B Bar Site on the Bowery to Sprout 21-Story Office Tower
B Bar owner Eric Goode is co-developing a monstrous officer tower atop the ashes of his former Lower East Side nightspot.
Permits were filed last week with Department of Buildings for a 21-story mixed-use development at 358 Bowery designed by architect Morris Adjmi, as first reported by EV Grieve. Plans call for 98,799 square-feet of commercial space, with 26,000 square-feet reserved for an unspecified community facility.
Building amenities include several roof terraces and a “passive recreation” area. Paperwork also mentions a bicycle rental or repair shop on the ground floor.
Demolition of B Bar & Grill – made famous by its association (and inspiration) with Sex and the City – is imminent. Permits to raze the 358 Bowery were filed in December.
CB Developers staked $59.5 million into 358 Bowery back in October 2019. Goode, who purchased the site from Cooper Union in 2004 for $5.5 million, spent years quietly assembling air rights from nearby properties.
As for B Bar, its heyday was the late-nineties. That’s when the gas station-turned-hotspot attracted the stars.
“If I had to characterize who was there, I’d say everybody,” Goode told the New York Times in 2018. “It was Russell Simmons at one booth, Naomi Campbell at another, Ian Schrager at another.”
In 1995, Sex and the City columnist for the New York Observer, and B Bar regular, Candace Bushnell, met the duo that would publish the anthology that led to the HBO series.