Former Silver Monuments on Stanton Street is Now a Yoga Studio
And now, a corpse pose of another sort for 125 Stanton Street.
The former Silver Monuments at the southeast corner of Essex Street closed up shop exactly two years ago. Until this week, it been vacant, with the eponymous landlord having spent the interim seeking a replacement tenant. At the time of closure, Silver allegedly hinted his preference for a “quiet” business over yet another bar.
That’s precisely what happened. A new yoga studio opened this week. The Ra Ma Institute gutted the musty, wood-paneled premises to install the so-called “Culture Club.” Below is more about the organization and what to expect at 125 Stanton Street.
RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science & Technology NYC is home for new thought-leaders and change-makers of this Time. Here you’ll find a global crossroads of new social, artistic, and cultural experiences set in the backdrop of our Founder Guru Jagat’s lower east side stomping grounds, infused with the rich eclectic fabric of this Manhattan neighborhood.
The Culture Club studio is an incubator for self-expression and spiritual depth — a home away from home for artists, entrepreneurs and families seeking to activate their creative and life-enhancing freedom. We curate our programs to be cutting-edge conceptual and visceral experiences for a New Way of Being. Your choice to be here and practice with us is in many ways, more than we even may know, contributing to this new world and the fulfillment of its possibilities.
Ra Ma is already a hotbed of activity with plenty of events, including teacher training sessions. They also decided to leave intact the Silver Monuments marquee lettering. For now, at least.
Silver Monuments was itself a monument to the bygone gravestone district in this area. It opened at 125 Stanton in the 1940s, and thrived when this part of town was a Jewish enclave. Silver inherited the business from his late father Samuel Silver. His mother, Minnie, was the first woman on the Lower East Side to run a monument showroom. However, this designated district began to decline in the 1950s when the population dispersed to the suburbs and rents subsequently rose. Because the Silver family owned 125 Stanton Street, they were able to gobble up the competition (including Forsyth, Weinreb & Gross).