With Historic Federal Row Houses Destroyed, 8-Story Condo-Hotel Begins Ascent

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 at 5:00 am by


Hallowed Bowery grounds are now prepped for more unneeded luxury. Several months after the historically significant 138-142 Bowery were reduced to dust, the Department of Buildings finally issued permits for the expected eight-story condo-hotel.

Site activity commenced about three months ago; it’s game on. The ground is already excavated and foundation work is well underway.


As previously reported, the 44,655 square-foot replacement will be divvied up between commercial hotel (30,825 square-feet) and residential use (13,859). That equates to 46 “Class B” hotel rooms and 27 upper crust apartments. Commercial retail (with mezzanine) and rooftop “recreation area” are also included in the plans. Timeline for completion is December 2017, if the project site signage is to be believed.

This is how owner-developer Emmut Properties describes the new history-erasing development.

The new structure will have ground floor and mezzanine retail space, as well as residential units on the upper floors. Due to the height restriction in the historic neighborhood, the building will be eight stories tall.

Emmut Properties realizes this building site has a great deal of history, and we want to do everything possible to preserve the look and feel of the Bowery. The development that is planned will not only revitalize this section of the Bowery into a more appealing place to live and do business, but we hope that it also increases the quality of life for the people currently living in the area.

As conveyed in the literature, the elimination of 138-142 Bowery effectively destroyed invaluable area history. Indeed, number 140 dated back to the 1790s and was originally owned by men associated with the butchering trade. It was later a shoe store and millinery (“Callahan the Hatter”), among other functions. As a testament to its perseverence, the architecture persevered for more than two centuries; until 2011, when the owner lopped off the trademark dormers to nullify any possibility of landmarking.

The new 138 Bowery, Photo: Emmut Properties

The new 138 Bowery, Photo: Emmut Properties

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