Along Lafayette Street, Some Very Odd Lots
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Last edited by Edward; February 15th, 2012 at 04:48 PM. Reason: Full text by Christopher Gray deleted
That billboard changes all the time, but it's always CK and always sexy. Google search shows lots of the various versions. Some local women, especially those with young daughters, are not all that happy with the constant parade of photoshopped flesh (these women are not prudes, but they believe that such images are tough for young females to live up to). Others thought that CK was back in the kiddy porn business.
Here's a shot I took in June '09, when they first started digging up East Houston Street for the new mega-Subway Station down below and CK was ready for the beach ...
This area has many beautiful, old buildings.
One of my faves..
NoHo Hotel Seeks Smooth Operator
May 16, 2011, by Michael Gross
E V Grieve spotlights some news at 25 Great Jones Street, the finger-sticking bad news NoHo boutique hotel development site that's been the butt of jokes since 2009: it's now up for grabs. According to Massey Knakal's listing, the "13-story boutique hotel development slated for 48 guestrooms...awaits a flag or boutique operator to customize....The demolition, excavation, concrete super structure, and construction lift are fully complete." The brokers also note that "future competition" is increasingly unlikely in the recently-landmarked neighborhood, and that "nearby hotel suites can go for as high as $650/night, as seen at the Bowery and Cooper Square Hotels."
So it makes some sense that Crain's New York Business is touting a boom in hotels in the outer boroughs, where rooms rent for $200 and less. "Within a one-mile radius of The Ravel Hotel...a 63-room property located at the foot of the Queensborough Bridge," Crain's reports, "chain hotels Best Western and Howard Johnson stand back-to-back, near several independent properties that are currently under construction....Over the past four years, 5,850 hotel rooms have been added in places like downtown Brooklyn and Williamsburg as well as throughout Staten Island. Even the Bronx is slated to get a 48-room Comfort Inn on Webster Avenue later this year." Hotel Williamsburg, a 64-room luxury property set to open next month, has even hired the former chef de cuisine at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons hotel to run its restaurant. Even after you factor in subway fare, it's still likely to be a bargain.
Your chance to buy a boutique hotel on Great Jones [E V Grieve]
25 Great Jones Street [Massey Knakal]
Hotels Check Into Boroughs [Crains]
There are some beautiful buildings along this stretch of Lafayette. However, there are a few pieces of crap that hopefully, will be redeveloped during this upturn. The huge lot, supposedly owned by NYU, is one of them. This crappy garage is another. I'd also like to see this street get a wider sidewalk with landscaping.
Soho's Last Gas: BP Pump Makes Way for Swanky Lofts
By Laura Kusisto
May 17, 2011 | 8:29 p.m
The corner of Lafayette and Houston, long-time home of the iconic red-blue-and-white Gaseteria, was sexy long before Soho was.
"Gaseteria is very real, very raw, it's sexy and hip," Marcello Porcelli, whose father built the chain, told the New Yorker in 2003. "It just represents everything that's beautiful and wonderful and real about New York. I gave one of my ex-girlfriends a Gaseteria jumpsuit, and she looked just gorgeous in the thing."
It might not be quite as sexy as an industrial jumpsuit, but Lafayette and Houston is getting a super-secret five- to seven-story commercial loft development with luxury retail, The Observer has learned. While the prospect of another Dean & Deluca or Top Shop might be a boon to the tony cobblestone hood, it apparently leaves downtown with all of two gas stations.
After shuttering the Gaseteria, Mr. Porcelli leased the spot to British Petroleum in 2003, but that lease will soon expire. Similarly, a number of the family gas station sites in the five boroughs have been transformed into small luxury developments in neighborhoods such as the East Village.
The omniscient Community Board 2 hasn't heard that plans are afoot for a major transformation of the site—one of the few, and arguably the best, development site in the landmarked cast-iron hood. Never mind: even the manager of the gas station too was shocked by the news. "I haven't heard that," she said.
CB Richard Ellis is marketing the retail space and could not be reached for comment. Likewise, Mr. Porcelli could not be reached.
At least the news is likely to delight environmentalists, who once dressed as sea mammals and "occupied" the site last spring to protest the British Petroleum oil slithering down the Louisiana coastline. Said N.Y.U. grad Joseph God Jordan when contacted by The Observer: "I'm happy." But, he hastened, "There's gas everywhere."
Well, not quite. With one of the few remaining gas stations at 14th and 10th Avenue, those lines of honking cabbies will simply have to take their business elsewhere, but where?
Last edited by londonlawyer; May 18th, 2011 at 07:46 PM.
Locals fought hard to get that lot included in the expansion of the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District. Of course the owner was against it, but seeing as how it is such a highly visible lot, to not have some design guidelines was inviting potential disaster. It'll be interesting to see what is proposed -- and what we end up with.
One downside: The blocks around that BP station were always good for getting a cab, but when the gas goes that opportunity might dwindle.
I'm elated to see this eyesore replaced. Hopefully, something great will rise on this site.
The 9 Aug 2011 edition of curbed has a story about a proposal for 372 lafayette. It looks nice and would be a great improvement over the crappy auto garage that's presently on the site.
I always wondered if something would get developed here and feared that it would diminish the Bayard Building.
New 8 story building designed by Meltzer Mandl already approved by LPC according to their website. No permits filed. More renderings in the link.
That's pretty cool, but it's a shame that the blank wall on the adjacent building will remain exposed.