404 Lafayette Street

404 Lafayette StreetWhat was originally planned as a hotel with roof-top restaurant at 404 Lafayette Street will now be an NYU office building and will include a temporary replacement for NYU’s Coles Gym

It was announced October 27th that NYU has purchased 404 Lafayette Street / 708 Broadway (co-joined buildings at the higher floors) for a combined $157 million.  The prior owner, Ed Scheetz of Chelsea Hotels purchased the property  for $96.6 million and planned a 249-unit hotel. 

In its new NYU iteration, the lower floors of the 151,000 square-foot space will serve as a temporary replacement for Coles Sports Center, while Coles is demolished and replaced by a new building, with renovated athletic facilities, as outlined in the NYU 2031 Plan.  404 Lafayette Street upper floors are expected to be used as administrative space while the Coles site is under construction; after the new athletic facilities open on the planned new Coles site, the building’s lower floors are expected to be used for administrative purposes consistent with the M1-5b  zoning envelope.

The 708 Broadway entrance provides access to the upper floor offices while the 404 Lafayette St. entrance will serve primarily as the entrance to the gym.  At present, it is anticipated that Coles Mercer St. location will close at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.  

These buildings, in the NoHo Landmarked District, have always been used as allowed office space.  More recently the first two floors were leased by Crunch Gym which has since moved to 2 Astor Place.  Considerable restoration is expected on both the exterior (historic) and interior (structure) due to serious deterioration of the building.  A Landmarks application will be required for the exterior restoration.  Interior work on these buildings will commence soon to meet the Coles transition deadline.  A BSA approval for the temporary physical culture use by the new owner may be required.  Neither density nor traffic is anticipated to increase.

See coverage of previous iterations here,  here and here.

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NoHo-Manhattan Arts

Here’s a quick tour of NoHo-Manhattan arts this month, in our galleries, from our studios, on our stages:

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At the Aicon Gallery - Rati Chakravyuh, a new feature-length film by Ashish Avikunthak. The film, comprised of a single 105-minute shot, centers around the continuous conversation of six young newlywed couples and a priestess after a mass wedding.  Premier Wednesday, October 22, 7:00pm

At The Hole - In the main space Lance De Los Reyes presents his debut solo show of large oil paintings. 
In Gallery 3 we feature an installation of 498 ceramic sculptures by Rose Eken….Through Nov. 2

At the Gallerie Zurcher ZURTOPIA, Curated by Austin Thomas
Brian Belott, Ákos Birkás, Regina Bogat, Matt Bollinger, Paul DeMuro, Marc Desgrandchamps, Michael Dotson, Michel Huelin, Irena Jurek, Alix Le Méléder, David Lefebvre, Pushpamala N., Austin Thomas, Wang Keping, and Katharina Ziemke…Through Nov. 20

At La Mama La Galleria - Angelus Novus, a solo exhibition of painting, sculpture and video by the New York City-based artist Lucero Gonzlaez Jamesonthru Oct 26th.

At The Sheen Center -  #THESUBWAYSERIES, the first solo show of photographer Hunter Canning.

At the Grey Gallery/NYUErnest Cole (1940–1990)—one of South Africa’s first black photo-journalists—created powerful photographs that revealed to the world what it meant to be black under apartheid….through Dec. 6.


Kathryn Posin Dance – Enjoy the video of a rehearsal in her Bond St. loft/studio. Performances for this season at the 92nd St. Y, Oct 17, 18,19

Elisa Monte Dance – A well noted dancer and choreographer, Elisa Monte of Great Jones St. co-founded her acclaimed troupe in 1981.  Her current season includes a Residency Master Class at City College of New York from Oct 20 thru October 24.  See a video clip here

NoHo Manhattan THEATER

Lynn Redgrave Theater/The Culture Project - Tail Spin, Politics is dirty – but politicians are dirtier. The truth is laid hysterically bare in Tail! Spin!, a wildly inventive new comedy drawn verbatim from the leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tell-tale tweets, through Dec.

