According to some breaking news in The Real Deal, Cooper
Union is this close to selling its building 51 Astor Place
(above) to developer Edward Minskoff for an office tower.
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Our New Guest Editor is Brent Buell
Investigating Formation of a Non-Profit NoHo/Bowery Partnership.
An exploratory committee has
been formed of residents, property and business owners in NoHo, to
introduce NoHo to the
Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (A.C.E.) and
their local initiatives, the SoHo Partnership and the TriBeCa
- As NoHo evolves toward a more
vibrant live/work and arts based community the Committee has two
That the effort we put into to keeping our neighborhood
contextual and vibrant can be apparent on well-kept streets and
- That we do not forget our
long established reputation for supporting programs that improve
the prospects for those less fortunate.
With that in mind, they are
exploring a possible collaboration with A.C.E. in forming a
not-for-profit, the NoHo/Bowery Partnership, that would, by
donations, provide street cleaning and other sidewalk maintenance
services seven days a week from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, 362 days a year.
The initial sweep areas would include Bleecker, Bond, and The Bowery. A NoHo/Bowery
Partnership would be under the A.C.E. umbrella and managed by their
The area West of the the East side
of Lafayette St. is maintained by the NoHo BID.
updated details on Properties in Development in NoHo
The application for an as-of-right hotel at this location
which was heard at CB#2 Manhattan's Zoning Committee in October is still
The design was reviewed at the Landmarks Preservation Committee Jan 8.
You can read Bradley Hope's October article in
the NY Sun:
NY Sun - NoHo Spotlighted
in the Trend for Entertainment Hotels .
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.
feet of granite sidewalk is installed and each day more complete as
the artist- etched surface reveals itself. There is no doubt that Goldman Properties has taken
contextual to heart and new heights.
32-40 Bond St.
for about a "minute" here's the view of 32-40 Bond St.
from a Bleecker rooftop. The set-back terrace just got its trees.
We understand there are still units for sale on these floors and for
some ground-floor duplexes.
On the left is the east side of 35-39 Bond St., soon to be covered by
the new buildings at 43 Bond. Note the demolition at 43 Bond
underway. And then there is the mysterious 3-story addition going
up, note grey brick and concrete - without permits at 45 Bond.
Two will be a review of plans for the new building, which is designed in
20th Century manufacturing style to compliment other landmarked
buildings on the block. Eventually these plans will have review by
CB#2 Landmarks and Zoning Committees before they are considered for
their Board of Standards and Appeals application for a change of use to
Jan 9: Scaffolding covered in blue netting to contain dust belongs
to 41-43 Bond St. East of that, at 45 Bond, illegal scaffolding
and construction to build a 3-story addition
46-48 Bond St.:
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
to Develop Five Lots at
Lafayette and Great Jones.
On Dec. 21st. over 30 NoHo residents and property owners met with
Jerry Gottesman, Owner,
Properties. Mr. Gottesman, who also owns Manhattan Mini Storage
and the Hippodrome, as well as the just developed
purchased the adjacent 30 Great Jones St. property in September and
quickly began its demolition.
Meanwhile, the following
and more can be found in
New York Sun coverage by Michael Stoler:
In Manhattan, one of
the largest owners of parking lots, Edison Properties, is in the process
of converting sites into residential developments. Later this year, the
leasing office will open for the Ludlow, a residential rental apartment
building located across from the famed Katz's Delicatessen at 207–215 E.
Houston St. A portion of the units will qualify as affordable housing.
The initial plan is for a hotel; in the meantime, however, Mr.
Gottesman intends to opposed Landmarking for the property and to seek a
zoning change for NoHo. City officials and NoHo have expressed
strong opposition to either condition for the property. In
November Curbed uncovered the following:
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. -
UPDATE: Still in Limbo Stay Tuned!
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) -
UPDATE: This location may be filing for an as-of-right Office
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 The ULURP application
has been approved at CB#2, with conditions regarding construction
protocols and a restriction on the size of any potential restaurant
tenant (to Public Assembly of no more than 100 persons).
-(Crunch Gym Building) in
the NoHo I landmark district has made several applications to
landmarks for renovations to groundfloor entrances on Lafayette and
on Broadway as well as a rooftop addition and a request for a 74-711
action for a change of use, which would be for a Hotel.
Landmarks application is currently on hold at Landmarks.
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.
Task Force Report, Dec 06
Padavan Law/500 ft Rule Explained
316 Bowery -
NoHo has brokered a
highly favorable agreement with the new operators at this location -
Superior LLC (owners of Public on Elizabeth). Renovations on
the Manahatta space will begin January 15th with opening scheduled
for April. This WILL be a restaurant and the license is for
Restaurant, Only use.
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
. (Photo: Adam Woodward).