NoHo Entertainments

NoHo Entertainment

Marc and Steve Kaplan founders/owners of SubCulture

NoHo Entertainments are expanding rapidly…

We are home to The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Blue Man Group, Bond St. Theater Company, La Mama, The Culture Project – now the Lynn Redgrave Theater –  Elisa Monte Dance, Kathryn Posin Dance Company  and most recently SubCulture at 45 Bleecker.

The latter and newest entry on our roster offers primarily music performance in every possible genre, the most recent being a concert series called “CONTACT!” a collaboration between the 92nd Street Y and the New York Philharmonic.

One of the reasons the Philharmonic was attracted to SubCulture is the venue’s attention to acoustics, said Edward Yim, the Philharmonic’s vice president of artistic planning. It is rare for the Philharmonic to perform in lesser-known venues; previous “CONTACT!” concerts took place at well-established spaces like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Symphony Space.

“I like that it is a room built for music,” Mr. Yim said “We just liked the vibe.”

You can read more about this and the venue itself from the pages of the Wall Street Journal and at the New York Times

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Food and Beverage – NoHo

Food and Beverage – NoHo Update

food and beverage noho

Bianca Manager, George, in his office on Bleecker St.

Can Carlos – The planned and negotiated takeover of the Bianca location at 5 Bleecker is evidently on hold.  We understand from the building owner that Bianca has ignored their lease cancellation and instead has resorted to legal proceedings.  In the meantime new owner, Jean-Francois Marchand of Can Carlos NYC LLC is waiting in the wings to renovate the venue.

The new establishment will open at 5pm and close at 11pm from Sunday through Wednesday; and open at 5pm and close at 12am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The applicant does not intend to open at lunch time, but reserves the right to do so in the future. The inside capacity and Public Assembly Permit attached to this license will reflect the following maximum usage: 18 tables and 45 table seats.  Mr. Marchand has signed a Community Memorandum of Understanding with the NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders.

Food and Beverage

ACME at 9 Great Jones St.

Acme at 9 Great Jones St. – Last month’s Corporate Change application will not affect ACME’s management team or method of operation.  In fact the new corporation Mr. Jonesing, LLC, dba ACME acknowledges the principals of the new corporation, Huy Chi Lee, Jean-Marc Houmard and Jon Neidich has signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding with NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders, reflecting all previous stipulations and agreements.

Food Beverage NoHOChef Club NY, Inc. d/b/a Chef’s Club by Food & Wine, 295 Lafayette St. 10012 – This application to be heard a second time at CB#2 is NOT in NoHo…nor is its actual address 295 Lafayette St.  Instead its entrance is on Mulberry St. south of the REI entrances in the Puck Building.  Though a supporter of various street changes on that block of Mulberry St (betw Houston and Prince) and of the restorations at St. Patrick’s Basilica, we are most apprehensive that this new entity, seeking a full OP license where previously there hasn’t been one, has no Community Agreement in place regarding its operation in this small quiet block faced with old style tenement apartments and next to the fancy renovated condo building at 275 Lafayette St., tiny Jersey St. and a small New York Public Library.   September coverage can be found at

New Food and Beverage

Former Butter slated to change hands at CB#2 SLA Hearing in November

Butter, at 415 Lafayette is on the November agenda at CB#2′s SLA Committee and listed as an entity to be formed by Scott Sartiano.

You will find September coverage at on Mr. Sartiano’s plan to open a new Butter location uptown on West 45th St.

We have no further knowledge of the plans for the Butter location on Lafayette, though NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders has reached out for a discussion prior to the CB#2 hearing.

Forcella – 334 Bowery – It is rumored that the original investors in this quirky pizzaria are looking to be replaced and that founding chef and operator, Giulio Adriani is planning to leave for the West Coast to open a location in California.  What we do know for sure is that they are installing a take-out counter to sell pizza by the slice, a significant departure from their vowed sit-down restaurant with full menu that required their wine and beer license.  Stay tuned for an announcement of longer hours, too.

