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BP's Community Task Force on NYU Development
Issues Community Planning Principles - Next Meeting Sept 10
looking for some fresh, talented, volunteer Steering Committee
New Noise Code
- Takes effect July 1st. Get a very useful booklet
NY Times Adds Building Permit Mapping Feature
Day Life, Night
Crews leave ugly trail on
Bleecker and Elizabeth
NoHo won it's appeal at CB#2Manhattan's
Full Board Meeting on Sept 20th to deny an application on
Bond St. in the "Public Interest."
Is San Genaro
Festival Messing with Your Quality of Life?
Tell the City what needs to be done. On
Tuesday, September 18th at 1PM in council chambers at
City Hall, there will be an oversight of CAU (Community
Assistance Unit) regarding their very liberal issuance of
permits for street fairs. Street fairs can create traffic
snarls, noise late into the evening, crime, trash, public
drunkenness, and other things that detract from a
community’s quality of life.
Please come and lend your support – let CAU know that these
permits should not be issued without the approval of local
community boards. Show CAU that there needs to be oversight
of their permitting procedures so that the local community
can establishment parameters for location, dates, and
duration of street fairs, as well making sure that there are
adequate measures taken to abate noise and provide sanitary
comments? Need to expound? We are waiting for
your comments on the
NoHo Manhattan Blog.
Second NYU Open House on Campus
Planning - Monday, Sept 17, Hemmerdinger
Hall, 100 Wshington Square East, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Meet
the planning team. Let them hear your thoughts about
your neighborhood and how NYU can have a more positive
impact on its future.
comments? Need to expound? We are waiting for
your comments on the
NoHo Manhattan Blog.
Sam Chang Buys Whitehouse Hotel for $7.8 M.
New York Observer - July
in the New York City hotel business keep up with Sam Chang?
On June 11, the prolific hotelier purchased the Whitehouse Hotel at 338 Bowery
for $7.8 million, according to city records
32 charged at New York gay bar after police drugs raid - PinkNews.co.uk -
A popular New
York gay bar has been temporarily closed down following a drugs raid, police
Mr. Black, a popular gay venue at 88 Bleecker St., in the NoHo district of New
York City is well known for hosting evenings with bare-bottomed waiters.
- the 3rd & 4th Avenues Subcommittee has been
added to the CB#3 schedule. To review what the Bowery Initiative
entails specifically, GVSHP offered the following in their latest
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
This Monday, 9/17, at
6:30pm, 113 Second Avenue (btwn 6th & 7th Sts), the Community Board
Zoning Task Force will meet to discuss plans for a rezoning of the
With all our new high-end
condos and rare authentic AIR lofts, the nightlife
industry is very hot to join us in even greater numbers.
Most residents and property owners feel we have done more
than our fair share in absorbing over-density of liquor
licensed establishments, especially when it directly affects
our now rather expensive NoHo investments. PLEASE join
your neighbors...and find more ... to sign our petition
asking our community leaders and elected officials to uphold
the Padavan Law and the 500ft. rule.
Bowery and Lafayette
Corridor Liquor License Locations.
Houston St. Construction
Construction on the Houston St. road bed is now in full Phase II,
meaning it is in 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 weekend night work also regularly.
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
www.houston.outreachny.com . (Photo: Adam Woodward).
Download the NYU Properties
List of NoHo NYU Properties and Uses
Have some comments?
Need to expound? The NoHo NA welcomes your comments on the
NoHo Manhattan Blog.
NYU Plans --
You can download the June
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 Plans 2031
Open House, Monday Sept 17, 4-8:00 p.m., 100 Washington Square East.
There is a new application for an as-of-right hotel at this location
which will be heard at CB#2 Manhattan's Zoning Committee in October.
We understand that the applicant is looking for a Special Permit to
allow an un-zoned use on the floors below the second story - such
options in our M1-5b zone would include a bar or restaurant larger than
2000 sq feet -- or retail.
INFO: A community meeting was held in
May 2006 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. Another meeting in June
27, 2006 discussed 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!).
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
and if we discover anything more on this we will post it.
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
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
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. See this weeks
coverage in www.curbed.com
32-40 Bond St.: --See
coverage. Or you can visit
40bond.com ! 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
Self-storage king Adam Gordon plans to break
ground on a nine-story condominium at 41-43 Bond Street later this year.
Mr. Gordon’s Adam Gordon Holdings closed on the buildings located at
that address in June for $7.7 million, according to city records.
decided to go forward with the project because I really think that the
cast-iron and terra cotta architecture and cobblestone streets make Bond
Street unique,” Mr. Gordon told The
Bond Street is not the only property on the block that Mr. Gordon snatched
up recently. He also bought the Bouwerie Lane Theater at 54 Bond
Street. He intends to make the landmarked building his home and will
convert second and third floor spaces to high-end residential, leaving
the ground and basement spaces for retail (no bars or restaurants).
working group is being formed of property owners on Bond and Bleecker to
address this BSA application with Mr. Gordon and his architects.
