NoHo News-June 2007
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Volume III, No. 1

June 2007

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Lead Stories

New Mulberry St. Library - and Villager Article

Bike Lane for Bleecker St ...and Less Parking

NYU Planning Team in Place - with
BP's Community Task Force on NYU Development

Landmarking NoHo III

NoHo Artists - Annie Shaver Crandell writes about Keith and opens a show...

Day Life, Night Life

The Bowery Corridor ...Update

New and Totally Awesome

  • New York CityMap.  Put in an address, then click on DETAILS - Building Info, Voting District, Health Status, the list is VERY impressive...and so is the info !

  • Tom Duane's Podcasts - These are very interesting and
    informative and way ahead of the usual Elected Leader

    Compared by City Hall News to a segment on National Public Radio, Senator Duane's podcast is produced by Legislative Aide Adam Riff.

Alerts for: NoHo Manhattan

More Condos for Bond Street? You Know It
New York Observer - June 21, 2007 10:00 am

Bond Street may soon be renamed “Condo Row.”

NYU growth is on the charts: More students, more buildings
The Villager - New York,NY,USA
Zella Jones, chairperson of the Noho Neighborhood Association, who is also on the task force, was guardedly optimistic. "I challenge anyone to recall a time ...

News Corp. plans to develop outdoor group
Crain's New York Business - New York,NY,USA
In March, a New York State Supreme Court judge gave the go-ahead to Manhattan-based OTR Media Group to pursue an antitrust lawsuit against Cemusa, ...

For the Classic Loft, Try Noho
... have made their presence felt, especially on Bond Street). For more information, visit Noho Manhattan, a Website run by loyal locals, or stop in at open houses this weekend. You'll find a list after the jump. --S. Jhoanna Robledo ...
Daily Intelligencer - New York Magazine -

Zagat Releases 2007/2008 NYC Nightlife Survey - USA
NEW YORK, June 13 -- Zagat Survey, has announced the results of its recently completed survey of 1265 bars, lounges, clubs and pubs in the Big Apple. ...
See all stories on this topic


The Bowery - the 3rd & 4th Avenues Subcommittee has been added to the CB#3 schedule for June and rezoning the Bowery is on the agenda.  We are not clear what the Bowery Re-zoning entails specifically, though GVSHP offered the following in their latest newsletter” 

We have also begun to work with local community groups on examining the terribly inadequate zoning for the Bowery, where shockingly out-of-scale new developments like a 23-story hotel at 5th Street are going up. See .Steven Herrick, Anna Sarwyn of Save the East Village and David Mulkins, of the East 5th St. Block Association are interested in this proposal.  The NoHo NA has not weighed in on the subject since none of the proposals preserves underlying M1-5b zoning.   

Affordable Housing . Sunday morning, June 17, 11:15am, New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64 Street.  Shaun Donovan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD),will discuss the shift in New York City's housing policies from a focus on abandonment to a focus on affordability.  Commissioner Donovan is leading HPD in implementing the city's ten-year, $7.5 billion New Housing Marketplace Plan, which will provide 165,000 affordable homes for 500,000 New Yorkers.  

Mulberry St. Library:  “My family took me to the new Mulbery Library today it is GREAT, GREAT....I know its below Houston but it’s still great and it has a community room for meetings,” says Stan Ries, NoHo NA Steering Committee.

Amato Opera - Summer Season, Falstaff.  This is a treasure, don't miss it or fail to support this precious organization.

Bowery and Lafayette Corridor Liquor License Locations.  Download Full Map

SLA Task Force Report, Dec 06

NoHo Artist Annie Shaver-Crandell has written a loving piece on Keith's final resting in the Villager. 

Klondike, Artist Annie Shaver-CrandellAnnie celebrated  new work at a show at the Paula Barr Chelsea Gallery, 508-526 West 26th St., thru June 10th.

Getting Around...

CB#2 Hearing:  NYC Transit presentation on the Bleecker/Broadway/Lafayette Stations, on June 12th, at 6:30 PM, LBGT Community Services Center, 208 W. 13th St., bet. 7th & Greenwich Aves.

Broadway below Houston to Vesey St.:  One lane of vehicular traffic (private cars, trucks and taxis) will be eliminated to accommodate a dedicated Bus lane on the western lane with five “bus bulbs” created to expedite stopping for passengers. 