The Public Theater -
Fortress of Solitude, a world premiere musical in the Newman Theater through Nov. 2.
Father Comes Home From the Wars (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) at the Anspacher Theater, through Nov. 16

La Mama - 
The Tempest, well reviewed production directed by Karin Coonrod, Music Composed by Elizabeth Swados  through Nov. 2
Author Directing AuthorPlaywrights Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani reunite for the second ADA. Experience how their classically sardonic sensibilities dissect the theme DESIRE through Nov. 2

The Sheen Center -
Massacre, Oct. 15 – Oct. 25, Black Box.  Massacre (Sing to your Children) a play by award winning playwright Jose Rivera,  looks at the aftermath of a violent murder staged by 7 ordinary citizens in a small New Hampshire town. Performance by The School of Performing Arts at Pace University.
The Light in the Piazza, Oct. 29 – Nov. 8, Loretto Theater, by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas, is based on the novella of the same name by Elizabeth Spencer. Taking place in Italy in the late summer of 1953. Performance by The School of Performing Arts at Pace University.


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NoHo Headlines

Sometimes gratifying, sometimes not, NoHo headlines are becoming more and more plentiful. Here are some recent highlights we found interesting.

10 Bond Tends to Make other Developments Look Bad - EV Grieve
Annabelle Seldorf’s design at 10 Bond is, indeed revealing itself as the massive Terra-Cotta pilars are set in place.  BTW there are only 3 units left ranging from $4.5 to $6.9 million.

NoHo Headlines - Graffiti

graffiti images around Bowery, all credits go to Lois Weiss…NY Post Coverage


Graffiti on the Rise Again , NY Post
Pictured at left, recent tags on NYU construction site on the East 4th St. Side of 383 Lafayette.



At Luxury Buildings, a Garden Off Limits to All, Even the Residents, NY Times  (PDF)

NoHo Leads the pack with innovative interior landscaping (The Schumacher and 10 Bond).  Adding to the list will be the Bond St. entrance to 25 Great Jones/22 Bond which will not only feature a second-story garden fully visible to the street but a full mural on the 10-story Lafayette St. wall.

Barry’s Bootcamp to Open NYC Location in NoHo, DNAinfony
Actually opening Saturday, October 11th, Barry’s will be the latest addition to the NoHo Fitness Corridor, home of 12 gym and fitness facilities.

We’ll be adding more….

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Coming to NoHo…UPDATED

There is little happening at the Community Board level this month, but what’s coming to NoHo is a bit more interesting.

Coming to NoHo_25-Bleecker_First Try25 Bleecker St. withdrew their liquor license application.  A meeting was held on October 2nd with owners David Smilow and Joe Gervasi along with immediate neighbors at 21, 26 and 27 Bleecker and 41 Bond to discuss plans and the new roof-top stairwell extension.  Mr. Smilow will return to NoHo neighbors with two new options for consideration.  See previous coverage.


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383 Lafayette St .has received approval from Landmarks.  The DOB applications are now moving forward.  We are waiting for the updated construction schedule from NYU.



The Sheen Center complex, at 26 Bleecker, encompasses two theaters, four rehearsal studios and an Art Gallery. They will be seeking a wine and beer license, which should be on the CB#2 schedule  in November or December, for two very small theater concession counters.  A community agreement that addresses hours of operation, management of patrons entering and leaving for performances and a variety of other details is in the works.  Till then, you should enjoy an installation in the Art Gallery titled #THESUBWAYSERIES, through November 1st.  Scheduled Theater performances, beginning Oct. 15th can be found here .

Coming to NoHo - 11 BondThe Women’s Shelter, 348 Lafayette/11 Bond has recently been purchased by Aby Rosen’s firm RFR Holdings for a reported $27 million.  The 3260 sq. ft. lot has 4.5 floors in the NoHo Historic District, with the individually Landmarked Robbins and Appleton building to its west and the close-to-completion Annabelle Seldof designed building directly north.  It will be interesting to learn what Mr. Rosen intends for this property, part of his recent “buying spree.”  UPDATE: RFR will renovate and re-lease the building to a single high-end tenant. The property is well suited to accommodate a flagship retail destination and will also appeal to boutique office tenants or specialized users.   We should never underestimate Mr. Rosen.

Coming to NoHo_22-Bond25 Great Jones/22 Bond – first proposed as a hotel, then as luxury residences, then reduced by three floors and re-designed by BKSK Architects, refinanced and re-purposed for 6 luxury condos, seems ready to begin construction, again.  SDS having skipped out at the last minute on a long-negotiated Community Agreement  contiguous building owners, NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders when re-financing agreements were put in place, is still the recipient of a law suit instituted by Great Jones St. neighbors as a result of damage to their property during and subsequent to previous construction.

