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In a Threatened Federal Row House on the Bowery, 2 New Businesses Take Hold

Posted December 29, 2015 at 9:38 am

As the figurative wrecking ball smashes into three of the oldest buildings on the Bowery, two of its adjoining brethren remain stoic. Still standing tall are 134 And 136 Bowery, spared demolition for at least the time being. Two new commercial tenants recently signed loft leases in the property, signaling said reprieve. First up is […]

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In Demolishing Historic Structures, Developer Just Wants to ‘Preserve the Look and Feel of the Bowery’

Last modified December 18, 2015 at 8:29 am

​The developer planning a condo-hotel atop three historically significant structures on the Bowery wants you to know that they’re sensitive to the nature of the project site. Demolition of 138-142 Bowery is already underway, with construction scheduled to begin shortly thereafter. The timeline to completion of 2017 is definitely a rosy prediction. An official press […]

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LMAKprojects is Moving to a Larger Space on Grand Street with a New Name

Posted September 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

After seven years of operations on Eldridge Street – and ten years in business overall – LMAKprojects is in for a change of scenery. This anniversary will be celebrated by relocating to more expansive space at 298 Grand Street, which was formerly a Chinese electronics shop. The new gallery will occupy three floors in various capacities […]

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Flowers Cafe is on Vacation Until Monday; Luxury Development Looms

Last modified July 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

Flowers Cafe is currently on vacation, but it’s not permanent. At least not yet. The sign on the front door promises a resumption in service on Monday (August 3). This quirky cafe is a favorite among locals for being a no-frills recharging station. Its very existence is threatened, though. The property owner – Interboro Properties […]

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200 Year-Old Grand Street Row House Will Likely be Demolished for 6-Story Condo Building

Posted July 15, 2015 at 5:10 am

Another local Federal-style row house is on death watch. This time it’s 355 Grand Street, a two-hundred-year-old building which houses both Flowers Cafe and Vic’s Pizza. Jenny Lai of Brooklyn-based Interboro Properties purchased the historic corner row-house back in December for $4 million, which is $500K less than the initial ask. Now the gears are […]

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Three of the Oldest Buildings on the Bowery Will Soon Fall

Last modified July 12, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Three of the oldest surviving buildings on the Bowery – including a Federal style row-house dating back to the 1790s – will soon meet the wrecking ball. Demolition permits were filed with the Department of Buildings earlier this week for 138-142 Bowery, part of a portfolio that sold for $45 million last fall. 140 Bowery, […]

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$45M Bowery Transaction Pushes New York Lighting Two Doors Down

Posted November 13, 2014 at 5:00 am

Things are moving fast down at Bowery and Broome, where a block of five buildings recently sold for $45 million. The 75,000 square-foot “development site” had been pitched for over a year, but the transaction finally went through last month. 134-142 Bowery, including a pair of eighteenth century Federal-style row houses, is now in the […]

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Landmarked 339 Grand Street Back on the Market for $6M

Posted August 11, 2014 at 6:03 am

Longtime owners of Ideal Hosiery – the Auerbach family – are apparently still looking to divest their landmark property on the Lower East Side. Precisely around this time last year, we caught wind that 339 Grand Street was placed on the open market. Red flags were raised across the community, as this structure is one […]

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Op-Ed: Taking Stock of the Surviving Federal-Style Row Houses on the Bowery

Posted March 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

The storied Bowery, today running from Chatham Square to Cooper Square, is a broad, crooked arc, first traversed on foot by Native Americans then enlarged as a wagon road by the Dutch in 1626. Incredibly, not only does it still retain most of its original footprint but there are still a surprising number of row […]

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