‘Lena Coffee’ Spinoff will Open at Gentrified 135 Eldridge Street
Now that 135 Eldridge Street is sufficiently upscaled (nay, gentrified), the mess of scaffolding and construction materials is gone from the block. In its place, posters advertising the remodeled retail units for suitors more befitting the “new” Lower East Side.
And the first taker is here. In due course, the Greenwich Village-based Lena Coffee will open a new location in the north store, its first expansion into the crowded cafe scene on the Lower East Side. Indeed, it’s located just around the corner from Berkli Park and Irving Coffee. Property Advisor Edgar L. Vazquez of KPA confirms the news to us in an email.
Tentative opening date is sometime next month. Lena Coffee currently maintains an outpost on West 8th Street near 5th Avenue.
Real estate listings continue to hype the following as positives…
- Excellent Foot Traffic
- Right off of Delancey Street
- Art Galleries, Restaurants, Cultural Center
- Excellent Transportation
- Dynamic Neighborhood
Adding a coffee shop at 135-137 Eldridge is right in the wheel-house. That being upscaling. You’ll recall that owner R.A. Cohen & Associates purchased the double-wide tenement building in October 2014 for $11 million. Shortly thereafter, problems for residents reportedly began. Same tired tactics – get rid of the rent-regulated tenants by any means necessary. Many in the building had spoken of “falling debris,” their satellite dishes trashed, mailbox numbers changed, keyless entry system, and more. As previously reported, affected residents eventually organized, and with the help of MFY Legal Services and the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project, filed a lawsuit against R.A. Cohen.