In fits and starts, NoHo is marching toward recovery – outdoor dining (street-side) was the starter.
Six months in and NoHo/Soho is recorded to have had a total of 211 Covid-19 cases and, sadly, nine deaths – that’s one in 2,665 people. These stats for zip code 10012 are among the lowest in the City.
This week, we can finally say our outdoor dining is robust and, luckily, genteel (unlike many other neighborhoods). Sixteen of them have secured and decorated street-side installations. Kith, Showfields, Shapiro Hardware and Astor Wines are buzzing, our gyms will be returning soon, there’s even a new restaurant, Sour Patch Kids opening at 665 Broadway. The plywood murals are coming down, but don’t despair, they have been collected for a showing at Howl! Happening, at 6 E. First St., between Bowery and Second Ave. through Sun., Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There are at least three locations that have recently left NoHo, Saxon & Parole at Bleecker and Bowery, The Bleecker Bar at Bleecker and Crosby St., and Phluid at 684 Broadway. Zillow has 84 Listings for NoHo residential units, 17 of which are at 77 Bleecker St. and a dozen at the yet to be opened 40 Bleecker; 35 listings have been added in the last 2-3 months.
But there are signs of good karma, too. There’s already a venue eying Saxon & Parole; the owners of 56-58 Bleecker St. (Bleecker Bar location), one of whom is famed jeweler, Jill Platner, are hoping to replace the bar with a maker business to compliment NoHo’s artistic retail profile.