is propitious in Mr. Blair's view. "Tactically you have to ask, `When do you begin a community?' " he said. "You want to do that with the wind at your back and not in your face. The economy is still tenuous, but compared to a year ago, there are positive signals — gross domestic product, modest job increases, improving corporate profits — that give us comfort. And the impact on our stock has been good."

A key to the company's success is the way it chooses communities in which to build, and its approach may seem counterintuitive to the layman. It limits its searches to "high barrier to entry" areas, where developers encounter obstacles to construction, strict zoning limitations or community resistance. Such projects expose the company to lengthy delays, high legal bills and intense community opposition, but they also mean less competition from other developers.

According to Dr. Anderson, that is a laudable strategy. "The markets in which you are the most at risk are those in which it is easiest to build," he said. "If you are able to get into a difficult market like New York, where supply is constrained, you run a lower risk of oversupply."

In suburban areas, Mr. Harris said, "high barrier to entry means building in New Canaan or Bronxville, where they don't want apartments at all. In the city, it means going after sites where we see value but no one else does, like Long Island City." Its Avalon Riverview, part of the Queens West development site, sits on the East River opposite the United Nations.

One of the company's requirements for a site is that it be near transportation. In New Rochelle, for example, the Metro-North station is outside the back door of the building. But nowhere will it be in closer proximity than at Chrystie Place, where the first building will sit atop the tunnels for the B and D subway lines. It will also be steps away from the proposed Second Avenue subway and indeed part of the retail space of the building has to be designed so that it can some day be converted to a subway entrance.

Among the barriers AvalonBay encountered for the Chrystie Place project, in fact, was the challenge of designing a complex that could be built on top of the subway.

"There were a lot of specific limitations due to the existing subway system whose roof was designed to receive specific loads, and every exercise we have undertaken to integrate new stations with a new building turns into an adventure," said James Davidson, a partner at Schuman Lichtenstein Claman Efron Architects, which did the preliminary planning, massing and interior layouts for three of the four buildings. (Arquitectonica did the master plan and the facade and collaborated with RJP Architects on one of the buildings, which is to be owned by Phipps Houses.)

Another complication arose from the fact that at the time the design was being formulated, a zoning code revision, known as the Unified Bulk Program, was proposed, although it was never approved. "So this community conforms to a code never adopted," Mr. Harris said.

Urban Renewal Area
A Thorny Path to Development

Whatever the problems or prospects for the complex, there is little disagreement that the property it will occupy was long overdue for development. "When the market was strong, there was no consensus on it, and when the market was weak the consensus was always for something unfeasible," said John Shapiro, a city planner and consultant with the firm of Phillips Preiss Shapiro & Associates, who was recruited by James F. Lima, then an assistant commissioner at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, to do conflict resolution work with representatives of the various factions.

"Plans were adopted and not carried out, promises were made and broken and there was a tremendous amount of bitterness on the part of constituents, leaders and agencies," Mr. Shapiro recalled. "Lower East Side community gardeners, historic building advocates, cultural mavens, antidevelopment residents, major real estate interests were all making very vocal demands. There were almost insurmountable divisions between the Hispanic community and left-wing housing advocates."

In 1996, Fran Reiter, then a deputy mayor, assembled a task force charged with producing a viable plan encompassing both the vacant land and occupied buildings on 4.35 acres in the Cooper Square Urban Renewal Area. The task force included representatives of more than a dozen interests, including City Council members, agency officials and grass-roots leaders. The task force was headed by Mr. Lima.

"I asked every player in the area, `What is your bottom line?' and told them, `I promise you we will meet it and if we can't we will get back to you,' " Mr. Shapiro said. "People had strong opinions on everything from the preservation of the gardens to the necessity for curb cuts to where the entrances to the community center should be. In the end, every player felt something fell short, but we met everyone's bottom line."

Among the more intractable demands that were honored was the preservation of a community garden — the Liz Christy Bowery-Houston Garden — and the positioning of the buildings so that no shadows are cast on it. Over all, the effort to achieve consensus was a diplomatic triumph.

As Jerilyn Perine, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development commissioner, put it: "It is a great accomplishment when with a high degree of public engagement you can take a site that has been dormant for decades and the source of great controversy and create a highly engaged process where people get to be heard, and build a project that will be better than what any participant could achieve on their own."

The agreement led to what Adam Weinstein, president and chief executive of Phipps Houses, a partner in Chrsytie Venture Partners, the entity formed for the project, described as "one of the most challenging requests for proposal ever seen."

"When a seller sells, they usually ask for the purchase price and don't say, `You have to restrict 25 percent of the units, build a community center and we want retail and a supermarket,' " he said. "And then not every site has a subway tunnel running through it." A nonprofit housing developer, Phipps Houses will own and operate one of the Avalon Chrystie Place buildings, which will be limited to low-income residents.

Chrystie Venture Partners was chosen to be the developer in 2000, beating out such contenders as the Related Companies and the DeMatteis Organization. The fact that it was a newcomer to the scene was not seen as a deterrent.

"AvalonBay was a nontraditional company, and this was a nontraditional project for them, but they were an out-of-town firm that understood how to do business in New York and had deep pockets," said Mr. Lima, who is now president of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation.

The total cost of the project, including land, is estimated to run about $150 million. AvalonBay has already paid the city $13.5 million for the land, the first installment on a $40.5 million purchase price.

The New York State Common Retirement Fund will provide $25 million in equity financing, which will constitute 80 percent of the equity. AvalonBay will provide another $6 million in equity. Additional financing will come from the sale of $117 million in tax exempt bonds issued by the New York State Housing Finance Agency. There will be no bank loans involved.

In addition, Chrystie Venture Partners will be granted property tax and sales tax exemptions on the retail development through an agreement with the Empire State Development Corporation.

Strikingly, construction has begun without closure of the agreements. This did not keep numerous public and private officials from celebrating at the recent groundbreaking ceremony.

"We are nontraditional because most developers don't start doing anything until all that is in place," Mr. Harris of AvalonBay said. "As a REIT, we have our own financial wherewithal."

In return for tax breaks, the city required that 25 percent of the apartments in the complex go to tenants earning no more than 60 percent of median income, with those tenants to be chosen by lottery. As of now, the income ceiling is $37,680 for a family of four, but that could be adjusted before the building is ready for occupancy and the qualifying candidates chosen.

Avalon Chrystie Place
Setting Aside Units With Income Ceilings

The building on the Bowery and First Street, which will have 42 units, is to be reserved entirely for low-income residents. The remainder of the 135 apartments in the "affordable" category, for which limitations on income will be even more stringent at 50 percent of area median income, will be distributed through the other buildings.

The income caps in those buildings were set by the New York State Housing Finance Agency as a condition of the bonds it is issuing.

The decision to restrict one building to low income tenants was based in part on the hope that income caps there will not be lifted when the bond financing for the entire project expires in 30 years and in part on financial incentives that are not available to mixed buildings.

The other three buildings could, after their tax benefits are run out, become entirely market-rate buildings. But tenants in occupancy 30 years from now will be protected by rent stabilization, providing that system remains in place.

Mr. Weinstein of Phipps Houses said: "There are programs available for financing of projects with a greater proportion of low-income people and doing this makes the remaining buildings more like other products in the marketplace. We raised the isolation issue with the community board, but this really will be one community, not like a homeless shelter in the middle of luxury housing."

If there is any element that will forge community, it will probably be the community center, which is to be owned and operated jointly by the University Settlement and the Y.M.C.A. "Everything in it was requested by the community," said Michael Zisser, executive director of the settlement.

The 42,000-square-foot three-level facility will include a gym, a 75-foot pool, a fitness center, four classrooms, three meeting rooms and offices available to community organizations. After-school, cultural enrichment and literacy programs and college advisory services are among the ideas being floated,

By and large even skeptics have made their peace with the complex. "We didn't object to putting in market-rate housing, but we just didn't want so much of it," said Steve Herrick, executive director of the Cooper Square Committee, a tenants rights organization that works to preserve economic and ethnic diversity in the neighborhood. "We didn't feel that there was enough low-income housing."

Still, "the developer has dealt in good faith with us and I think it looks pretty good," he said. "People may not be thrilled, but they have moved on — and low-income people are now calling us for applications."

January 6th, 2004, 12:00 PM
This lot has been a junkheap for as long as I can remember. The building rendering is bland but its good to see something going up here.

January 6th, 2004, 03:40 PM
I saw this flyer taped up on Bond St today:

Notice of Public Hearing
January 8th, 6.30 pm
Metro NY Developmental Disabilites Services
75 Morton St Room 3C25B

25 Bond St: Board of Standards and Appeals Application for a variance to request a 10-story mixed use building. The building would contain a 51 car parking garage in the cellar, a small retail space and residential lobby on the groud floor and 26 residential apartments on floors 2-10. All are welcome to attend.

-> since there are so many community activists who love to rally against this sort of thing anyone who could attend and suppor the project would probably be a good thing.

June 1st, 2004, 04:11 PM
Progress as of June 1, 2004:


June 1st, 2004, 04:26 PM
:) thanks for the update!

TLOZ Link5
June 1st, 2004, 10:04 PM
This could very well be a focal point for the southern end of Astor Place, much like the Flatiron Building with Madison Square or the Helmsley Building (pre-Pan Am/MetLife) with Park Avenue.

June 2nd, 2004, 12:18 AM
This could very well be a focal point for the southern end of Astor Place, much like the Flatiron Building with Madison Square or the Helmsley Building (pre-Pan Am/MetLife) with Park Avenue.

You think so. I hope it does. That area needs a great focal point of a building. 8)

June 25th, 2004, 02:02 PM
from the Post

June 25, 2004 -- THE partnership between Ian Schrager and real estate tycoon Aby Rosen (whose RFR Realty owns the Seagram Building and Lever House) is blossoming. After their victory in taking over the Gramercy Park Hotel, the two are now buying a NoHo parking lot on Bond Street between Houston and Lafayette, where they plan to build townhouses. The new buildings, the first townhouses to be built in the area in 125 years, will have condominiums with high ceilings, great views and hotel-like service. Pritzker Award-winning architects Herzog and de Meuron (of the Tate Museum in London) will design the new buildings. This is good news for Schrager - who needs it. Because his sale of the Paramount hotel to Hard Rock Hotels fell through, there are whispers Schrager will have to sell the historic Clift Hotel in San Francisco to ease cash flow issues.

June 25th, 2004, 02:29 PM
the two are now buying a NoHo parking lot on Bond Street between Houston and Lafayette, where they plan to build townhouses.

Well this is kind of dumb. This is an area that needs bigger buildings with alot of units hence they can make more money IMO.

June 25th, 2004, 03:00 PM
the two are now buying a NoHo parking lot on Bond Street between Houston and Lafayette, where they plan to build townhouses.

Well this is kind of dumb. This is an area that needs bigger buildings with alot of units hence they can make more money IMO.

Townhouses ARE a stupid idea. Townhouses in my opinion shouldnt be built anywhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

June 25th, 2004, 03:25 PM
Honestly, how much of Manhattan and Brooklyn have you seen? There are plenty of residential areas perfect for townhouses. We don't live in Bladerunner.

June 25th, 2004, 03:46 PM
Honestly, how much of Manhattan and Brooklyn have you seen? There are plenty of residential areas perfect for townhouses. We don't live in Bladerunner.

Ive seen alot of Manhattan and a good part of BK. I just think that there are other kinds of residential buildings that benefit a city better. Its just my opinion.

June 25th, 2004, 03:52 PM
the two are now buying a NoHo parking lot on Bond Street between Houston and Lafayette, where they plan to build townhouses.

Well this is kind of dumb. This is an area that needs bigger buildings with alot of units hence they can make more money IMO.

Maybe the site isn't zoned for a larger building. The area is already overcrowded anyway and can not support many high-rises. Every area in Manhattan does not need to be developed with homogenous residential skyscrapers. I find the diversity and range of scales of buildings one of the most interesting things about NYC.

June 25th, 2004, 05:23 PM
Honestly, how much of Manhattan and Brooklyn have you seen? There are plenty of residential areas perfect for townhouses. We don't live in Bladerunner.

Ive seen alot of Manhattan and a good part of BK. I just think that there are other kinds of residential buildings that benefit a city better. Its just my opinion.

All of the best areas of BK are brownstones and frame houses. I really think you haven't gotten too far past midtown. The village is one of the greatest areas in America...pretty much all brownstones and brick rowhouses. Once again, diverse architecture and housing stock is what makes and will continue to make NYC a great place, for everyone.

June 28th, 2004, 01:49 PM
Here is a picture of the building now going up at bowery and 3rd:


July 6th, 2004, 01:09 PM
Here are some construction photos of current projects on the Bowery. Seems like they all face directly into the sun:

Chrystie Place construction has begun:


Bowery Tower - Bowery and E. 3rd St.


Not sure what this is, but the address is at or near 195 Bowery:

The completed Bond St. lofts:

Cooper Square is rising quickly.
Shapley frame:

A presence in Cooper Square:

Filling in the street wall:

Lafayette Street side:

July 6th, 2004, 07:35 PM
Here is the information on 195 Bowery:


July 7th, 2004, 12:33 AM
:P Wow thanks for the construction update photos...The Bowery seems to be the next happening nieighborhood in the city.

July 25th, 2004, 02:02 PM
July 25, 2004


The City's Other Restaurant Row


For Anton Bari, left, with family members (and the lively restaurant adornments they sell), the future of their distric is uncertain.

THE flower district, in Chelsea, is shrinking. The barber school district, in the East Village, disappeared years ago. And the Swamp, a collection of leather distributors near the Brooklyn Bridge, was washed out in the 1960's.

But down on the Bowery, the curious New York tradition of the single-business district remains alive. Jewelry is sold in generous quantities. There is perhaps no greater collection of lighting distributors. And as the Bowery edges north past Kenmare Street, lights and lamps give way to an almost perfectly unbroken string of restaurant supply stores, dozens of them stretching all the way to Houston Street.

For more than 50 years, the Bowery's restaurant suppliers have peddled Sno-Kone makers, hot fudge dispensers, fish poachers, cannoli tubes, oven mitts, popcorn poppers and all other manner of food-related hardware to the nearly 12,000 restaurants of this city. Even as the real estate maelstroms of SoHo and the Lower East Side spin violently a few blocks away, these peddlers of panini pressers have stayed put.

Until now, at least. As the decade reaches its midpoint, the Bowery, formerly host to its fabled bums and the dark expanse of an elevated train platform, has become chic. A museum of contemporary art will soon begin construction on the strip's last parking lot. A large real estate development called Avalon Chrystie Place is under construction at the corner of Bowery and Houston. And down among the restaurant suppliers, actual restaurants have begun to open their doors.

Watching all of these developments carefully is the family that owns Bari Restaurant and Pizzeria Equipment, a business that takes up 10 storefronts at Prince Street and the Bowery. As owners of one of the district's oldest shops, the Baris seem to know what's coming.

"I'm trying to envision it five, ten years from now," said Anton Bari as he sat on one of the restaurant chairs offered for sale in the Bari Gallery, one of the family's many enterprises. "I don't see the restaurant suppliers. I don't know if the reputation will still be here."

Mr. Bari, his brothers Mike and Nick and a cousin also named Nick run a company established in the 1940's by their grandfather, Nicola Bari, a radio repairman and purveyor of cheese graters. Besides selling an encyclopedic variety of restaurant supplies, the Baris manufacture pizza ovens and refrigeration units that are used in kitchens from Brooklyn to Russia.

On occasion, the Bari brothers are greeted by acquaintances who encourage them to turn their shops into trendy bars. But unlike many other suppliers on the Bowery, the Baris don't rent their stores - they own them. They can sit back and watch the changes on the street without the pressure of a landlord or a lease.

Across from the Baris' main showroom at 240 Bowery, the family owns another building, but this one is not all mixers and ovens. Through a set of red doors marked "No Loitering" and up the stairs, an entirely different Bowery staple is still in operation.

"I can't stand the stink in here," said Mike Bari, squinting his eyes and turning toward the exit. He was standing in the hallway of the Sunshine Hotel, an S.R.O. above one of the Baris' warehouse units that the family inherited when it bought the building 15 years ago.

Once home to 200 residents, the hotel now houses just 40, with each man paying (or not paying) about $10 a day for the privilege of inhabiting one of its cell-like rooms. In the lobby, where a clerk collects rent and a painting of the main characters from "The Sopranos" hangs on the wall, the Baris greet nearly every resident with a warm familiarity.

"We're not looking to throw anybody out," said Anton Bari, when asked why he doesn't simply convert the Sunshine into $4,000-a-month apartments. "If they had to leave here, they'd be lost."

Recently, the exterior of the hotel was fitted with a large yellow tube running from the entrance to an open second-floor window. But the tube isn't part of a construction project. Julianne Swartz, an artist, fitted it with mirrors so that people on the street may look at and talk to Sunshine Hotel residents.

If the hotel represents the old Bowery, the tube signals the emerging one. It is part of an outdoor exhibition on Bowery life by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, which plans to open its new home, a 160-foot-tall building resembling a stack of white boxes, next to the hotel in 2006. Construction on the museum site will begin later this year.

Though the Baris support improvement of the neighborhood, eliminating a parking lot, the last one around, to make way for the museum troubles them. The lot is a worry-free place for customers to leave their cars and trucks as they shop for supplies, and once construction begins, shoppers will have to contend with strict meter readers in street spots.

"There's that spoon or spatula that they won't grab because they're worried about that $150 parking ticket," Anton Bari said. "At the end of the year, you've lost a little business."

Among the new ventures opening on the Bowery is Blvd, a Latin-Asian restaurant a block away from the Sunshine Hotel that serves entrees like lobster ravioli with salsa water for $22.

The restaurant, equipped with multiple plasma-screen TV's and low-slung leather couches, also houses a nightclub, a music venue and a cafe. It is part of a larger development called Nolita Place, a 12-story residential tower with 65 units built on another former parking lot. One of the first luxury forays onto this stretch of the Bowery, Blvd often draws long lines of customers.

Yet for all of its non-Bowery airs, the restaurant, like the New Museum with its outdoor exhibition, is attempting to integrate itself into the neighborhood. Ed Brady, who with his sister Nancy opened Blvd earlier this year, has known and done business with many of the street's restaurant suppliers for years.

Still, said Mr. Brady, a lifelong New Yorker, the suppliers probably regard the restaurant's presence as just another harbinger of what's to come. Next door Mazer Store Equipment, another Bowery redoubt, was sold months ago and is being hollowed out for something new.

"On one side, they're happy to see the street developing," he said. "But they had such good deals for so long, that with all these restaurants and nightclubs and bars opening up, it's going to increase the rents."

Back at Bari Restaurant and Pizzeria Equipment, where no one need worry about rent, things are slightly more philosophical. Shooting the breeze in one of their stores and looking out onto the street, the brothers pondered why the Bowery has had such a unique history. One thought seemed to ring true.

"It's not a street. It's not a road. It's not a boulevard," Mike Bari said. "It's just the Bowery."

Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

August 6th, 2004, 02:45 PM
8/1 - Cooper Square rising


August 6th, 2004, 02:54 PM
Well that was fast...

August 6th, 2004, 03:02 PM
26 Astor Place by Gwathmey Siegel (http://forums.wirednewyork.com/viewtopic.php?t=3031)

August 6th, 2004, 03:23 PM
Ah, there's that thread. I'll post the construction photos there.

September 14th, 2004, 11:45 AM
I was walking by Lafayette near Kenmare yesterday and there is a construction site. The permit says they are building a residential building with 11 stories and 56 units. Does anyone know anything about this?

February 2nd, 2005, 10:52 PM
The project is called Kenmare Square. There use to be a thread but it disappeared. It consists of an 11 story 146 ft tower and a 6 story building on Crosby Streert. Designed Gluckman Mayner Architects and developed by Cape Advisors Inc. and Andre Balazs. The attatched photo below was taken by Daniel8ty8.

From Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.:

"Kenmare Square. 210 Lafayette Street.
A Downtown Residential Project. Co-developed by Cape Advisors Inc. and Andre Balazs.
Designed by Richard Gluckman.
Experience a unique reinterpretation on "Loft" lifestyle and residential architecture poised between the neighborhoods of Soho and Nolita.
The 11-story undulating curved tower is a testament to harmonized form and function. Noted Architect, Richard Gluckman has designed the
interiors that carry through the same precepts of movement, contrast and texture of this building he created. The finishes consist of solid ash
wood flooring, oversized windows, and 10' ceilings. White carrera marble counters and back splashes are highlighted with gray lacquered
cabinets and white laminated glass fronts. The master baths boast over-sized soaking tubs and separate showers highlighted with Blue de
Savioe marble and white lacquered cabinets, inverting the color motif in the kitchen which includes stainless steel European appliances.
Additionally, there is a 24-hour concierge, a fully equipped gym, and the convenience of an on-site building manager. The units range from
460 Sq. Ft. to 2,700 Sq. Ft. in a variety of floor plans.
Starting from the $600,000's to $6,000,000.
Sales Office 212.274.0616"

Old article from November 2002 from the New York Post.

"More information is pouring in on Andre Balazs' proposed condominium project that includes an 11-story apartment building on Lafayette Street and a 6-story apartment building on Crosby.

According to sources, there will also be a commercial space on the ground floor.

"The new building will fill in an unattractive gap (an existing parking lot) in the street front along Lafayette Street and provide a beacon at the eastern edge of SoHo," says the source. The original architect Jean Nouvel, has been replaced by Gluckman Mayner Architects, which has designed many galleries and retail spaces including Helmut Lang and Yves Saint Laurent.

