Sunshine Hotel Conversion Plans Revived as Ownership Again Seeks ‘Certificate of No Harassment’

Posted on: July 10th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

The Sunshine Hotel, one of the last operational flophouses on the Bowery, is again under the microscope regarding proposed conversion work that is years in the making. Further alluded to by that months-old banner draped from the facade advertising an “entire floor” for rent.

Property owner Roseann Carone last month reapplied for a “Certificate of No Harassment” at 241 Bowery. Approval is necessary to complete the long-running plan to convert the upper two floors (combined 8,938 square-feet) of the Sunshine to commercial loft usage. Department of Buildings approved the job in May 2015, according to public records, which includes new partitions, plumbing work, and mechanical exhaust for new bathrooms. Yet, there reportedly hasn’t been much activity since. Before permits are issued and the job can proceed, however, Carone must obtain said certificate stating that there has been no harassment of the building’s lawful occupants from May 8, 2012 to present. (A lone, crinkled printout taped to the exterior provides explanation.)

To that end, ownership will appear before Community Board 3 on Wednesday for consideration. If it goes through, and then Department of House and Preservation Development rubber stamps, the Sunshine could lose one third of its footprint to office space.

Mourning any potential loss of the Sunshine is nothing new, though. Back in 2004, there was talk of combining the last residents into 245 Bowery and redeveloping the other two buildings. That didn’t happen. Neither did the proposal four years later, which sought to demolish the three buildings for a payload of condos. Citing a history of tenant harassment inside the SRO at 241 Bowery, the HPD at the time rejected Carone’s bid for the Certificate of no Harassment to move forward with said plans.

The Sunshine Hotel is more than ninety-years-old, and occupies contiguous space across the three buildings comprising 241-245 Bowery. The original building is flanked by the “Lakewood” and the “Annex,” respectively. At one time, the second floor boasted 34 beds, sitting room, offices and storage, while the third hosted 52 beds. But now the entire operation only counts roughly 40 active tenants in its ranks. La Gamelle operates the commercial unit on the ground level.

Recent Stories

‘Zagrat’ Rated ‘Squeakeasies’ Are All the Rage for Area Vermin

New Yorkers aren’t the only unfortunate ones facing gentrification. It’s the dawn of a new era, one in which venerable rodents no longer set fires to cars or shack up in rotting constructions sites because they have to. Nay, because they want to.  And, naturally, a gentrified pest is in need of the finer things. […]

What the Inside of the Gutted Cup & Saucer Looks Like Now

Cup & Saucer ended its decades-running tenancy at the northwest corner of Canal and Eldridge Streets back in July. Since then, the restaurant space has been a dormancy, with the only activity the removal of that classic signage and the installation of leasing banners. Now, all of it is gone. Yesterday, however, provided a unique […]

Pajama Pop-Up ‘Gelato Pique’ Coming to Orchard Street

No, it’s not what you think. Not another ice cream shop for Hell Square. To the contrary, this misnomer of a pop-up at 144 Orchard Street is for pajamas. The new outpost – a holiday shop for Gelato Pique – is poised to open here next week (November 28). Teaser posters are hanging in the […]

Essex Crossing’s First Park Comes Into View on Broome Street

Here is an early glimpse of the new park plaza Essex Crossing is bringing to the Lower East Side. Behind the boards at Site 5 – aka 145 Clinton Street – bones of the outdoor infrastructure are now in place. According to the weekly email update from Delancey Street Associates, this “plaza work” includes “staging […]

Essex Street Market Warehouse Gets Demolition Death Shroud Ahead of Phase II Development

More than seventy-seven years after its construction at the behest of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, another Essex Street Market building is on death’s door. The shroud of netting and scaffolding was affixed to the facade of 140 Essex Street (aka Site 8) last week. Another piece of Lower East Side history razed; yet the end is […]