The Village Voice Returns Home to Cooper Square

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 at 5:12 am by

Billboard above the Bowery, 2008

Four years since decamping for the Financial District, The Village Voice has returned to its longtime home in Cooper Square. It’s a rather subdued homecoming for a struggling publication that just recently discontinued its print edition after sixty years.

The Voice previously occupied four floors inside 36 Cooper Square from 1991 to 2013. With the new lease, it now takes a paltry 5,860 square-feet across one floor, as Grace Church School occupies its former footprint.

Good thing those letters weren’t pried from the building facade.

The Real Deal had the scoop yesterday:

The seven-story, 50,000-square-foot property is owned by Leonard Stern’s Hartz Mountain Industries. The publication occupied the building from 1991 to 2013, with a space ultimately spanning four floors.

As the staff shrunk and it stuttered financially, the Voice decamped for the Financial District, where it took 12,000 square feet at Normandy Real Estate Partners’ 80 Maiden Lane.

Grace Church School has since taken much of the Voice’s old space on Cooper Square, but the media company is grabbing 5,860 square feet across one floor, a shadow of its former self.

Village Voice publisher and CEO Peter Barbey said he has been looking for a new office in Greenwich Village and Noho for a while, and settling on the company’s old home “seemed fortuitous.”

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