It isn’t just art or ingenuity, it’s NoHo by Design
From chique to edgy maybe it isn’t so much what’s new in NoHo as the constant rebirth of NoHo by design
…because we grew up in New York, this neighborhood is pretty special. I had my first fashion job on Prince Street. It was a very artistic, small store; Supreme had just opened. Now it’s kind of funny that we’re coming back. That kind of new-designer creativity seems to be returning to this neighborhood.
The quote is from designer Abrima Erwiah, who has partnered with Rosario Dawson and Jasmine Aarons to open their new shop, VOX, at 296 Elizabeth St. The partners have much more to say about their venture and its fit with NoHo in a Vogue article of September 25th. Their sentiments are very similar to those of Kenneth Cole who brought his new retail concept to the corner of Bowery and Bond last year.
We had a chance to meet Jasmine Aarons who has jumped into the neighborhood with both feet coordinating a campaign with NoHo’s other smaller business owners to promote design and sustainability. We have promised to assist.
Perhaps the best example of NoHo’s past designing its future is Overthrow, the ecclectic Boxing Club that has taken over the former home of the Yippies at 9 Bleecker. Joey Goodwin, its inspiration and founder, recently published the first edition of a bi-annual newsprint magazine, Overthrow – 12 Rounds with Our Friends and Fighters with Clayton Patterson. This first edition includes an unusually candid interview with Glen O’Brien, a dedication to Robert Frank and June Leaf and in 156 pages manages to capture the grit and inspirations of local and national celebrities: Jennifer Lopez; Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon, WBC world title and Super Welterweight; Cochise, author of The Street Gangs of the Lower East Side; Hailey Clauson, model and cover of Sports Illustrated 2016 Swimsuit Issue. This is only a sample of the notable characters drawn to NoHo from 9 Bleecker. Drop in and definitely purchase a copy of 12 Rounds. You’ll be very impressed by whom you meet there !
We had a chance to chat with Harry Kendall of BKSK Architects who have redesigned, and much improved, the excruciatingly slow construction of 22 Bond St. , now 11-stories, down from 14. With direction from new investors, The Richport Group, BKSK is adding special artistic features – a 1-story tall Federico Uribe sculpture at the top of the building on the south side; a new piece from New York artist Roy Nachum who studied at Cooper Union, for the Bond St groundfloor art window and a braille sidewalk with glass lenses, redolent of the historic cast iron and glass sidewalks typical throughout SoHo and NoHo at the start of the 20th Century, also designed by Nachum. All Landmark approved.
You can see a larger PDF of the artwork here. And a rendering of the newly approved design here.
BKSK understands a lot about NoHo having designed 25 Bond St. and 1 Great Jones Alley, as well.