New Bike Lane on Bleecker and Prince St:  CB#2 passed a resolution approving of the temporary installation of an east-traveling bike lane on Bleecker St., with elimination of parking on the north side of Bleecker in NoHo, and the possibility of a west-traveling bike lane on Prince St. (subject to considering an alternative on Broome St.).  A variety of additional suggestions were also attached to the Resolution which included further investigation and study of lights and turning lanes at the dead end on Bowery.

Houston St. Construction  - Construction on the Houston St. road bed is now in full Phase II, meaning it is entering the NoHo portion of Houston St.   Most of the roadbed work will be done from 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday.  But NoHo can expect regular water, power and telephone line interruptions (unintentionally).   

All known service interruptions will be posted on area buildings.  Anyone who is or knows someone, disabled should notify Karen Flores (212-337-3594), the Community Construction Liaison, so she can take special measures to protect their needs and safety during construction.  To subscribe to a daily community construction update go to . (Photo:  Adam Woodward). 

The construction has created a tidal wave of RATS.  Action has been taken to get the Office of Emergency Management involved with extermination!  A budget is available for extra Traffic Control Coverage - we are working on getting it assigned for nights and weekends. 

Southern NoHo Gets No Honking Signs - Thanks to our esteemed Councilman, and hearty endorsement from Brad Hoylman and the Traffic and Transportation Committee at CB#2, Bleecker from Broadway to Bowery now has No Honking signs.  That's the good news.  The not so good news is that getting anyone to enforce them will take another major effort.  Any volunteers?


What's Going Up....

NYU Properties Map
Download the NYU Properties Map

NYU Plans -- We have been working closely with NYU, The Borough President's office, Councilman Gerson and others to develop a constructive dialogue regarding NYU expansion and cooperative efforts regarding general quality of life concerns.  There have been three Task Force meetings so far this year which have been instrumental in finally getting a serious NYU Planning Team in place which has been charged with working with this Task Force and individually with neighborhood organizations in planning the future development of NYU.  You can read the minutes of the March 29th meeting here. 


For NoHo all discussions are in the capable hands of the NoHo NA Subcommittee on NYU Development (specifically the 383 Lafayette site).  At present the only expressed intent is to investigate the development of a Tisch School Performing Arts Center.  All aspects, including uses, landmarks, bulk will be discussed and shared with the NoHo NA Membership.


NYU Planning Open House on Thursday, June 28th, 2007:

President John Sexton invites you to be part of NYU’s strategic planning initiative to address the University’s
academic needs and physical development over the next few decades. Come and meet the team who will
be working on the plan. Let them hear your thoughts about the neighborhood in which you live, work, and
go to school and how NYU can have a positive impact on its future.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Open House Hours: 3:00pm–8:00pm
Hemmerdinger Hall
100 Washington Square East
Food and refreshments will be served.


Now, here's the background of the NYU Planning Team which consists of four firms:

*       SMWM has completed planning studies for Harvard University, Brown University, and the University of San Francisco, all of which are concentrated in dense, urban settings. In 1997, they worked with a team of designers and engineers to develop design guidelines for Mission Bay in San Francisco, home to the new UCSF campus. SMWM, with offices in San Francisco and New York, is currently working in four of New York's five boroughs, as well as Boston and Washington, DC, on projects ranging from master plans for waterfronts and brownfield sites to design guidelines for historic districts. They are currently designing projects for the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University, as well as the new Conservatory of Music for Bard College, their 5th building for the College.

*       Grimshaw was founded in London in 1980. The practice now operates worldwide and established a permanent office in New York in 2001. It has been the recipient of over 100 design awards internationally. Grimshaw's portfolio is characterized by environmental responsiveness, structural legibility, innovation, and a rigorous approach to detailing. Grimshaw buildings are designed to have spatial and organizational clarity, to reflect the activities within them, and to be flexible enough to respond to changing needs.

*        Toshiko Mori Architect is known for their influential and innovative work as well as their sensitive approach to historical context. Recent projects include The Darwin Martin House Visitor Center in Buffalo, and additions to houses designed by Marcel Breuer and Paul Rudolph. TMA is designing a lab facility for the Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems at Syracuse University, currently featured in the Cooper Hewitt Museum's Design Triennial.  A 2005 recipient of the Medal of Honor from the New York City chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Toshiko Mori was profiled in The New York Times in for her work in reframing historical context by regenerating modernist buildings with innovative interventions.