Coming to NoHo_31 Bond31 Bond St. – 9/16/14: Revised application approved at  LPC public meeting, and is now closed. The commissioners felt that the relocation of the rooftop addition to the western side was an improvement as it will now only be seen from secondary facades. They also felt that the modern design using historically appropriate materials at the rear facade blends in with its surroundings. – See more at GVSHP



Updated Parking Regs for Lafayette St.Soon the daytime parking signs and times should be replaced and consistently from Houston to Astor Place.  Taxi hail zones will be installed on the east side of Lafayette between Bleecker/Bond (the northern four spaces) and between Great Jones and 4th (the northern three spaces), from 7pm to 7am.  No parking except for commercial vehicles 7am to 7 pm will continue.

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31 Bond St. to Be Transformed – UPDATED July 17

31-Bond-St31 Bond St. Seeks a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Landmarks Preservation Commission

NoHo seems to be this cool enclave with a lot of the things SoHo has, without the pedestrian traffic and commercialization, said Josh Gurwitz head of Good Property Company, who quietly purchased 31 Bond St. late last year.  We are most encouraged that Mr. Gurwitz appreciates our niche.  See coverage in Crains and in Curbed

And, in truth, the architect for the project, Matthew Baird, along with historic consultants Higgins Quasebarth have proposed a most sightly restoration on the front facade.  But, as with many rennovations from A.I.R and Manufacturing to Residential Use, that’s where history stops.  We are used to it.  The legitimately historic building has been vacant for years and the interior is an accident waiting to happen (we have personally toured it several times) having been stripped of everything – down to the sub-flooring – that made it habitable for the previous stakeholder, the Campo Center, its collections and its music creation studios.

The building will rise from it’s current 75′ (excluding mechanicals) to 89′ with a set-back one-story rooftop addition.  Total building height with mechanicals will be 119′; keeping the current 5.52 FAR by lopping off the rear of the building on Shin Bone Alley and erecting an entirely new rear facade with long panels of floor to ceiling windows jutting out from the masonry and supposedly providing views to the south and west.

Here’s the City Planning map showing the configuration and juxtaposition of the current structure as well as the position of Shin Bone Alley as it joins Jones Alley across Lafayette St.


We aren’t quite sure how that’s going to happen since all the buildings surrounding are a minimum of six-stories, giving all those stakeholders excellent views of the new tenants at 31 Bond.

UPDATE:  The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) photographed the presentation at CB#2 on July 14.  Click here

Obviously, there is a great deal that 31 Bond’s neighbors will want to discuss with Mr. Gurwitz.  Construction protocols and building protections, at the very least, for this tightly fit project.  We have been assured that meeting(s) will happen.  The certificate of Appropriateness hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission is set for (UPDATE) July 22th. Once LPC approves of a design, 31 Bond St. will then have to apply for a BSA and/or a Zoning variance.

UPDATE:  A meeting has been set for July 21st at 5pm.  If you are an affected party RSVP to attend:  zella at nohomanhattan.org

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DEAR Rivington Becomes DEAR Great Jones…updated

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DEAR Rivington has moved to 37 Great Jones St.

What was formerly a toxic industrial manufacturing space has been completely transformed to a residential rental building with this cutting edge fashion retail store on the ground floor.   Bye, bye Lower East Side, hello NoHo.  See earlier coverage in The Observer.  Check out Racked to learn more about this cutting edge designer.

On Wednesday, just as the building’s Zoning Variance application hit CB#2′s Zoning Committee, DEAR Rivington designer Moon Rhee and Heyja Do/creative director were arranging racks and inventory, welcoming curious neighbors and announcing their immanent opening.  Take a look !  Rumor has it the shop will open on Friday, July 18th at 11:00 am.

With Filson’s across the street at #40 and Philip Lim just down the street at #48, restaurants Five Points, Il Buco Alimentari, ACME and Great Jones Cafethe Aicon Gallery and Great Jones Spa next door, Great Jones St. is making its own distinctive addition to a fascinating NoHo.

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Hearings for NoHo in July

Here’s the list of hearings for NoHo in July at CB#2

Gratefully, no new liquor applications this month, but there may be a few coming in September.