Pulinos -282 Bowery is planning to become French.  A la :  Keith McNally is planning to close his youngest New York restaurant, Pulino’s, at the beginning of January for a complete overhaul. The space will reopen in March as a new French restaurant called Cherche Midi

The Standard East Village – Cooper Square is revealing the handsome brick exterior of one their new restaurant spaces, and the pretty blue facade of another venue. Andre Balazs has kept a tight lip about the new dining and nightlife projects at the hotel, but one component, Cafe Standard, is slated to open on this week (Nov. 6, 2013).  Again, coverage at Eater

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NoHo Development Update

 NoHo Development Continues to Astound

With new buildings at 688 Broadway (entrance on Great Jones Alley), 10 Bond St., 366 Lafayette St., 45 Great Jones and significant restorations/renovations at 24 Bleecker, 36 Bleecker, 37 Great Jones, NoHo development has the eye and ears of a host of hopefuls who will, alas, have a hard time finding another niche in our famously edgy and historic neighborhood.

25 Great Jones - before and after

25 Great Jones – before and after.  Click picture to see larger image.

25 Great Jones/22 Bond St. – our friends at BKSK Architects have applied their magic touches to the “finger of NoHo.”  Now 3-stories shorter (thank you, BSA) with a Bond St. address and main entrance to the residential units from Bond St., the Great Jones St. side will house ground-floor retail (no food and beverage) and has a street-wall matching the neighboring buildings on the block.

22 Bond St. Entrance, Art Window and Garden

22 Bond St. Entrance, Art Window and Garden

The Bond St. side will feature a 4-story screened wall through which one will see a garden and an elevated grove of trees.  Below that to the right will be a street level window that will feature artworks.  Both will be ambiently lit at night to highlight the Bond St. streetscape.

Lot line windows for the neighboring buildings on Bond St will be preserved.  The west wall of the building will feature a full mural (no windows) by Jose Parla, internationally known but based in Brooklyn.

Altogether this is a a big Yeah! for NoHo and finally another unique and probably significant addition to our neighborhoods mystique.

688 Broadway btw Great Jones and East 4th:  You can see the renderings here and here.
CB#2 heard this application in the Landmarks and Zoning Committees.  Coming up BSA application: Residential Use; 12-stories; floors 2-5, 2 units each, 6-10 one unit each for 12 units; plus groundfloor retail.  Curbed Coverage.  See previous NoHo News coverage.

NoHo Development31 Bond St.:  A Renaissance Revival style store and loft building designed by De Lemos & Cordes and built in 1888-1889. Application, which was heard at CB#2 Landmarks in September, is to alter the existing storefront infill, remove the rear shaft extension and install new windows, and construct a rooftop addition. Zoned M1-5B.  This application will also be heard at the Board of Standards and Appeals for conversion to residential use above the ground floor.
- See more at Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation website

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What Else is New?

It is becoming a full-time endeavor keeping up with what else is new in NoHo

Crunch will be moving out of their address on Lafayette St. and into what is now a vacant ground floor space at 2 Cooper Square (West 4th and Bowery). 418 Lafayette St/726 Broadway is planning to be a hotel – so we may have some things to say in the future depending on how they plan to populate that venue.  Having Crunch at 2 Cooper Sq. is good news because there will be no push to amend an existing stipulation at that location which was intended to prevent possible gigantic F&B venues at this address.



Classic AREA patron photo via

AREA Retrospective at the Hole Gallery - curated by Jeffrey Deitch with Serge Becker, Eric Goode, Jennifer Goode and Glenn O’Brien.  November 6-10, 2013, 12-7pm daily.  Per The Hole’s announcement:

Opening here at The Hole on November 5th, AREA 1983-1987 presents the art and concepts that made the club, including works created for AREA by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbra Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Leroy Neiman, Larry Rivers, MaripolKenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Survival Research Labs and many more, alongside rare ephemera and new works inspired by the club from artists including Tom Sachs, Steve Powers and Todd James, Misaki Kawai and Ben Jones.  Dozens of photographs, many never before exhibited, document the New York of the 80’s at its most exotic.  In its time, AREA brought installation and performance art to a broad, new audience.  For the opening parties and the run of the exhibition, AREA will revive its special brand of performance art, reprising some of its greatest hits, as well as new concepts; AREA’s original staff along with a new generation of artists create performance vitrines and interactive installations, including re-staging Andy Warhol’s Invisible Sculpture performance.


Abbie Hoffman, Yippy founder, 9 Bleecker St.

9 Bleecker St. – former haunt of Abbie Hoffman and until recently, still Yippy Headquarters is up for rent. Here’s the Corcoran listing:  Exceptional opportunity to rent an entire building in prime Greenwich Village / NoHo. The bottom two floors feature bars that are built out already. And the top two floors can be used for either residential or office space. Each of the 4 floors is approximately 1600 square feet. This is truly an unbeatable Greenwich Village / NoHo location, on a block with high and brilliant visibility for business. Original details still in tact- including exposed brick, and a cast iron honey comb curved skylight which graces the ground floor, with 13′ 6″ ceilings. Old world charm ready for a new world establishment. Monthly rent:  $25,000. Gentrification anyone ?!


