Here’s Your First Look at the New Ludlow House Rooftop [PHOTOS]

Posted on: January 8th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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​The exterior renderings of the forthcoming Ludlow House have finally come to life. Behold, the new rooftop “conservatory” atop 139 Ludlow Street, the second Soho House location in Manhattan.

A Boogie reader sends us these compelling images which show the extent of the building modifications here. An additional floor capped with triangular glass enclosure.

Two months after our last update, this is the first real visible progress at the project site. Also note the refurbished (i.e. smooth) southern exposure, which was also enlarged as part of Ludlow House project. Public zoning documents indicate that this new area also houses the mechanical, elevator, and stair bulkhead.

This vertical extension to 71 feet is no doubt the most significant structural alteration to the property in its history. It’s an addition that angered local preservationists, as the Landmarks Preservation Commission denied landmark status to the former Nieberg Funeral Home in February 2014. (Soho House purchased the building for $8.7 million in 2013)

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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 neighborhood 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.

We hear whispers that opening is set for later this spring. Ludlow House is already three years in the making. It’s way behind schedule, having initially been pegged for “spring 2015.”

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