Saturday, February 17, 2018

It's snowing a little

Photo from late this afternoon on First Avenue and Seventh Street by Derek Berg...

The National Weather Service is estimating between 4-7 inches of snow before daybreak. When I was out a little earlier in the flurries some people seemed surprised by this turn of events, as if it was actually June instead of February.

And hold the bun...

Jax taking a look inside Ray's on Avenue A... thanks to Sharon for the photo earlier today...


An addition to the Starbucks sign on St. Mark's Place at Avenue A ... previously

Thoughts on the 'riveting retrospective' of Peter Hujar's work at the Morgan Library & Museum

An excerpt from Deborah Solomon's review at WNYC:

A photographer who specialized in tender black-and-white portraits of his friends along with the less likely subjects of cows and other farm animals, he was one of the essential chroniclers of the East Village scene in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. Many of his photographs pay undisguised homage to taut male bodies, reflecting a time of when Stonewall had brought a sense of freedom and AIDS had not yet descended. You can say that he made beautiful, optically pristine photographs about a scene on the verge of vanishing.

The Morgan Library & Museum is open:
Tuesday through Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Peter Hujar retrospective at the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. at 36th Street, is up through May 20. More details here.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday's parting shot

Photo from First Avenue and 12th Street today by Grant Shaffer...

'Alive' and kicking

The next record from Frankie Cosmos — New York native Greta Kline — is out on Sub Pop later next month. The video is for a track called "Being Alive."

The band is opening for Belle & Sebastian this June 8 at Forest Hills Stadium.

NYPD looking for this suspect in armed robbery of boutique on 7th Street

The NYPD is searching for a man they say robbed a boutique at gunpoint late Wednesday afternoon.

Here is info via Patch:

Police say the man entered the shop, located at 66 E. 7th St., at about 5:08 p.m. on Wednesday and began talking with an employee as if he was going to purchase something. The man then walked toward the store's counter, pulled out a gun and demanded money from the register, police said.

The man made off with $500 in cash and a cell phone, according to authorities.

The shop is Neon by Cheng between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

And via the NYPD...

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.

EV Grieve Etc.: Mapping East Village pizzerias; power-washing with Christo and Nora

[Photo today by Peter Brownscombe]

City Council members push Cuomo to declare a NYCHA state of emergency (Curbed)

Mapping all the East Village pizzerias (Best Pizza NYC)

The latest on 85 Bowery (The Lo-Down)

Lanaza's old murals look intact at the opening-soon Joe & Pat's on First Avenue (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York ... previously)

The 2018 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is Feb. 23-25 at the Village East on Second Avenue (Official site)

Christo and Nora make the best of the rain (Laura Goggin Photography)

Theater for the New City on First Avenue announces Charles Busch's new show (Official site)

A new Safe Haven shelter is opening on East 17th Street in April (Town & Village)

The plan to fill in the East River in 1916 (Ephemeral New York)

Last year's subway outage will cost Con Ed $202 million (Bloomberg)

Shake Shack expects to open between 32 and 35 new restaurants in the U.S. in 2018 (CNBC)

The play "Imperfect Love" has been extended by a week (now to Feb. 24) at the Connelly Theater on Fourth Street between Avenue A and Avenue B. The director, East Village resident Michael Di Jiacomo, described the work this way: "It's essentially the story of a little Italian theater troupe trying to survive circa 1898 — not unlike our situation." The play is presented by John Turturro, who did a film adaptation of the story in 1998. Find ticket info here.

[A scene from "Imperfect Love"]

And as recently noted, the Exclusive Smoke Shop and Deli on Avenue B between Third Street and Fourth Street became Vape and Smoke (which is not to be confused with Vape N Smoke on Second Avenue) ...

A tipster told us that they removed the sign because because passersby saw the bearded dude and thought this was a barber shop (for real) ... so now!

Former Trash & Vaudeville space on St. Mark's Place to become Wanyoo cyber café

Wanyoo, a Shanghai-based cyber cafe chain, has signed a lease for the two-level retail space at 4 St. Mark's Place.

The cafe, which has a location in Flushing, reportedly signed a 20-year lease for 2,600 square feet on the ground floor and 1,400 square feet in the basement of the under-renovation landmarked building between Second Avenue and Third Avenue.