*       Olin Partnership, the internationally-acclaimed landscape architecture and urban design studio, creates sustainable landscapes that succeed as both social and environmental systems.  Based in Philadelphia, Olin Partnership has designed projects for numerous educational institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Campus Framework Plan. In addition to educational institutions, Olin Partnership's design expertise encompasses cultural institutions, mixed-use developments, civic spaces and public parks, including redesigns of New York's beloved Bryant Park and Columbus Circle.


8-10 Bond St.  -A community meeting was held in may with the attorney and architects for this site.  The BSA application for a seven story high end residential building with retail on the first floor has not yet been scheduled. Watch the Zoning Committee Calendar (go to "Calendar" at the CB#2 Website)  You can see the proposed building at (be warned, their flash site takes forever to load -- even with high-speed access)  click on projects.  There was a meeting on June 27, 2006 to discuss this and two other BSA applications that propose to develop residential and retail.  The issues are design and what kind of retail we, as a community, want to allow.  Our current M1-5b zoning restricts a number of categories (but unfortunately does allow more bars...and billboards!).


22 Bond St/23 Great Jones St. (Block 530, Lot 19) -- this through lot, currently a two-story building is rumored to be an as-of-right 14 story hotel.  DOB job filings however indicate that it is to be a nine-story building with hotel use from the fourth to the ninth floors. Job Description: Vertical extension to existing 2 story building ( cellar, 1st & 2nd). Add 3rd thru 9th floors to be used as hotel suites. Change of use on 2nd floor to Joint Living & work quarter. Obtain new CO.   According to DOB records the plan was disapproved in February..  You have all probably noted, however, that the cellar on the Great Jones St side has been excavated and re-shored When and if we discover anything more on this we will post it.  



After months of hiding behind a big white shroud the new residential condo at
25 Bond in NoHo at last reveals its handsome face. "Eight stories of hefty rough-cut Jerusalem limestone partnered with details of dark bronzed steel. It's been designed by architect George Schieferdecker of
BKSK Architects as six stories of four bold asymmetrically arranged sections with recessed windows down below and a couple of stories of contrasting steel crowning the top. The building runs for a full 100 feet along Bond Street across from Ian Schrager / Herzog and de Meuron's all glass palace at 40 Bond," as quoted from Wired New York


Before it is completed, however, there will be a full 100 running feet of granite sidewalk, artist- etched and continuing into the main lobby.  There is no doubt that Goldman Properties has taken contextual to heart and new heights.


32-40 Bond St.:  Construction is moving rapidly.  Want to see the plans?  Visit 285 Lafayette Street.  Ian Schrager has devoted a whole store-front to this development.  Or you can visit !  OR you can read an extensive review at Triple Mint !!

40 Bond will have 27 loft style apartments. Five townhouses will have their own separate entrances and private rear gardens. A triplex penthouse will top the 11-story condo. Units will have dual gas and wood-burning fireplaces custom designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Floors will be wide-plank oak, and ceiling heights will be over 11 feet. Floor to ceiling windows will be fully-operable. Fixtures will include lighting by Jasper Morrison and kitchen appliances from Miele. A long list of amenities includes concierge services provided by the staff at the Gramercy Park Hotel on 24-hour call." 



46-48 Bond St.:   New Special permit application to build 11 stories residential/retail.  The developer, Don Capocia (principal/Owner Great Jones Lumber) engaged a second architect who, at least for the BSA hearings, designed a building more contributing to the architecture of this street.  The latest renderings, however, look pretty much like the original Upper-East Side look-alike. Though originally proposed as rental units, we learn from Curbed coverage that 14 condo units will be sold starting at $2,000,000. 

Architect Deborah Berke, (this is her first residential condo project) explains:  The façade of 48 Bond is an elegant composition of slabs of granite and sheets of glass. The scale of the material is unusually large, contributing to its abstract and bold quality. The stone and glass play off each other and accentuate their contrasting textures.




