200-Year-Old Federal Houses on Grand Street are Demolished

Posted on: March 27th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Poof, they’re gone.

Grand Street Chinatown just lost three historic structures that date back some 200 years. The razing began a few months ago, and wrapped up last week.

The city had issued demolition permits exactly one year ago for 282-286 Grand Street, but the site remained largely dormant until this past Thanksgiving. Now, the properties are gated with token perimeter plywood, and primed for glitzy luxe living.

As previously reported, the decimated historic row of federal houses comprising 282-286 Grand – which anchored the block since roughly 1820 – is to be born again rich. Their disposal is at the behest of its owner, and local oncologist-turned-gallerist, Marc Straus, filed plans with Department of Buildings to erect a seven-story residential building with bronze colored “rain screen” exterior. Project paperwork reveals the floor area covers roughly 20,000 square-feet, housing twenty one-bedroom condo apartments and two penthouses. All are one-bedrooms (550 square-feet) except for the latter. Straus, who currently maintains a showroom at 299 Grand Street, partnered with architectural firm Peterson Rich Office and Vito Enrico for the design.

Target completion date is sometime in the fall of 2018. Seems unlikely given the current pace…

282 Grand Street, Dec. 2012

Recent Stories

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the 1900s Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Sundown tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish new year with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. To celebrate, below is a small collection of photos, courtesy of the Library of Congress, illustrating how Jews of the early 1900s celebrated the holiest of days while living in the ghetto of the Lower East Side. You’ll notice […]

The New Museum Returns to the Bowery from Pandemic Sidelining

After being sidelined for six months, the New Museum is back. They reopened their doors earlier this week to the public at large. As previously noted, three new exhibits will grace the space and run through the remainder of 2020; “Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment,” “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach,” and “Daiga Grantina: What Eats Around […]

Mission Chinese to Shutter East Broadway Restaurant Due to Coronavirus Challenges

Mission Chinese Food, the popular Nuevo-Chinese restaurant, is to close its flagship Lower East Side location at the end of the month. In a lengthy missive posted to Instagram, chef-owner Danny Bowien explained the challenge of operating during pandemic times and the ultimate decision to close. “We faced the difficult decision as a business to […]

Lingerie Traded for ‘Original Goose Country’ on Rivington Street

There is a new leather vendor headed to Orchard Street. Taking the place previously occupied by a lingerie shop and cafe. Signage appeared this week outside 83 Rivington Street, announcing the forthcoming arrival of Original Goose Country. This is the first brick-and-mortar for the outerwear brand, which came into the scene in 2018. Its founders […]

Night and Weekend Work on F Train Tunnel Rehab to Begin on Monday

The MTA next Monday will begin work on the rehabilitation of the Rutgers Tube, a subway tunnel under the East River that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy eight years ago. The long-awaited repairs include track replacement, signal equipment, cabling, tunnel lights, and new pumps. The MTA is also installing a backup generator connected to the […]