[Via the Wanyoo website]

They optimistically hope to be open early this summer.

Until February 2016, 4 St. Mark's Place housed Trash & Vaudeville for 41 years. The store relocated to 96 E. Seventh St.

The Hamilton-Holly House (aka 4 St. Mark's Place), built in 1831, was once owned by Alexander Hamilton’s son. The building, which changed hands for $10 million in the spring of 2016 for $10 million, is currently undergoing a gut renovation and expansion.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Exclusive: After 40 years, punk rock mainstay Trash and Vaudeville is leaving St. Mark's Place


4 St. Mark's Place is for sale

More residential units and a 5th-floor addition in the works for landmarked 4 St. Mark's Place

Bareburger is leaving 2nd Avenue; new outpost slated for Orchard Street

Bareburger is on this month's CB3-SLA docket for a new beer-wine license for 173 Orchard St. between East Houston and Stanton. (Their questionnaire is online here.)

While Bareburger, which sells a variety of organic and all-natural burgers, is expanding with multiple locations in NYC and overseas, the East Village site on Second Avenue at Fifth Street will be closing in the weeks ahead.

Matt Kouskalis, who owns and operates a handful of the city's Bareburger outposts, confirmed the East Village closure. He said escalating rents at the location were behind the reason for the move.

"So we are moving to a slightly smaller and cozier spot on the Lower East Side," he said via email. "We are sad to leave the East Village but our new location is only a few blocks away and our delivery area will remain the same!"

He said he hoped to be open in late April on Orchard Street.

Bareburger debuted on Second Avenue in January 2012. The previous tenant in the two-level space was neighborhood scourge Sin Sin.

Previously on EV Grieve:
'The neighborhood will not rest until you are gone and Sin Sin’s license is revoked'

NYPD hosting meeting between Sin Sin and neighbors tonight

East Village noise wars new battlefront: Sin Sin/Leopard Lounge

Why the president of the East Fifth Street Block Association carries a baseball bat

197 E.. 3rd St. is for sale — again

[Image via Massey & Knakal]

The building on Third Street between Avenue A and Avenue B is back on the market. It went up for sale in March 2016 with a $7.5 million price tag.

According to public records, an LLC with a Midtown address bought the property for $6.3 million in a sale recorded in August 2016.

Here's more on the latest via the Massey & Knakal listing:

197 East 3rd Street consists of an occupied retail unit on the ground floor along with the majority of basement and 16 apartments above. All of the residential units are rent stabilized due to enrollment in the J-51 Tax Abatement program; however, 8 apartments are renting at market with high legal rents that permit preferential rents at market. The buyer can add value in a variety of ways including roof deck installation, retail expansion and future upside in the remaining 8 unrenovated apartments (half the building).

The 8 apartments renting at market were just completely gut renovated with upgrades including brand new floors, lighting, exposed/pointed brick walls, new tile work throughout the bathrooms and kitchens and a complete set of Bosch appliances (washer/dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves and gas ranges).

In addition to the 8 renovated apartments, the building underwent an extensive renovation which included lobby and common area renovations, a video intercom with Kerisys security key fob installation, façade upgrades, new electrical system throughout (800 amps with new conduit/cables and 80 amp electric panels in each residential unit), completely new lighting in the common areas and much more.

Due to all the work that was performed throughout the building, current ownership is in the process of applying for rent increases due to Major Capital Improvements which should go into effect mid-2018. These increases will result in approximately $10,000 in additional annual net income.

Asking price: $9.2 million.

The retail tenant is No Malice Palace, which eventually returned after the death of owner Phil Sherman. This past Christmas it temporarily served as Donner and Blitzen's Reindeer Lounge.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday's parting shots

Christo in Tompkins Square Park late this afternoon... photo above by Steven... and below by Bobby Williams...

Bus drama on 9th Street

Earlier this evening, a USPS truck broke down on Ninth Street just west of Avenue A (top photo).

Meanwhile, a westbound M8 made the the turn onto Ninth Street... the bus driver determined that she couldn't make it through the space without hitting either the postal truck or the parked cars...

This was despite the fact that bystanders figured there was plenty of space to squeeze through... and so the bus sat there while the bus driver waited for someone from the MTA to show up to assist...

