99 Below on MacDougal Closed and for Rent

Posted on: March 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 am by

Almost three months ago, 99 Below, the cellar bar at 99 MacDougal Street, was slapped with a vacate order due to conditions “imminently perilous to life.”  It was an event from which the relatively new establishment would not recover.

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Indeed, a letter to customers on their official website explains what happened, laying 100% of the blame on the Department of Buildings.


On December 13th we were closed down by the NYC Department of Buildings. They reinterpreted the NYC Building Code and prohibited us from re-opening for business unless we made costly modifications to our premises. Unfortunately we cannot afford the required construction project, and have been forced to shut down forever. Thanks for your support and patronage.

These days, a fresh “for rent” sign is stapled to the old 99 Below marquee while newspapers in the windows conceal the interior.

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