Sneak Jeans on Delancey Closes Ahead of Possible Sale and Redevelopment

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 at 5:11 am by

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Sneak Jeans has been here since 1986. No longer.

That FDNY tire explosion outside Sneak Jeans on Delancey Street was an omen of sorts. A few pedestrians were injured and the front windows shattered from the shockwave. Now, five months after the incident, the nearly-thirty-year-old threads shop is finished for good. Curtains. Handwritten signs plastered to the storefront indicate that yesterday was the final day in business.

Sad, but as with so many budget store closures on the Lower East Side these days, totally expected. Sneak Jeans opened in 1986 and resides in a row of retail that is destined for demolition and redevelopment. It’s but the first domino to fall. You’ll recall that the single-story commercial stretch comprising 156-164 Delancey is now on the market as a development opportunity. Under any future deal, the seller maintains ownership of the commercial spaces; the residential rights are up for grabs.

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And this is a rendering of what could rise here. Sitting in a C6-2A zoning area, the developer can build up to twelve stories with inclusionary housing bonus.

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Possible development at Delancey and Clinton, Photo: Massey Knakal

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