In recent years, Gluckman has designed many of the new galleries in Chelsea including Paula Cooper Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, Cheim & Read, Luhring Augustine, Andrea Rosen and the new Gagosian Gallery.

The Crosby Street building will have loft-style apartments that will feature one per floor. The larger Lafayette Street building will have apartments of varying sizes featuring very large apartments with terraces on the top floors.

The apartments in the Lafayette Street building will also have expansive views panning both East to the Williamsburg Bridge and West across Manhattan. No prices have been floated as yet."

February 27th, 2005, 03:34 AM
^ http://www.gluckmanmayner.net/GMA.htm

April 28th, 2005, 11:31 PM
Cooper Square Avalon Chrystie:

Located in Cooper Square
708 Apartments
85,000 sf of Retail Space








Copyright ©1997-2005 Arquitectonica International Corporation

May 1st, 2005, 04:21 PM
interesting... looks sort of modernist in the last few renderings

May 5th, 2005, 05:49 PM
I was walking by Lafayette near Kenmare yesterday and there is a construction site. The permit says they are building a residential building with 11 stories and 56 units. Does anyone know anything about this?

Here is another rendering I found...



May 10th, 2005, 11:11 AM
May 8, 2005
One Kenmare Square: There Is No There There

One Kenmare Square is the latest address in SoHo.

For the last few months, in distinct, white letters, it has adorned the billboard of the new André Balazs apartment building taking shape just south of Spring Street. The only problem, if there is one, is that there is no Kenmare Square.

That's not to say that the address has been plucked from thin air. The new building, which is dark and shiny with an undulating front, overlooks the A-shaped intersection of Cleveland Place and Kenmare and Lafayette Streets.

"It felt more like a square than anything else," said Keith Bashaw, a spokesman for Mr. Balazs, on the thinking behind the address.

In bygone days the intersection was indeed known as Kenmare Square, although in 1987 the 0.03 acre of creased concrete in the middle was named Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park, in honor of the city's first Italian-American police lieutenant. Nevertheless, the building stands squarely on the lot at 210 Lafayette Street. And an informal poll of local business owners one recent morning drew mixed reactions about the new, glamorous address.

Carlos Thom, the manager of Lafayette Color Lab at 216 Lafayette Street (a possible candidate for No. 2 Kenmare Square, should the name catch on), was gracious about both his new neighbors and their title. "Actually, I like it," he said. "With the park right there, it has a lot of meaning to it."

Understandably, reaction was rather less receptive on Kenmare Street, where some business owners suggested that the new building was helping itself, uninvited, to a liberal dose of Kenmare-ness. "Everybody looks at it and says, 'How on earth did he get Kenmare Square?' " said Sydelle Phillips, the owner of Allstate Glass, a shop that has been happy with its address, 85 Kenmare Street, since 1923.

Hagay Nagar, the manager of Hoomoos Asli, a restaurant opposite the new building, was more emphatic. "He can't, he's on Lafayette," said Mr. Nagar, gesturing across the square. "I don't how he got this. Oh, my God!"

But Mr. Nagar took solace in his own address, 100 Kenmare Street: "One hundred is a strong number, you know. One hundred sounds perfect."

The finished product looks nothing like the renderings.

May 10th, 2005, 04:25 PM
Yea, I know.
I'm not sure how I feel about it.

1 Kenmare Square Update: Now Officially Undulating
Monday, May 09, 2005, by Lockhart

http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005/05/09/1_kenmare_square_update_now_officially_undulating. php#more


May 10th, 2005, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the picture Derek. I was thinking those punchouts were the finished windows, that would've been horrible.

June 19th, 2005, 05:15 PM
The new owner of the now to be hotel at bowery and 3rd is completely redoing the exterior. They have started to reconfigure the window openings (e.g at the bottom one wall has 4 across where there used to be 5) so it looks like they are going to have larger rooms than originally planned. Here are 2 photos. The new windows are a vast improvement over the original, cheap looking ones.

July 29th, 2005, 11:54 PM
From http://cityrealty.com:

Community group objects to tower proposed next to East Village landmark 29-JUL-05

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation has objected to an application for a certificate of appropriateness from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission for a planned 177-foot-high residential tower adjacent to the 1845 Tredwell Skidmore House at 37 East 4th Street in the East Village, an individual landmark.

Last December 20, New York County Supreme Court Justice Walter B. Tolub ruled that the owners of the Tredwell Skidmore house had failed to maintain it in “good repair,” the first time that a court upheld the requirement of owners of official New York City landmarks to keep their properties in “good repair.” The Skidmore House, built in 1845, was designated a City landmark in 1970 and described as an "unusually impressive" Greek Revival residence that was characteristic of its East Village neighborhood in the mid-19th century.

After a portion of the roof collapsed into the building in 2002, the landmarks commission initiated a lawsuit to force the owners to return the building to the condition of "good repair" required by the Landmarks Preservation Law.

In his decision, Justice Tolub described the building as being in "dismal state of disrepair" and ordered the owners to make all the repairs required by the Commission in order to stabilize and preserve it. The Court's order directed the owners to make the repairs currently needed and to maintain the building in the future. The building owners listed on the legal papers include: 10-12 Cooper Square, Inc.; Allan Goldman.”

On July 12, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation testified before the commission that an application for a certificate of appropriateness for the property was "premature," adding that "the owner of the property has not even started the necessary stabilization work and repairs to the 1845 house,…but...is asking for permission to build a large, out-of-scale development on the adjacent property." "It is incredibly disconcerting that these owners, who have such a history of flagrant neglect and disregard of the historic property, are asking for special consideration before they have shown that they intend to repair and stabilize the house as required by the courts. Although the applicant before the commission …claims to have no relation to the owner who has allowed this building to deteriorate to the point of near-collapse, it must be pointed out the owner, by leasing the land to this developer, will certainly profit from the proposed and extremely large 177-foot-tower that the developer is asking the commission to support."

The commission took no action on the application.

According to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the developer seeking the application is the Atlantic Development Corporation, which now has a long-term lease on the property.

The Skidmore House was a row house built in 1845 in the then-fashionable area of East 4th Street between the Bowery and Lafayette Street. The building was owned by Sol Goldman who died in 1987 and afterwards his estate, which also owned the corner lot on one side of the house now used for parking and two row houses on the other side that were demolished around 1989. The estate was in litigation for several years and according to the District Lines Winter 2004 issue published by the Historic Districts Council "Neighbors watched as homeless people moved in, built fires in the reception rooms, trashed much of the interior." In the fall of 2002 the roof collapsed.

The two vacant lots to the west of the Skidmore House are being used for the city’s water tunnel construction and will eventually be converted to a small park on the other side of which is the Merchant’s House Museum. The air-rights for the vacant lots and the Skidmore House are to be used in the new construction project.

August 1st, 2005, 04:49 PM
Anyone know what Yang Tze Realty is building at Forsythe & Delancey (aka 140 Forsythe)?

August 1st, 2005, 06:46 PM
It's also known as 40 Delancey,

40 Delancey Street
16 floors, 153 ft
57 units
Architect: Harry H. Hong

September 12th, 2005, 11:32 PM
1 Kenmare Sq

September 12th, 2005, 11:36 PM
Lousy location, but I like it.

September 13th, 2005, 12:56 AM
But you do have unobstructed views all the way to the Williamsburg Bridge. (Down side: all that non-stop traffic aiming right at your front door.)

Plus Lieutenant Petrosino Park across the street (the tattered little triangle at Kenmare & Lafayette) is slated for renovation.

Below is the proposal that won a competition a few years back (1996: http://members.aol.com/jaizaki/kenmare/kenmare.htm), though I'm pretty certain that this is not what will be done there:



This project won the International Open Competition for the redesign of Lieutenant Petrosino Park. The proposed design creates a programmatic, cultural and spatial connection between the park and its surroundings. A hanging garden extends from the facades of the surrounding buildings to a series of columns within the park. Neighboring residents are invited to participate directly from their homes in selecting, growing and planting the flowering vines and ivy that constitute the garden. Each willing participant shall have a planter box with cable connections installed below their window. The residents grow plants from the private domain to the public, while the city grows plants from the park toward the surrounding buildings; the plants meet over the street. This simple gesture provides animated patterns of light and shade at ground level, and a view of the street through a levitating tapestry of greenery and flowers from the windows above.

Here's one that didn't win:



February 21st, 2006, 12:23 PM
Maybe WNY should start it's own Flickr pool.

One Kenmare Square (http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=84217291&context=pool-18964236@N00&size=o)

Another (http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=93405628&size=m&context=pool-18964236@N00)

February 21st, 2006, 01:00 PM
Cooper Square Avalon Chrystie:

Located in Cooper Square
708 Apartments
85,000 sf of Retail Space








Copyright ©1997-2005 Arquitectonica International Corporation

Construction progressing.

August 22nd, 2006, 08:31 PM
The facde of this building, now nearly complete, looks nothing like that ^^ Still ...

Construction along the Bowery from Prince St. / Rivington north up to 8th St. continues full speed ahead ...

At Prince / Bowery the foundation for the New Museum for Contemporary Art (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3624) is complete and steel should begin to rise anyday now (Architect types were seen late today chatting at the bottom of the concrete shell).

Near the northern end of this stretch at 57 Bond / Bowery (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=29986&postcount=18) a recent building sold out upon completion 2 years ago.

Across the Bowery -- at 335 -- the former-garage-now-high-end-(and controversial)-hotel is nearing completion: awnings and plants have appeared on the upper terraces, an industrial looking metal canopy runs along the Bowery facade at street level and retro brickwork in brown, black and dark green wrap around the corner (and mysterioulsy show off the number "1954").

No room for Bowery Bums (http://www.geh.org/fm/mismis/m198715470001.jpg) here ...

A recent article outlines the changes:

The Bowery becoming the new millionaires row

Real Estate Weekly (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3601/is_32_52/ai_n16120671)
Andrew Pittel
March 22, 2006

The transformation of a street once synonymous with bleak failure is the new millionaire's row.

Luxury apartment buildings are spurting up all over the historical low-rise neighborhood. Boasting two nearly completed 16-story luxury residential buildings: 195 Bowery (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5640&highlight=315+bowery) and Gwathmey Siegel's "Sculpture for Living" (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4923&highlight=gwathmey+astor) , a glass tower of curvilinear stature ascending over Astor Place. The asking prices range from almost $3 million to over $12 million.

In between are several projects that are under way and some still on the drawing board; the almost completed mega residential and retail developments of Avalon Chrystie Place (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=48295&postcount=49) and its fraternal twin sister that sit directly across from each other respectively on the northeast and southeast corners of Houston and Bowery Streets; The Phipps Houses Extra Place Apartments and retail almost completely sprouted at the northeast corner of Bowery and First Streets.

The transformation continues with 312 Bowery undergoing oodles of skeleton baring cosmetic surgery. A full gut rehab that is sure to trumpet spectacular beauty. It boasts a dramatic retail presence of more than 6,000 square feet.

351 Bowery is to be an extraordinary 15 story super luxury residential condominium building with approximately 11,000 s/f of highly visible, dramatic retail. And in between it all, to put the icing on the cake, is 335 Bowery -- the Richard Born and Ira Drukier (Maritime Hotel), and Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson (Bowery Bar) 16-story, 140-room boutique hotel which is currently under construction and scheduled to open before the end of the year.

The Bowery is an up and coming neighborhood. The retail rents that we are seeing landlords starting to enjoy are from $95 to $115 per square foot.

If you are thinking the banks have arrived you are correct. Rumor has it that one of our friendly banks is negotiating for a corner location at $110 per square feet. By the time this goes to print, perhaps it will already be a signed deal. As the saying goes "there goes the neighborhood."

Cooper Union (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5264&highlight=cooper+union), the science and arts college is located where the Bowery becomes Fourth Avenue. Ground breaking is scheduled for this summer to commence building a new academic building. The plans call for tearing down its 1950's School of Engineering, rebuild it nearby and replace it with a 400,000 s/f, 17-story office building with some community facilities. The entire Fourth Avenue block front where the engineering school now stands -- bounded by 9th and 10th Streets, Third and Fourth Avenues -- would be cleared.

At the intersection of the Bowery and Second Street, is a $30 million, 13-story dormitory with 174 studio apartments for lease by New York University.

The Bowery runs from Chatham Square north to Ninth Street. Gone are the days where the Bowery was strewn by bars, brothels, flophouses, vaudeville houses, gospel missions, pawn shops, day-labor agencies and the local eateries would advertise on sidewalk chalkboards.

The belief in the success of this urban rebirth is proven by the actions of supermarket giant, Whole Foods, taking up residence in the Avalon Chrystie Place development.

Many top chefs, restaurateurs and apparel boutiques have been poking around with a sincere interest.

For the first time in the Bowery's very colorful history it doesn't seem to be preventing developers from forging ahead. There is the expectation of amplified population density as more high-rise residential buildings; college housing and office towers take the place of tenements, row houses, three- and four-story buildings, flophouses and saloons with disreputable pasts.

In a community where poverty, vagrants, music legends like the Ramones and clubs like CBGB were part of the fabric, the evolution has generated many mixed emotions. The fate of the existing retail businesses that make up one of the city's last pockets of manufacturing, lighting, restaurant, and refrigeration equipment suppliers seems bleak. With rising rent pressures and very inviting buyout offers the millionaire's row is born.

And the building goes on.

COPYRIGHT 2006 Hagedorn Publication
COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group

August 23rd, 2006, 03:05 PM
Look at Skid Row now. Amazing.

August 30th, 2006, 02:28 PM
STEEL has started to rise at the site for the New Musem of Contemporary Art at 235 - 239 Bowery (opposite Prince St.). Huge uprights were being craned into place this morning -- each upright rising for the full height from the bottom of the cellar up above street level to the top of the 1st Floor.

Meanwhile across Bowery and a bit north at 250 - 252 Bowery (existing 4-story, former SRO now containing two Live / Work residences on the top 2 floors and now appears to be empty) an Application (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobDetailsServlet?requestid=2&allisn=0001231378&allboroughname=&allnumbhous=&allstrt) has been filed for a NEW BUILDING, but it was DISAPPROVED on 6.27.06. The architect is listed as John Gordon, Arch. PLLC. The proposed building seems to be a "Hotel" and would be 8-stories with 46,512 Gross SF. Two buildings just to the north at 254 & 256 Bowery also appear to be empty, but there are no filings whatsoever at DOB for either of those two buildings.

A bit farther south on the Bowery, across Prince St. at the 4-story 218 - 220 Bowery, a new "eating and drinking establishment" is preparing to open next week. The interior looks very swank in a downtown sort of way -- lots of dark wood and red lights. An old DOB filing from 2001 was recently Approved (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?passdocnumber=1&passjobnumber=102975728&requestid=9) for "Installation of new partitions, plumbing, kitchen equipment and mechanical / HVAC system for new eating and drinking place".

218 - 220 Bowery recently obtained a Permit (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobDetailsServlet?requestid=2&allisn=0001249477&allboroughname=&allnumbhous=&allstrt) on 8.04.06 for a "Change of Use" on the 3 upper floors: A Temporary C of O (http://a810-cofo.nyc.gov/cofo/M/103/909000/103909790T001.PDF) issued on 6.01.06 shows a designation for 200 dwelling units in this building:

2nd Floor: 54 cubicles
3rd floor: 72 cubicles
4th Floor: 74 cubiclesA new NYU Dormitory? Most likely not, but rather an old fashioned (or possibly new-fangled) SRO -- mainstay of the Bowery for many years.

It's all a far cry from the Bowery of the old days, seen in these works from days when the Bowery was in the shadow of the EL:

The Bowery
Reginald Marsh (1928)

Works Of Reginald Marsh (http://aradergalleries.com/works.php?id=96&sub=11)

The Bowery
Leonard Pytlak (1934):

http://www.keithsheridan.com/pytlak.html (http://www.keithsheridan.com/pytlak.html)

August 30th, 2006, 05:19 PM
Meanwhile across Bowery and a bit north at 250 - 252 Bowery (existing 4-story, former SRO now containing two Live / Work residences on the top 2 floors and now appears to be empty) an Application (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobDetailsServlet?requestid=2&allisn=0001231378&allboroughname=&allnumbhous=&allstrt) has been filed for a NEW BUILDING, but it was DISAPPROVED on 6.27.06. The architect is listed as John Gordon, Arch. PLLC. The proposed building seems to be a "Hotel" and would be 8-stories with 46,512 Gross SF. Two buildings just to the north at 254 & 256 Bowery also appear to be empty, but there are no filings whatsoever at DOB for either of those two buildings.

There's a rendering here.

August 30th, 2006, 05:53 PM
Thanks ...

Those renderings sure seem to be wider than the 50' frontage of 250 - 252 Bowery and indicate that this project would include the full 100' frontage of 252 > 256 Bowery.

Interesting facade treatment -- although when I first viewed the wide shot I was disappointed. The treatment of the windows initially looked like some of the other low-end stuff that has gone up along the Bowery recently (most particularly the yellowish rick building just south of Prince.

A closer look shows some unique touches. This could be a nice addition along that stretch of the Bowery. The inset entry way is nice.

Here are the renderings ...


October 7th, 2006, 07:33 PM
The Avalon Bowery Place (http://www.avaloncommunities.com/avaloncore/nfloor.asp?comm=301) (north across Houston Street from Avalon Christie) a 206 Unit building at 1 East 1st Street / Bowery (and which backs up onto the Liz Christy Garden on East Houston (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005/03/08/liz_christy _garden_on_east_houston_threatened.php)) is nearing completion:


The actual facade is a bit more random than what is shown in that ^^^ rendering.

RENTS (http://www.avaloncommunities.com/avaloncore/brochure.asp?comm=301) at Avalon Bowery start high and run the gamut, from the lowest:

Studio with 420 sq ft @ $2645 / month


To the highest:

2 Bed / 2 Bath with 1335 sq ft @ $8595 / month


Community Features

Resident Lounge(w/pool table and home theater)
State-of-the-art Fitness Center
Landscaped Back Courtyardcraigslist (http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/abo/216004714.html) has some listings for Avalon Bowery.

4 East 1st St. ( aka 2 - 4 East 1st St. / "Extra Place Apartments (http://www.phippsny.org/feat _develop.html#extra)" ) on the NE corner of 1st Street / Bowery is also leasing ...

The project is a collaborative response to the NYC Cooper Square Urban Renewal Plan by Phipps Houses in conjunction with AvalonBay Communities, a national real estate investment trust, and Jackson Ewing, a national owner and operator of retail developments. Extra Place Apartments is part of the affordable housing piece of the larger Urban Renewal Plan and contains 42 apartment units in a 7-story masonry plank building with 7,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. http://www.phippsny.org/images/buildings/100extraplace.gif

A map of the area (via Curbed (http://www.curbed)) with Avalon Bowery at top center and 4 East 1st at top right ...


They have just started digging out the lot shown ^^^ at the lower right above for the next and last phase of this project.

The big question: How long will the infamous (http://www.yelp.com/biz/6CVtojUh1HaEYpwu6FIxeA) MARS BAR (http://foodman123.com/mars.htm) at the SW corner of East 1st / 2nd Avenue be able to hold out?



From Susan S. (http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=Kt6zzEDfeSCU43RLkCcBQQ)


October 7th, 2006, 07:38 PM
... 250 - 252 Bowery (existing 4-story, former SRO now containing two Live / Work residences on the top 2 floors and now appears to be empty) an Application has been filed for a NEW BUILDING, but it was DISAPPROVED on 6.27.06.

DOB has issued a DEMOLITION Permit for 250 - 252 Bowery ...

Last Action: PERMIT ISSUED - ENTIRE JOB/WORK 09/26/2006

There's a rendering here: http://www.flankonline.com/ (http://www.flankonline.com/)

Or HERE (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=117594&postcount=68)

October 8th, 2006, 04:35 PM
Those renderings sure seem to be wider than the 50' frontage of 250 - 252 Bowery and indicate that this project would include the full 100' frontage of 252 > 256 Bowery.
That --and the large-span brutalist openings-- make this building miserably out of scale. A POS if I ever saw one.

October 8th, 2006, 04:45 PM
This was a previous design.

October 8th, 2006, 04:50 PM
^ Also not too great.

Seems the zoning is partly to blame; there appears to be a height limit.

Much better would be a miniature skyscraper on half the footprint, such as the ones springing up elsewhere on the Lower East Side.

October 8th, 2006, 10:18 PM
That area is zoned C6-1 (see Zoning Map (http://www.nyc.Zoning Map gov/html/dcp/pdf/zone/map12c.pdf) below at left) which allows for taller buildings such as the 8-story 174' New Museum for Contemporary Art across the Bowery, the new 16-story 188' condo at 195 Bowery at Spring and the new 18-story 208' THOMPSON Hotel on Allen St. (The Avalon buildings are in a little patch of R8X).

But ...

On the west side of The Bowery -- where 250 - 252 Bowery sits -- is the "Special Little Italy District" (http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/zone/art10c09.pdf) (Text / Map Below) which has requirements to maintain a "low rise' area throughout. The Special LID has an overall height limit of 85'. And a requirement that the full front of the building create a streetwall (this is just what is needed in Hudson Square to thwart the duo of McSam / Kaufman and their fugly "inset' hotel projects).


October 8th, 2006, 10:20 PM
"Little Italy": what a laugh!

October 8th, 2006, 11:05 PM
Seems the zoning is partly to blame; there appears to be a height limit.And I'm sure at some point, NIMBYs too.
Height is suppose to be evil or so they say.

October 8th, 2006, 11:43 PM
"Little Italy": what a laugh!

wha? you gotta problem with that?

