Restoration of Landmark Ridley’s Building on Grand Street is Underway, Penthouse Addition Coming Soon

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 at 9:39 am by

It’s been nearly two years since the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the restoration and penthouse addition for the former Ridley & Sons department store on Grand Street. Now, work has finally commenced on the makeover of this Lower East Side landmark.

Out came the scaffold piping and netting this week, kicking off the first step toward full facade rehab.

As previously reported, the owner of 315 Grand Street (aka 66 Allen) joined forces with Bromley Caldari Architects on an ambitious project to both construct a rooftop addition and restore the building (half the Ridley’s footprint) to its original 1886 grandeur. Plans include replacing cast iron, swapping out unoriginal aluminum windows, and removing fire escapes. The transformation is both cosmetic and beauracratic, as a change to the zoning is needed for the proposed residential use on all five floors, plus the addition of a penthouse and elevator. As it stands, offices occupy floors two through four, with housing on the fifth floor.


This penthouse is a controversial component of the plan, as it’s the most significant architectural alteration to the property in decades. At 749 square-feet, the added real estate atop 315 Grand Street is pitched as a “light footprint” that’s not easily visible from street level.

To that end, the LPC endorsed the proposal in January 2016 with the primary stipulation that the applicant work with agency staff to ensure proper restoration and reduce visibility of the rooftop tumor.

Below is the restoration proposal…

Ridley & Sons Landmark Restoration Proposal by BoweryBoogie on Scribd

Recent Stories

‘Ginger & Lemongrass’ Eyes Rivington Street Debut this Weekend

After a build-out period of more than five months, including utilities-based delays, a new Vietnamese restaurant is all but ready to open on Rivington Street. The newcomer here is an offshoot of the Queens-based Ginger & Lemongrass, described by owner-chef Petra Rickman as a contemporary Vietnamese fusion restaurant. Having debuted in Whitestone just last year – […]

The Future Home of Essex Street Market Gets Glassed up

By this time next year, the Essex Street Market will be in its new home. Until then, we watch the progress at Site 2, where the future headquarters is taking shape. In fact, with the topping out last week, the whole development is now starting to resemble all the renderings. The three-story glass exterior lining […]

‘Winky Lux’ Offers its Millennial Makeup Options at New Ludlow Street Store

Hood by Air is gone with the wind, and Winky Lux took advantage. For the last year-and-change, Lower East Side-based street fashion collective Hood by Air counted 69 Ludlow Street as home. And in secret fashion, as is their usual motive. The ten-year-old brand secured the spot in February 2016, and for a brief moment, […]

Bowery Alliance of Neighbors Celebrates 10 Years of Local Activism

One of the most vocal local groups advocating for Bowery preservation celebrates an important milestone this month. The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, whose signature fight is to save the namesake thoroughfare, now celebrates a decade in existence. Ten years of preservation and awareness. The group was founded in 2007, and later Proposed its East Bowery […]

Councilman Introduces Bill to Rename the Williamsburg Bridge After Sonny Rollins

For one Lower East Sider, the quest to rename the Williamsburg Bridge after Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins just took a major step forward. City Council is now reviewing a bill that would make this happen. In response to this community led effort, Brooklyn Councilman Stephen Levin introduced the bill, which is also supported by Brooklyn […]