Remodeled 70 Hester Street Will Include ‘Nibbles Cafe,’ Retailer, and Gallery

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 at 6:05 am by
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No more B.B. Muhlfelder. No more silhouettes in the dark. No more shingled canopy. Renovations at 70 Hester Street – site of the OG First Roumanian-American Congregation – killed all that. Instead, we have a retail facade of floor-to-ceiling glass in anticipation of new cafe and gallery tenants.

Former owner Pearl Fiefer Goldman sold the centennial building into trendiness last December for nearly $4 million. An artist couple (Thomas Nozkowski and Joyce Robins) had resided here since 1967 and was on a month-to-month arrangement, but both were finally booted ahead of the sale. The buyer is an entity called CSC Landscape Holdings.

CSC has a grand vision for the 5,000 square-feet of usable real estate. The sidewalk-accessible basement will become the retail footprint; up the first flight will be an “ultra modern” cafe called Nibbles Cafe (look out, Lost Weekend); and an as-yet unknown gallery tenant is planned for the top two floors. The Urban Office of Architecture is the designer charged with the changes.

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The spaces should be up and running by the end of the year.

70 Hester was constructed in 1870, and was the first home of the First Roumanian-American Congregation. It moved to 89 Rivington decades later, but the reaper followed in its footsteps. The house of worship was razed in 2006.

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