Contact here if you are interested in joining the group (1 person
Photo: Zella Jones
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. 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.
Full Coverage at
(Photo from Curbed
30 Great Jones
St. Just sold,
this manufacturing building will be converted to residential spaces.
Rumors that it was purchased by New York University are completely
4th St. 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 CityRealty.com 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 erected inside the fencing at
this location is, unfortunately, legal !
Parking Lot & Skidmore House
East 4th and Bowery-
There was a hearing at CB#2 Landmarks Committee,
Tuesday, January 2, 2006. You can read excellent background in
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. The ULURP application has been withdrawn from the CB#2 October
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 !
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:
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.
Houston and Mulberry
with an "undulating" fascade.
Isn't this the Little Italy Special District?
You better keep checking
Curbed on this one:
East 4th St., 306 Bowery and Skidmore House --
- With the purchase of 41-43 Bond St. (see above) and its
planned demolition to become a nine-story condo, it is a travesty
that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has NOT announced the
calendaring of NoHo III on the 2007/2008 agenda. We urge you to
write Councilman Gerson to push further on this agenda.
Address: 51 Chambers St., Suite 429, New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 788-7722
Fax: (212) 788-7727
Day Life/Nightlife ...
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. We need more signatures
for Sept 20 Full Board Meeting at CB#2.
Task Force Report, Dec 06
Padavan Law/500 ft Rule Explained
License density within 500 ft
of 1 Bleecker St.
45 Bleecker Theater
- The operator, Louis Salamone and the NoHo NA successfully
negotiated an agreement for a wine and beer license, only attached
to the cafe at the entrance. A variety of other quality of
life covenants were also agreed to including 1:00 a.m. closing.
26-28 Bond St denied on Sept 20 at CB#2's full Board
meeting. See text below.
NoHo Statement: We
strongly oppose more bars and restaurants in our
neighborhood (NoHo) which already far exceeds allowable
density as described in the Padavan Law. We commend the
builders and owners who have pledged not to include
additional bars or restaurants in their buildings. We ask
that a current application for a restaurant/bar at 26-28
Bond Street be denied outright.
We further seek far greater scrutiny regarding current
liquor license density on any and all further liquor
licenses, bars, and/or restaurant because bars and
restaurants in the area of NoHo do not represent the
totality of economically or socially contributing
possibilities that could now, or in the future, serve the
public interest. We, the people who live in this area, and
whose lives and investments are affected adversely by the
noise, congestion, public drunkenness, vermin, and air
pollution that restaurants and bars, as a class of business,
bring to our neighborhood, in
the public interest.
Film Crew destroys trees, leaves garbage, oil spills and
debris on Bleecker and Elizabeth Streets in NoHo
On the evening of 8/29/07 and early morning of 8/30/07
massive 20th Century Fox (permit #FF-135) FILM CREW tractor
trailer type trucks and house trailers descended on
Elizabeth Street (Btwn Houston/Bleecker) and Bleecker (btwn
These oversized trucks parked on both sides of the street
(though the permit only allowed Bleecker St.) impeded
traffic and local business for business/ deliveries, garbage
truck pick up that day. Further these vehicles apparrently
were not equipped with the "clean diesel" filters now
required by law, emitting fume continuously for over 40
If the suspension of the Habitability of our
neighborhood’s personal and business for close to 40 hours
(they left in the early morn of 8/31/07) wasn’t enough; they
damaged our trees! The slap in the face came when I reported
that these massive oversized, albeit illegally sized trucks
much too big for the extremely narrow 19th century
structured Elizabeth Street, where smack up against our
trees on both Elizabeth and Bleecker street, ripping into
the tree’s branches. I’m told a film crew supervisor can
down to investigate but by the attached photos obviously
didn’t do a thing. The tree trunks have been damaged- holes
in the structure of a tree will rot and can cause it to die.
Who will come to fix them so that the damage doesn’t go any
further. Maybe I should call an arborist and charge it to
20th Century Fox? , wrote Charle Cafiero, an Elizabeth St.
District Manager Bob Gormley and Assemblymember Deborah
Glick have attempted to get some response from the Mayor's
Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting. Nothing
tangible has yet been offered regarding the care of the
trees or the illegal diesel truck emissions.
STILL NO SUBSTANTIVE
RESPONSE FROM THE CITY ON THIS ONE !!!...Sept 22, 2007
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