185 Bowery One Year Later

Posted on: February 11th, 2011 at 6:39 am by

Let’s hop in the DeLorean real quick, shall we? Around this time last year, the century-old townhouse at 185 Bowery was in the spotlight.  But for all the worst reasons. Demolition and posh hotels.

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Nearly three years ago already, Brack Capital purchased four adjacent Bowery properties (185-191) just north of Delancey with intentions to raze the structures and rebuild a luxury hotel. Shortly after the sale, longtime resident and holdout Roberta Degnore was forced into accepting a financial settlement to vacate the premises.  There were grander ideas at hand. Indeed, plans called for a 224-room inn across 110,000 square-feet of real estate. Luckily for the community, that never happened. What’s more, virtually any evidence of this project has vanished from Brack’s official website.

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In hindsight, we now see that demolition began and ended with 185 Bowery.  At least for now.  The old school townhouse was categorically beheaded last February despite vehement community outcry. At the time, some speculated that it was a calculated effort by the developer to eliminate any possibility of landmarking, which would no doubt hamper hotel efforts. Then there was silence.

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[September 2009]

Now a year later, and still nothing to show for it. Same old story, same old scaffolding.

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