It's good that there are height limits there -- especially in the blocks between Houston & Kenmare / Mulberry & Bowery. The streets on the edges kind of suck, but the blocks along Elizabeth / Mott are really special and don't need 15+ story towers looming over them.

The Mini Mayors

nytimes.com/2006/10/08 (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/08/nyregion/thecity/08mayor.html)

... wherever there is a demarcated piece of land, the odds are good that someone is willing to claim leadership over it, someone like Vinny Vella Sr., an actor who is known as the mayor of Elizabeth Street. Mr. Vella does not remember who first called him that, about 20 years ago, but he did not mind it at all, he said the other day, sitting in front of a meat market on his block just south of Houston Street.

Richard Perry/The New York Times
“Hey,” says Vinny Vella Sr.,
the mayor of Elizabeth Street,
“it’s a lot better than other things
they could have gave me as a title.”

“I said, yeah, you’re right,” he said. “Hey, it’s a lot better than other things they could have gave me as a title.”

Mr. Vella’s duties include watching the block and keeping an eye out for people who he thinks look like trouble. He is not a mobster, but he plays one on TV on “The Sopranos” and in films like “Casino” and “Analyze That.” So when he draws close and tells someone to take a hike, he can give as good as he gets.

Mr. Vella, 59, has lived on the block a long time, through bad times and good. His stretch of Elizabeth Street has changed a lot lately; it is lined with boutiques, and there are few visible remnants of the old Italian-American community. But sitting in a chair out on the sidewalk, pausing every so often to shake hands with a man walking by or to offer a compliment to a pretty woman, he finds the area as nice as it has ever been.

“It’s a good neighborhood,” he said. “I keep a close eye on it, and we get very little problems on this block. I think that if there were more people like me in New York, we wouldn’t have so many problems.”

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

October 8th, 2006, 11:48 PM
^Sounds like a page out of Jane Jacobs' chef d'œuvre.

October 9th, 2006, 08:02 AM
Preservation of Elizabeth and Mott doesn't require height limits on the Bowery.

October 9th, 2006, 09:54 AM
Those are fairly narrow blocks (east <> west) in that area-- if you build high on the east side of the Bowery / Elizabeth blocks then there would be a visual impact from within that neighborhood.

Height limit along Elizabeth / Mott (and within most of the center part of Special LID) is 7-stories / 75'.

October 9th, 2006, 10:24 AM
Those are fairly narrow blocks (east <> west) in that area-- if you build high on the east side of the Bowery / Elizabeth blocks then there would be a visual impact from within that neighborhood.
Not all impact is bad, and in any case it needs to be balanced against the demonstrated negative impact on the Bowery streetscape.

October 19th, 2006, 10:41 PM
Looks like the digging at the project shown below is wreaking havoc on the neighbors (although the NY1 article says that 23 Second Ave. is between Houston and E. 1st, in actuality it is located just to the north of E. 1st) ...


They have just started digging out the lot shown ^^^ at the lower right above for the next and last phase of this project.

Partial Building Collapse In East Village Leaves 8 Homeless


ny1.com (http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=1&aid=63613)
October 19, 2006

At least eight people are homeless after the basement of their Manhattan apartment building partially collapsed Thursday.

Fire officials said a piece of the floor and two stairs collapsed at 23 Second Avenue, between Houston and First Street, in the East Village.

No injuries were reported.

Inspectors and engineers are assessing the stability of the building, but as a precaution all five apartments have been evacuated and the restaurant that occupies the ground floor is closed for Thursday night.

The cause is still under investigation, but engineers are looking into a construction site next door.

Copyright © 2006 NY1 News

October 29th, 2006, 08:14 PM
DOB has issued a DEMOLITION Permit for 250 - 252 Bowery ...

There's a rendering here: http://www.flankonline.com/

Or HERE (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=117594&postcount=68)

Demo has started at this site ... the 3 buildings have been gutted and are starting to come down ...


November 10th, 2006, 11:12 AM
250 Bowery's Haunting Post-Industrial Vibe

Friday, November 10, 2006, by Lockhart


The transformation of the Bowery continues with this here architectural undertaking called 250 Bowery, shown in the rendering at top in juxtaposition to the boxy New Museum rising across the street. According to City Realty (http://www.cityrealty.com/new_developments/news.cr?noteid=15501), 250 Bowery is set to become an eight-story, 63-room hotel/condo with a possible dash of style, thanks to its corten (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor-ten)-clad exterior:

"The thin perforated bands of the façade conjure some Japanese designs and the as-of-right building promises to be a stunning counterpart to the New Museum."

A "stunning counterpart"? Hrm. Let's see how closely this puppy, designed by FLAnk Architects (http://www.flankonline.com/), ends up resembling the renderings before we hop on the giddy train. But it's a reasonable start. Ahead: another rendering, natch.


· 250 Bowery (http://www.flankonline.com/) [FLAnk Architects, deeply annoying Flash site]
· Corten-clad hotel/condo to rise at 250 Bowery (http://www.cityrealty.com/new_developments/news.cr?noteid=15501) [CityRealty]

December 21st, 2006, 07:28 PM
Just a couple of buildings west of Bowery a new building is coming to Bond St. They have poured the foundation and that's about it. Here is where the site will be: http://www.48bond.com/

January 2nd, 2007, 04:51 PM
The site at 250 Bowery is almost completely cleared:


One has to wonder how long this funky little old assemblage across The Bowery from 250 will be around:


Up the block from 250 at the long-shuttered & empty retail spaces at the SW corner of Bowery / Houston (across from where the new Whole Foods is going in) word is that negotiations between the Landlord and either a 24-Hour Drugstore :eek: or a bank :( are stalled over the length & terms of the lease:


January 2nd, 2007, 05:00 PM
One has to wonder how long this funky little old assemblage across The Bowery from 250 will be around:


I'll bet that those buildings date from about the 1840's. It would be a shame to raze them. In addition to being historic, they're also quite nice and simply need some TLC.

January 2nd, 2007, 05:08 PM
Agreed ^^^ they sure hold some of the character of Ye Olde Bowery ...

Another shot of across the street: Bank or drugstore???

(Note: This building will remain as the upper floors contain a number of protected residential tenants who have no intention of leaving) ...


January 2nd, 2007, 06:25 PM
The Booming Bowery. Fellow web cam fans: this (http://www.newmuseum.org/now_new_initiatives.php) is one of my recent favorites. That and NYwired webcam3.:)

January 8th, 2007, 06:51 PM
The site at 250 Bowery is almost completely cleared ...

About all that remains here is part of a tile-lined wall from the former "Madison Hotel" (the name of which is inset into the wall with black tiles -- I tried to get a closer shot, but the openings in the plywood wall along the sidewalk weren't wide enough :( ) ...


This was just one of many flophouses that used to exist along the Bowery, many of which are chronicled in the book Flophouse: Life on the Bowery (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0375503226/104-4629431-1678350).

From a review (http://www.januarymagazine.com/artcult/flophouse.html) of that book:

Some of the men -- and they are all men, no women are featured -- are satisfied and can't think of any other life that would make them happier. Some are miserable and some, Like Rob C. from New Orleans, just don't get it. Rob works as a bike courier by day and delivers pizza by night and came to New York looking for a cheap room and perhaps a little adventure:

I tell people if I could somehow stream what I hear every day onto the Internet, it would be the greatest soap opera ever.

I call this place Disfunction Junction, and the Fraternity House from Hell. But the Bowery is a vibrant community. Two blocks over, you're in Little Italy. Three more blocks, you're in SoHo. So I like the location. For a shower and a place to sleep, it's fine, If they'd just make the rooms about three times bigger and have Internet access, I think a lot of people would go for something like this.
Some men, like Ted Edwards, see life on the Bowery with a sharper eye:

This Place? This place is a respite for the weary on the run from life. How did I get here? That's your next question, right? I don't know. I really don't know. It was slow and methodical.

But listen -- before you go, I want to explain something: My wife never left me. I left me. Do you know Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness? I decided on nothingness, because my being wasn't fulfilled in the way that I wanted it to be. So I set out to be nothing. And here I am. I've arrived. Nothing. Nothing!


January 11th, 2007, 05:34 PM
Re: Bowery Hotel at Bowery / East 3rd Street

The new owner of the now to be hotel at bowery and 3rd is completely redoing the exterior ...

This one is just about finished and is looking good ...

Those Bowery Boys for the New Century, Richard & Ira of BD Hotels, have got their gang working like crazy to get this one open after all these years ...

This week they hung out a clock above the sidewalk -- it seems to be forever set for "last call" ...


The Welcome Mat has also been laid out ...


Inside it's looking very clubby ...



And outside, very bricky ...


But what's up with the recently-installed tiles over the doorway reading "1954" ???

Some possible references from that year ...

http://img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/1954/1101541213_400.jpg (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601541213,00.html)

http://img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/1954/1101541108_400.jpg (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601541108,00.html)

http://img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/1954/1101540412_400.jpg (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601540412,00.html)

http://img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/1954/1101540315_400.jpg (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/0,9263,7601540315,00.html)

Although this one, due to the local connection, might be the real deal ...


If anyone knows the real story behind the "1954" please let us know ...

January 11th, 2007, 09:27 PM
Blessed year of my birth!

January 11th, 2007, 10:17 PM
^ Didn't know you're that...shall we say...mature? :D

Anyway, 1954 could just be the address or the year the building was completed.

How 'bout that one? Brilliant huh? ;)

January 11th, 2007, 11:16 PM
Nope ^^^ It seems that the previous building (or more prescisely the building that still exists and which was built on top of in order to create the new Bowery Hotel) was around as far back as 1933, per the initial C/O (http://a810-cofo.nyc.gov/cofo/M/000/019000/M000019045.PDF) at DOB (enlarged and changed use to Gas Station / Parking in 1974, per 2nd C/O (http://a810-cofo.nyc.gov/cofo/M/000/074000/M000074258.PDF) ).

Some history is contained in this very lengthy LETTER (http://www.gothamist.com/attachments/jake/bsanotes.htm) to the Board of Standards & Appeals (regarding zoning games played by the previous owner / developer of this site), part of which letter is copied below:

November 1, 2005
Meenakshi Srinivasan, A.I.C.P.
Board of Standards & Appeals

Re:4 East 3rd Street, a/k/a 335 Bowery
New Building #103310329, Alteration #103963980

Dear Chair Srinivasan:

This letter is in support of an Appeal from final determinations by the New York City
Department of Buildings (“DOB”), issued by Manhattan Borough Commissioner Laura V.
Osorio on October 3 and 4, 2005, relating to the construction of a 16-story new building at
the southeast corner of East Third Street and the Bowery, Manhattan (the “New Building”)....

The Gas Station/Garage Building

Prior to the construction of the New Building, the premises were improved with a
one-story gasoline service station and parking garage (the “Gas Station/Garage Building)
erected pursuant to DOB New Building application 42/1955. Because at the time, as now, a
zoning district boundary line divided the lot, a use variance from the Board of Standards and
Appeals (the “Board”) was required to permit the extension of the garage use into the more
restricted zoning district ...


That saga is further outlined in this post from last summer at the gothamist (http://www.gothamist.com/archives/2006/07/14/tower_of_bowery.php):

Tower of Bowery Settles, Gives A Little

July 14, 2006


One of the more blatant examples of problems in recent New York City real estate development has been the so-called "Tower of Bowery" located above an old gas station on 3rd Street and the Bowery. When the building first started to rise up its developers used every trick in the book to build the largest building they possibly could (for instance claiming that they were going to have faculty housing they built extra tall... but no school was ever involved with the building and no faculty will ever move in). As it became increasingly clear that something was really wrong on 3rd street the neighborhood went into action. Specifically, one Mr. Kevin Shea submitted a protest to the Department of Buildings pointing out the myriad problems with the tower, as built and as originally planned. The troubles for the tower piled nearly as tall as the building itself, and eventually the original developers bailed from the project and sold it to new owners.

Those new owners, planning to turn the building into a "boutique hotel" quickly went to work trying to rectify a number of the wrongs in the original monstrosity. First to go was the original puke colored facade and standard windows. But it seems that was just the beginning. Shea explains just what changes the new owners have made in a letter he sent to the Board of Standards and Appeals earlier this week [PDF (http://gothamistllc.com/media/gothamist/2006_07_11_bowery.pdf)]. Not only has the hotel re-filed its plans and made good-faith attempts to appease its neighbors but
In addition, the hotel has agreed to provide space within its building to the Culture Project (http://www.cultureproject.org/), one of the City's most prominent Off-Broadway theater companies. The Culture Project's Bleecker Street home is around the corner from the hotel, and the hotel has agreed to provide catering services and a yearly allotment hotel rooms to house its visiting actors and theater professionals. Perhaps most significantly, in recognition that property owners as well as residents have a vital interest in assuring even-handed and full compliance with the City's zoning and building laws, the hotel has agreed to make a $150,000 contribution to fund a not-for-profit approach to work for the responsible development of the East Village.To which we say: Nice. While we wish the Tower of Bowery had been a better building from the get-go, there are worse things to see then people recognizing their faults and at least making good faith efforts to deal with them.
Tower Of Bowery by jschumacher on flickr (http://flickr.com/photos/jschumacher/106579552/).

January 12th, 2007, 03:30 AM
Who knows? but...1954 is the year that the film "My Favorite Year " is set. The film includes a sequence in praise of the year.

January 12th, 2007, 06:48 AM
^ Didn't know you're that...shall we say...mature? :D

It's all that time I spent strapped to an operating table, makes me so "fresh" -

January 14th, 2007, 06:52 PM
Re: Bowery Hotel at Bowery / East 3rd Street

Trees are in along the street here and all dolled up with twinkly lights (and the clock is still telling us "last call" ) ...


The inside walls are getting brick-like tile laid on -- and some big deep green tiles can be through one of the arches ... it's all starting to give the feeling of a Prague Beer Hall ...




A long time back I had a great night in this place in Prague called "Peklo (http://wedding.best-in-prague.cz/reception/peklo.shtml)", which means Hell (so named because its a subterranean bar / restaurant beneath the gardens of a 12th Century Monastery) ...


The Bowery Hotel seems to be going for a look combining aspects of Peklo and another famous Prague Beer Hall, U Fleku (http://www.radio.cz/en/article/41150/limit) ...



January 14th, 2007, 06:57 PM
About all that remains here is part of a tile-lined wall from the former "Madison Hotel" (the name of which is inset into the wall with black tiles -- I tried to get a closer shot, but the openings in the plywood wall along the sidewalk weren't wide enough :( ) ...

A shot of the old Madison Hotel tiles -- they'll probably meet their demise this week ...


January 22nd, 2007, 08:41 AM
Surges in Ridership at Stations Reflect Neighborhood Dynamism

BY ANNIE KARNI - Special to the Sun
January 22, 2007

The Bowery subway station on the Lower East Side, once one of the city's leading havens for the homeless and considered unsafe for subway passengers, has seen its ridership more than quadruple over the past decade. As condominiums sprout along East Houston Street, and residential and commercial activity spreads through the nearby neighborhood of South Williamsburg, the Bowery station has become the fastest growing station in the subway system in terms of ridership.

At that station, ridership has soared to 1,771 people a weekday entering the turnstiles to access trains on the J, M, and Z lines, compared to just 308 passengers who passed through the station during a weekday in 1995.

The subway station ridership statistics are one way to get a glimpse of New York City's dynamism. The changes in the city's neighborhoods are mirrored by increases in the numbers of people passing through the turnstiles.

"There's literally development going up on every single block on the Bowery between Houston and Sixth Street," the chair of the Coalition to Save the East Village, Anna Sawaryn, said. "The parking lots are disappearing one by one as hotels and condos go up."

A 260-foot-tall boutique hotel is being constructed on the Bowery between Fifth and Sixth streets, and the city's largest Whole Foods is slated to open in the Avalon Christie Place building on East Houston Street this spring. Ms. Sawaryn said that subway ridership is likely increasing as more residents and fewer parking lots make driving in the neighborhood more trouble than it's worth.

Miles east of the Lower East Side, near the end of the A line in the Rockaways, the subway station at Beach 98th Street has experienced a 40% increase in weekday ridership since 2001, making it the second-fastest growing station in New York.

The open-air station, which offers from its platform a view of the Manhattan skyline in the distance, is packed during morning and evening rush hours, but becomes the abandoned domain of seagulls during the day, according to the station agent, Steven Lewis.

While 978 riders swiping into the station on the average weekday may seem like comically small business for a subway station, compared to a mega-station like Times Square, where 169,000 passengers enter the station daily, the increase in ridership is significant for a neighborhood that has historically been considered an undesirable residential location.

"There is an incredible population shift underway," said Council Member James Sanders, who represents the Rockaways. "This is the only place on the East Coast with 300 acres of continuous city-owned vacant land that the city is now using for mega-developments." Two large development projects that will add 4,000 new housing units near the station are currently under construction. A growing Russian community has established itself by the waterfront, and Rockaway homes are selling for upward of $500,000, with beachfront properties going for as much as $1.2 million, Mr. Sanders said. The subway stations along the Rockaway line are scheduled for a major rehabilitation in 2008.

"You can feel the vitality here," a New York City Transit employee, Henry Jefferson, who lives one block from the Beach 98th Street station, said. "People are building and buying new houses out here, and there's all ethnicities coming in."

At Bronx Park East station, accessible by the 2 and the 5 lines, average weekday ridership has climbed to 2,277, up by 21% since 2001.

Council Member James Vacca, who represents Pelham Parkway, said the growth in ridership at the station is not the by-product of new development, so much as it is an indicator of a population that is growing younger. "Immigrants are now replacing elderly people who have passed on," Mr. Vacca said. "Now there are more working adults taking the train to work in Manhattan."

Each weekday, 4.7 million passengers move through the subway system's 422 stations. Just 15 stations, many of which are hub stations that serve as connections between train lines, account for 25% of total ridership. The remaining 3.15 million riders are split among smaller stations, where passengers come to recognize each other during their morning and evening commutes. "These days, there is no cold community," Mr. Sanders said. "Every place is hot."

February 2nd, 2007, 08:45 PM
The inside walls are getting brick-like tile laid on -- and some big deep green tiles can be through one of the arches ... it's all starting to give the feeling of a Prague Beer Hall ...

Peeking through the windows you can see some of the stuff going in here ...



February 6th, 2007, 11:28 AM
Blossoming in the Bowery

nysun.com (http://www.nysun.com/article/47578)
January 29, 2007

Architecture (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Architecture&topic=TRUE)

Not so very long ago, an establishment that chose to call itself the Bowery Hotel would have carried very different associations from those it might carry today. But then, until very recently, no such hotel, not even a single room occupancy catering to the denizens of skid row, would have willingly assumed such a title. After all, you want a touch of class in the name you give your hotel, and the very syllables of "Bowery" had long since become a byword for bibulous dissolution.

But times have changed. A new hotel will soon open bearing precisely that name, a boutique hotel no less, and a remarkably accomplished and self-assured building. Because of its unusually checkered construction history, authorship of the design is not entirely clear. But the owners, Sean McPherson and Eric Goode, who also own the Maritime hotel at 88 Ninth Ave., are claiming credit for its present appearance. The structure resembles Cesar Pelli's World Financial Center in that it is a postmodern imposter of a building. Unlike the Neo-Preo contextualism that Robert Stern is implementing at 15 Central Park West (which seeks to persuade the inhabitants that they are living in a pre-war building), the point of this new building is to draw attention to itself and its contemporaneity.

This aim will be easily acheived. Amid the generally low lying buildings of the area, even the new ones, the Bowery Hotel stands out as a tower that rises 17 stories, which makes it taller than any other structure on the avenue.

Now this would be a fine time to launch into a high-minded sermon on the evils of tall towers that destroy the scale and crush the spirit of their communities — especially since this latest building, once intended as an NYU dorm, has been beset at every step by controversy regarding its function, shape, and height. But I will not bore you with any such claims.

The truth is that the Bowery is one of the most irredeemably graceless stretches to be found anywhere in the five boroughs. That fact has nothing to do with the condition of the place, but with the inherent soullessness of its building stock. We may gather from its name, suggesting a grove of blossoming bowers, that once, long ago, the neighborhood impressed its citizens with a certain bucolic charm. But any trace of that has long since vanished and most of the buildings that remain are unlovely in themselves and inharmonious with their neighbors.

The result is a jagged catenary of low-lying lamp stores and restaurant hardware outlets. If anything, the Bowery needs more tall and distinguished buildings along the lines of this soon to be opened hotel. Unlike Harlem or the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, there is little here that merits landmark protection.

The Bowery Hotel manages to be both contextual and boldly idiosyncratic. It attempts to look as though it were the sort of hulking, super-serious tower that once served as a fixture of film noir. Like the World Financial Center, its general type is immediately understood by the eye, before the dissonances and ambiguities set in.

The façade is an eloquent testimonial to the possibilities of spare geometric integrity and of a respectful obedience to it. The three main portions of the structure, rising in setbacks from the base to the water tower, are unimpeachably cubic. Their pervasive brick facing is richly relieved throughout by square mullioned windows, each one elegantly ballasted by a limestone sash. A series of discreet stars, fashioned from blackened bronze, punctuate the infill between the windows and succeed in exerting considerable visual force.

The same bronze material that makes up the mullions and the stars accounts for the hulking canopy that marks the grand entrance along the avenue, its intentional heaviness mitigated by its glazed roof. The same metal will be found in the retro sconces that flank the canopy, as well as in the fire escapes at the upper levels, which seem to exist mainly as a period detail.

