Shuttered ‘Sunrise Glass & Aluminum Warehouse’ Anchoring Allen Street is Under Renovation

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 at 5:13 am by

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Sunrise Glass & Aluminum, the anchor occupant at the corner of Allen and Broome Streets (aka Hy Genee Way), lost the fight last year. It’s now out of business, a fact signaled by the significant store remodeling underway.

The letters spelling “GLASS” down the facade of 91 Allen Street were removed, and now a corner-hugging sidewalk shed is in place.

The broker of record appears to be the Oxford Property Group, but there are plenty of other listings on Craigslist. Price for the 1,700 square-foot space is more than $17.7K per month, with the landlord seeking only “short term tenants that will lease it for as little as a day up to two years.”

But it might take a minute. The conversion project was hit with a stop-work order last week because the plywood enclosure blocks the fire escapes on both facades.

The loss of this commercial business is somewhat significant, and one that should be cause for concern. Any time these long-running places depart, a commercial vacuum is created. Especially here; it’s a huge corner space where nightlife is probably gearing up to swarm.

We saw this coming. The first indication of uncertainty was when the warehouse reduced its commercial footprint by closing the trio of smallish supply stores it maintained at the shared address of 91 Allen Street. Those stores were subsequently combined to form a Chinese gallery – 91 Gallery Art & Culture Inc. – capped with textured (and illuminated) marquee signage resembling the New Museum. It opened last summer as haven for pop-ups.

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