Hostel Alert: South of Houston Apartments at 97 Allen

Posted on: September 30th, 2010 at 6:35 am by
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Down, but not completely out, underground hostels are still very much a reality in this town.  Though some are more conspicuous than others. In any event, there’s still some comfort in knowing that these institutions can survive amidst the trendy, multi-zillion-dollar hotel projects sprouting (or stalling out) all around the Lower East Side.

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Enter South of Houston Apartments (SOHA), a suspect hostel operation at 97 Allen Street. It’s being touted as an “open loft, dorm style” layout with amenities including, 24-hour reception, air conditioning, internet, and laundry. Target audience is obviously out-of-towners, both from around the US and abroad. Below is a blurb from their lengthy pitch.  Not sure why the phrase hang-out is in quotes, but whatever:

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This area is extremely desirable and sought after by young New Yorkers. The party scene and atmosphere is never-ending. Students, young adults and young professionals  “HANG-OUT” and congregate in and in front of hip and trendy bars and restaurants that are the hallmark of this area frequented by young adults. This neighbourhood is considered very safe.

South of Houston Apartments sits atop the Y.S. Tires Inc. sidewalk mechanic shop, which is itself on a month-to-month and under threat of disappearing.

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And, in digging further, SOHA appears to be part of a larger network of hostels including units on St. Mark’s Place and at the corner of 73rd and York.

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