On the northern end of the building's footprint is a restaurant, a one story structure clad mostly in glazed green brick and equipped with a charming striped awning whose elegance is of a piece with the rest of the hotel. But once the mind has gratified itself by perceiving this conformity to type, attained through the expert use of period details, the eye is tipped off that it is looking at an unapologetically contemporary building. Above all, this effect is achieved by the helter-skelter manner in which the three main boxes that make up the building have been stacked one on top of the other. Yet even here there is ambiguity. These boxes are not as boldly disjointed as those that will soon make up the New Museum, which is rising on the Bowery a few blocks to the south. In fact, they fall just barely within the context of what would have been allowable in a building of 1900. But don't be fooled. The jauntiness of their juxtaposition is vividly contemporary and they afford several dozen fascinating angles from which to view the structure.

The Bowery Hotel may represent the first example of a contextualist building that has learned anything worth learning from the deconstructivist style. Surely it is not obviously deconstructivist, in the manner of Gehry's the Sails over on Eleventh Avenue and 18th Street. But in its ability to create architectural interest through fractured formal irregularity, it far surpasses its much publicized neighbor to the west.

© 2007 The New York Sun, One SL, LLC.

February 7th, 2007, 03:21 AM
Does he realize this is what it was initially designed to look like?




February 7th, 2007, 11:41 AM
The current facade is 500&#37; better than what was originally planned here.

The massing is interesting from various angles; here it is from the SW ...


February 7th, 2007, 11:49 AM
Emporis (http://www.emporis.com/en/il/pc/?id=182694&aid=19&sro=1&yr=2004&mt=12) has 3 photos from 12/2004 showing this ^^^ building (4 East 3rd St. aka 335 Bowery) with the previous light brick facade / stupid window installation -- they were taken before the Bowery Hotel guys bought the property, stripped it and completely redid the building.

February 14th, 2007, 01:25 AM
This is fantastic.

February 14th, 2007, 07:19 AM
Very nice.


February 14th, 2007, 05:03 PM
New 23-story Hotel (The Cooper Square Hotel) going up at Bowery / E. 5th ...

Info posted HERE (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=148311&postcount=4) in the new Cooper Square area construction (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12613) thread.

March 26th, 2007, 12:06 PM
This is a Landmarked cast iron building at 330 Bowery, at the NW corner of Bowery / Bond:

Theater closes doors

Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater folds

VARIETY (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117961773.html?categoryid=15&cs=1)
March 26, 2007

After ailing for years, the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater has breathed its last. Reps have announced that the company has disbanded and vacated the Bouwerie Lane Theater, its East Village home since 1974.

Three company members — artis-tic director Ari Edelson, board chair-man Peter Finn and managing director Jennifer Sanders — have already regrouped as a theater dubbed the Exchange. Beginning April 15 on Theater Row, the Exchange will mount rep stagings of “Realism,” by Anthony Neilsen, and “Jump!,” by Lisa McGhee.

Founded in 1971 by the late Eve Adamson, Jean Cocteau Rep thrived for decades as an enclave for hip, ensemble-focused legit. In 2004 five longtime members of the acting com-pany split to form Phoenix Theater Ensemble.
Ensuing years saw a con-stant change of leadership, board member resignations and an ill-fated 2006 partnership with New Orleans-based theater EgoPo. That pairing dissolved shortly after its first co-production, an experimental take on Genet’s “The Maids,” drew ire from the playwright’s estate. An extra headache came last year when owners of the Bouwerie Lane doubled the theater’s rent. There’s no word on who the next tenant may be.

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March 26th, 2007, 12:21 PM
DOB (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/PropertyProfileOverviewServlet?requestid=2&bin=1008491&restore=1) shows a Certificate of Occupancy for 330 Bowery which states the bottom 3 stories are theater / studios, top 2 stories are individual residential units.

The building is also listed as 54 Bond Street

It is an individual Landmarked building -- and does not sit within a Historic District.

NoHo Individual Landmarks (http://www.nohomanhattan.org/NoHo%20Landmarks.htm)

Bond St. Savings Bank (Bowerie Lane Theater), 330 Bowery. Designed by Harry Engelbert, 1873-74. A theater since 1963, and since 1974 the home of the Jean Cocteau Repertory, a leading Off-Broadway company. The landmark 1874 cast-iron building, by Henry Engelbert, was originally the Atlantic Savings Bank; later the Bond Street Savings Bank and the German Exchange Bank.

March 26th, 2007, 05:51 PM
Let's hope they don't turn the theatre space into condos...or is that exactly what's gonna happen?

March 26th, 2007, 06:35 PM
The theater is very cramped inside.

March 27th, 2007, 12:14 AM
Pretty soon La Mama will be the only one of the old & original Off Off Bway theaters left in this part of town ...

March 27th, 2007, 06:47 AM
The theater is very cramped inside.
Could that have been a contributing factor in its failure?

March 27th, 2007, 10:58 AM
A cramped space with exciting & insightful productions can work ... yet the entire world of theater in NYC has changed greatly in the past decade and the Cocteau Rep was in many ways a throwback to an earlier period.

The founder of the Cocteau (Eve Adamson (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/obituaries/11adamson.html?ex=1318219200&en=b4d062cab4a9022c&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss)) died in 2005 (although she had not been it's artistic director since 1985). The original company had split and some had moved on to new digs.

Financial woes have always been part of NYC theater. Much more so as you move down to smaller theaters & companies. In this case money overwhelmed artistic endeavor. 35+ years is a long life for a theater company. Ends such as these are always tinged with sadness, but death is part of the cycle.

Documents at NYC Department of Finance seem to indicate that 330 Bowery is owned 50 / 50 by what appears to be a brother & sister -- who obtained this property ~ 40 years ago.

330 Bowery was designated an individual Landmark (http://www.neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org/db/bb_files/BOUWERIE-LANE.pdf) by LPC on January 11, 1967 -- one of the earlier buildings to receive such protections.

March 27th, 2007, 12:00 PM
hmmm ... If you've got the cash ^^^ you could probably get it done :(

March 27th, 2007, 12:01 PM
OK -- I just posted a reply to Fabrizio's post below and it showed up BEFORE his post :eek:

What's up with that?

This one too :confused: :confused: :confused:

March 27th, 2007, 12:03 PM
mmmm.... individual landmark.... not in a historic district....let's see... how about tearing down that brownstone next door and building a cantilevered sliver building....

March 27th, 2007, 12:08 PM
Is the time code on wny screwed up? I posted the last two posts at ~ 1;00 PM -- but they're showing "12:00" & "12:01" ...

March 27th, 2007, 01:13 PM
Maybe it's fixed itself -- but I posted that question ^^^ at !:08, yet it showed the post time as 12:08 -- then when I edited it 2 minutes later at 1:10 (within the 5 minute limit where no editing notation shows) it now shows an editing time lapse of 1 hour + 2 minutes :confused:

March 28th, 2007, 12:13 AM
I posted the solution (I think) to the problem over here:


March 28th, 2007, 01:10 PM
Another new one on the Bowery at 351- 353 Bowery (aka 52 E. 4th). An L shaped lot ...

DOB (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?passdocnumber=1&passjobnumber=104324884&requestid=9) shows Architect: Robert Scarano.

15-stories / 210' / 14 Units

From today at CURBED (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/03/28/bowery_hotel_duel_really_getting_personal.php) :

Bowery Hotel Duel Really Getting Personal

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, by Lockhart


Did you think the plans for the massive, glowing Tower of Power (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/15/cooper_square_hotel_fully_revealed.php)—also known by its trade name, the Cooper Square Hotel—were mere napkin jottings? If the proprietors of the Bowery Hotel (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/21/bowery_hotel_update_live_from_inside.php) thought so, the arrival of the giant crane directly to their north is probably changing that this morning. Notes our tipster, "So much for those vaunted, unobstructed views north from the Hotel Bowery."

· Cooper Square Hotel Fully Revealed (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/15/cooper_square_hotel_fully_revealed.php) [Curbed]
· Bowery Hotel: Live from Inside (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/21/bowery_hotel_update_live_from_inside.php) [Curbed]

BONUS: Nearby, HotelChatter tours (http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2007/3/27/211732/942/hotels/First_Look_Inside_the_Lafayette_House_Hotel) the Lafayette House and its myriad fireplaces.

UPDATE: A commenter correctly corrects us: "That crane is not for the Cooper Square Hotel. That hotel will be at 25-33 Cooper Square at E. 5th St. The crane in the above shot is positioned on a lot between 3rd and 4th st. on the Bowery." We stand corrected. So what the hell's going up on the block that needs a crane that big?

March 28th, 2007, 01:28 PM
I've been tracking this one for the past couple of months ...



They were raising the crane on Saturday, St. Patty's day ...









March 28th, 2007, 01:30 PM
And a couple of days later ...




March 28th, 2007, 03:36 PM
Another new one on the Bowery at 351- 353 Bowery (aka 52 E. 4th). An L shaped lot ...

DOB (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?passdocnumber=1&passjobnumber=104324884&requestid=9) shows Architect: Robert Scarano.

15-stories / 210' / 14 Units

So is this still the same one that Zapata is supposedly designing, or an entirely new one? Or is DOB just giving us the wrong architect?

March 28th, 2007, 09:15 PM
So is this still the same one that Zapata is supposedly designing, or an entirely new one? Or is DOB just giving us the wrong architect?

This is two blocks south of the Zapata / Cooper Square Hotel site. One block north of the Bowery Hotel (aka the former Scarano mess that was revised and fixed after Scarano was dumped).

March 28th, 2007, 10:18 PM
What is being built at the site with a new crane? Is there a rendering?Was the bowery hotel new construction or a renovation?

March 29th, 2007, 11:49 AM
What is being built at the site with a new crane? Is there a rendering?Was the bowery hotel new construction or a renovation?

No renderings on the Scarano website for the new building. Haven't seen any pics of the plan anywhere.

DOB records for the site are somewhat funky, as this site consists of three separate zoning lots which usually are joined in DOB documentation prior to a new building going up on conjoined lots. However in this case all three addresses (351 Bowery, 353 Bowery & 52 E 4th Street) continue to be listed as separate and unlinked lots.

Could Scarano be playing games again? We'll see ...

The Bowery Hotel was previously a brick garage / parking structure that was added to up-top. Scarano did the initial work -- rather hideously -- and then ran into all sorts of trouble (zoning violations, etc.). The Bowery Hotel bunch bought the half-finished structure, brought in a new architect and then completely re-did the exterior (as well as the interior). Long LONG process, which is finally reaching completion -- just in time to cash in on the booming Bowery revitalization.

This is what the Bowery Hotel looked like after Scarano did his usual stuff (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=146515&postcount=102):


May 9th, 2007, 04:44 PM
The project at 250 Bowery is starting to dig deep ...



Meanwhile, across the Bowery, the New Museum is getting brackets installed which will carry the load of the new facade ...



June 25th, 2007, 01:40 PM
Lofter, is this the same project as the one you talk about at the top of this page?


Next door, the Bowery Hotel's lookin' nice...



June 25th, 2007, 02:05 PM
Lofter, is this the same project as the one you talk about at the top of this page?


Yep -- 351 - 353 Bowery, a Scarano :eek: project ...

From DOB (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/PropertyProfileOverviewServlet?bin=1006566&requestid=4):

PARTIAL STOP WORK ORDER EXISTS ON THIS PROPERTY (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/ComplaintsByAddressServlet?requestid=5&allbin=1006566&fillerdata=A)

June 27th, 2007, 09:22 PM
6/26: The New Museum




June 27th, 2007, 09:34 PM
^ Contextual as all get-out. Though its a lot bigger than its neighbors, it's right in scale with them: a similar frequency of event, a similar complexity of form.

Right now, extremely nice. Hope the final cladding doesn't ruin it. If it's glass it probably will. (Makes me wish it would stay like this forever.)

June 27th, 2007, 09:54 PM
And doesn't the variety in heights on that block make it just that much more interesting?

I wish the downzoners of the Lower East Side knew what they were getting into. Well, they probably do, but they still fool themselves into thinking they're doing the neighborhood a service.

June 27th, 2007, 10:20 PM
... Hope the final cladding doesn't ruin it. If it's glass it probably will.

I don't think it's glass. Although it is to be translucent. Thinking it is some sort of composite.

I've been watching the outer skin go up -- and the work is going very slow and meticulous. The "stripes" are akin to metal studs which were attached to the black box and now the white-ish outer panels are going up atop those studs -- so there is a space between the black box and the outer wall. Methinks that this will accomodate hidden lighting of some sort.

June 27th, 2007, 10:28 PM
Folks, no need to speculate on what the final product will look like when there's a whole thread here (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3624) devoted to just this project, with lots of big renderings and everything. ;)

June 27th, 2007, 10:39 PM
From the thread for the New Museum of Contemporary Art (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3624&highlight=contemporary) ...

[Seems I was wrong about the translucency :o ]

On the facade (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=9164&postcount=3) :

The Architects

Kazuyo Sejima, 47, and Ryue Nishizawa, 37, have received accolades internationally for work that is luminous and minimal in its aesthetics; sophisticated in its treatment of complex building detail and fluid, non-hierarchical space; and highly original in its use of exterior facades as permeable membranes that establish subtle but provocative relationships between interior and exterior, individual and community, and the realms of public and private experience.

On the materials (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=16873&postcount=5) :

Lunchbox for Art: A New Museum


The New Museum of Contemporary Art wants to build a seven-story bento box for art on the Bowery. Plans and models for this deftly composed lunch break of a building are now on view in the museum's mezzanine gallery, at 583 Broadway, between Houston and Prince Streets in SoHo. Produced by Saana, a Tokyo firm, the design should please those who believe that art museums should be neutral containers. If executed with proper attention to detail, the building will also delight the Victorians among us who incline toward tender passion.

It may seem odd to describe so minimalist a design as Victorian. It may be doubly odd to portray as tender a building that will be encased within tough galvanized zinc. Yet it was the Victorians who recognized the eloquence of the Crystal Palace, one of Minimalism's primary sources. And Minimalism's master, Mies van der Rohe, showed the world that industrial materials can be sweet.

... Frankly, I was expecting the firm to produce a more transparent building envelope. Saana is noted for delicate, veil-like facades, and the museum has spoken of its desire to appear open to the neighboring community. So it is surprising to see that the museum's elevations use less glass than those of the Whitney. The opaque zinc-finished steel may take some getting used to.

I'm prepared to like it immediately, however. There is more than one way to be open. We don't often see metal used as a light, reflective skin. With the moir&#233; patterns that will glimmer across its galvanized surface, I expect that the skin will be nearly as veil-like as glass. This zinc plating really is that familiar, cheap silvery gray stuff air ducts are made of, a reminder that modern architecture is a form of industrial alchemy.

The idea of openness is conveyed more emphatically by the shape of the building envelope, perhaps, than by its materials. Each of the building's seven floors is represented as a distinct rectangular box. These are stacked atop one another, in an off-axis composition, like a chest of partly open drawers. This arrangement allows variety in the size and proportions of each floor. It also creates setbacks that are used for open-air terraces and for skylights to naturally illuminate the galleries below. At night, the building's metallic exterior will be washed with artificial lighting from within.

June 28th, 2007, 03:02 AM
A new thread has been started for the building at One Kenmare Square. (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14199)

July 4th, 2007, 05:17 PM
Bowery is coming along very nicely. Here the zoning seems to have gotten it just right: big enough to encourage development, not so big that it wrecks the scale.

August 16th, 2007, 11:36 AM
Because it has its own thread, new information regarding The New Museum of Contemporary Art should be posted, or will be moved, here (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=27). Thanks.

August 19th, 2007, 11:37 AM
There are posts for the Cooper Square Hotel in two threads.

Creating a new thread for the hotel.

August 19th, 2007, 11:45 AM
Great ^^^

BTW: It seems the newly-added LINK HERE (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=182289&postcount=141) for the New Museum thread mis-directs folks, yes :confused:

September 10th, 2007, 10:34 AM
19 KENMARE STREET (at Elizabeth Street, just west of The Bowery) ...

Sting, Bowie Eye Burlesque Club Downtown

Ben Parker

19 Kenmare St., where a nightclub has been
proposed, is at the center of a debate.

NY SUN (http://www.nysun.com/article/62242)

Special to the Sun
September 10, 2007

A planned burlesque nightclub reportedly financed by musicians David Bowie and Sting is running into heated opposition from residents in the Lower East Side.

The club, planned for a building just north of Chinatown, could bring a new glitz and nightlife to Kenmare Street, a residential and relatively low-rent retail strip that is gradually seeing a shift to a more upscale business makeup. But the opposition indicates that as the Lower East Side becomes thicker with luxury condominiums, businesses seeking to locate there may face a less permissive environment than they once did.

With a Community Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, residents are vehemently opposed to the nightclub, named Forty Deuce and spearheaded by club mogul Ivan Kane, criticizing it as a late-night striptease club that is grossly inappropriate for the neighborhood.

Its owners assert that the business is modeled after upscale nightclubs of a previous era, in which women performed, keeping some of their clothes on, before well-dressed crowds in smoke-filled rooms.

"Watch as gifted burlesque dancers sashay down the bar in front of the legendary curtain of pearls," a page on the Web site for Forty Deuce said in April before it was taken down in recent months. " New York City nightclubs haven't had this kind of hip, swanky entertainment since the days when nightclubs became classics."

The site, which called the atmosphere "naughty yet sophisticated," has provided fodder for opponents, who have gathered about 2,000 signatures against the club. Several elected officials, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who represents the Lower East Side, have recommended the state not issue the club a liquor license. That would likely kill the plans.

The proposed business is the latest in a series of open-late bars and clubs to sprout in the area, including the Box on Chrystie Street, and a late-night café and tequila bar just down Kenmare Street, La Esquina.

Forty Deuce sits on the western end of the Kenmare Street, a street in the nebulous neighborhood between Chinatown and SoHo where residents can still be seen hanging their laundry to dry on clotheslines on buildings.

"I can't think of anywhere but the edge of the river that this is appropriate," Robin Goldberg, a resident opposing the club's liquor license, said. "It's just the scope and the content of it that is truly inappropriate."

The director of the SoHo Alliance, Sean Sweeney, said the club "is just the first wave of a tsunami of late night establishments that want to move in."

An attorney representing Mr. Kane's company, Robert Bookman, said the company was waiting on the decision about a license from the New York State Liquor Authority.

The community opposition, he said, comes as the residents want to block any late night establishment, and is not particular to the burlesque club. Neighbors are "opposing lawfully applied for, lawfully zoned late night establishment," Mr. Bookman said.

"We have an extraordinarily important industry and a very hostile regulatory environment," Mr. Bookman said. "It's not only enormously frustrating, but it's extremely problematical for the city and the city's economy."

In the spring, Community Board 2 issued a letter of recommendation for the liquor license for the Forty Deuce, though members say the decision came as a result of a misunderstanding about the nature of the establishment. Now, the Community Board wants to vote again on the club, and is likely to urge the New York State Liquor Authority to not grant the license.

The recommendations from the community and elected officials to the State Liquor Authority are non-binding, though industry insiders say the authority seems to be heeding the recommendations with increasing frequency.

The involvement of David Bowie and Sting in the club was reported earlier by the New York Observer. Mr. Bookman said Mr. Bowie and Sting were involved in the deal, though he did not know to what extent.

© 2007 The New York Sun, One SL, LLC.

September 10th, 2007, 11:08 AM
19 Kenmare is at the NE corner of Kenmare & Elizabeth Streets, on the ever-northward moving "border" between Chinatown and Little Italy ...



19 Kenmare sits catty-corner across from 40 Kenmare Street (SW corner Kenmare & Elizabeth), where there are plans to replace the former parking lot with a New Building (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobDetailsServlet?requestid=2&allisn=0001301729&allboroughname=&allnumbhous=&allstrt=) ...

DOB: Permit Issued 04/02/2007

Applicant of Record: Michael Kang Architect, PLLC
Stories: 8
Height: 85'
Gross SF: 28,207

However work has been stalled at the 40 Kenmare site for a number of weeks ...

STOP WORK ORDER EXISTS ON THIS PROPERTY (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/ComplaintsByAddressServlet?requestid=1&allbin=1804071&fillerdata=A)



To the north is 33 - 37 Kenmare, an existing low-rise structure on the NW corner of Kenmare / Elizabeth ...


This site seems ripe for development; could it be the site for a proposed building (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=51956&postcount=16) by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects :confused: ...

Residential Tower, Kenmare Street, NY (http://www.kbanyc.com/kenmare.htm)


September 10th, 2007, 12:11 PM
Interestingly, the areas on the Bowery, Lower East side, and highline are getting really nice buildings with cutting edge architecture. Loser buildings are coming down. I suppose real losers like Macklowe cannot build something here. Developers like him need to put there devious work among the crowd of great buildings hoping people would be fooled.

September 17th, 2007, 09:11 PM
Well, they're building again...

City rescinded "stop work" order.

I see, smell, and feel the construction where I live!

The construction posed a structural hazard to 153 Elizabeth Street, and to its tenants. Don't know what's happening now, though.

The NYC Buildings Dept. doesn't give a sh** about working-class people; they know most structures are really old and might not be able to withstand all the rattling and heavy vibrations coming the construction!

October 9th, 2007, 03:40 PM
Bowery Residents Band To Fight Upscaling of Erstwhile Sin Alley

Special to the Sun
October 9, 2007 (http://www.nysun.com/article/64213)

As new hotels and condos sprout up along the Bowery, forcing out the Lower East Side corridor's legendary raffishness and squalor, community residents are pushing back against builders by seeking restrictions on new development.

