Breaking: Hand Grenade Found in Bowery Basement, Bomb Squad Reacts in Kind
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The bomb squad was called to 221 Bowery earlier today after a WWII-era hand grenade was uncovered by a demolition team in the basement.
A tipster tells us that the crew discovered the explosive beside a bunch of “antique looking guns” from the same time period. Our source speculates that the dated cache could possibly belong to “Red,” a Bowery old-timer who reportedly fought in the war. However, we were unable to confirm this speculation by time of publication.
As reported back in December, Chair Up is currently downsizing its footprint and moving from the Bowery for the first time in decades. Part of the relocation involves “clean[ing] out retail space for future tenant on 1st floor and cellar,” for which there are already permits on file with Department of Buildings. Said work is what led to the grenade.
Chair Up is headed around the corner to 48 Delancey (former bodega) sometime in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the business remains open at 219 Bowery.
Chair Up maintained a presence on the Bowery for the last seventeen years. The writing was on the wall three years ago, however, when Dr. Jay’s magnate (yes, the urbanwear company) Joseph Betesh purchased a blockbuster assemblage of Bowery properties for $62 million.