Rat Castle

Rat Castle Retail Hits the Market for $4M

Posted September 19, 2017 at 5:09 am

The notorious “Rat Castle” building on Ludlow Street is back in the news. This time for something as innocuous as a real estate listing. Indeed, the owner of the ground-floor commercial condo at 179 Ludlow Street is looking to sell. The 1,650 square-foot space, currently home to national salon chain Drybar, is going for just […]

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Drybar Blows Into Hell Square Today

Posted November 4, 2016 at 5:12 am

Well, it’s not that kind of bar. Drop the flask and grab the blow dryer. Drybar opens today at 179 Ludlow Street. The California-based salon-chain signed on as retail tenant back in the summertime. Teaser signage quickly followed and remained in place until this week. With this new spot, Drybar boasts sixteen locations in New York, […]

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The Infamous Rat Castle on Ludlow Street Finds a Retail Tenant in ‘Drybar’

Posted August 18, 2016 at 5:10 am

After courting a handful of pop-up endeavors earlier this spring, the infamous Rat Castle on Ludlow Street finally found a permanent tenant for its retail space. California-based salon-chain Drybar just signed on as retail tenant, according to the Observer. It was seemingly a year of warehousing at 179 Ludlow Street. Owner of the 2,200 square-foot […]

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Rat Castle Retail Goes with Rising States Pop-Up on Ludlow Street

Posted April 18, 2016 at 5:10 am

The Ludlow Street Rat Castle may have filled its residential ranks, but the retail space remains a vacant white box. Likely the all-too-familiar tactic of warehousing for the highest bidder. Steven Sutton, the broker who’s repping the space (Sutton Equity LLC), told us back in August that there was “serious interest” in the commercial condo […]

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Ben Shaoul Rolls Out the Pile Driver for New 10-Story Condo Development on Orchard Street

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:39 pm

With destruction complete, the Sledgehammer is now in construction mode. Ready to deliver ten floors of luxury condos steps west of Katz Deli. Excavation work just resumed at the project site within the last couple weeks, including the arrival of a backhoe and three-story pile driver. The dirt pit at the corner of Orchard and […]

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Rat Castle on Ludlow Prevents Ben Shaoul from Erecting 10-Story Condo Tower

Posted August 10, 2015 at 5:16 am

There is nothing left at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. The “Sledgehammer” himself, Ben Shaoul, wielded his muscle, eradicating ten businesses in the process. Take a look; it’s all rubble, twisted metal, and remnants of the cellars. The developer will eventually drop a ten-story condo tower here, yet just hit a roadblock […]

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Looking Back at a Decade of Demolition on Upper Orchard Street [PHOTOS]

Posted May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

It was a slow death, but Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul finally cleared out the small businesses operating at the corner of Orchard and East Houston. A parcel for which he paid $75 million. Now, with the wrecking ball mid-swing, and ten floors of condos (plus an Equinox gym) in tow, we got to reminiscing. Yes. It’s […]

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Sales and Renderings Launch for Ludlow Street ‘Rat Castle’

Posted November 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

The official website and sales for the Ludlow Street “Rat Castle” are finally live. For the last few months, the vanity URL pointed directly to the broker repping sales for the property – Ariel Tirosh of the Elliman Group. New interior renderings are included alongside the standard issue broker babble. What’s most notable is that this […]

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Rat Castle Condo on Ludlow Street Shows Off New Facade

Posted September 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

It’s still hard to believe that the Rat Castle (aka 179 Ludlow Street) is finally debuting on the Lower East Side. The infamous seven-story development had been rotting away before our very eyes since 2006, but was resurrected around this time last year. Now the full slate of ironwork is coming down for the first time in nearly a […]

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Rat Castle Condos on the Way to Upper Ludlow Street

Posted August 21, 2014 at 5:33 am

It’s been a long time coming, but Rat Castle condos are finally at hand. Seems the developer unfurled a three-story banner and other plywood advertising at 179 Ludlow Street yesterday afternoon. The placement arrives four months after work resumed at the perennial project site. Indeed, the infamous seven-story development has been rotting away before our very […]

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