New Museum Adds Awning to Bowery

Posted on: April 27th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

Everything is pretty much full steam ahead on the New Museum front in the run-up to the first Festival of Ideas for the New City.  The schedules and maps are finalized (included in this week’s New York Magazine), and numerous security gates along the Bowery are painted with various designs and sayings.  Now it’s just a game of “waiting for the worms.”

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Meanwhile, the New Museum has officially stamped its identity on the facade of 231 Bowery.  One-third of the storefront is now covered by a fresh black awning.  This adjacent tenement building was acquired by the museum in 2008 for $16 million in order to expand its overall office space and protect its 360-degree views. Daroma Restaurant Equipment nevertheless remained in the commercial retail space until just after the new year, when the entire operation was relocated down the strip to 180 Bowery.

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No word yet on whether the ground level will house some sort of shop.

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