With a community forum on the issue scheduled for Thursday, residents peeved by the rapid transformation of the Bowery are urging a possible rezoning that would limit building heights and density. Such restrictions would require approval from the Bloomberg administration and the City Council, and would likely draw the ire of developers and landowners.

Community Board 3 in Manhattan passed a resolution calling for a zoning change, and residents are seeking out funding for their effort, which could cost tens of thousands of dollars, according to the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Andrew Berman.

"The Bowery is being so dramatically and so inappropriately transformed that we've got to try," Mr. Berman said.

The Bowery, a wide avenue that runs between Chinatown and Cooper Square, was for years a skid row, characterized by the drunks and the homeless who congregated along a street lined with restaurant supply and lighting wholesalers, bars, and flophouses.

The booming real estate market of the past few years has brought a sweeping change to the area, as developers have put up new hotels, apartments, and rooftop additions, helping the street's shady reputation to melt away.

While residents welcome the loss of skid row atmosphere, many are criticizing the height and scale of the new buildings, pointing to developments such as the 23-story Cooper Square Hotel at Fifth Street and the nearby 16-story Bowery Hotel as glaring examples of out-of-character upscaling.

Given the existing zoning regulations, developments such as hotels and dormitories may be built at greater densities than apartments, a bounty for specific building types that residents say they would like to see discontinued.

While a downzoning of the Bowery is still far from a reality, real estate professionals say height and density restrictions would slow the progress of the street, driving away potential builders. "It would probably be very ill considered to crimp the development process, because it's had a highly positive economic impact," the chief executive of real estate services firm GVA Williams, Robert Freedman, said. "You're establishing critical mass, and you can literally legislate it all away."

But opponents of the developments claim new zoning restrictions would still allow for development, but at a scale within the context of the existing low-rise neighborhood.

"We need to get something that enhances and fits in with the history," a resident leading the push for the rezoning, David Mulkins, said.

While specifics have not yet been hashed out, Mr. Mulkins said he would like to see a Bowery rezoning stretch from Canal Street to Fifth Street, and continue up Third and Fourth Avenues to Ninth Street.

Any change would likely have to be initiated by the community, as the city did not include the Bowery in its proposed rezoning of the Lower East Side, which is currently in the early stages of public review.

© 2007 The New York Sun, One SL, LLC

October 9th, 2007, 03:48 PM
This is a bit late ^^^ although I do believe it would be best if the entire length of The Bowery was NOT built up -- but rather left with New / Old interspersed.

October 19th, 2007, 11:56 PM
From Racked.com

The Death of the Bowery, CBGB/Chase Mashup Edition (http://racked.com/archives/2007/10/19/the_death_of_the_bowery_cbgbch.php)
Yes, that's the demolition-friendly CBGB space at far left. And yes, that's the new Chase megabranch coming (http://racked.com/archives/2007/10/08/mo_banks_chase_joins_the_party.php) to the corner of Bowery and East 2nd to the right. And yes, that's a phalanx of ChaseBots that were swarming the sidewalk around noon today, desperately seeking your deposit, which we take to mean the bank is about to open. A finer portrait of what's happened to the Bowery, we haven't yet seen. No, please, twist the knife a little more, we insist.


:mad: Will it ever end?

October 20th, 2007, 12:04 AM
The other article, also from Racked.com.

Mo' Banks: Chase Joins The Party On The Bowery

Monday, October 8, 2007, by Leslie Price
Fancy restaurants, a trendy hotel, luxe boutiques, Starbucks, Whole Foods—yes, the Bowery almost has it all. And now, the storied stretch of pavement is one step closer to Soho-ization. What you see here is Chase setting up shop on Bowery between First and Second Streets. When pricey establishments within the Avalon Christie cluster finally open, like Blue & Cream (http://racked.com/archives/2007/09/17/blue_and_cream_just_a_white_ho.php) and Daniel Boulud’s as-yet-unnamed (http://eater.com/archives/2007/09/boulud_watch.php) burger joint, this will be the closest ATM to hit before inevitable big spending ensues. How convenient.

October 20th, 2007, 01:08 AM
I say Chase is the most prolific bank opening up branches in Manhattan....and it's so unnecessary

October 20th, 2007, 11:14 AM
Plus, they have ATM's in Duane Reade stores.

November 27th, 2007, 03:04 PM
Hold on to your seats ...

As reported today at CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/11/27/great_jones_what_schrager_hath_wrought_in_noho.php #reader_comments) (with hilarious comments :cool: that followed):

Great Jones! What Schrager Hath Wrought in Noho

Tuesday, November 27, 2007
by Joey


Take a moment. Let it sink in. The curves. The color. What. The. ****.
Here's what we know: sent to us by a tipster and now showing on this
architecture website (http://www.newyork-architects.com/index.php?seite=ny_bdw_aktuell_us&root=76945&kanal=html), the 10-story condo building seen above is the work of
furniture designer Vladimir Kagan, just enlisted to design the lobby of
The Mark (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/11/08/penthouse_at_the_mark_did_change_the_world.php). This little number, described as "a flower among the weeds" and
inspired by "the moderne architecture of Brazil and the imaginative flair of
Gaudi," was commissioned by developer Ozymandius Realty (http://ozymandiusrealty.com/) as another
contestant in the architectural game of oneupmanship currently raging in
Noho around and on Bond Street. The address listed is 2 Great Jones Street,
but note the proximity to the orange-clad Great Jones Cafe. This is actually
56 Great Jones Street, aka 348 Bowery, the site of an old auto repair shop.
The developer hopes this will be the first in a series (a series!) of "buildings
as art" by Kagan. Well, it's certainly one-of-a-kind!

· Kagan House (http://www.newyork-architects.com/index.php?seite=ny_bdw_aktuell_us&root=76945&kanal=html) [newyork-architects.com]

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If they can't sell it as a building, there's always the Container Store. They
might stock something like this.

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

bring on the recession already. May the market crash before this atrocity
ever gets built....

"a flower among the weeds"
**** off

V O M I T !

L.O.V.E. really.

Looks like the ideal place to sell Italian luxury goods to japanese people.

As long as they continue to let people park on the curb there, it's all good.

Love, Bond, Noho, Bowery
Gets better every day~

Give me "weeds" any day over this nonsense. We don't need "buildings as
art," we need "buildings as buildings," with mind-blowing innovations such as
windows that actually open. Can you imagine?

kagen: you can do chairs well, but don't delude yourself with this one.
like #3's sentiments: hopefully the recession puts a stop to this eyesore;
read it and weep:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/27/business/27cnd-econ.html?hp (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/27/business/27cnd-econ.html?hp)

kagen: you can do chairs well, but don't delude yourself with this one.
like #3's sentiments: hopefully the recession puts a stop to this eyesore;
read it and weep:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/27/business/27cnd-econ.html?hp (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/27/business/27cnd-econ.html?hp)


November 27th, 2007, 03:32 PM
Case in point, different doesn't necessarily mean good.

November 27th, 2007, 04:24 PM
Case in point, different doesn't necessarily mean good.

Sure, more avalon type buildings for the bowery please. City realty actually got in touch with the developer, this one could be good:

Vladimir Kagan designs curvaceous condo at 56 Great Jones St.http://www.cityrealty.com/new_developments/rss/xml.gif (http://www.cityrealty.com/new_developments/rss/) 27-NOV-07

Ozymandius Realty has commissioned Vladimir Kagan, a well-known furniture designer, to design a 16-unit residential condominium building at 56 Great Jones Street in NoHo. The site also includes 350 and 352 Bowery.

The exotic design of the 10-story building calls for overlapping curved facades and its staggered form would be an interesting counterpoint to the New Museum of Contemporary Art that is due to open next week at 235 Bowery. The museum's design of shifted box-like forms has been designed by SANAA, whose principals are Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa.

Curves have become popular recently and are employed at One Astor Place, which was designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, the Cooper Square Hotel, nearing completion at 25 Cooper Square at 5th Street and designed by Carlos Zapata and Perkins Eastman, One Jackson Square at 122 Greenwich Avenue designed by William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox and the IAC Building on West Street designed by Frank O. Gehry.

Ozymandius Realty is headed by Anthony T. J. Marano and Scott Marano.

Anthony Marajo Realty told CityRealty.com today that he was browsing in a furniture store in SoHo recently and admired a serpentine sofa designed by Mr. Kagan and was told that the designer would be in the store the following week. He met with him and discussed a possible building project on Mulberry Street and eventually they developed the scheme for Great Jones Street.

Mr. Marano said that the project will require a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals and that a preliminary meeting has already been held with the board and a formal application will probably be submitted in "three to four months."

Mr. Marano said that the design shown in the preliminary rendering at the right will probably be changed to become "a little less geometric" and more asymmetrical. He said his concern is researching ways for the curved windows to be operable.

He said that Mr. Kagan, who is 80 years old, was trained as an architect in Russia and that ADG will be the architect of record. Mr. Marano also indicated that the yellow banding is "growing on" him but that the rendering is a bit "premature."

The site is one block north of Bond Street between Lafayette Street and the Bowery where several notable new projects are nearing completion.
Other projects of Ozymandius Realty include 50 Bond Street and 87 Leonard Street.
In 2006, a 1952 Serpentine sofa by Kagan sold for about $190,000 at Christie's.


November 27th, 2007, 04:45 PM
Maye Vladimir should stick to the SOFA (http://images.google.com/images?svnum=10&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us%3AIE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7RNWE&q=kagan+sofa+serpentine) ...

Vladimir Kagan designs curvaceous condo at 56 Great Jones

In 2006, a 1952 Serpentine sofa by Kagan sold for about $190,000 at Christie's.

Or maybe not ...

http://i10.ebayimg.com/02/i/000/a2/91/7b3d_12.JPG (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160123462591&indexURL=0&photoDisplayType=2#ebayphotohosting)

eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/Vladimir-Kagan-Serpentine-Sofa-2-Club-Chairs-2-Ottomans_W0QQitemZ160123462591QQcmdZViewItem): Vladimir Kagan's Serpentine Sofa and 2 Club Chairs with Nesting Ying and Yang Ottomans (1960)


A Midcentury Knockoff From the Man Who Designed the Original

NY TIMES (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9407E6DE173EF932A25756C0A9609C8B 63&n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/Subjects/F/Furniture)
May 11, 2006

An original 1952 Serpentine sofa recently sold at Christie's for more than $190,000. Now its designer, Vladimir Kagan, has a new version, left, for Room & Board. Called Hahn, the sofa is 91 inches long, an apt size for apartments, Mr. Kagan said. ''It's very amusing how much longevity that design has,'' he noted. Hahn comes in 11 colors of microsuede, with the back on the left or right; $1,599 at Room & Board, roomandboard.com or (800) 301-9720.

http://www.roomandboard.com/images/rnb/collection/icon/icon_hahnsofa.jpg (http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/collection.do?method=get&id=378412&cat=69)


Room & Board (http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/collection.do?method=get&id=378412&cat=69)

Renowned for his sculptural furniture, Vladimir Kagan began his career in the 1940s and has created exciting examples of mid-20th-century modernism. Mr. Kagan's Hahn sofa, designed just for us ...

November 27th, 2007, 04:49 PM
The site in question at the NW corner of Bowery & Great Jones (perhaps Kagan was inspired by the orange :confused: )...


November 27th, 2007, 05:11 PM
Sure, more avalon type buildings for the bowery please. City realty actually got in touch with the developer, this one could be good:

I'm not a fan of bad design, whether its done on the cheap or otherwise. Given the budget for this project I'm particularly disappointed that stlye isn't part of the design program.

November 27th, 2007, 05:51 PM
That furniture is "V O M I T" just like the building!

November 28th, 2007, 03:36 AM
I gotta agree with sfenn. Our natural instinctive reaction to something this radical-looking is to hate it but I think it might turn out to be an interesting architectural statement.

Most of the Bowery could use some more bolder statements anyway. I wouldn't want a bunch of these all up and down the block but one at this tattered-looking corner will make it more interesting.

November 28th, 2007, 10:56 AM
Come on, now ^

Look at the ridiculouosness of this designh -- curved & seamless windows, "corners" where the curves come together that are nothing but dust traps (if they even have that value), recessess at the proberty lines which will catch the Bowery's assorted flotsam & jetsam. :eek:

And what is the ceiling height on the first floor? About 7 feet ??

Finally, and perhaps worst of all: exposed gold-plated floorplates !!! :eek: :eek:

All in all it's good for a laugh. But let's not fool ourselves that this is an "interesting architectural statement" or would offer any real value to either the city or a buyer.

I think this commenter at CURBED put it best:

If they can't sell it as a building, there's always the Container Store. They
might stock something like this.



November 28th, 2007, 02:10 PM
I think this is a creative design and initial feelings of disgust towards it may turn into strong curiosity, and eventually, once we are used to this design, it can become a well known and liked building.

November 28th, 2007, 02:34 PM
One Astor Place was another one that stuck out, but it was certainly on a site more appropriate. This one is especially disappointing given the high quality unique and in-context buildings we see on Bond Street.

November 28th, 2007, 02:48 PM
One Astor Place was exactly what I was thinking when I saw this proposal.

November 28th, 2007, 04:01 PM
It's just a preliminary rendering anyway.

November 28th, 2007, 09:12 PM
If anyone can show me a building that has gone up in NYC in the last 50 years with rounded windows (built on a tight axis) that looks good then I might reconsider my very low opinion of both this idea and the rendering.

(ps: The Corinthian (http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/MID006.htm) doesn't cut it.)

November 29th, 2007, 04:29 AM
It's a mistake to assume that all buildings that share a single common trait such as rounded/curved windows will turn out exactly like one another. It's like saying all buildings with square windows will turn out the same when we know there's much more to it than that.

I think sfenn once again hit it on the head stressing that this is just a very early, conceptual rendering, and even as lofter pointed out, the unrealistic low ceiling height of the ground floor is an indication of that.

November 29th, 2007, 09:45 AM
Is this ^ an admission that buildings with supposedly rounded / curved windows / glass (as are shown in the rendering) ...

(1) do not exist in the real world, and

(2) are just an "conceptual" idea -- one that does not work


November 29th, 2007, 10:01 AM
I don't believe that rendering for a minute.

Yards of seamless curved glass?? Instant masterpiece of modern design... and engineering.

We'd even excuse the gold floorplates.

November 29th, 2007, 10:07 AM
An example of how Architects SHOW us a drawing where the rounded windows are all curvy and flowing:



But this is how those windows REALLY look on a building up the street -- individual flat planes linked together (from the Astor Place thread (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=192930&postcount=237) -- where 75% of the images of the development of this building are now missing :eek: ) :


November 29th, 2007, 11:33 AM


This is what it COULD look like ... but won't (10 floors? residential?):

Toledo Museum of Art



November 29th, 2007, 12:04 PM
Now that ^ is some gorgeous glass.

Alas, we don't make it anymore :( ...

From the 2006 TIMES article (http://travel.nytimes.com/2006/08/28/arts/design/28sana.html):

TOLEDO, Ohio — “Without a glass palace, life becomes a burden,” the poet Paul Scheerbart wrote nearly a century ago. Standing in front of the new Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, designed by the Japanese team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, can reawaken that belief in the power of glass to enchant.

The pavilion, which houses the museum’s vast collection of glass artworks, is a testament to an earlier era when American industrial production and cultural growth were profoundly intertwined. Toledo was once a major center of glass production; now most of its factories are closed and the glass workers gone. The enormous sheets of glass needed for the pavilion were manufactured in Germany and molded in China in preparation for the Aug. 27 opening.

November 29th, 2007, 12:17 PM
When I moved into the building where I live the ground floor storefront was made up of two enormous surrounds of molded curving glass circa 1940; the glass moved across the front of the building and then curved in towards the doorway which was set back from the street. All very Moderne, but completely utilitarian (the ground floor had been transformed from a 19th C. store into a showroom for an office furniture manufacturer -- this was well before SoHo became SoHo). The family-owned corporate entity which bought the building in the early 80's (after the lot of us had moved in upstairs) saw fit to trash that old street level facade -- and rip out that curvaceous glass -- replacing it with horrid aluminum storefronts (for which the family corporation received numerous violations from LPC / DOB).

Luckily, behind all of that 80's-installed crud, much of the original cast iron facade (as well as panels of original divided light / leaded window panes) remained hidden away within the later renovations. The facade has since been restored to its "original" style.

November 29th, 2007, 12:50 PM
Curved glass storefronts were all over the place. Foster did a spectacular one for Asprey at the Trump Tower.


Do any of the old ones even exist anymore?

I Miller:





November 30th, 2007, 12:50 AM
Is this ^ an admission that buildings with supposedly rounded / curved windows / glass (as are shown in the rendering) ...
(1) do not exist in the real world, and
(2) are just an "conceptual" idea -- one that does not work

:confused:Not at all. Like I said, the successes or failures of past buildings have no bearing on this one. Again, even the developer cautioned that the circulated rendering is "premature."

Quirky designs such as this will always either turn people off or get people interested. My belief is that there should always be room in a sea of conventional, conforming new buildings in this city, for this type of creative design.

November 30th, 2007, 01:18 AM
My friend, this is NOT "creative design". It is a silly little drawing of some curves rendered in color. It has nothing to do with something that will be built. If it were a viable proposal then no doubt someone would have shown us images with all that available curvaceous glass that builders are now using to construct such rounded and seamless buildings.

Pipe dream.

Pure kitsch.

Dead as a doorknob.

And glad to see it go.

November 30th, 2007, 01:24 AM
We'll see. I am confident.

December 23rd, 2007, 06:59 PM
Does anyone know about the design of the new building going up on the east side of Bowery between 3rd and 4th? It's just north of the Bowery Hotel and 2 blocks south of the Cooper Square hotel site. It's roughly a 15 story steel skeleton right now. The ceiling heights are quite high so maybe a duplex for each unit? thanks.

December 23rd, 2007, 07:44 PM
I spoke with a couple of guys on the crew at the site last week and specifically asked if it ws going to be brick, masonry or glass. One guy wouldn't tell me. Another said that they are still talking it over, but that it will most likely be a combination of brick & glass -- with different treatment on each facade.

DOB New Building Application (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?passdocnumber=1&passjobnumber=104324884&requestid=11&restore=1)shows 15 Floors / 14 units.

The Schedule A (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsScheduleAServlet?requestid=12&allisn=0001260632&passjobnumber=104324884&passdocnumber=01&allbin=1006566) that has been submitted for the New Building shows this:

Floor 1: Elevator Mach. Room; Lobby Entry; Retail Store

Floor 2: Retail Store

Floor 3: Commercial Offices

Floor 4: 2 units / floor

Floor 4: Outdoor Terrace

Floor 5: 2 units / floor

Floors 6 - 15: 1 Unit / Floor

December 23rd, 2007, 08:52 PM
Does anyone know about the design of the new building going up on the east side of Bowery between 3rd and 4th? It's just north of the Bowery Hotel and 2 blocks south of the Cooper Square hotel site. It's roughly a 15 story steel skeleton right now. The ceiling heights are quite high so maybe a duplex for each unit? thanks.

Is this 52 East 4th Street? There's a rendering for it in The Times Real Estate section (Dec. 23, 2007 ed.).

December 23rd, 2007, 10:47 PM
and it's scarano - yuck.

December 24th, 2007, 12:19 AM
Is this 52 East 4th Street? There's a rendering for it in The Times Real Estate section (Dec. 23, 2007 ed.).
I just saw that ad ^

The render looks interesting -- high tech & sharp. But no pics of it online in The Times.

December 24th, 2007, 12:33 AM
I agree. I can't figure out it it's on -- or just off of -- the Bowery. Do you know?

December 24th, 2007, 12:55 AM
The full address is 351 -353 Bowery -- the lot is runs about 45' along The Bowery in the middle of the block between E. 3rd / E. 4th.

There's a narrow extension of the lot which runs to E. 4th and which, given the address, is apparently where the residential entrance / lobby will be. Most likely the Bowery frontage will be retail / commercial. It's an odd looking building right now -- just a skinny frame.

If you go to THIS PAGE (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3348&page=9) earlier in this thread there's a whole bunch of posts on this project.

December 24th, 2007, 11:18 AM
there are a few pics here - and one of the whole tower in the NYT print ad (in the classified section)


December 24th, 2007, 02:56 PM
Got it! :D

Although, this is the only rendering on that ^ website showing the exterior of the building.


December 26th, 2007, 09:47 PM
More today on this Scarano project from CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/12/26/revealed_scarano_exposes_himself_on_the_bowery.php ) ...

REVEALED: Scarano Exposes Himself on the Bowery


One regular question to the Curbed inbox this fall has come from folks wondering
just what the heck that steel tower is rising north of the Bowery Hotel but south of
the Cooper Square Hotel on the east side of The Bowery. At last, the reveal.

The newly-singular architect (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/11/13/curbedwire_noho_screwed_scarano_goes_singular.php) Robert Scarano is showing off his latest erection
all over a Flash-y new website (http://52e4.com/images/bowery-interimSite.swf). What it shows is a pencil-thin 15-story tower that we'd
heard rumor of back in the summer of 2006 (http://curbed.com/archives/2006/08/03/tower_of_bowery_update_now_with_added_pencil.php), packing 14 units. It's rising at what the
development folks are calling 52 East 4th Street. However, the name they give
themselves is 351 Bowery Associates, and that's the address where most of this
oddly plotted site is situated. The lot turns this-a-way and angles that-a-way, creating
a property line that's more convoluted than an explanation from the Department of Buildings (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/12/11/buildings_department_defends_scarano_deal.php).
Renderings from the website show lots of glass and gleaming white steel.
But a little birdie down at the construction site warns there might be surprises
in store.

