So, About that Former Shake Shack Contender on Prince Street

Posted on: March 15th, 2016 at 5:12 am by
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It’s been a few years since we’ve officially revisited 47 Prince Street. You’ll recall that the former locals parking lot – also a haven for street art – is undergoing a shift to include a two-and-a-half story commercial structure.

The skeletal superstructure – designed by ubiquitous architect Gene Kaufman – was erected in 2013, but has since hobbled toward the finish line. While back on track, it’s anything but complete. Workers have been busy putting meat on those bones, so to speak, for many moons without much to show for it.

Then last week, the unexpected. Crews finally removed the splintered plywood wall.

In the meantime, the occupant of 47 Prince (aka 259 Mulberry) remains a mystery. Even after all this time. What we do know is that the business will be an “eating & drinking establishment” per Department of Buildings records. There are plans for an “accessory kitchen” on the cellar level. Blueprints housed inside, however, still carry the name of French cocktails chain Paradis Des Fruits.

At one point, this corner spot of Little Italy was earmarked for a Shake Shack. Neighbors quickly put the kibosh on that idea. It’s still unclear whether Paradis will even open here. Our numerous requests for comment were never answered.

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When 47 Prince was a parking lot, January 2009

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