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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Lafayette St. Under Fire…Second Update

On Friday, April 11 we were informed that DOT planned to install the proposed protected bike lane on Lafayette St. in three days!

This, in spite of a Community Board #2 resolution and a letter from Councilmember Chin detailing aspects, not addressed, that should be coordinated with the community and specifically with NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders.  Well, so much for that !

Lafayette St at Houston

West crossing over proposed bike lane. Pictured 4-16-14

Again, we are NOT opposed to a protected bike lane. What we are opposed to is the hasty installation without regard to the safety of bikers or pedestrians and the imposition that this lane-without-a-plan will impose on the merchants and businesses along Lafayette St.

We have previously posted a detailed map showing the active construction sites along this corridor, including the massive reconstruction at Astor Place that will require re-make of the bike lane multiple times over the next 24-36 months (show us the money)…and in the interim provide very little additional safety for bike riders.  We have not even questioned the wisdom of a bike lane to nowhere.  It ends on the west side of 12th St.  where the only possible exit is east to a southbound Third Avenue or north, through an unprotected bike lane to 14th St. where there is no designated (or even possible) bike passage for blocks.  It seems that neither DOT or Transportation Alternatives have any interest in safety,  or any other factor that could make the vision of fuel-less transportation enjoyable or even practical.

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NoHoManhattan Tweets

twitter_newbird_boxed_whiteonblueWe have mentioned this several times before, but NoHoManhattan has its own Twitter account…and we are tweeting NoHo-centric headlines on it regularly.  You can see today’s selection in the column to the right.

What do we flag?  Anything that reflects our passions, interests and need-to-know:  real estate, design, art, data, trends, legislation, reviews and profiles of our restaurants, chefs, merchants.

Currently, we follow 107 sources including NYTimes City Room, Politico, City & State, DesignBoom, Cool Hunting, The Daily Beast, New York Observer, Dezeen, Wallpaper, The New Yorker.  We are followed by 110 bloggers and journalists, among them:  The Daily News, the NY Post, DNAInfo, Halstead Property, Curbed.com, The Villager, The LoDown, EVGieve, Bedford+Bowery.  Also on our watch list are all the tweets from our elected officials.

If you have a Twitter account (highly advised because it is a great way to drill down content from trusted sources on your PDA or Cell  - over breakfast, in a taxi, riding the bus, while sitting in a waiting room, while waiting for your lunch date to show)  follow us.  @NoHoManhattan

And, if you think there are some topics NoHo-Bowery neighbors should include, let us know.

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347 Bowery Another Annabelle Seldorf Design

347 Bowery

Image from http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/01/14/old_salvation_army_residence_on_the_bowery_will_be_razed.php

347 Bowery and 10 Bond tout Annabelle Seldorf

Posted April 1st on NewYork YIMBY  the saga at 347 Bowery, corner of 3rd and Bowery and opposite The Bowery Hotel, has taken a radical turn, Luckily fresh permits have just been filed for what will hopefully be the site’s ultimate incarnation — which is being developed by Giauco Lolli-Ghetti’s Urban Muse, which acquired the lot for $18 million — and the architect of record is Annabelle Selldorf.

But it seems the transformation has been discussed since January 17th in Curbed and followed pretty closely by bloggers EVGrieve and Bowery Boogie.

Seldorg at 10 BondProbably the best news is Annabelle Seldorf’s engagement as the architect.  As you know she has designed the building in construction at 10 Bond St.  We had occasion to visit the sales office next door last week and fondle the lush lacquered Terra Cotta cladding – more stunning than the renderings –  in copper-brown hue with deep curves.  The foundation has been set and the building is slated to finish in Spring 2015.


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383 Lafayette St. Slated for Restoration and an Addition

383 Lafayette St.383 Lafayette St., former home of Tower Video and recently the Student ID office for NYU will finally be getting some contextual attention and allowed uses in our M1-5b zone.

Its new use will be for NYU administrative offices.  The building will function as an academic and student support center for matters such as financial aid counseling, admissions and international studies. The primary occupants of the building will be professional staff who will be supporting all the services on the ground floor.  Based on previous community feedback, NYU has designed the entrance to be on the south end of the building on Lafayette Street.

On March 13th more than 25 residents of East 4th St., Lafayette St, and Great Jones St. met to review and discuss NYU’s plans for restoring the current building and the development of an addition on the adjoining lot on East 4th St.   In addition, NYU presented the concept of a single, setback 5th floor addition which is still being analyzed and explored. The intended uses and proposed FAR for Block 531, Lot 20 (the parking lot is part of it) are consistent with the M1-5b area zoning, and the proposed FAR does not utilize the allowable community facility bonus.

The new building addition designed by Ennead Architects LLP., formerly Polshek Partnership, is highly contextual to its parent building as well as the architecture along East 4th St.  Both restoration and the design of the new building will be reviewed at CB#2 Landmarks Committee (expected in May) and heard at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

In addition to the discussion of the design there was considerable conversation regarding construction schedules, protocols and protection for the contiguous and adjacent buildings. Attention will also be made for the protection of the Merchants House Museum directly across the street from the new construction site.

In order for NYU to complete drawings for the interior fit out of the building they will need to expose several internal columns and structural members.  This work will require interior abatement and removal of existing materials.  Interior abatement of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor is scheduled to start the week of April 14th. Removal of interior materials is scheduled to start late April/early May.

NYU, NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders, Inc. and other stakeholders contiguous and adjacent are working on a joint Memorandum of Understanding regarding the project, construction protocols and protections.

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