The building site for 52 East 4th all moshed up between the Bowery and East 3rd.

Scarano knows this area well, having toiled for too long (http://curbed.com/archives/2006/03/21/tower_of_bowery_admits_its_not_a_dorm_anymore.php) on the big brick building
just to the south which now houses the hot and happening Bowery Hotel.
But that was then. These days there's no more downtown dorms on Bob's agenda.
Just full-floor luxury floating above that old Salvation Army building down below.

The Lobby (left) and The Logo.

Scarano's erection is just to the north of his old stomping grounds.

The big ass bath (l) and a cozy kitchen (r).

The frame of the tower rises in the downtown twilight.

· NoHo Like No Other: 52 E. 4 (http://52e4.com/images/bowery-interimSite.swf) [52 East 4th Street Official Site]
· Tower of Bowery Update: Now with Added Pencil! (http://curbed.com/archives/2006/08/03/tower_of_bowery_update_now_with_added_pencil.php) [Curbed]
· Tower of Bowery Admits It's Not a Dorm Anymore (http://curbed.com/archives/2006/03/21/tower_of_bowery_admits_its_not_a_dorm_anymore.php) [Curbed]

52 e 4

December 27th, 2007, 01:04 AM
That little rendering in the Times showed exposed cross bracing along the side.

I wonder if that made its way into the logo.


December 27th, 2007, 07:23 AM
Another welcome addition to this area's growing stock of interesting new buildings. Kudos to Scarano and all involved.

December 27th, 2007, 12:46 PM
That little rendering in the Times showed exposed cross bracing along the side.

I wonder if that made its way into the logo

Seems so ...

The Times ad shows that the cross-braced facade will face west / overlook the Bowery.

Given the configuration of the building lot, it seems the expanse of windows with with frames will face north / overlook E. 4th.

January 4th, 2008, 11:47 PM
Looking south...

...in daylight

...the narrow E. 4 St. entrance

...looking north

January 5th, 2008, 03:10 AM
In the north view ^ they've conveniently left out the new Cooper Square Hotel just two blocks to the north -- which will block most of thje roof-top view they're showing in the rendering :cool:

January 5th, 2008, 10:28 AM
Nice looking building; not typical for Scarano.

I am surprised to see good design work being done by this architect, perhaps given the right opportunity (client,budget,time) most architects - even Kaufman (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=177328&postcount=52) perhaps - can do great buildings.

Some other photos and graphics posted on curbed.com http://curbed.com/archives/2007/12/26/revealed_scarano_exposes_himself_on_the_bowery.php

January 5th, 2008, 11:16 AM
^ To my eye, Scarano's always better than average. He's not a primitive like Kaufman.

Can't you tell? This guy knows how to design.

January 5th, 2008, 11:47 AM
Can't you tell? This guy knows how to design.

Better than average? Well, I guess one could say his work is better than average - but keep in mind - one can only offer opinions on such matters: in my view his architectural designs are average. IMO :confused:

But that being said, he certainly is not the "most reviled architect (http://gothamist.com/2007/11/06/brooklyn_archit.php)" on any level - in terms of aesthetic design or otherwise.

p.s. That the 'earth is round' is a "Can't-You-Tell-Thing" (matter-of-fact-thing): art is not.

January 5th, 2008, 12:00 PM
one can only offer opinions on such matters: in my view his architectural designs are average.
Not quite. An amateur might venture the opinion that Picasso didn't know how to draw, but anyone who actually draws for a living wouldn't say that.

Not all aesthetic opinions are equal.

And if beauty were strictly in the eye of the beholder, what point would there be to art?

January 5th, 2008, 12:33 PM
Not all aesthetic opinions are equal.

I would agree that one can have an informed/educated opionion on art: and that would be the better opinion.

So yes, all aesthetic opinions are not equal: yet still, all only opinions - not a matter-of-fact.

This point may involve a philosophical debate regarding fact/value (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fact-value_distinction) distinctions, and one I prefer not to get into here. Or anywhere for that matter. :cool:

p.s. The main point I wish to make is that aesthetic opinions should not be stated in terms of "can't you tell". That is being an ART SNOB. (LOL)

January 5th, 2008, 12:35 PM
re: Scarano ...

... he certainly is not the "most reviled architect (http://gothamist.com/2007/11/06/brooklyn_archit.php)" on any level - in terms of aesthetic design or otherwise.

Methinks he is more reviled / rdiculed for his own questionable business ethics (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=203368&postcount=12) and his / his agent's thuggish behavior (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=70800&postcount=29) rather than for his inadequacy in design skills.

That being said, this new one is a bunch of notches above other Scarano designs for which I've seen renderings (not sure I've ever actually seen one of his completed buildings up close & personal).

But the real test for Scarano will, of course, be BrooklynRider's reaction (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=70794&postcount=26) to this design ...


January 6th, 2008, 08:30 AM
I would agree that one can have an informed/educated opionion on art: and that would be the better opinion.

So yes, all aesthetic opinions are not equal...

p.s. The main point I wish to make is that aesthetic opinions should not be stated in terms of "can't you tell". That is being an ART SNOB. (LOL)
Sorry if I offended you. Here's consolation, I hope: it's obvious your opinion's informed enough so you can tell Scarano can design; plainly, you possess a "better opinion." :)

(But that obligates us to responsible assessments --or we lose our "art snob" credentials. :D )


April 22nd, 2008, 06:32 PM
A flash from the past: Keith Haring returns to The Bowery ...
Haring Lives
CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/04/22/curbedwire_haring_lives_toll_brothers_latest_disco unt_how_much_for_a_calatrava_cadaver.php)
April 22, 2008
by Joey

http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/3074/2434177021_38d3706271_s.jpg (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/04/22/curbedwire_haring_lives_toll_brothers_latest_disco unt_how_much_for_a_calatrava_cadaver.php?o=0)..... http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/3147/2434992868_0d5c1da54a_s.jpg (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/04/22/curbedwire_haring_lives_toll_brothers_latest_disco unt_how_much_for_a_calatrava_cadaver.php?o=1)..... http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2085/2434993068_b3a1b7a8c0_s.jpg (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/04/22/curbedwire_haring_lives_toll_brothers_latest_disco unt_how_much_for_a_calatrava_cadaver.php?o=2)..... http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2211/2434176859_b82ed589d6_s.jpg (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/04/22/curbedwire_haring_lives_toll_brothers_latest_disco unt_how_much_for_a_calatrava_cadaver.php?o=3)LOWER EAST SIDE—Earlier, we pointed you to a Sun article (http://www.nysun.com/news/new-york/downtown-icon-re-created) about the planned
recreation of a Keith Haring mural that the New York icon painted on a wall
at the northwest corner of Houston Street and the Bowery in 1982.
Lordy, the artists enlisted to paint the sucker sure are acting quick!
Above, the wall as seen earlier this afternoon.


A Downtown Icon Is Re-Created

Tseng Kwong Chi's 1982 photograph of Keith Haring's mural on the corner
of Houston Street and Bowery. Artists are using his documentation of the
work to reproduce the mural on the same wall.

NY SUN (http://www.nysun.com/news/new-york/downtown-icon-re-created)
Staff Reporter of the Sun
April 22, 2008

A freestanding slab of concrete wall at the northwest corner of Houston Street and Bowery is being transformed into a fluorescent pink, orange, and green Keith Haring (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Keith+Haring) mural — again. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Haring’s birth on May 4, the gallery Deitch Projects, which has represented the artist’s estate for more than a decade, and the Keith Haring Foundation (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Keith+Haring+Foundation) have hired artists to recreate the mural that Haring, who died of AIDS in 1990, painted on the wall in 1982.

“For people like myself who were around in the early ’80s, this Houston Street mural remains a landmark,” the art dealer and curator of Deitch Projects, Jeffrey Deitch (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Jeffrey+Deitch), said. “It was such a fabulously renegade piece of New York City public street art,” the foundation’s executive director, Julia Gruen (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Julia+Gruen), who began her career as Haring’s studio manager in 1984, said. Ms. Gruen recalled passing by the site before she starting working for Haring. “It was the middle of the summer, it was hot as hell, and it got so much attention.”

While the gallery and the foundation are running the project, it was Mr. Deitch’s relationship with the owner of the wall, real estate developer Tony Goldman (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Tony+Goldman), that sparked the re-creation. The chairman of Goldman Properties, whose holdings include such luxury condominiums as the Lofts of Greene Street and 25 Bond, Mr. Goldman is a frequent visitor of Deitch Projects.

“He’s very much in Soho,” Mr. Deitch said, referring to Mr. Goldman’s property holdings. “Over the course of his visits we were talking about Keith Haring, and somehow it came out that he owns that wall, and I said, ‘We have a project we should do together.’ So it was a natural.” Mr. Goldman agreed to donate the use of the space.

“The concept of recreating a mural is not necessarily something we would ordinarily agree to,” Ms. Gruen said, noting the technical resources needed to re-create, as opposed to simply restore or repair, an artwork. “It was really the fact that the wall still exists that made this so attractive.”

The mural, Haring’s first major outdoor project, existed for a few months before its Day-Glo colors began to fade under the sun. Haring then painted over the work, destroying his own creation before it could further decompose. Before he wiped it out, however, Haring’s friend, the photographer Tseng Kwong Chi, documented the image, as he had done with much of Haring’s work, including Haring’s installations and site-specific drawings in the subway stations throughout the 1980s.

From Chi’s photographs and from paint samples recovered by scraping away the more than 20 years of graffiti that covered the site, the studio the foundation hired for the project, Gotham Scenic, was able to replicate the design and color-match the paint the artist had used.

“The foundation had really good documentation of it,” the artist in charge of the project for Gotham Scenic, Tom Glisson (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Tom+Glisson), said. “We went in and located little chips of color,” Mr. Glisson said. “We’re making an accurate a copy as we can.”

Last September, the foundation hired Gotham Scenic to restore Haring’s 1986 “Crack is Wack” mural inHarlem River Park at East 128th Street and Second Avenue.

The mural on Houston, which will be up until December 21, is just one part of a series of events and shows designed to honor Haring’s legacy. In November, Deitch Projects will display Haring’s 1985 work “The 10 Commandments,” a series of paintings, each 25 feet tall by 17 feet wide, which has never before been showed in America. Because of their enormous scale, the paintings will be presented in the gallery’s Long Island City space.

Haring, his influence on pop art, and his circle of friends — which included Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Jean-Michel+Basquiat), and Andy Warhol (http://www.nysun.com/related_results.php?term=Andy+Warhol) — are also the subject of a documentary, “The Universe of Keith Haring,” which will make its American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 30.

For Mr. Deitch, though, the Houston mural is representative not only of Haring’s artwork, but also of the broader cultural movement he represented. “At the time, the corner of Houston and Bowery was the center of the downtown art world, because the galleries were in SoHo and the artists were in the East Village,” Mr. Deitch said. “1982 was the peak of this downtown art world culture, and it’s also when it started going mainstream,” he said. “This project is a celebration of the dynamism of this time.”

© 2008 The New York Sun, One, SL, LLC.

July 14th, 2008, 04:50 PM
Brack buys Bowery townhouse

185 Bowery

By Adam Pincus
Updated On 07/14/08 (http://ny.therealdeal.com/articles/brack-buys-bowery-townhouse) at 01:38PM

Brack Capital Real Estate paid $8 million for a 7,400-square-foot commercial townhouse at 185 Bowery, giving the company four adjacent lots near Spring Street in the Lower East Side restaurant supply district.

The company, which is developing condos and hotels in the city and owns property worldwide, closed on the century-old, four-story building on June 30, according to city records published today.

Brack Capital declined to comment on the purchase.

The sellers were Jack and Magda Soffer, of Intersales Commercial Company in Bayside, Queens.

Magda Soffer said they were satisfied by the sale. "We got a good price," she said.

She speculated that the buildings would be demolished for a new development.

Brack Capital also purchased 187 Bowery for $7.55 million on June 30, and last year it bought 189 and 191 Bowery for a total of $14.2 million. It does not control the corner lot at Delancy Street.

Philip Huang, a Massey Knakal Realty Services associate on the Lower East Side who was not involved in the transaction, said he had seen more sales activity since the opening in December of the New Museum for Contemporary Art at 235 Bowery.

He also said the proposed rezoning of the East Village and Lower East Side just east of the Bowery was also affecting the street.

"That probably makes development sites on the Bowery worth more," he said.

© 2008 The Real Deal

July 15th, 2008, 10:31 PM
That's a nice building. It would be a shame to see it razed. I wonder what the other buildings that Brack owns look like.

July 16th, 2008, 01:53 PM
Bowery Gentrification Watch: Another Big Hotel?

CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/07/16/bowery_gentrification_watch_another_big_hotel.php)
July 16, 2008
by Joey


With yesterday's reported purchase of the townhouse at 185 Bowery, Brack Capital now owns four adjacent properties at Bowery and Delancey (rumor: hotel in the works), but the Observer has a report on the lone tenant remaining in the townhouse, and she says she's not going anywhere (http://www.observer.com/2008/real-estate/bowery-veteran-hangs).

Meanwhile, Jeremiah over at Vanishing New York dips into the history of the Bowery properties (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/07/bowery-stories.html) now controlled by Brack, a history that includes keno, beer bottling and suicide. [NYO; VNY]


Bowery Stories

Jeremiah's Vanishing New York (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/07/bowery-stories.html)
Posted by Jeremiah Moss
July 16, 2008

Something gigantic is coming to Bowery and Delancey. With the New Museum arrival and the protested (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/lower-east-siders-deliver-petition-against-re-zoning-plan/) EV/LES rezoning, the Bowery has become more valuable (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2007/09/bowery-flops.html), and therefore more threatened, than ever before.

Now Rob Hollander of Save the LES (http://savethelowereastside.blogspot.com/2008/07/bowery-blues.html) sends notice of a Real Deal report (http://ny.therealdeal.com/articles/brack-buys-bowery-townhouse) that condo/hotel developer Brack Capital just bought a townhouse at 185 Bowery, adding to their clustered purchases of 187, 189, and 191. Like dominoes in a row, all four are expected to fall.

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photo: dylan stone, nypl (http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchdetail.cfm?trg=1&strucID=312432&imageID=515638&word=bowery&s=1&notword=&d=&c=&f=&lWord=&lField=&sScope=&sLevel=&sLabel=&total=659&num=12&imgs=12&pNum=&pos=23#)

Brack is responsible for 15 Union Square West (http://www.brack-capital.com/ShowProject.asp?DynamicContentID=1017), a boutique hotel (http://www.brack-capital.com/ShowProject.asp?DynamicContentID=1073) on Grand St., and other developments in the city. It is rumored they will demolish the four low-rises for a luxury hotel. Here comes yet another giant tower, to go with the one right behind it and all the rest.

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Today in #187, resident since 1980 Roberta Degnore still hangs on, the only one left and a possible roadblock to the wrecking ball. She recently told The Observer (http://www.observer.com/2008/real-estate/bowery-veteran-hangs), "I’m alone in this freaking building on the Bowery, and if I scream, nobody will hear me.” (Take the money and run, Roberta--look (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/07/03/a_poetic_play_box_from_zapata_for_the_cooper_squar e_hotel.php?o=1) what they're doing to Hettie Jones (http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/23183/).)

Assuming these buildings are as old as they look, there are more stories here. #189 once had a saloon in the front and a German men's keno parlor in the back. In 1867, it was raided by the police in a "Descent upon a Bowery Keno Hell (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9500E2DC1639E733A25755C2A9649C94 6691D7CF)."

The Illustrated New York (http://books.google.com/books?id=bw3lhX7jeuoC&pg=PA291&lpg=PA291&dq=%22191+bowery&source=web&ots=B8WqMp6bd3&sig=xy1y3HqvGtx-WUJA9-wLFRJuLU8&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=9&ct=result) of 1888 tells us that #191 used to be R.H. Luthin's wholesale and retail drug house (formerly Cassebeer's drugstore) where they carried Vitalized Cordial, Wild Cherry Syrup, and Sarsaparilla. There was also "a small cigarstand (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9D0DE3DF133BE033A25750C1A96E9C94 629FD7CF) and a place for the sale of hot-corn" on the site.

By the 1930s, these were all flop hotels--The Puritan at #183, The Savoy at #185--with beds and rooms from 20 cents to 50 cents apiece.

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photo: nypl (http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchdetail.cfm?trg=1&strucID=406560&imageID=716762F&word=bowery%2C%20delancey&s=1&notword=&d=&c=&f=&lWord=&lField=&sScope=&sLevel=&sLabel=&total=43&num=24&imgs=12&pNum=&pos=36#)

It's the townhouse at #185 that is clearly the architectural gem of the bunch. It also has the most tragic story.

According to the 1884 edition of New York's Great Industries (http://books.google.com/books?id=d6ieSXFM2kIC&pg=PA288&lpg=PA288&dq=%22185+bowery&source=web&ots=fDvaZa5YoY&sig=JS11PAlVt3uj6dRf65narhLQ470&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result#PPA288,M1), this address was the home of Karl Hutter's Lightning Bottle-Stoppers, Lightning Fruit-Jars, and Bottlers' Supplies. Here you could see a "full assortment of his stoppers and attachments, also siphons made of French glass, with pure metal heads, bottle-filling machines, lightning bottle-washers, siphon-filling machines, corking machines," and more.

Mr. Hutter made a fortune on his lightning bottle-stopper, which "revolutionized beer bottling (http://mysite.verizon.net/vonmechow/closures.htm)." You can see its descendant today on bottles of Grolsch.

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photo: robert k. chin (http://www.nychinatown.org/storefronts/bowery/185bowery.html)

Even with all his wealth, prized Oriental rugs, and society club memberships, Mr. Hutter could not overcome the "acute melancholia" that led to his suicide in 1913. The Times reported (http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9500E6DF163DE633A25755C1A9609C946296D6CF) that Mr. Hutter filled his bathtub with water, removed his clothing, got inside, and shot himself in the head--all in his "sumptuously furnished apartment" on Central Park. He left a note, saying, "The pain and agony endured in this world cannot be more than that to be endured by the soul in the next."

There are eight million stories in the naked city. These four buildings about to vanish from the Bowery have been some of them.



A Bowery Veteran Hangs On

Is longtime resident Roberta Degnore crusading—or cashing in?

The New York Observer (http://www.observer.com/2008/real-estate/bowery-veteran-hangs)
by Joe Pompeo
July 15, 2008

Geraldine Sargeant
Roberta Degnore.

When Roberta Degnore moved to the Bowery some 30 years ago, there were no ritzy hotels, expensive condos, or Whole Foods; no moms with baby carriages or yuppies walking their dogs.

But there were plenty of prostitutes turning tricks on the corner and bums who would use her doorstep as a toilet, and you would more likely see rats on the sidewalk than copies of The New York Times.

“It was all focused on the arts scene,” said Ms. Degnore, a petite filmmaker and psychologist with wavy red hair and cat-eye glasses, sitting in her spacious, rent-stabilized loft near the intersection with Delancey Street. “No one had any money back then. Everyone was just doing art because they loved it, and we gave each other respect because of that.”
But the more the Bowery gentrifies, the less room there is for people like Ms. Degnore.

Her landlord just sold for $7.55 million the five-story walk-up where she’s lived since 1980 in a 1,400-square-foot loft with a 25-by-22-foot terrace, for which she now pays around $1,300 a month. The apparent buyer is Brack Capital, a bullish global real estate firm whose New York portfolio includes an array of towering luxury hotels, condos and office buildings.

Brack has closed on three adjacent properties, including a four-story walk-up at 189 Bowery that it bought in November of 2007 for $9.7 million, almost $5.5 million more than the same building sold for in July of 2006.

There have been rumors the company wants to build a large hotel there, but an employee in Brack’s Manhattan office declined to comment on the company’s plans for the properties, and calls to managers handling its Bowery project were not returned.

Earlier this year, the other tenants in Ms. Degnore’s building, who were all on market-rate leases, were bought out in deals negotiated by Robert A. Cohen & Associates, a real estate investment and property management company that appears to be involved in the sale. Ms. Degnore said she has repeatedly declined buyout offers, and Mr. Cohen declined to comment for this article.

Now, Ms. Degnore and her dog, a 14-year-old Lab named Patsy, are the building’s sole occupants (“it’s a very creepy feeling”), but she said she won’t give up her digs: “I refuse to be forced out by developers.”

Since the late '90s, the Bowery has been undergoing a vast luxury transformation. It’s evident in the massive hotels that have started to line the avenue from Canal Street, where the 18-story Wyndham is being built, all the way up to Sixth Street, where the 22-story Cooper Square Hotel is nearing completion; in the shiny New Museum of Contemporary Art, which looms like a giant robot above the weathered old buildings that flank it; in the neighborhood’s plethora of trendy bars; in the John Varvatos boutique that opened where the legendary CBGB used to be; and in a new Chase bank up the street, where it costs $3 to use the A.T.M.

For better or for worse, developers are capitalizing on skid row’s legacy of art and alcoholism—grime is what gave the Bowery its character, and character is what makes it a cool place to be.

But longtime residents like Ms. Degnore still can’t believe that a street once dominated by flophouses, winos and eccentrics is becoming a luxury destination.

A Detroit native, Ms. Degnore came to Manhattan in 1972 in her early 20s. Her first apartment, a split-level studio with lots of windows, was on 15th Street in a newly renovated brownstone just west of Eighth Avenue. She can’t remember exactly how much the rent was, but she said it must have been “next to nothing, 200 bucks or something.”

