Peace Pentagon Update on Lafayette

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

The iconic Peace Pentagon at 339 Lafayette Street is presently enjoying a freer, uninhibited life. But only temporarily. Not too long ago, the years-old decrepit sidewalk shed, which has acted as both a lifeline and jail cell for the beleaguered building, was pried from the facade and carted away. Debris netting was shipped on scene as a temporary replacement.

This image has been archived or removed.

Last year, 339 Lafayette was on the open market via Massey Knakal for a slim $5.95 million. Even though it’s no longer on the chopping block, the company is now pitching the property as a “prime corner long term lease” arrangement. Despite such listings, however, the latest news suggests that building owner A.J. Muste Memorial Institute wishes to hang onto its beloved Peace Pentagon. Their website addresses the aforementioned debris netting and includes other onsite developments:

This image has been archived or removed.

  • We are negotiating co-development options that will allow us to rehabilitate the building and keep our sheltering program on site. Any significant updates will continue to be posted here.
  • Our sidewalk bridge scaffolding has been replaced by debris netting, and the NYC Transit Authority is about to remove the sidewalk around our building to work on the subway platform below. We will continue to work with the MTA to manage the impact to our tenants, and to keep the building safe for all who work and meet here.
  • The international design collective that brought their “pop-up” store to one of our empty storefronts in late 2010 is expanding into our last two empty storefronts. Our independent retail tenants are helping to support our sheltering mission during this transition time, so if you’re shopping for clothing or accessories, check out BROW-NY and KD Dance.
  • Our movement tenants are continuing their great work for social justice–and we’re supporting their efforts with our new sheltering grant program.

Recent Stories

Breaking: South Tower of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Collapses, Workers Trapped [Updated]

Shortly after 10am this morning, the surviving south tower of the burned-out Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue collapsed, trapping two workers beneath the rubble. The fire department quickly responded and rescued both from beneath the debris. EMS was also on scene to treat the workers, according to the blotter on the Citizen mobile app. Little is […]

MOSCOT Opens Los Angeles Store in First Ever US Expansion

For the first time in its 104-year history, MOSCOT is expanding its stateside footprint. Located on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, the newly opened annex is a “continuation of the brand’s rich history steeped in New York City tradition.” The building is sheathed in yellow and emblazoned with the iconic MOSCOT eyes while driving down […]

Essex Crossing Tops Out Final Tower in Phase 2 of Development

Another milestone reached for the billion-dollar Essex Crossing project. Two years after the second phase of construction commenced, the last of its developments just topped out. The fifteen-story building at 202 Broome Street (aka Site 3) reached the top last week. Token American flag marks the achievement. It took less than six months for the […]

This 135-Year-Old LES Firehouse is Now a Resource Center for the Henry Street Settlement

After about two years of remodeling work, the Henry Street Settlement this week cuts the literal ribbon on its newest facility. The Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center sits adjacent to the mothership and occupies the historic firehouse at 269 Henry Street. Friday afternoon saw the arrival of the branding above red-painted doorway. All in preparation […]

Lower East Side Children’s Halloween Parade Marches this Weekend

Time to test run those kiddie costumes! The Henry Street Settlement’s second annual children’s Halloween costume parade and party is happening this weekend, and promises plenty of spooktacular fun for all ages. The parade route starts at Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street) and follows the beats of the NYPD marching band through the streets […]