Water Tunnel Construction - This project which began last year will be here for awhile.  We understand that the major blasting has subsided.  For those who fear for the safety of The Merchant's House and Skidmore House, the Borough President's office is actively engaged in monitoring, with the ever watchful eye of Pi Gardner, Exec. Director of the Merchants House.

When it is finished, we expect that this will become a park.  The DEP has, however, transferred the air rights back to the owners of the property -- the Goldman Family -- who have in turn leased this property and the Skidmore House and the parking lot to Atlantic Development for 70 years.  See the Skidmore House entry for more.  (Photo:  Adam Woodward).  Senator Tom Duane has convened several meetings, with CB#2 member Toby Bergman present, along with Pi Gardner of the Merchants House, Stan Ries and Zella Jones of the NoHo NA, John Fout of Councilmember Mendez staff and Gregory Bender of Assemblymember Deborah Glick's staff to get the particulars on where this park stands in present plans.


372 Lafayette St. - A revision on a Landmarks application of last year and also a future BSA application.  Originally planned as a five story office/retail building built of shipping containers, the new application will be for residential with groundfloor retail.  Although the novel shipping container construction is 25% (at least) cheaper to build, they will be asking for a BSA hardship because they won't  make enough if the building is for small office space!   See coverage.


363 Lafayette @ Great Jones- (SE Corner - former Jones Diner) - The Attorney and the applicant made a presentation to NoHo in May, 2006.  Though a confusing design (at best), the proposed six-story building will preserve many of the lot line windows in contiguous buildings.  The applicant will be seeking a variance for residential and groundfloor retail and may be amenable to a restriction on bars or restaurants. The 20 Bond St. Co-Op is still negotiating with the developer for a more compatible design.  The billboard recently erected inside the fencing at this location is being investigated by the Borough President's office.  It is likely that it falls just under the limit in size for a billboard in this neighborhood -- but certainly initiates a new trend in lot use and how to insult a neighborhood while construction plans are finalized !


Parking Lot & Skidmore House at East 4th and Bowery- There was a hearing at CB#2 Landmarks Committee, Tuesday, January 2, 2006.  You can read excellent background in The Villager or at Curbed   At the Landmarks Committee hearing the new plans were presented:   150' height (not including mechanicals) on a 12,000 sq. ft Footprint; 10,050 sq. ft. ground floor retail; 80:20 market rate to affordable housing.  Atlantic Development has been granted a change of use for the Skidmore House by the Landmarks Commission as part of a 74-711 application, which, in essence asks for size and use changes on the non historic parcels in exchange for restoring the Skidmore House (which was previously ordered by the Court as a result of the Goldman's neglect).   There have been several meetings, one in the Borough President's office, updating the current status of this site.  At present we have not seen a ULURP proposal which we anticipate soon. 



The Bowery Hotel -- it may have five liquor-serving establishments, but there is no mistaking the sophistication of their initial target market in the decor, or in the cozy niches they've created emanating from the Lobby.  And, if you aren't quite ready for that much class, Vanity Fair thinks you are...Check it out here.  Of course they have also given the area East of NoHo a new name -- BoHo.  PULEEZE !

There is a liquor license application in front of CB#3 this month (June) for the restaurant at the corner of Third St and Bowery -- it is to be a Trattoria, but with two sides on streetfront there is plenty of oportunity for this to become an extension of The Bowery Bar across the street (whose owner is tied to the Bowery Hotel investors).  Covenants anyone !

Or perhaps you would prefer to wax nostalgic, in which case The Gothamist recently ran an interesting piece on the Bowery and its transformation as well:  With the Bowery Hotel now open, Gothamist thought it was worth taking one final look at the Bowery of the 1970s and '80s through the lens of Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York. Click here for full article


East Houston and Mulberry -- Eleven stories with an "undulating" fascade. 
Isn't this the Little Italy Special District? 
You better keep checking Curbed on this one: 








1-4 East 4th St., 306 Bowery and Skidmore House --  See above.


640 Broadway - (Broadway & Bleecker) Cage and Stairwell Removal.  This item has thrice been to CB#2 and rejected.  Evidently that's not enough.  We understand that Harriet Fields, Exec. Dir. of the NoHo NY BID has engaged an attorney.


