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    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:

    http://www.cooper.edu/architecture/f...s/wines12.html



    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:

    http://www.archilab.org/public/1999/...s/saee01en.htm


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    Maybe WNY should start it's own Flickr pool.

    One Kenmare Square

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    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime
    Cooper Square Avalon Chrystie:

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

















    Copyright ©1997-2005 Arquitectonica International Corporation
    Construction progressing.
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    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 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 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 here ...

    A recent article outlines the changes:

    The Bowery becoming the new millionaires row

    Real Estate Weekly
    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 and Gwathmey Siegel's "Sculpture for Living" , 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 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, 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

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    Look at Skid Row now. Amazing.

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    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 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 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 on 8.04.06 for a "Change of Use" on the 3 upper floors: A Temporary C of O 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 cubicles
    A 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

    The Bowery
    Leonard Pytlak (1934):


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

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    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 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.
    http://www.flankonline.com/

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    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 ...

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    The Avalon Bowery Place (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) is nearing completion:



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

    RENTS 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 Courtyard
    craigslist has some listings for Avalon Bowery.


    4 East 1st St. ( aka 2 - 4 East 1st St. / "Extra Place Apartments" ) 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.


    A map of the area (via 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 MARS BAR at the SW corner of East 1st / 2nd Avenue be able to hold out?





    From Susan S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post

    ... 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/

    Or HERE

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    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.

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    This was a previous design.
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    ^ 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.

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    That area is zoned C6-1 (see Zoning Map 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" (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).

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    "Little Italy": what a laugh!

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