An Aerial Update of the Ludlow House Rooftop Addition [PHOTOS]

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 at 9:33 am by
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Already three years in the works, the forthcoming SoHo House in Hell Square (aka Ludlow House) is starting to show off its trendy steel skeleton. An aerial view of the former funeral home at 139 Ludlow Street shows some marked progress on the glass-enclosed rooftop “conservatory.”

Steel beams were anchored in place within the last few weeks, with a veil of netting to shield the work. New masonry is also visible in the front of the building. Eventually the vertical extension will look something like this, with triangular sunroof…

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What’s curious about these construction images, however, are the steel beams protruding into the adjacent airspace of 137 Ludlow. Yes, this building sold to real estate firm Princeton Holdings for $7.9 million last May, but we were unable to locate public records of an air rights transfer.

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Booze is the biggest concern for the rooftop area.

At the moment, liquor licenses for the three bars (including the conservatory, which will apparently be soundproofed) are all pending at the State Liquor Authority. Thanks to community opposition, including the Community Board 3 denial in May 2013, their approval came with a concession from Ludlow House that limits late-night use of the outdoor area – members would be permitted to hang outside the conservatory strictly between the hours of 9am to 6pm, but without drinking. Ownership agreed not to return to SLA to change this for at least a couple years. These stipulations are baked into their licenses.

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