Designating NoHo III a Landmark District  - No news is no news !  But rumor has it that NoHoIII may, actually be considered for the 2007/2008 Landmarks Calendar.   See the Article in the New York Sun.


Nightlife ...

The Lafayette St and Bowery corridors are oversaturated with Liquor Licenses.  In addition to the potential for negatively affecting quality of life for the many residents, it also affects the competitive health of licensed establishments and businesses that have shown compatibility with our neighborhood.  We have been circulating a petition for signatures that will be used to invoke 500 ft rule hearings when new or additional licenses are sought at CB#2 (or CB#3).  Do feel free to request a copy to sign. 

CB#2 Calendar

License density within 500 ft of 1 Bleecker St.

 #1 Bleecker St., Street and Cellar levels proposing a Pizza/Trattoria restaurant with a full liquor license.  Originally heard in May, the CB#2 Business Committee referred this to the NoHo NA to negotiate with the applicants.  This application would be the third full liquor license in the same building, and the ninth within 150 ft.  Though the community opposes any license, the negotiating session suggested the ONLY potential compromise, should this site even meet DOH and DOB requirements and even be able to obtain a Public Assembly permit, would require a covenant for a Restaurant Wine only, and no Sidewalk Café for the duration of the 12 year lease. The second hearing, scheduled for June, has been postponed ftill July.  More than 170 signatures and 80 letters have been collected opposing this license.  The membership of the NoHo NA has rejected the potential compromise of a wine only license based on the current density of establishments on this strip (17 within 500 ft.).

This application has been postponed until the July CB#2 Calendar.

45 Bleecker Theater - This application which originally appeared in May for a full liquor license, a cabaret and a restaurant has also been the remanded to local negotiation by CB#2.  At this point, the applicant has agreed to a wine & beer license, only, limited hours, no restaurant, though a snack concession for patrons is preferred.  There are, as well, a number of safety, landmarks and DOB permit issues still to be resolved.  Neighbors are opposed to the serving of food - contributing to rodent and sanitation issues in this location.  More than 170 signatures opposing additional licenses on the Lafayette St corridor have also been collected, though the neighborhood does favor Theater activity.  This application has been WITHDRAWN.

CB#3 Calendar

License Density within 500 ft of Bowery Hotel at 3rd St and Bowery

SLA & Economic Development Committee, Monday, June 18 - 6:30pm -- JASA/Green Residence -  200 East 5th Street , (btwn Bowery & 2nd Ave), #2. Request for City Council legislation to differentiate between bars and restaurants when issuing sidewalk café licenses.  There is a sidewalk café application for Bowery F&B, 4 E 3rd St (Bowery Hotel).

UPDATE:  The CB#3  Tuesday, June 26, 2007  Full Board Meeting, PS 20, 166 Essex Street, (btwn E Houston & Stanton Sts) at 6:30pm.  Application Denied.  Next Public Hearing at Dept of Consumer Affairs - TBD. 

Villager Article Summarizes the Campaign to Reduce License Density -- The Villager's annual roundup of issues affecting lower Manhattan covers a lot of ground.  See it all by clicking here.  Or go direct to the summary of the Liquor License Density progress report here.


Avalon Christy Place -- though across the street from NoHo we understand that two restaurants will be applying for liquor licenses on the groundfloor of the site at the northeast corner of Bowery and Houston.  One of these will be owned by famed Chef Daniel Beloud, with whom we have had conversations regarding neighborhood compatability, for which they are quite sensitive.


The SoHo Journal Politics Blog covers the issues behind the issues. Beware!


NoHo ART & Culture..

Current Shows

Amato Opera, Falstaff, May 26 thru June 24th
Evenings at 7:30,
Matinees at 2:30 p.m.
All Seats Reserved

Admission: $35.00

Senior Citizens, Children,
Full-time Students (ID required): $28.00

For reservations or information,
please call (212) 228-8200

Seating Chart of the Amato Opera Directions & Maps

Recent Shows

Annie Shaver-Crandell at
Paula Barr Chelsea Gallery,
508-526 West 26th St., Suite 9G. 
Until June 10th from Noon to 6 p.m.
Cadoro Venice, Artist Annie Shaver-Crandell


Luigi Cazzaniga,
Michael Conors Gallery,
39 Great Jones St.,
May 24 to June 10



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