55 Delancey Gutted for Renovation

Posted on: September 14th, 2009 at 6:17 am by

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Over Labor Day weekend, 55 Delancey was boxed in a conspicuous plywood sidewalk shed.  This after being out of commission for a year plus.  Save for a brief art installation called A New Currency, the former home of Lichtenstein’s fell into disrepair and became a classic case of abandonment and a magnet for vandalism. Busted windows, smeared graffiti, and random ad bills all laid claim to the property.

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Now the space is almost completely gutted.  Last Friday, we peeked behind the wide-open doors and saw a pile of destruction on the floor – splintered wood and twisted metal, a mangled mess.  According to DOB permits filed on August 27, building owners are putting in a “new storefront.”  However, the jury is still out on the future tenant.  At least for now.

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