Former Sin-é Rock Club on Attorney Street Will Become 6-Story Condo Development

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Attorney Street is no longer the commercial “district” it once was. Within the last decade, the old school working class character of the block has upscaled considerably. At least on the upper reaches close to East Houston.

One of the later businesses to attract attention to the block was rock club Sin-é, which shut down for good in April 2007 after a long and storied career on the Lower East Side. Now eight years later, its former brick-box headquarters at 148-150 Attorney is ready for a luxury makeover of its own. Not surprising, really. The place has been vacant ever since the iconic venue shuttered, and all its former neighbors are slowly becoming shi-shi developments.

What’s happening here, you ask?

Application materials submitted to the Department of Buildings suggest that a six-story, mixed-use building is currently planned for the site. The finished product will boast a total of 6,959 square-feet of floor area, most of which is dedicated to five full-floor condos; the remaining 1,375 square-feet is earmarked for retail use (probably three stores).

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Photo: Issac & Stern Architects

Issac & Stern Architects is the lead designer on board, and recently unveiled the above rendering of what we can expect. It definitely resembles another of its projects just around the corner at 50-62 Clinton Street.

Meanwhile, demolition permits were approved by the DOB back in September. So it’s only a matter of time.

Sin-é originally got its start on St. Mark’s Place in 1989, closed in 1996, had a brief stint in Brooklyn in 2000, then re-opened at 148-150 Attorney Street in 2002. This was to be its final resting place. It was Jeff Buckley who first put the club on the mainstream map after releasing his Live at Sin-é EP in 1993. Other notable performers at the original location were Ben Folds, David Gray, and the October Project.

Its neon remains on display … for now …

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