Report: International Center of Photography Confirmed for Essex Crossing Facility

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

No more posturing.

Looks like Essex Crossing finally chose its “cultural facility” for Site 1. The International Center of Photography, headquartered on the Bowery for barely two years, reportedly signed a deal for a pair of commercial condo units in the base of the fourteen-story residential building at 242 Broome Street.

According to the Commercial Observer, the ICP contract doesn’t actually specify the square-footage of the space. However, Essex Crossing previously pledged to set aside 15,000 square-feet for a yet-to-be-named cultural facility in the adjoining box-building (i.e. next to Hotel Chantelle).

And thus ends the search for a museum tenant. Indeed, ever since the Warhol Museum backed out of the project in 2015, the developers allegedly experienced difficulty finding a suitable replacement.

That the 43-year-old nonprofit institution purchased space here is not a shock. Rumors of its involvement in the billion-dollar project date back nearly two years, yet for facility at Site 6. Top brass had let that tidbit leak durinf a community meeting in January 2016. Around that time, word also surfaced that ICP was planning to sell its spot at 250 Bowery in favor of Essex Crossing.

Recent Stories

Clayton’s Corner: Of Generations and Gentrification [PHOTOS]

As the unrelenting winds of the international corporate gentrification keeps eroding away the deep, rich, soil of our culture, it also disposes of “neighborhood” and “community.” It affects both collective memory and history. For example: changing the name of PS 122 into Performance Space New York obliterates the connection to the previous 30-year history. Another […]

Rumor: McNally’s ‘Cherche Midi’ to Close by Summertime

Renowned restaurateur Keith McNally last week sold his West Village townhouse for $10.3 million. Elsewhere, his Bowery hangout is rumored to shutter. Word on the street is that Cherche Midi, the three-year-old successor to Pulino’s Pizzeria is on the way out. A tipster tells us that management began telling staff of the impending closure – […]

East Broadway Walkup Fetches $7M

The East Broadway corridor adjacent to Essex Crossing is heating up. Case in point: the five-story tenement at 215 East Broadway, near Clinton Street, just traded hands for the princely price of $7 million. According to the city’s public transactions database, the buyer of record is apparently a resident of the adjacent building, named Ms. Wang. […]

Discovery of Asbestos at 85 Bowery Delays Return of Displaced Tenants

The discovery of asbestos during rehabilitation efforts at 85 Bowery has thrown a wrench in the timeline of return for exiled tenants. Roughly one hundred tenants (mostly low-income) remain homeless, now two months after the city ordered their eviction. This is all part of the latest chapter in a nasty dispute with controversial landlord Joseph […]

‘NYPL Sings’ Another Kids Record

Here’s a rare instance of bookworms making earworms. NYPL SINGS is the latest album to come out of the New York Public Library (yes, you read that correctly). It’s an upbeat record geared towards kids, but enjoyable for everyone (we’re partial to track 10,”The Library Song”). Each song represents a different way for caregivers to introduce their […]