200-Year-Old Federal Row House on Grand Street is Decapitated, Ready for Luxury Upgrade

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 at 5:17 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Broken, exposed, and put to pasture, the 200 year-old Federal row house at 355 Grand Street is slowly being dismantled. Despite demolition permits issued last February and a full vacate order served this past September, the structure remained relatively whole, even while the roof was open to the elements.

Until last month. That’s when the heavy-duty scaffolding arrived, signaling the intensification of demolition activity. The historic building was then summarily decapitated. Anticipated date of completion is 2017, per the DOB signage onsite.

This image has been archived or removed.

The decimation of 355 Grand Street – situated on this corner since the 1820s – has been close to two years in the making. After purchasing the property for $4 million in December 2014, Interboro Properties is planning a six-story mixed-use building that will likely serve the interests of the 1-percent. The still-pending proposal includes 4,578 square-feet split between two enormous triplex units; 1,958 square-feet of retail on the ground floor. DOB status is still “disapproved,” though.

Flowers Cafe and Vic’s Pizza were the predictable victims here; two popular local small businesses.

This image has been archived or removed.

355 Grand Street, August 2015

Recent Stories

Extell Residents in Cherry Street Tower Bark Foul Over Abundance of Dogs Despite No Pet Policy

Residents of Extell’s “affordable tower” at 227 Cherry Street are barking foul over the proliferation of pitbulls, despite the no-pet policy. We are told by current tenants that leases contain a strict stipulation prohibiting pets in apartments, and that management (Wavecrest) seems deaf and/or slow to act about the apparent violations. By some estimates, there […]

Aggro Panhandler Hurls Brick at Pickle Guys Worker in Brutal Attack

An aggro panhandler outside Pickle Guys on Grand Street attacked an employee after he was asked to move away from the store entrance, cops said. The suspect had been aggressively begging at around 8:20am last Wednesday when the 63-year-old worker told him to disperse. That didn’t sit well; the pugilist picked up a nearby chair […]

Educational Alliance Executive Becomes New Head of Manhattan JCC

From the Lower East Side to the Upper West Side. Rabbi Joanna Samuels, the sitting executive director of the Manny Cantor Center at the Educational Alliance, is set to become the new chief executive director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Her new gig begins early next year, marking a significant transition at one of […]

Master of Puppets Pulling the Strings at The Clemente

Many of us grew up in Mr. Rogers’ Land of Make Believe, down at Fraggle Rock, and in the stage office of Kermit the Frog. From the comfort of our living rooms, we became privy to colorful, captivating worlds. Worlds that fashioned imaginative eagerness to see the inside of Oscar the Grouch’s trashcan, or the […]

Revisit Martha Diamond’s ‘Urbanist Art’ and Life on the Bowery Since 1969

In case you missed Martha Diamond’s show at Magenta Plains on Allen Street back in January, the career-spanning exhibit at the Lower East Side gallery is now online. For a limited time, visitors to independent.org online viewing room will gain access to not just the past exhibit, but also an overview of Diamond’s career. There’s a […]