Over the next few years, she bounced around among various apartments in Lower Manhattan, finally moving by January of 1980 to her loft on the Bowery, which she said has been an ideal setting for creative endeavors—screenplays, novels and several short films, including an experimental documentary about the art of glass blowing that’s more reminiscent of Kenneth Anger than it is the Discovery Channel.

The day she moved in was cold and snowy, but the loft had a working fireplace at the time. So the first thing she did after lugging up all her stuff up was buy some bundles of wood from a guy selling them out of his pickup truck, get a fire going, and invite over her friend Sam Wagstaff, Robert Mapplethorpe’s mentor and companion, who died of AIDS in 1987. They sat around for hours smoking cigarettes, she recalled.

Back then, Ms. Degnore was cool with the prostitutes since they never really bothered anyone; and, really, the bums only got annoying when they would occasionally defecate in front of the entrance to her building, or rummage through people’s trash on garbage night.

The Bowery’s come a long way since that time.

“It’s pretty remarkable when you think that the Bowery used to be code language for urban blight,” said Robert Freedman, CEO of GVA Williams, the real estate adviser to the Salvation Army, which has been quietly marketing its 10-story property on the Bowery between Rivington and Stanton streets. “Now you have a more animated streetscape.”

“It’s more vibrant,” said Fred Harris, senior vice president of development for Avalon Bay Communities, which owns the eight-story luxury rental complexes at Avalon Chrystie Place (above the Whole Foods) and Avalon Bowery Place (just north of East Houston Street). “There’s lots of people shopping there, lots of people going to the New Museum, lots of people living in our buildings. We’re certainly contributing to the economic revitalization of the Bowery.”

Of course, luxury living isn’t for everyone. Opposition to development on the Bowery has been mounting over the past year since it came to light that the street wasn’t included in the Department of City Planning’s East Village rezoning plan. In June, some 100 people rallied in front of the Bowery Wine Company, housed on the ground floor of Avalon Bowery Place, to protest what they characterized as the yuppification of the once grimy corridor. And Ms. Degnore said she “almost died” recently when she saw the doorman for a nearby building walking a resident’s dog: “It was like, ‘Oh, ****! This is not what I signed on for.’”

Ms. Degnore’s current lease isn’t up until May 2009, and since she’s a rent-stabilized tenant, she’s legally entitled to have it renewed. Her attorney, Jacob Shakarchy, said the new landlords could apply to have the building demolished, but that would take a considerable amount of time.

Ms. Degnore said she heard of plans to demolish two of Brack’s neighboring buildings, though no demolition applications have been filed yet with the Buildings Department.

The other option is a buyout. Ms. Degnore would leave only if compensated for the full amount the loft is worth, so that she could buy a comparable space. On average, apartments in her neighborhood sell for roughly $1,200 per square foot, according to data from the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, which would make hers worth around $1.65 million. She was offered $750,000, but turned it down, she said.

In the meantime, she’s sitting tight. She said the quietness of being the only person living in the building has set in, though, and she gets freaked out every time she hears a creak or a bump.

“It’s really made me aware of how socially interrelated we are,” she said. “Can you imagine going home to your building tonight and there’s nobody there? You’re the only one? It’s creepy.

“Of course, it’s your own mind that does it. You know, like when you were a child having night terrors and thinking you can’t put your foot on the floor because the monster under the bed is gonna reach out and grab it. So there’s those kinds of irrational fears, but beyond that, there’s the very real fear that, hey, I’m alone in this freaking building on the Bowery, and if I scream, nobody will hear me.”

© 2008 Observer Media Group

September 8th, 2008, 09:05 PM
The New York Times

September 9, 2008
New Museum Buys Adjacent Building

Not even a year after it opened a new $50 million home on the Bowery, the New Museum of Contemporary Art has acquired an adjacent building for $16.6 million, museum executives said Monday. Just south of the museum at 231 Bowery, the building is a 47,000-square-foot, five-story structure now used by a restaurant-supply company.

Lisa Phillips, the museum’s director, said the institution would run the building “as is” for the time being, with a new ground-floor tenant. The museum, at 235 Bowery, will also use some of the vacant space for additional offices and storage “till we develop a long-range plan,” she said, adding, “There is so much possibility for institutional growth.”

The museum’s ideas for the space include using it for expanded programming or revenue-generating activities and running it as a separate but complementary adjunct, Ms. Phillips said.

The museum, which had been working on the deal for the last six months, paid for the new space with money raised and contributed by the board and some outside financing, she said.

The purchase seems likely to speed the transformation of the area surrounding the New Museum. Since it moved there from SoHo, opening last December in a building designed by the Tokyo firm Sanaa, galleries and restaurants have been popping up on a strip that was long known for flophouses, bars and stores that sell light fixtures and restaurant equipment.

Founded in 1977, the institution bills itself as Manhattan’s only museum dedicated to contemporary art. Coming shows include “A. L. Steiner + robbinschilds,” a series of site-specific performances, multichannel video installations and video projections; and “Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone,” described as the first solo exhibition and retrospective of Ms. Heilmann’s paintings, sculptures and furniture in a New York museum.

Assessing the museum’s design by Sanaa’s founders, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote in The New York Times in January 2006: “Wrapped in a woven aluminum mesh skin, the stacked forms give the composition a mysterious quality, suggesting a culture in constant flux.”

Ms. Phillips said she hoped the museum would continue to be a part of the neighborhood’s evolution. “It’s an opportunity,” she said. “It’s an investment in our future growth. We’re a dynamic, growing institution.”

September 8th, 2008, 09:11 PM
Salvation Army East Village Residence

Has the Army left?

But, we haven’t been saved yet.

A sign in the window at the Salvation Army’s East Village Residence at 1 East Third Street indicates it may be over for the former Bowery residence.

We can confirm that we have absolutely no confirmation of a destructive demise for the residence, but we did try to call the number on the door’s sign for more info and received the Army’s voicemail replete with lilting British Isles accent.

Salvation Army East Village Residence

Salvation Army Sign
(on Ebay shortly?)

Salvation Army East Village Residence

East Village Residence Front Door

Perhaps Vanishing New York’s January profile of the latest, Robert Scarano-inspired East Village tombstone was prescient. Is another high-rise on the way? Has the Army decided to sell and make use of the funds elsewhere?

We note that the residence used to be “a residence to which pre-release referral through parole is necessary” if this message board is correct.

Nevertheless, the destructive pace of overblown East Village development may be on the verge of welcoming yet another gleaming tower of Babel.


September 11th, 2008, 01:17 PM
BLOCKBUSTER: Norman Foster Plans Bowery Gallery Building

CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/09/11/blockbuster_norman_foster_plans_bowery_gallery_bui lding.php#more)
by Joey
September 11, 2008


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English architect Lord Norman Foster must be tired of dealing with all
the stuffy uptowners (http://curbed.com/tags/980-madison-avenue) (lookin' at you, Tom Wolfe!) who get mixed up in the
business of his grand architectural visions, because rumor has it he's
heading downtown—to the Bowery, so conveniently left out of the East
Village/Lower East Side rezoning. According to a Curbed tipster, Foster &
Partners has designed the above nine-story gallery building for an
established Chelsea art dealer at 257 Bowery, just north of the New Museum
and across the street from FLAnk Architects' planned eco-friendly hotel (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/11/29/the_bowery_finally_gets_its_geothermal_wells.php).

257 Bowery, next to an old tenement building that sprouted a rooftop
addition and went condo a little while back, is still an old tenement itself.
The current building can be seen in the gallery above. However, the building
was sold this summer (http://www.costar.com/News/Article.aspx?id=DB9AA94CF638D0440A66151E05A79A7B) to, wouldn't you know it, the Sperone Westwater Gallery (http://www.speronewestwater.com/cgi-bin/iowa/index.html).
According to our tipster, the building is still in the schematic design phase,
and indeed, according to the façade studies seen above, the design team is playing
with a few different types of glass, including glass tubes, glass tubes of varying
diameters, channeled glass and channeled glass with fins. Collect 'em all! The Bowery
has landed on many stepping stones on its arduous path to becoming the playground
of the rich and fabulous, but the arrival of one of the world's foremost starchitects
has to be one of the biggest friggin' rocks yet. Mazel tov, you adorable old slum.

· Soho Apt. Building Sells for $8.5M (http://www.costar.com/News/Article.aspx?id=DB9AA94CF638D0440A66151E05A79A7B) [CoStar]
· Curbed's Bowery Gentrification coverage (http://curbed.com/tags/bowery-gentrification) [Curbed]


September 11th, 2008, 01:23 PM
I saw this on Curbed. I hope that it doesn't happen. The building is mediocre, and the one that it would replace is a nice old one. With all of the sh...it on the Bowery, can't they find a taxpayer to raze.

September 11th, 2008, 02:20 PM
That block just south of Houston on the east side of The Bowery is coming down building by buyilding and looks like it will soon have a saw-tooth effect -- at least tuntil they take down ALL the old buildings there and build each up to max height.

At 263 Bowery, three lots north of this one, a 4-story a 100+ year old brick building is being taken bit by bit. As of today one floor is left.

DOB describes (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=6&passjobnumber=110294930&passdocnumber=01) that job:


The next step is an Alteration (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=6&passjobnumber=104538528&passdocnumber=01):


The lot is ~ 100' x 25' and they are putting up a structure measuring 7-stories / 74' / ~ 8,900 GSF

September 11th, 2008, 02:33 PM
....At 263 Bowery, three lots north of this one, a 4-story a 100+ year old brick building is being taken bit by bit. As of today one floor is left.....

That sucks. Development should improve a city by, among other things, getting of crap. There is so much undistinguished crap on the Bowery that can be razed. Instead, the crap stays and nice old stuff is razed. NY is f...ked up.

1. The 56th St. townhouses;
2. The Drake (and possible the 57th St. townhouses);
3. Rosen's former YMCA;
4. Rosen's 516 5th Ave.;
5. Etc., etc.

September 11th, 2008, 03:20 PM

Hopefully some day soon we'll have an RIP Aby Rosen. Let the bastard croak for what he wants to do at 516 Fifth to the country's most famous street.

September 11th, 2008, 03:37 PM
I agree.

September 11th, 2008, 08:46 PM
The problem with that kind of thinking is that even when all the Aby Rosens, Harry Macklowes, Sam Changs and Joseph Moinians are gone, there will be new ones to take their place.

In other words, even when these current villians are gone, the system makes sure that there will always be new ones.

The fact of the matter is that this city, New York, just aren't veery interested in architecture. People worry about height and size. That concerns them more.

(Look at the proposed Tishman hotel (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=250167) in Chelsea, are the neighbors sueing out of concern for the existing building? No, they doesn't want the air rights transfer because they didn't want the building to be too big and bring in more traffic.)

That's not to say that we won't get an occasionally Tower Verre or 15 CPW but for the most part, all of older, unprotected (non-historic districts) parts of Manhattan will eventually be gone and replaced by mediocre contemporary architecture that are more economically productive.

It's sad but that is pretty much going to happen.

September 13th, 2008, 04:46 PM
Friday, September 12, 2008

Bowery Tsunami (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/09/bowery-tsunami.html)

Curbed's announcement (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/09/11/blockbuster_norman_foster_plans_bowery_gallery_bui lding.php#more) that 257 Bowery will be turned into a big glass box means that the building that long held M. Kabram & Sons (http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B04E3DE1E3BF934A25756C0A9669C8B 63) will be vanishing. It is only the latest victim in the unnatural disaster that is sweeping down Bowery today.

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Begun by three Kabram brothers in 1908 and moved to this location in 1920, the restaurant supply store began renting its wares to television and movies in the 1950s. A diner counter appeared in The Honeymooners. A pizza oven starred in Goodfellas.

The Kabrams sold the building (it was sold again in May (http://nyc.everyblock.com/property-sales/by-date/2008/5/30/1556835/) for $8.5 million) and auctioned off their inventory earlier this year. Clyde Haberman covered the auction (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/nyregion/11nyc.html?_r=1&oref=slogin) for the Times, reporting: "Just about every inch of space was crammed with wooden bars, booths, cappuccino makers, ancient cash registers, grills, soda dispensers, cigarette machines, menu boards with removable letters, butcher-paper cutters, mounds of cups and dishes, malted-milk blenders and a few tabletop juke boxes flipped to Connie Francis and Nat King Cole tunes."

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For these and other relics from a vanishing New York, former city of goodfellas and honeymooners, the Bowery is becoming a gallery destination simultaneously turning into a luxury playground, like SoHo and west Chelsea before it--though usually galleries get about a decade headstart. Not anymore. Collective Hardware (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/08/everyday-chatter_26.html) has come, Bowery Boogie reports the arrival of Small A Projects (http://boweryboogie.blogspot.com/2008/09/gallery-sweep.html), and Downtown Express (http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_279/mixeduse.html) has the story about "major Chelsea art gallery" The White Box, "decamped for the Lower East Side."

The White Box's director "forecasted that about 150 to 200 galleries will eventually move to the L.E.S., but that they will ultimately be displaced by upscale residential and retail development. 'This neighborhood will change irrevocably,' he stated. 'It’s a natural pattern we have in New York, constantly.'"

Again we hear the common fantasy that the profound and excessive change we've seen in the city over the past decade is the same as the "natural" and constant flow of change that has made New York the living organism it's always been. It's like saying, "Since the climate has always changed naturally, there's no such thing as global warming." It may calm one's fears, but it just isn't true. Meanwhile, the water is rising.

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Today's change is undeniably faster, bigger, and more monocultural than what we've had in the past. Over more than the past century, the Bowery has changed--its tenements held industrial supply stores, then opera houses, then vaudeville houses, then flophouses, then artist's crappy lofts and kitchen supply stores. How this rate and scale of change can be deemed synonymous and harmonious with the current tsunami, in which those tenements are bulldozed in bunches to erect glass towers for the uber-rich, I cannot fathom.

This tsunami is not to be outrun. No neighborhood is safe. When it's done, there will be nothing left but the tidy, shiny mess it leaves behind. And there will be no going back.

Take a walk down Bowery and see how complete the transformation is becoming. Bring along my half-assed map that includes only a handful of the changes that have come, and keep coming, since just 2005. Let me say that another way. Four years ago, none of this existed. That's fast, that's big, and that's not business-as-usual in the ever-changing city:


From north to south:

41 Cooper Square (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/03/ukrainians-surrender.html)
35 Cooper Square (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/07/35-cooper-square.html)
4th & Bowery (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2007/11/another-bowery-tower.html)
The Other 4th & Bowery (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/01/another-bowery-tower.html)
Extra Place (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/01/extra-place.html)
New Museum
185-191 Bowery (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/07/bowery-stories.html)
169 Bowery (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/07/169-bowery-suicide.html)
Lighting District (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/07/lighting-district.html)

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September 19th, 2008, 09:48 AM
Mods: There are two other threads (old and mostly inactive) which pre-date this one but cover the "new stuff on the Bowery" territory.

Perhaps they could be merged into this one:

Bowery Developments (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4810&highlight=bowery)

New Construction on the Bowery (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5373&highlight=bowery)

September 19th, 2008, 10:23 AM
More from CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/09/19/sam_chang_wants_to_build_on_history_in_noho.php) on the Whitehouse Hotel (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=252661#post252661) at 340 Bowery in NoHo ...

Sam Chang Wants to Build on History in Noho


The White House hostel (or Whitehouse, if you prefer) at 340 Bowery,
where rooms can be had starting at $27.94 per night according to its
website (http://www.whitehousehotelofny.com/), may soon be meeting the fate of so many other Bowery
flophouses: total annihilation. Purchased by an affiliate of Sam Chang's
McSam Hotel Group, the developer had initially tried to keep the address
out of the Noho Historic District extension (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/08/12/curbedwire_100n3rd_sells_out_mcsam_wants_noho_pass .php) that was recently passed. At
the last minute, that bid was dropped, and now the Villager has the full
details on why.

Get ready to meet your maker, little guy. >> (http://curbed.com/archives/2008/09/19/sam_chang_wants_to_build_on_history_in_noho.php#mo re)

September 29th, 2008, 04:38 AM
An Obscure City Street, Often Forgotten and Perhaps Soon for Sale

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/09/29/nyregion/29street_600span.jpg Michael Falco for The New York Times
In the East Village, Extra Place has drawn interest from a developer, but some local residents would like it to remain a city street.

By COLIN MOYNIHAN (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/colin_moynihan/index.html?inline=nyt-per)
Published: September 28, 2008

New York City has thousands of avenues, boulevards, streets and other byways, some famous, others merely utilitarian. But even many veteran taxi drivers and longtime local residents find it difficult to give the location of Extra Place, mostly because they have never heard of it.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/09/29/nyregion/29street_map.jpg The New York Times
Extra Place is about 30 feet wide and about 120 feet long.

The tiny street is in the East Village and runs north from First Street — without making it to Second Street — between the Bowery and Second Avenue. About 30 feet wide and 120 feet long, it resembles a dusty alleyway more than an active thoroughfare. There are no street signs. It is virtually impossible to see on a standard atlas.

The street does, however, have admirers. For instance, there is Avalon Bay, the developer of recently constructed luxury buildings on First Street (http://www.avalonboweryplace.com/). It wants to repave Extra Place and create a cleaner passageway to the shops and boutiques that are expected to open in the new buildings.

Other admirers include longtime neighbors who said they were charmed by the truncated lane simply because it was one of the last remnants of the block’s pregentrified past. But the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which has control of the street, has no interest in holding on to it.

At a meeting of the neighborhood community board’s land use committee this month, representatives of the city agency and Avalon Bay outlined a proposal for the developer to buy the street.

But the committee prefers that the street remain in the city’s hands, and it asked for a new plan to be submitted next month, said Susan Stetzer, the district manager of Community Board 3.

“There’s very little city-owned space left, and we would like the city to continue to own Extra Place,” she said. “There could be proposals to fix it up and manage it, which could be done by Avalon, but we also want to guarantee public access.”

Avalon Bay announced several months ago that it wanted to repave the little street and install seats, including some to be used by a cafe to which the developer expects to lease space. The idea that Avalon Bay might buy the street was first made public at this month’s meeting.

Michele de Milly, a spokeswoman for Avalon Bay, said that though the company wanted to use the street, it did not necessarily want to own it.

“Avalon Bay’s principal concern is refurbishing this derelict alleyway and turning it into a public amenity,” she said, adding that the city had suggested the sale.

Seth Donlin, a spokesman for Housing Preservation, said it was indeed the city’s desire to sell the street and noted that the agency’s mission was to develop property rather than manage it.

Compared with its more colorful neighbor, the Bowery, Extra Place has left a light historical footprint. Some believe it got its name in 1802, when a large farm owned by Philip Minthorne (http://www.forgotten-ny.com/Alleys/Soho/soho.html) was split up among several of his children and the narrow strip of land was unclaimed.

The back door of CBGB (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/16/arts/music/16cnd-cbgbnotebook.html?scp=3&sq=cbgb closing&st=cse), the punk rock monument that closed in 2006, opened onto Extra Place, and the street is perhaps best known as the setting for the cover photograph of the Ramones (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/r/ramones/index.html?inline=nyt-org)’ album “Rocket to Russia.”

“The ground was magnificent,” said Danny Fields, the manager of the Ramones, who took the photograph in November 1976. “It was filled with junk, shreds of clothes and pieces of barrels, posters, leaves, ropes.”

Some residents, including bloggers who write about the gentrification of the East Village, have opposed the idea of selling Extra Place, arguing that the piece of public property, modest as it is, should remain public.

Others have lauded Extra Place as a rarity — a virtually unchanged sliver of the city that ought to be left alone.

Jeremiah Moss, who runs a blog called Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2008/01/extra-place.html) (subtitled, “The Book of Lamentations: A Bitterly Nostalgic Look at a City in the Process of Going Extinct”), posted part of a Talk of the Town story about Extra Place that appeared in The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1952/11/08/1952_11_08_026_TNY_CARDS_000236567) in 1952.

The author, Brendan Gill (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/g/brendan_gill/index.html?inline=nyt-per), wrote: “Extra Place is a narrow little dead-end street, dark even by day and marked off by rusty iron warehouse doors and shuttered windows, with week-old newspapers blowing along the gutters.”

With a few exceptions, the street looked much the same on a recent evening. A rat skittered across the back of the street near a door that used to lead into CBGB, which is now the site of an upscale clothing store. Graffiti was on walls and an empty 22-ounce beer bottle lay near a fresh batch of discarded newspapers.

A few passersby said that they rarely thought about Extra Place but suggested that it could use some sprucing up.

Mr. Fields, for his part, said he thought that some people were underestimating the appeal of the street in its current state.

“The best years of my life,” he said, “were in places that were dark, damp and disgusting.”

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December 13th, 2008, 05:07 AM
Norman Foster's Gallery Plans for Bowery Move Forward

by Dana Rubinstein (http://www.observer.com/2008/author/dana-rubinstein)
4:20 PM December 12, 2008

http://www.observer.com/files/imagecache/article/files/Sperone.jpg artnet via NEWSgrist.
Rendering of plans for 257 Bowery.

The Sperone Westwater (http://www.speronewestwater.com/cgi-bin/iowa/index.html) art gallery, which works with artists like Bruce Nauman and Susan Rothenberg, has filed architectural plans with the city for its new Lord Norman Foster-designed gallery at 257 Bowery. The plans, filed yesterday, call for a 10-story building of almost 15,000 square feet.
According to a release (http://www.speronewestwater.com/cgi-bin/iowa/articles/record.html?record=638) issued by the gallery in November, Sperone Westwater will relocate from West 13th Street in December 2009, the move "prompted by Sperone Westwater’s increasing need for larger and more flexible space..."

