Soho House will Knock Down Libation Building for its ‘Ludlow Garden’ Concept

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 at 6:30 am by

Before Ludlow House, July 2014

Take note: Ludlow House, the Lower East Side version of Soho House, is about to expand in a big way.

The high-end members club proposes to replace the problematic Libation space – nay, the entire property – with an “outdoor extension” called Ludlow Garden. Indeed, if all goes to plan, 137 Ludlow Street will be demolished and a new two-story development constructed in its place.

According to the proposal, which appears on the Community Board 3 agenda for June, Ludlow Garden would occupy the ground floor and cellar levels of the new two-story building. The main level would include a restaurant as well as a rear garden covered by a retractable roof, offering patrons with an external seating area; the basement would be a soundproofed recording studio and extra bathrooms for Ludlow House.

(As of this morning, there are no work permits yet on file with the Department of Buildings.)

Below is the community advisory being sent to neighbors, which announces “open houses” for more information about the Ludlow Garden. The first such session is later this morning at 10:00am.

Co-owners Daniel and Terence Tubridy opened Libation in 2004, directly contributing to the lawless, anything-goes mentality of Hell Square. Three years later, the team purchased 137 Ludlow for $5.5 million. The duo then unloaded the property to Princeton Holdings (aka 137 Ludlow Holdings LLC) in May 2015 for $7.9 million. Post-purchase, the new landlord planned to renovate the property and lease to a different business. That course of action had been reported shortly after the sale. Here we are three years later, and a complete 180.

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