Banksy’s Cool Ghoul via NY Post

Banksy’s Cool Ghoul – It was hard to miss Banksy’s pre-Halloween installation at the orner of Elizabeth and Houston, but in case you did, here’s the coverage in the New York Post.

And here’s more coverage of the aftermath endured by NoHo resident Diane Adzema, herself an artist, still residing here.

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Basilica of St. Patrick and Two Bridges Celebrate Mulberry Street

Alec Baldwin Commemorated Mulberry Plaque Dedication Sept 18th at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

Basilica of St. Patrick and Two Bridges Celebrate

Scene on Upper Mulberry St during San Gennaro

This year upper Mulberry Street revealed the old neighborhood of Little Italy in a special installation, while The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral ( the city’s first Cathedral Church celebrated their 200th anniversary with Two Bridges Neighborhood Council ( serving residential, commercial, Manhattan cultural life during the Feast of San Gennaro.

On September 18th @6:00pm Alec Baldwin officiated at a bronze plaque unveiling, celebrating with community leaders, the people and culture of Little Italy’s Mulberry Street. The plaque is designed by Richard Rinaldo, editor of Meatballs & Stickball.

“This innovative art exhibit and plaque illustrates the honor, hard work, love of family that has defined Mulberry street’s Little Italy for over a century,” comments Mark Bussell, Department of Photography-Imaging–Tisch School of the Arts NYU curator of Looking Back with Monsignor Donald Sakano and Two Bridges.

Check it out.  You can find out more here


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Win Free Tickets to Sting at The Public

Win Free Tickets to Sting at The PublicFrom September 25 – October 9, you can win free tickets to Sting at The Public

The Public Theater has an on-line lottery for free tickets to see Sting.

For the first and only time, Sting will perform songs from his new album, The Last Ship, for 10 concerts to benefit The Public Theater in the intimate, 260-seat Anspacher Theater. An evening of music and storytelling with one of the world’s most prolific artists, these performances will offer unique insight into the creative process of both his new album of original material, to be released September 24, and his forthcoming play of the same name, premiering in 2014.

Beginning at 5:30pm, persons can enter the lottery by filling out an entry card with their name and indicating if they want one or two tickets. If two tickets are requested, both attendees must be present. At 6pm, the lottery winners’ names will be selected. All winners must be present at the time of the drawing. Entry cards will not be given out before 5:30pm and the winners will be selected via random lottery. Call 212.967.7555 for more details.

Tickets also on sale now. Click here to purchase or call 212.967.7555.

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With an entirely new roster of City office candidates and a largely rookie City Council, the 2013 election will seriously affect us on any issue, hyper-local to state-wide.

Liquor license density, development, construction, traffic, zoning, variances, landmarks, environmental protection, parking, bike lanes, plazas, parks, sanitation, infrastructure repair, agency enforcement and follow-up – these are just a few of the everyday issues in which the NoHo-Bowery area engages. With an extensive new slate of elected officials each agency or commission with which we interact on a regular basis will likely have new leadership as well; staffing/restructuring will take months if not years; access, protocols and guidelines will change.

This does not mean that policy and budget issues like affordable housing, education, economic development/small business growth, security (environmental and human), aren’t important, or that a change in long-term planning and goals shouldn’t be addressed.  But, the effects of new leadership will definitely impact management our everyday issues; hands-on experience has never counted more.

If you have registered with a Party affiliation you’re in the game for TODAY’S Primary. There is a wide selection of candidates, narrowing this down to a wisely chosen few  will pretty much determine the outcome of the final election. Today is probably the most important election day of the last two AND the next eight years.

Need to know your polling place?

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Borough President Candidate Debate – Tonight !!


Borough President Debate

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383 Lafayette Street to become NYU administrative offices

383 Lafayette, NYU As-of-right office use.

383 Lafayette to become NYU administrative offices in as-of-right use.

383 Lafayette St.  NYU will be renovating 383 Lafayette which will include internal renovation, facade work, and a building addition in the parking lot behind it for as-of-right office use. NYU anticipates starting construction in the late Fall.  Upon completion, the building will be home to various administrative offices.  It was previously planned for Theater and Theater-Arts workshop use by the Tisch School of the Arts which is now looking to develop a more adaptable site, potentially on the NYU Superblocks.