More from the release:

A distinctive innovation in the design is a moving exhibition space, a 12 x 20-foot moving hall that connects the five floors where works of art will be on view. The exhibition space allows visitors to move gradually between levels and will be a prominent feature along the Bowery, visible from the street, its gentle pace contrasting with the fast-moving traffic. At any given floor, the exhibition space can be extended by parking the moving hall as required. This “moving exhibit” will set a new standard in experiencing art and pioneer a novel approach to vertical movement within a gallery building.

...In speaking about the project, Norman Foster stated:

“The concept for Sperone Westwater Gallery is both a response to the Bowery’s dynamic urban character and a desire to rethink the way in which we engage with art in the setting of a gallery. The moving exhibit Hall animates the exterior of the building and creates a bold vertical element within. Like a kinetic addition to the street, it is a lively symbol of the area’s reinvention and a daring response to the Gallery’s major program.”


© 2008 Observer Media Group,

December 13th, 2008, 08:56 AM
A distinctive innovation in the design is a moving exhibition space, a 12 x 20-foot moving hall that connects the five floors where works of art will be on view. The exhibition space allows visitors to move gradually between levels and will be a prominent feature along the Bowery, visible from the street, its gentle pace contrasting with the fast-moving traffic. At any given floor, the exhibition space can be extended by parking the moving hall as required. This “moving exhibit” will set a new standard in experiencing art and pioneer a novel approach to vertical movement within a gallery building.

...In speaking about the project, Norman Foster stated: “The concept ... is both a response to the Bowery’s dynamic urban character and a desire to rethink the way in which we engage with art in the setting of a gallery. The moving exhibit Hall animates the exterior of the building and creates a bold vertical element within. Like a kinetic addition to the street, it is a lively symbol of the area’s reinvention and a daring response to the Gallery’s major program.”
Sounds like a big, slow elevator with art on the walls.

March 24th, 2009, 08:33 PM
52 East 4th St

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March 24th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Not bad at all.

I think this is a great example of how buildings that are taller than the surrounding does no damage and in this instance, actually enhances the block.

The key is that the footprint be small and similar to the adjacent buildings and that it is slim. The height does not matter much. In fact, if this building was twice as tall, it would still make very little difference as far as impact.

Contrast that with a bulky, block-long building like the Avalon Chrystie (an example of what not to do) the difference becomes really apparent.


April 18th, 2009, 09:37 PM
Just a few of the recent projects along 4th ave/ the Bowery.

New 13 story building will rise here
71 Fourth Avenue (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=3&passjobnumber=110379527&passdocnumber=01)

Suppose to be torn down for a Maki designed office tower once the new Cooper Union building is completed.







Foundation work continues for 2 Cooper Square (corner of E 4th & the Bowery)






April 19th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Thanks for the nice report. The hotel is probably the best of the lot.

Do you happen to know if the Foster gallery has a good chance of being built?

April 19th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Yea, the Bowery Hotel is very nicely done. Was in a rush to work so couldn't get betteer pics of it.

Seems they are building the Foster building. They already knocked down the previous building and filed construction permits.




April 19th, 2009, 05:33 PM
DOB shows the plan for the Foster project has now had four separate DISAPPROVALS (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/PlanExaminationOverviewServlet?requestid=3&allisn=0001592680&passjobnumber=110408014&allbin=1078074) since the end of 2008 ...

From CURBED: a recent "pictoral history (http://curbed.com/archives/2009/04/13/on_the_bowery_one_goes_up_the_other_comes_down.php )" of this block.

April 19th, 2009, 10:06 PM
All the modern buildings seen here are bad and ugly including the two at both ends of the picture and the parasitic addition that's clamped itself on top of that poor little walkup in the middle there.

It's just terrible. The general architecture (or lack thereof) of the lower end developments in this city are just horrendous.


May 20th, 2009, 06:47 PM
"52 E 4" is a hodge podge of a mess. The architect is Scarano, and it's really bizarre how what
they're building doesn't match up with the renderings they've been using to promo the place.

This is what they first showed for the north wing facade (big master bedroom
windows facing towards the Cooper Square Hotel one block over):


This is what that facade looks like these days ...



And the latest rendering of the same, with windows oppositionally angled a bit from floor to floor ...


Nere's a wider view, making great use of the reflection of the sun --
seemingly to obscure what the west-facing facade really looks like
(apparently all the articulated metal is simply applique) ...


Here's the jumble they call the Penthouse, seen from a few blocks away in NoHo ...


And here is the west facade seen in all its confusion from a bit to the south, getting metallicized ...


A last render, all gauzy and soft ...


And 52 E 4 sharing air space with it's immediate neighbor to the south, the new-ish Bowery Hotel ...


I'd give it half a star.

52 E 4 - Scarano

May 20th, 2009, 09:07 PM
From curbed.com:


Despite the pleas of some in the neighborhood, the 18-story Wyndham Hotel at 93 Bowery is finally rising, EV Grieve reports. The, um, glassy (and really, how else to put it?) 108-room hotel at Hester Street in Chinatown has drawn the ire of neighborhood residents worried about a wave of development driving them out of the area. But to be fair, that's probably only one reason why they hate this thing.

PS: I wonder if this is a distorted photo of a box or if the hotel will jut out as it appears to in the rendering.

May 20th, 2009, 10:43 PM
It's totally distorted. The building will have a regular rectangular base, then two rectangular segments atop that (with a few set backs and stuff up top).

Here's a pic I took 6 months ago of the rendering they had tacked up at the site ...


May 20th, 2009, 11:14 PM
Thanks, Lofter.

June 16th, 2009, 11:49 PM
Re: 40 Kenmare at Elizabeth

Well, they're building again...

City rescinded "stop work" order.

I see, smell, and feel the construction where I live!

The construction posed a structural hazard to 153 Elizabeth Street, and to its tenants. Don't know what's happening now, though.

The NYC Buildings Dept. doesn't give a sh** about working-class people; they know most structures are really old and might not be able to withstand all the rattling and heavy vibrations coming the construction!

CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2009/06/16/the_nolitan_hotel_takes_shape_in_nonnolita_locatio n.php#reader_comments) has an update on this one, now a hotel to be called called The Nolitan.

Seems there are no renders of what the facade will look like :mad:

June 17th, 2009, 10:06 AM
I looked at the architect's website, and his work is horrible.

June 17th, 2009, 07:42 PM
I looked at the architect's website, and his work is horrible.

Avert your eyes if you ever go to Flushing then.

September 13th, 2009, 12:30 PM
Some listings!


September 13th, 2009, 05:02 PM

October 21st, 2009, 12:42 AM
BLOCKBUSTER: Norman Foster Plans Bowery Gallery Building


Architect’s Challenge: A Sliver of a Space

NY TIMES (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/arts/design/21foster.html?ref=arts)
October 21, 2009

257 Bowery SLIDE SHOW (http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/10/20/arts/20091021_FOSTER_SLIDESHOW_index.html)

It is difficult to fathom at first why a famous architect with one of the largest practices in the world would personally want to take on a sliver of a building on the Bowery.

This is Norman Foster, after all, who redesigned the Reichstag in Berlin and the British Museum and created Beijing’s new airport. He has already made his mark on Manhattan, with the bold Hearst Building on Eighth Avenue at 57th Street, and has also designed three other major projects not yet under construction: the expansion of the main branch of the New York Public Library, Tower 2 at the World Trade Center site and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

But architects often say the possibilities of a building lie in its limitations, and Mr. Foster was drawn to the challenge of designing what is essentially a vertical art gallery on New York City’s former skid row, a landscape dominated by restaurant supply stores. The building, at 257 Bowery, just south of Houston Street and one block away from the New Museum of Contemporary Art, will be the new Lower East Side home for Sperone Westwater. The gallery, now on West 13th Street in the West Village, represents artists like Bruce Nauman, Richard Long, Guillermo Kuitca and William Wegman. At its new address it will rise eight stories on a site of just 25 by 100 feet.

The gallery, which began life in SoHo in 1975, moved to its current 10,000-square-foot location in 2002; plans for the new building arose out of a desire for more visibility and space.

The Bowery location will offer a “street presence” that “we had longed for,” said Angela Westwater, one of the gallery’s founders, adding that the building’s multiple floors would make it “more flexible than other galleries we’ve had.”

Ms. Westwater and her husband, David Meitus —who owns an interior design showroom — knew Mr. Foster through the Tate in London; Mr. Meitus and Mr. Foster’s wife, Elena, are both members of an international group of patrons of the museum. At a holiday lunch at the end of 2007 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Ms. Westwater and her husband showed the architect pictures of the new gallery site, a lot they had just bought for $8.5 million.

“We said: ‘Would you be interested in this? It’s much smaller than your other projects,’ ” Ms. Westwater recalled. “He took out paper and pencil and started sketching.”

The new building is now under construction and due to open this spring. (Ms. Westwater would not disclose the cost of the project.) It will essentially double the gallery’s current space to 20,000 square feet. Three of the floors will be for public galleries, two for private showings, two for offices and one for a library. The useable area is only about 1,900 square feet on each floor, so the mandate was to maximize column-free exhibition space.

Mr. Foster’s solution was a giant elevator, measuring 12 by 20 feet, that would not only transport art and visitors from floor to floor but serve as an exhibition space as well.

“Once you look at putting in an elevator able to move significant works of art, the next stage is to say, ‘Why doesn’t the major gallery become the elevator?’ ” Mr. Foster said in a recent interview in Madrid, where an exhibition of his sketches had just opened.

While the elevator could fit up to 240 people, only a few are expected to occupy it at a time. It will move more at a rate of 50 feet per minute, rather than the more typical speed of 150, to allow time for people to admire the art inside.

“We want it to move very slowly, so you’re not interrupted in seeing the artwork,” said Michael Wurzel, the Foster architect in charge of the project in New York. “It’s not a 20-floor office building where everybody is impatient.”

He added, “The whole concept is, you almost don’t realize you’re in an elevator.”

Indeed, the elevator will have the same polished concrete floors and white walls as the stationary galleries, and it will be possible to park it on one or another of the floors to extend its space. (People needing to get from floor to floor would then use the back elevator or the stairs.)

Because the building will be sheathed in milled glass and the elevator exterior walls colored a shocking Ferrari red, the moving gallery will be visible from outside, a “dynamic element of the facade inside this translucent tube,” Mr. Foster said.

Ms. Westwater sees this feature as “like a beacon, like a lighthouse,” she said.

“It’s obviously unconventional,” she added. “We hope it challenges artists to come up with new kinds of work, prompting them to do things they might not have done before.”

As an artist, Mr. Kuitca, for one, has already begun brainstorming about how to use the space. “I’m always concerned with how much time people spend in front of the work,” he said. “The time of the piece would in a way be proposed by the gallery. It’s not that you are locked, but the time you spend there is set by a third voice.”

The man behind that voice said he had managed not to be daunted by the notion of stacking galleries with such a circumscribed footprint on top of one another; instead, Mr. Foster said, “it’s a case of the constraints finally becoming the inspiration.”

“To be an architect, you have to be an optimist,” he said. “You have to be a realist, but you have to be an optimist.”

Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

October 21st, 2009, 02:08 AM
This area's redevelopment can be compared to Williamsburg. It's a friggin mess.

October 21st, 2009, 03:58 AM
I love this area and regard it as quite attractive.

However, it sucks that a beautiful little building was razed to accomodate this, and yet that bland POS on the south corner of this block remains. I assume that it is market-regulated housing which cannot be emptied.


November 19th, 2009, 11:21 PM




November 20th, 2009, 11:47 AM
I assume that it is market-regulated housing which cannot be emptied.If that's true, good.

November 20th, 2009, 10:11 PM
Let's hope they don't turn the theatre space into condos...or is that exactly what's gonna happen?

Bond Street Beauty Adds Pool to Penthouse

November 20, 2009, by Sara






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This isn't the first time we've drooled over 54 Bond Street, the landmark Bouwerie Lane Theater now carved up into three condos. But this is the first time we're seeing the building's new website, which gives us another opportunity to ogle Bond Street emperor Adam Gordon and architect Steven Harris's work on the beauty. The two smaller apartments' floorplans are narrow and still asking over $2,000 per square foot. But oh, that triplex penthouse! It's now asking a slightly slimmer $15.45 million (still more than the $15 million Gordon paid for the whole building in 2007). And the lowest floor can be either storage space (boring!) or a 1,510-square-foot lap pool.

54 Bond Street (http://www.54bond.com/) [54bond.com]
54 Bond Street (http://www.streeteasy.com/nyc/sale/479527-condo-54-bond-street-noho-new-york) [StreetEasy]
Bouwerie Lane Theater Gutted, Chopped Up & On the Market (http://curbed.com/archives/2009/09/17/bouwerie_lane_theater_gutted_chopped_up_on_the_mar ket.php#reader_comments) [Curbed]


November 21st, 2009, 12:44 AM
Fantastic spaces there.

Let's hope they don't turn the theatre space into condos...or is that exactly what's gonna happen?

Actually the theater space is now a store: ROGAN (http://racked.com/archives/2008/10/14/****ed_up.php)

December 20th, 2009, 10:47 PM


December 23rd, 2009, 05:35 AM
Old vs new...

A Bowery Building Cleans Up Amid Hopes of Downzoning

December 22, 2009, by Pete

Newly restored 215 Bowery at the northeast corner of Rivington Street.






There's a big strip of the Bowery that was left out last year when the City Planning Commission ruled to rezone much of the Lower East Side, but now some local commandos are hoping to remedy that. The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors (BAN) met with CPC this month to present a plan to protect the buildings along the east side of this once derelict but now booming boulevard. One old beauty at 215 Bowery has just dropped its netting after a full facelift. Now all buffed and polished, this one looks ready to carry the torch for preservation. From atop the refurbished cornice the many changes along the Bowery are clear. There's the hell-raising stack of the New Museum to the south north, Foster's floating elevator rising a block above that and the long-dead dig at the defunct FLAnk-designed green hotel project across the avenue. We'll see how this Old vs. New saga ends.

East Bowery Preservation Plan (http://boweryalliance.org/home) [Bowery Alliance of Neighbors]
City Planning Hears Bowery Rezoning Proposal Today (http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2009/12/city-planning-hears-bowery-rezoning-proposal-today.html) [The Lo-Down]
BAN plans to keep the building boom on Bowery at bay (http://www.thevillager.com/villager321/ban.html) [The Villager]

http://curbed.com/archives/2009/12/22/a_bowery_building_cleans_up_amid_hopes_of_downzoni ng.php

December 23rd, 2009, 10:27 AM
Newly restored 215 Bowery at the northeast corner of Rivington Street.
Wow, that looks so good. City should provide financial incentives to put back cornices.

December 23rd, 2009, 11:28 AM
That one on the corner of Rivington was pretty much intact and just needed a good scrubbing. One of the upsides of "forgotten" and forlorn places like the Bowery is that lots of the great old stuff was never messed with.

Here's how 215 Bowery looked in the summer of 2008:






January 8th, 2010, 10:11 PM
Bowery Before-and-After on the Lower East Side

January 8, 2010, by Joey

[At left and at center via PropertyShark (http://propertyshark.com/mason/nyc/Reports2/showsection.html?propkey=5969); at right via Bowery Boogie (http://www.boweryboogie.com/2010/01/196-bowery-revealed.html).]


Located right next to the spooky/awesome Germania Bank Building, little 196 Bowery is as good a visual representation as any for the rapid changes along the bouelvard of broken dreams over the past few years. This'll be seven floors of luxury rentals (http://therealdeal.com/newyork/articles/kurland-and-sasson-create-marketing-group), and one less place we can retire to for a weekend Night Train bender.

196 Bowery Revealed (http://www.boweryboogie.com/2010/01/196-bowery-revealed.html) [Bowery Boogie]


March 2nd, 2010, 04:54 AM
Concrete Evidence of Norman Foster's Bowery Takeover

March 1, 2010, by Pete


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The shell for British starchitect Norman Foster's new Bowery fun ride has finally exposed itself. Forms have been removed and what's now seen is the big concrete box that will house the Sperone Westwater Gallery (http://curbed.com/tags/257-bowery) and its big red elevator at 257 Bowery. Still to rise are three more floors, set back from the base with more glass rising to the top. A new filing (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/BScanJobDocumentServlet?requestid=5&passjobnumber=110408014&passdocnumber=05&allbin=1078074&scancode=SC130433219) at the DOB shows there will be a "coffee station" on the highest floor, offering folks the chance to get buzzed while they check out the changes on the Bowery. Construction has now topped the mysterious seven-story Karl Fischer special a few doors north at 263 Bowery (http://curbed.com/tags/263-bowery), where a stop work order (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/ComplaintsByAddressServlet?requestid=10&allbin=1078068&fillerdata=A) from December has been resolved, and windows and cladding are now taking shape. Foster's Bowery addition should top out by spring, and the flashy facade of glass rods can't be too far behind.

257 Bowery coverage (http://curbed.com/tags/257-bowery) [Curbed]

http://curbed.com/archives/2010/03/01/concrete_evidence_of_norman_fosters_bowery_takeove r.php

March 19th, 2010, 11:02 PM
Bowery history and height limits top the bill at civic groups forum

By Albert Amateau

The history and preservation of the Bowery and the Lower East Side was the focus last week of three civic groups at a forum in the landmarked Ottendorfer Library on Second Ave.

David Mulkins, a co-founder of Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, or BAN, and an advocate for a Bowery Historic District, called for support of an East Bowery Preservation Plan to curtail rampant high-rise development on the east side of the fabled street. The west side of the Bowery already has a measure of protection because much of the street is within the Little Italy and Noho historic districts.

Elizabeth Solomon, preservation advocate for the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, told the forum that the society’s building-by-building survey of the East Village from Broadway to the East River between E. 14th St. and Houston St., which began two and a half years ago, will be completed next year, when an architectural historian will analyze the information and write a report with recommendations for the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Rob Hollander, of Save the Lower East Side, and Eric Ferrara, director of the Lower East Side History Project, spoke about the historical contrasts of the street known as Bowery, the city’s first theater district and at the same time the notorious red light district of early New York City.

The term “Jim Crow,” meaning black segregation, originated with a character in a Bowery minstrel show, according to a timeline that BAN has issued. The great 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth performed on the Bowery, and later, so did Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Al Jolson and Jimmy Durante. Yiddish theater in America was born on the Bowery and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” had its opening on the Bowery.

Punk rock and the Ramones rocked at CBGB (closed in October 2006) on the Bowery. The Bowery Mission, which takes its name from the street famed as the city’s Skid Row, has been saving derelict bodies and souls since 1879. In the 1890s there were a dozen gay bars in the Bowery neighborhood. It was where early gangs — associated with political clubs and volunteer fire companies — constituted the underworld. McGurk’s Suicide Hall, a brothel that got its nickname from the prostitutes who decided to end it all there, was at 285 Bowery.

But many historic buildings have been demolished and replaced by high-rise hotels on the east side of the Bowery.

Construction of an 18-story hotel at 91 Bowery last year destabilized an old building at 128 Hester St., forcing 60 tenants out and the eventual demolition of the Hester St. building.

“We see projects like that as a threat to small businesses, residents and to the historic fabric of the community,” said Mulkins, a high school history teacher by profession. The area 100 feet east of the Bowery has a height limit imposed by the East Village/Lower East Side rezoning two years ago, but the east side of the Bowery itself is a high-rise free-for-all, Mulkins said. Preservation advocates have asked the City Planning Commission for height limits on the street’s east side, but have had no response.

“We went to see Amanda Burden [C.P.C. chairperson] in December with the councilmember-elect, Margaret Chin, and the outgoing member, Alan Gerson,” Mulkins said. “She said the department would consider the idea, but we haven’t heard anything since then.”

Nevertheless, BAN is planning a Bowery design charrette to take place later this year involving prominent architects Nicholas Quenelle, Ric Scofidio, Robert Rogers, Leo Blackman and Michael Geyer, as well as Kent Barwick of the Municipal Art Society and Anthony Tung, a former L.P.C. member.
At the same time, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, which recently got much of Chinatown and Little Italy added to the National Register of Historic Places, is helping BAN get similar designation for Bowery.


April 9th, 2010, 08:15 AM
Flag Flies over the Bowery as Foster Tops Fischer

April 8, 2010, by Pete


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The Battle of the Bowery has taken a new turn as starchitect Norman Foster's big box of fun (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/sperone-westwater-gallery) at 257 Bowery for the Sperone Westwater Gallery has topped out, as evidenced by the flag flying up top. The gallery's completed concrete shell towers over architect Karl Fischer's still mysterious little condo building at 263 Bowery, where things are moving slowly after some snafus (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=2&passjobnumber=120265195&passdocnumber=01) this past winter having to do with illegal scaffolding. Lord Norm's shell looks ready for his eagerly awaited big red elevator (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2009/10/21/lord_norms_crazy_lift.php), which will rise over old skid row and be visible from window seats at Bowery 2.0 flagship Pulino's (http://ny.eater.com/tags/pulinos-bar-pizzeria) up the block. Given the current state of the project the announced "Spring 2010" completion seems unlikely, but never count out a Lord.

257 Bowery coverage (http://ny.curbed.com/tags/257-bowery) [Curbed]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/04/08/flag_flies_over_the_bowery_as_foster_tops_fischer. php

May 23rd, 2010, 11:10 AM
52 E 4th Street

Kudos to the developer for not leveling the entire block and building a slender tower instead.




May 23rd, 2010, 11:21 AM
Ungainliest looking thing around ^ Frontage on the Bowery (seemingly un-rentable) is especially awkward and uninviting.

How could the developer level the whole block? They only controlled the odd shaped lot fronting mid-block on Bowery and a little slot on East 4th.