AAFE Chooses Wine Bar for Newly Converted Space at Pike and Division
The Lower East Side headquarters of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) may soon gain an additional revenue stream by inviting nightlife to a block with plenty of it. Division Street between Pike and Ludlow.
That’s the story behind the new storefront carved out of their “Housing and Community Services” building at 1 Pike Street (aka 111 Division). The community organization downsized its footprint in the ground level last year, and instead decided to convert the new space to commercial use. (Lost office space was relocated across the street to 2 Allen.) Plywood shed was removed several months ago, and awaited its inevitable occupancy.
The proposed tenant is a wine bar by Hui Quan, who apparently owns another business in the vicinity.
With the addition, this eastern block of Division Street is now its own nightlife destination. The Forgtmenot family runs two establishments (with Sherman’s on the way), Bacarro is in the mix, and some sort of bar/cafe may or may not ever open at the three-pointed corner of Ludlow.