LANDMARKS & PUBLIC AESTHETICS 1st MEETING Sean Sweeney, Doris Diether, Co-ChairsNoHo DevelopmentMon., 7/14 @ 6:30 PM- NYU Building, 194 Mercer St., Room 306 (I.D. required to enter building)

  1. *434 Lafayette Street-Application is to install a marquee, signage and lighting (Colonnades Building)
  2. *380 Lafayette Street-Application is to replace doors. (Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery/Schermerhorn Building)
  3. *31 Bond Street-Application is to alter the ground floor, install storefront infill, replace windows, construct a new rear façade and rooftop addition, and excavate the cellar. (Pictured at left)


Wed., 7/16 @ 6:30 PM- NYU Building, 194 Mercer St., Room 306 (I.D. required to enter building)

Item #2  37 Great Jones-Rendering*37 Great Jones Street-An application (C 140114 ZSM) to the Department of City Planning pursuant to Sections 197-C and 201 of the NYC Charter for the grant of a special permit to Section 74-711 of the Zoning Resolution to modify the use regulations of Section 42-00 to allow residential use (Use Group 2 uses) in a portion of a ground floor and on the 2nd-5th floor and proposed penthouse; and Section 42-14(D)(2)(b) to allow retail use (Use Group 6 uses) on portions of the ground floor and cellar.

Click here for a PDF of Landmarks 37 Great Jones-Renderings

Thurs., 7/17 @ 6:30 PM- CB 2 Conference Room, 3 Washington Square Village

cherche-midi-sm1b.* Renewal App. for revocable consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk cafe for:

  • Friendly Foods LLC, d/b/a Cherche Midi, 282 Bowery, with 11 tables & 35 chairs (1343045-DCA)

Sidewalk Café Renewals:

  • G.D.P. Enterprises, Inc., Agozar, 324 Bowery, with 4 tables & 9 chairs (1225841-DCA)

FULL BOARD David Gruber, Chair
Thur., 7/24 @ 6:00 PM – Scholastic Building, 557 Broadway, Auditorium


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June Hearings at CB#2

June hearings at CB#2 include liquor licenses, more news on the water tunnel site on East 4th St. and possibly a late month Landmarks Committee hearing on 383 Lafayette St.

On Wednesday, June 4th there was an update on DEP Shaft 31B Fence Installation. This is the location on East 4th St. between the Merchants and Skidmore Houses.  We did not attend but will inquire as to the outcome.  Last we knew this land is not planned to become a public park for a variety of water tunnel operational issues.  There has, however, been some vandalism (tagging) and the shakey fencing is to be replaced by a historically compatible wrought iron fence of considerable height.  What needs to happen is the installation of a video camera – either by the City or through private means in order to keep the area safe and the buildings on both sides secure.

June Hearings at CB#2On Wednesday, June 11th there will be a Zoning Committee hearing (Little Red School House, 272 Sixth Avenue, Auditorium)  on 736 Broadway (south of Astor Place) BSA Calendar #108-14-BZ: an application to the Board of Standards and Appeals seeking a variance to allow Use Group 6 commercial uses on the first floor and cellar of the building at the premises, which is located within an M1-5B zoning district.  This location has previously had sporadic retail probably disguised as wholesale.  This application will seek to legalize the situation.

On Thursday, June 12th the SLA Committee will hear two NoHo applications (St. Anthony’s Church, Lower Hall, 151-155 Sullivan St)

316 Bowery, Saxon+Parole which has done some interior alterations for which the SLA requires an updated application.  We are finalizing an updated MOU with Saxon+Parole (replacing the original of 2006) that will be attached to the application and presented to CB#2′s Committee

25-Bleecker_First Try25 Bleecker, Robot LLC.  Application is for a Wine and Beer license, we understand for a Beer Hall!  Guess they figure that Tom & Jerry’s, Slainte and the Wren aren’t beer-centric enough!  The three-stories of full glass windows to the street will more than make up for the minimum landmark-appropriate signage that will be allowed.

Also, be forewarned – the next application on Bleecker St will be across the street at The Sheen Center – a MUCH BIGGER FIGHT – over a full OP license.  It is going to be essential that CB#2 and the SLA understand the volume of civic opposition to more licenses here – especially mid-block.  BE THERE.