There will be outreach and meetings with NoHo and the residents of East 4th St. beginning this Fall to review the plans, design and construction schedule (as much as can be known at this time).  We do not anticipate any FAR bonus.  The additional building on the empty lot and any additions to the existing 383 Lafayette will require Landmarks review and approval.  Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership) is working on the design.

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NoHo-Bowery Construction Updates

Here are the NoHo-Bowery construction updates from previously discussed applications and developments.

Land Use

726 Broadway-424 Lafayette

726 Broadway-424 Lafayette

726 Broadway/424 Lafayette St. - The Local Law 11 façade repairs for 726-730 Broadway are scheduled to take approximately 10 weeks starting on or around the week of 7/29. The work itself is minimal and shouldn’t be noticed by neighbors or passerby, but rooftop protection must be installed on adjacent building roofs and street-level sidewalk bridging must extend 20 feet beyond the property line of the NYU building, which will spread in front of neighboring retailers. The sidewalk bridging and rooftop protection measures are NYC Department of Buildings mandated policies. This façade work is subject to NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission approval.

Prior to the start of the project NYU OGCA reached out to adjacent neighbors on both Broadway and Lafayette streets to work to coordinate access for the installation of rooftop protection and to provide a courtesy notice of the erection of sidewalk bridging.

This work is not part of the recently approved BSA Variance which will involve roof-top and interior construction, only.  


31 Bond, BSA App. for ground floor retail (no license) and 7-floors residential.

31 Bond, BSA App. for ground floor retail (no license) and 7-floors residential.

31 Bond Street (south side between Lafayette and Bowery). Application #176-13 BZ to the Board of Standards and Appeals pursuant to ZR 72-21 to permit retail on the first floor and residences on the second through sixth floors of an existing building in an M1-5B zone in the NoHo Historic District.  This application was heard in July at CB#2.  The new owner plans an Italian boutique on the ground-floor and residences on the upper floors.  There will be a small roof-top extension of approx. 300 sq. ft. taken from the rear of the building where a shaft previously existed.  The owner’s architect and attorney agreed to a modification in the BSA application that would restrict ground-floor retail use to non-liquor licensed merchants.

45 Great Jones St.  Appears before the Board of Standards and Appeals on August 13th.  As previously reported the application will specify that the BSA application that would restrict ground-floor retail use to non-liquor licensed merchants.  The application asks that remaining 7-stories allow residential use.


Astor Place and Cooper Square

Area of Cooper Square designated for Community Plaza

Area of Cooper Square designated for Community Plaza

We have just been informed that mobilization will begin next week (August 5th) for the project with construction to commence sometime thereafter and have requested a copy of the current plan for the Community Plaza portion that will be o Cooper Square.  As soon as we have more solid details we will be posting and calling meetings with all nearby stakeholders regarding security, maintenance and programming for the new plaza.

Lafayette from Bond to Great Jones


8, 10-12 Bond St, aka 358-364 Lafayette St:  7-stories including set-back penthouse, 12 units in all incl maisonette on Bond St. side. One groundfloor merchant (no SLA license). Curbed Coverage.  Annabel Seldorf, architect. LPC approved; BSA approved. Demolition underway.

372 Lafayette (sw corner at Great Jones): 6-stories, 5 residential units plus 2 groundfloor merchants.  EPA Remediation underground in progress.  BSA approved ; LPC approved.  Morris Adjmi, architect.

411 Lafayette facade restoration

411 Lafayette facade restoration

411 Lafayette – Undergoing a facade restoration.  Ground-floor retail with office use on all other floors.

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SLA Applications

Here are the NoHo-Bowery August Updates from previously discussed SLA applications and developments. Community Board #2 does not formally meet in August, though a few Committees will meet to review pending applications scheduled at some City and State agencies…among them the NYS Liquor Authority and the Department of Consumer Affairs (sidewalk cafes). Full Board approvals of any resulting resolutions will not occur until September, however.

Liquor Licensing

The former Hung-Ry restaurant space on the left and the current Mile-End Sandwich Shop on the right, both housed in the 55 Bond St. lot

The former Hung-Ry restaurant space (now Le Philosophe) on the left and the current Mile-End Sandwich Shop on the right, both housed in the 55 Bond St. lot

Mile End Sandwich, 53 Bond St. 10012 – Denied at their first application.  Though the Street #’s imply differently, this is the same lot as #55 Bond.  Both NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders and CB#2 have objected to this application, particularly since additional information and criteria were revealed at the July hearing.  This application may return to CB#2 in September or they may advance to the SLA regardless.  We’ll be watching.  

