An Update on the Bowery Lighting District
Two updates to report this morning on the fragile Bowery Lighting District.
First up, Bowery Interiors/Lite Elite is no longer part of the Lower East Side light-scape, so to speak. The depot had been on the ropes for quite awhile, advertising a “store closing” sale in the corner windows for nearly two years. Yet the official end of the road finally arrived earlier in the fall with the advent of brown paper; then shortly thereafter, the navy blue canopy was deposed from the storefront. To be honest, we’re surprised the outpost lasted so long after first announcing its fate in February 2009.
Within the last couple weeks the leasing signs made an appearance on both the Broome and Bowery building exposures. Sasson Property Group is currently hawking the property. Time to prepare for an inevitable line item on a future Community Board 2 SLA docket.
Just across the street at 150 Bowery, meanwhile, vinyl banners are out. Lighting Studio II re-affirms its nascent presence by replacing the months-old temporary signage with the a more permanent maroon awning.