‘Box Hill’ Bar Eyes Completed Six-Story Office Building at Fire-Scorched 107 East Broadway

Posted on: December 28th, 2015 at 5:15 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

When the massive fire leveled the Hong Kong Supermarket in 2009 and destroyed the adjacent tenements, rebound seemed daunting. The death and displacement was devastating, but it left a huge parcel free for development. And that’s exactly what happened, though it took years for the so-called recovery to take hold. Marriott arrived with its Fairfield Inn brand in 2013, permitting another Chinese grocer to occupy the ground floor and basement space. The property on its western flank – 107 East Broadway – (that burned to the ground), meanwhile, was slated for office space.

Permits were filed shortly after the fire, but construction didn’t begin until three years later. Now the new six-story glass structure is ready for some show-and-tell attention after many seasons under construction. Same goes for its ground level retail space, which might soon get wet.

Indeed, a gaggle of co-principals (little prior experience) is collectively eyeing the heretofore unlicensed location for a 34-seat entity (plus bar stools) called Box Hill. Application materials on file with Community Board 3 reveal that the signature “cuisine” offered is “farm-to-table modern British food.” Not sure what that means, really.

Grub is paired with full liquor selection, if it passes advisory board scrutiny, of course. It’s worth mentioning that a church is located within two hundred feet of the proposed Box Hill.

This image has been archived or removed.

Aftermath of Hong Kong Supermarket fire, June 2009

Hours of operation proposed are 11am to 12:30am, Tuesdays through Sundays.

On a block dominated by Chinatown buses and daytime commerce, Box Hill would be one of the first nightlife entrants. Could this be the first shot in a larger trend?

Here’s the sample menu:

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

Lower East Side Ferry Route Permanently Reconfigured Due to Poor Ridership

Spring and summer usually see peak ridership for the city’s nascent ferry system. However, as with everything else these days, the novel coronavirus got in the way. In response to the ongoing crisis, the NYC Ferry program is reducing service by an additional 20-percent. Three routes are permanently reconfigured, including the Corlears Hook line, which […]

Scarr’s Pizza Reopens Today for Pickup and Delivery

On the sidelines for two months, Scarr’s Pizza reopens on the Lower East Side today. The popular Orchard Street pizzeria had shuttered in mid-March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic seized control of the city. Customers can order only for pickup or delivery (via Caviar); no slices. Still no word on how this extended closure ultimately […]

POP International Galleries ‘Collects for Cause’

Hello Art Lovers! This one’s for you. Starting tomorrow, and running through June 20, POP International Galleries (whose brick and mortar is 195 Bowery) will be presenting an online group charity exhibit suitably named “Collect for Cause.” The event will feature a mix of new and familiar faces. From the POP Press Release: No one […]

MooShoes Permanently Closes its LA Store Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Popular vegan shoe store, MooShoes, permanently closed its Los Angeles satellite earlier this month. The retail outpost had been in business on the West Coast since 2014. Six years later, it’s done in by the novel coronavirus. The shutter does not affect the Lower East Side original, which has been out of commission due to […]

Man Seriously Injured in Stabbing at Ludlow and Delancey

Cops say that a man was seriously injured in a stabbing on the fringe of Hell Square late Monday night. The twenty-something was stabbed in the “upper abdominal” area during an altercation with an unknown assailant near the northeast corner of Ludlow and Delancey Streets. The police report noted a “large pool of blood” on […]