Allen Street Mall Bathhouse Conversion to Concessions Appears Underway

Posted on: November 4th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

There is activity anew at the Allen Street Mall bathhouse, a mass transit holdover from the 1930s. Plans to convert the building into a food concession date back several years at this point.

Boogie readers spotted movement inside the city relic over the weekend. Workers clearing out detritus from the rear entrance as well as the removal of planters from the Delancey Street facade. Could the conversion project be back on track?

The city originally issued a Reqeust for Proposals (RFP) back in 2016 to help revitalize the Allen Street Mall bathhouse. Yet, it would take another year (August 2017) before the city ultimately chose Upsilon Ventures, a company that operates restaurants and event spaces in public areas across the city. They reportedly signed a twenty-year lease, which will see renovation of the dilapidated comfort station into a food service facility. Precise details of the concession stand are unclear at the moment, and our requests for comment have gone unanswered. What we do know, however, is that the lease is not considered a “major concession,” so no further public meetings on the project are likely (unless they seek a liquor license).

Upsilon Ventures is, in its own words, is a project development, marketing, hospitality, and production firm specializing in public-private partnerships and the use of public spaces and real estate for iconic attractions, sponsor activations, events, consumer engagement, temporary retail, and other revenue generating opportunities.”  It formerly operated the Winter Village and ice rink in Bryant Park, the ice rink at Prospect Park, the Big Apple BBQ Block Party, and is a consultant for the events space at the World Trade Center.

Located in the median of Allen Street at Delancey, this former bathroom dates back to the days when the Second Avenue El roared overhead. (Before the widening of Allen.) It’s been vacant for more than sixty years.

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