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It’s Curtains for Cake Shop; Last Live Show is on New Year’s Eve

Last modified December 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

After years of well-documented struggles, the current incarnation of Cake Shop – the venerable performance venue that entered the Ludlow Street music scene in 2005 – is ending. The refreshed exterior masonry and remodeled guts were apparently too little too late. According to an email blast from ownership, the bottom line just isn’t being met, […]

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At the ‘Chillhouse’ on Essex Street, Eat and Drink While Getting Your Nails Done

Posted September 1, 2016 at 5:09 am

Looks like the former Essex Dollar Plus at 149 Essex Street is about to undergo a kitschy makeover. An intriguing retail replacement is on the way. How about that mani/pedi with beer/wine. It’s called Chillhouse – not to be confused with the legendary Chillmaster – a four-table cafe combo that pairs nails with sandwiches, salads, and booze. Proposed hours of […]

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Struggling Cake Shop Looks to Sell the Cafe, but Keep the Basement Live Venue

Posted July 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Anytime Cake Shop is in the news these days, it’s usually negative – about their ongoing financial struggles or how investors are sought to keep things afloat. And this time is no exception. For one reason or another, the business model simply isn’t working. Now in its eleventh year, Cake Shop is looking to sell […]

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A Reinvigorated Cake Shop Tries for a Return to Its Roots

Last modified April 29, 2016 at 9:07 am

Cake Shop is boarded up. What appears catastrophic at first – yes, it looks closed – is little more than house cleaning. It’s not going anywhere. At least not yet. After several years of well-documented struggles and the crowdfunding campaigns to assist, the eleven-year-old Cake Shop on Ludlow Street is turning the page on its […]

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Gotham Court Owner Picks up 99 Suffolk for $24.6M

Posted April 12, 2016 at 5:13 am

The owner behind Gotham Court on Ludlow Street just scooped up another rental property a few blocks away. Hubb NYC purchased luxury rental building 99 Suffolk Street – erected back in 2003 – earlier this month for $24.6 million. The eight-story mixed-use building is home to forty units and the recently-opened Elements Preschool. In the […]

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LES Dwellers and Frustrated Residents Target Scourge of Gotham Court with Open Letter Campaign

Posted October 14, 2015 at 9:28 am

That’s it, the gloves are off. It appears that the LES Dwellers Association is coordinating a “Community Awareness Campaign” to shame the rowdy residents of Gotham Court. Indeed, the block association and affected tenants (both within and without) are behind a new flyer initiative in Hell Square that highlights the ongoing issues in the frat complex. The handbills […]

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Essex Dollar Plus is Out of Business After 4 Years in Gotham Court

Posted October 8, 2015 at 5:18 am

It would appear that Gotham Court is cleaning house. Some five months after Hubb NYC purchased the frat complex for $29.1 million, one of its more reliable retail tenants vanished. The no-frills Essex Dollar Plus officially called it quits last week after four years in business. The store space at 149 Essex has since been stripped […]

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Under Scrutiny, Gotham Court is Replacing Its Problematic Roof Deck

Posted September 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

It would appear the Johnny-come-lately owners of Gotham Court – Hubb NYC – are finally addressing the behavior of its tenants. A neighbor recently had an exchange with management, who indicated that the rooftop of Gotham Court (Essex building) is now off limits to tenants. Sealed. When pushed about the rowdy residents, the spokesperson noted […]

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Gotham Court Terrace Party Sparks Fire on 2nd Floor, Management is Mum

Last modified August 17, 2015 at 7:57 am

From the files of Gotham Court (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex), we have more egregious evidence typifying the unchecked partying at the frat compound. First up, the photo below portrays a bro splayed across the parapet in reasonable danger of falling. Neighbors relayed the image as well as a reminder of how similar actions resulted in a […]

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What Gotham Court is Doing to Tame the Fratty Beast

Posted August 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Gotham Court frat compound (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex) has been a nuisance for years, but only now getting lots of attention. The frequent rooftop ragers, loud balcony parties, and overall wanton disregard for Hell Square neighbors are, frankly, par for the course. But with the recent sale of the complex to Hubb NYC this June […]

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