Second ‘Lena Coffee’ is Now Operational on Eldridge Street
Eldridge Street now has its first trendy coffee shop. As expected, West Village-based Lena Coffee lifted the veil on its newest location at 137 Eldridge Street five days ago, joining a block that continues the trend toward peak gentrification.
In addition to coffee, the block between Delancey and Broome Streets also boasts several galleries, including Woodward, the new Sensei gallery-bar, and Station Independent Projects, among others. There is plenty of coffee competition in the immediate vicinity, too. Indeed, this second java joint for Lena is located just around the corner from Berkli Park and Irving Coffee.
Lena Coffee received advisory approval from Community Board 3 back in April for wine-beer privileges, and now awaits the official license from the State Liquor Authority.
Adding a coffee shop at 135-137 Eldridge is right out of the gentrification playbook. That being displacement, upscaling, and repopulating.
You’ll recall that building 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.