Kings 55 Group, Inc. d/b/a Le Philosophe, 55 Bond St.10012.  Opposed at the first application but granted at SLA because of prior W&B. Application is for an alteration to add a sidewalk cafe to their license.  CB#2 SLA Committee referred to the Sidewalk Committee before they would rule on a liquor license application.  It may be moved to the August Sidewalk Committee which meets on, Monday, 8/12, 6:30 PM – NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Pl. Room 208. There may be more updates to come on this one.

Can Carlos, 5 Bleecker St. 10012.  New Proprietor and venue at the location where we have enjoyed Bianca for many years. The applicant will be seeking a wine and beer license, only.  A Community Agreement is anticipated. While we are heart-broken to lose Bianca the owners are hoping to open at another location nearby.  POSTPONED pending community meeting regarding venting and HVAC.  Expect this will be heard in September.

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NoHo-Bowery Collectibles

Geoff McFetridge 2 Weeks Past Labor Day and 2 Chapters to Go (2011), acrylic on canvas

Geoff McFetridge 2 Weeks Past Labor Day and 2 Chapters to Go (2011), acrylic on canvas at The Hole Gallery

NoHo-Bowery collectibles rise above the dog days of August

arts, some good reading, and more notable boutique retail…

SUMMER READING, July 18 – August 24, 2013.  The Hole Gallery is proud to present “Summer Reading”, a group exhibition and transformation of our Bowery galleries into a giant art book reading room. With works of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, artists in this show explore the relationship of literature and print media to the realm of fine arts, or perhaps the slippages of meaning and experience between the act of reading and that of looking.

Reading and Real Estate

If you think you know what’s trending in New York City Housing and Neighborhoods, you might want to check the just-released Furman Center’s 2012 Survey.  There’s some pretty interesting data here on the City, generally and on Community District 2, specifically, from population and its composition to construction, average rental rates and purchase prices for co-ops and condo’s. Even base data on schools, performance, the drop in households with school-age children, the rise in Senior population as well as comparisons between our District and others around the City.

Don’t Miss this year’s Fringe Festival

Come to FringeNYC and DISCOVER 185 shows in 18 downtown Manhattan venues (among them the Ellen Stewart Theater-La Mama, The Lynn Redgrave Theater and Subculture and 440 Studios in NoHo) from August 9th to 25th. The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America and features drama, comedy, dance, puppetry, clow/masque, multi-media, solo shows, vaudeville, poetry, and more! At only $15 per advance ticket, you’re sure to find fabulous ways to fill the last precious days of summer in the city.

New Curve store at 57 Bond St.

New Curve store at 57 Bond St.

Curve comes to 57 Bond St.

At long last the groundfloor commercial space will be occupied by a very high end fashion retailer.  This will certainly compliment the other noteworthy fashion retailers coming to NoHo, including French clothier A.P.C. moving in two doors west at 51 Bond and the new Intermix location around the corner at 332 Bowery.  Coming soon Anthropologie and Patagonia !

OAK at 26 Bond

OAK at 26 Bond

American Apparel Purchases Oak

New York Magazine’s The Cut reports that the LA-based American Apparel (also located in NoHo on Broadway) has purchased the “gothic-leaning OAK ….which has become a go-to outpost for high-end, cutting-edge designers who make clothes that are black. But from both a business and creative standpoint, this seems like a really good partnership.”

OAK’s location is, of course, NoHo at 26 Bond St.  There is no indication that they will be leaving this location.  Whew!

Brut Nama (The Chronicles of Brut)

Abdullah M. I. Syed  Brut for Men: Lotus (Urdu Version) Hand-beaten and chamak patti (hand stickered ornamentation) metal medallion, wood and stainless steel

Abdullah M. I. Syed
Brut for Men: Lotus (Urdu Version)
Hand-beaten and chamak patti (hand stickered ornamentation) metal medallion, wood and stainless steel

Recent Work by Abdullah M. I. Syed, July 18 – August 31, 2013 at the Aicon Gallery, 35 Great Jones St.  presenst Brut-Nama: The Chronicles of Brut, the first major U. S. solo exhibition by Australia-based Pakistani artist Abdullah M I Syed. Brut-Nama represents the culmination of ten years of research born from Syed’s award-winning installation, Discourse within Discourse: The Circle at the IAO Gallery in Oklahoma City

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