  • The 25 Bleecker applicant has hired strangers to collect signatures and has made no attempt to contact NBS or other local stakeholders regarding their plans.
  • Because there has never been a license at this location, we have a better chance of getting the State to listen to us; especially since they do know how saturated we are.
  • Because it is located mid-block among predominantly residential stakeholders and our area is otherwise oversaturated, there is a better-than-average chance that our objections will be heard.

On Thursday, June 19th CB#2′s Full Board will meet at 6:00 pm Scholastic Building, 557 Broadway, Auditorium.  Should you have any concerns about the outcome of Committee hearings, this is the place to address the Full Board to make changes in the proposed resolutions.

June Hearings at CB#2On Monday, June 30th there is another Landmarks Committee hearing at 6:30 pm (NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place, Room 411 ) at which the 383 Lafayette St. application is likely to be heard.  Read past coverage.  We are most pleased to announce that NYU, NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders and other contiguous owners have signed a thorough and generous MOU regarding protections and construction protocols.  It will be attached to the Landmarks application.  (No City Planning or Board of Standards and Appeals applications will be required for this development.)

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Tweaking Lafayette Street’s New Design, Let’s Get it Right

Tweaking Lafayette Street's New DesignTweaking Lafayette Street’s new design has commanded our wrapped attention since the installation of the protected bike lane.

..among the concerns are parking regulations for daytime deliveries, evening parking, safe design at intersections, safe means for hailing and embarking from taxicabs.

The narrowing of what was once considered a “boulevard” has noticeably altered vehicular and pedestrian travel. We had the opportunity to discuss tweaking Lafayette Street’s new design  with  Nina Haiman of the Department of Transportation and with Shirley Secunda, Chair and Maury Schott, Vice Chair  of the CB#2 Traffic and Transportation Committee on Wednesday, May 29th.  You can see the presentation here.

There will likely be hearings for recommendations at CB#2 regarding design at the Houston-Lafayette intersection, Astor Place intersection and changes to regulations for metered parking – deliveries on side streets,  Lafayette St. night-time parking and installation of Taxi stands. We will let your know when these occur.

In the meantime we are hopeful that the day time parking regulations will be instituted and consistent from Houston to East 4th St. and East 4th to Astor Place – allowing for deliveries Monday-Friday 7AM-6PM.

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Design Week

To celebrate design week from May 15 to 20 we highlighted design, furniture, and art throughout the NoHo-Bowery area.

Merchants, Studios, Film, Special Events – they were all included and highlighted by NYCxDesign.  But the big secret is NoHo and The Bowery celebrates these things all year. You can also see highlights on our site at Instagram

Here’s a special tour:

Design Week

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NoHoManhattan-Design MapToday officially begins Design Week in New York City coordinated through NYCxDesign. NoHoManhattan-Design celebrates all resident businesses, designers, makers and artists who contribute to our premiere, design-centric community, all year.  Our NYCxDesign page is here.

Here’s the Press Release describing NoHoManhattan-Design.  Here’s a special thank you to the sponsors:  The Bowery Hotel, The Standard Hotel, Edison Properties, New York University and Environment Furniture.

And here’s a slide show of the opening events on Wednesday evening, May 15th

You can keep up with everything on the NoHoManhattan APP…or by following @NoHoManhattan on Twitter

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NoHo APPThe NoHo APP is a constantly refreshed guide to NoHo and the Bowery

NoHoManhattan-Design produced by NoHo Bowery Stakeholders (NBS), celebrates NYCxDesign weekend with the launch of a new ONLINE APP.

Easily find ‘Happenings’ for the exciting designers, artists, makers, and galleries throughout NoHo and The Bowery’s edgy-eclectic design community’s fifth-annual NoHoManhattan-Design weekend May 16-19.

Over 100 local NoHoManhattan Design locations will feature exhibitions at landmarked sites and galleries (Click ‘Happenings’ for event listings)  or search ‘Merchants’ by name or category, including NoHo Restaurants, Hotels, Art-Theater, Furnishings, Fashion and more.


Here’s the QR code. Scan it and you’re in !

When NYCxDesign is over, the NoHo APP will continue to be the most up-to-date reference and guide to the neighborhood – for residents and visitors alike all year round.

The daily listings in the Happenings screen include gallery openings, tastings, theater, music and dance performances, special screenings, spotlights on artists and makers…with contact or reservation links.

Want to give your guests a complete digital concierge? This is it,  complete with a constantly updated custom Google Map of the area.

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