First Look Inside Black Tap Ludlow Street, Opening Early June [PHOTOS]

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 at 5:12 am by

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The first glimpse of Black Tap Ludlow comes courtesy of prolific street artist Fumero. He was, well, tapped to paint the walls with several interlocking murals, and has been at it for weeks. The art boasts themes of New York City and the skyline.

Yesterday, the French doors opened onto Ludlow Street to reveal the interior. The public painting was joined by another job – white washing the facade. Building owner Samy Mahfar elected to change up the color scheme, apparently.

As for opening date, it’s a still couple months out. Indeed, from what we’re hearing, the Black Tap satellite should debut at 177 Ludlow in early June.

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In the meantime, neighbors on the block are in for a sweet treat of overcrowding. The truth is, Ludlow Street simply can’t handle much more in the way of congestion. Especially not on the scale of Black Tap. It’s over-developed, over-populated, and over-saturated; a narrow street plagued by large-scale hotels, bars, restaurants, and the deliveries accommodating each. Their popularity and penchant for long queues would further aggravate the situation.

One need only look to the Tupac pop-up (“Powamekka”) across the street at Sweet Chick for a glimpse of what could happen.

Tupac pop-up, April 2017

Tupac pop-up, April 2017

The State Liquor Authority handily approved Black Tap’s beer and wine application in February. They scored not only approval, but with some reduced stipulations, and can now stay open until 2:00am all days (contrary to CB3’s stipulation of 12:30am). The argument for later closing times swayed the Chairman based on ownership’s purported track record, and also counsel’s claims that the “previous licensee was operating here for years with no issue” on a 2:00am license. Not entirely true – 100 Montaditos closed after 3 months; EarthMatters was predecessor.

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