Lafayette Street

Peace Pentagon Activist Offices Relocate to Chinatown Following $20.75M Sale

Posted May 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

The storied Peace Pentagon of 339 Lafayette Street is finally liquidated. The spirit of the resistance is leaving the neighborhood, with luxury to take its place (naturally). As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute sold the borderline-unstable building to real estate baron Aby Rosen for $20.75 million in October. It owned the icon since 1974. […]

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New Subway Newsstand Opens at Broadway-Lafayette Station

Posted May 6, 2016 at 5:15 am

Until this week, the Broadway-Lafayette subway station had no concessions. No longer the case. An under-utilized storage space beside the downtown IRT platform was converted this week for commerce. The nascent newsstand has been stocking its minuscule shelves the last few days and just opened yesterday. Nothing earth-shattering here; you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. […]

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Amarcord Vintage Forced from SoHo After Purported 400% Increase in Rent

Posted May 2, 2016 at 5:13 am

How many different ways (or number of times) can this same story be told – building sells, landlord hikes the rents to unaffordable levels, small businesses succumb as a result. We see this progression play out so often it’s scary. Amarcord Vintage is the latest commercial venture to fall victim to the disturbing trend. The sixteen-year-old […]

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Shuttered BP Gas Station in SoHo is Boarded up

Posted April 19, 2016 at 5:19 am

The now-defunct BP gas station on Lafayette Street is completely encased in perimeter plywood. Signs posted to the boards indicate that the business has “moved” to the sole east side location – 23rd Street and the FDR. More like “consolidated.” BP ceased operations last Thursday ahead of a new commercial development poised to rise here […]

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BP Bust: Downtown Manhattan is Now Without a Gas Station

Last modified April 15, 2016 at 2:07 pm

The BP gas station on Lafayette Street – one of the longest continuously operated dispensaries in downtown Manhattan – closed for good yesterday. Each of the three pumping stations were boxed with plywood, and crime scene tape unrolled to prevent cars from entering. Thus concludes the age of Gasoline Alley. End of an era. As previously […]

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Before the Stranglehold of Gas Stations at Lafayette and East Houston, Circa 1933 [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

One of the longest continuously operated gas stations south of 14th Street closes for good on April 14. As previously reported, the BP station on Lafayette Street will soon give way to seven stories of luxury office space. It had been some sort of petrol outpost since the 1930s. And with different operators, from Gulf to […]

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One of the Longest Continuously Operated Gas Stations in NYC Closes April 14 [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

The BP gas station at East Houston and Lafayette Streets is closing next month. April 14. And with it, one of the last links to the “Gasoline Alley” of yore. After all, this was formerly the southern border of the nicknamed neighborhood, which was, at one point, a destination for automotive servicing. Back in 2004, […]

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‘Peace Pentagon’ Stores on Lafayette Street Vacated Ahead of Demolition and Redevelopment 

Posted February 11, 2016 at 5:12 am

Earlier this month, the historic Peace Pentagon on Lafayette Street was given its final marching orders. Namely, that all ground-level stores must vacate by the end of the month. Just like that, a handful of small businesses are forced out. Blame multi-millionaire real estate baron Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty), who purchased the long-troubled property […]

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LPC Rejects Aby Rosen’s Modifications to Former Women’s Shelter at 348 Lafayette

Posted February 5, 2016 at 5:16 am

​You may have noticed the orange fencing atop 348 Lafayette Street (aka 11 Bond). That’s an illustrative mockup of the rooftop addition proposed by real estate magnate Aby Rosen in his bid to convert the former 43-bed women’s shelter into a luxury commercial complex. You’ll recall that Rosen purchased the 1913-vintage building last summer for […]

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The David Bowie Shrine on Lafayette Street is Gone

Posted January 27, 2016 at 5:19 am

​The shiva is over at 285 Lafayette Street. No more David Bowie memorial shrine outside his residence. The police barricades were deposed days before the storm, the flowers and memories cleared. In its stread, however, a new makeshift memorial just materialized outside the fire-felled Alternative Apparel store. Various items were placed in the frozen planters […]

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