Some 45 minutes later, the MTA employee who arrived on the scene successfully navigated the tight space... and everyone was on their way again...

All the while, a resident who lives on the block directed traffic ... to keep vehicles from turning onto Ninth Street and getting stuck behind the bus.

Thanks to Steven for the photos and background!

31-33 2nd Ave. is on the market — for $40 million

A sales listing for 31-33 Second Ave. arrived on LoopNet earlier this month.

There's not much info about the property here between First Street and Second Street:

Fully occupied new construction mixed use building, consisting of 20 luxury residential units and 1 commercial unit, in prime East Village.

The prince tag is a whopping $40 million.

Developer Ben Shaoul bought this property for $5.6 million in 2011. At that time, it looked like this...

The generic-looking luxury rental that later emerged on the site with three extra floors was called the Luxe East.

In 2015, he sold it for $29 million to real-estate investor Sunny Yung, The Real Deal reported.

According to Streeteasy, the average rental in the elevator building with central air is $5,300.

The Unleashed by Petco in the retail space closed last month after two-plus years in business.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Ben Shaoul planning a 3-story addition at 31-33 Second Ave.

Bracing for 3 new floors at 31-33 Second Ave.

Checking in on the work in progress at 31-33 2nd Ave., where Ben Shaoul is adding 3 new floors

Ben Shaoul's bland new 2nd Avenue building is called The East Luxe

Maria Hrynenko due back in court on March 23

[The former 119-123 2nd Ave.]

On Tuesday, Nexus Building Development Group filed plans to build a high-end condo at 121 Second Ave., where one of three buildings were destroyed in the deadly gas explosion in March 2015.

Last June, Nexus paid $9.15 million for the empty lots at No. 119 and 121 between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place. Public records show that Maria Hrynenko's companies — MAH Realty and Kiev Realty — were the sellers.

In February 2016, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance's office charged Hrynenko and four others with manslaughter and negligent homicide for their alleged role in the blast that killed two men and injured more than a dozen other people.

News of the proposed condo prompted questions about the pending trial against Hrynenko and the others.

According to court documents, Hrynenko will be back in court on March 23 — almost three years to the date since the explosion leveled 119-123 Second Ave.

Redords show that Hrynenko and the other accused have appeared in New York County Criminal Court 12 times since February 2016... the outcome was the same "adjourned/bail continued" ...

As previously reported, Hrynenko and her companies have been hit with at least 28 civil lawsuits.

Meanwhile, last June, Hrynenko filed a lawsuit, claiming that her management company was "careless and reckless" in its work. In the spring of 2015, as investigators focused on her actions, a lawyer for Hrynenko said that Con Edison bore responsibility for not shutting off the gas during the visit to the property earlier that day.

Vance's office charged Maria and her son, Michael Jr., along with contractor Dilber Kukic and plumber Jerry Ioannidis with manslaughter in the second degree, criminally negligent homicide and assault in the second degree, among other charges. (The final defendant, licensed plumber Andrew Trombettas, was charged with offering a false instrument​,​ for allegedly lending his name and license number to paperwork.)

The five were accused of installing an illegal gas system, which they hid from inspectors, at No. 119 and 121. All five pleaded not guilty.

An obituary posted last August at the Pizzi Funeral Home website stated that Michael Jr. died on Aug. 25. He was 31. A cause of death was not disclosed for Hrynenko, who was also called Mischou.

Kukic, Ioannidis and Trombettas will appear in court on March 23 with Maria Hrynenko.


Read the previous coverage here.

Gutting Tarallucci e Vino

Tarallucci e Vino on 10th Street at First Avenue is currently closed (as of Monday) for a renovation.

As the sign on the Italian cafe notes: "After 16 great years ... it's time to spruce things up a bit."

Based on this glance inside the space yesterday, it appears to be more than a sprucing up, which suggests a coat of paint and some new chairs ...

The owners expect to be back in service by the end of March.

Thanks to Lola Sāenz for the photo!

The former TakeMeHome Rotisserie Chicken space on Avenue A will be...

On Tuesday, we noted that the former TakeMeHome Rotisserie Chicken space was under renovation at 151 Avenue A between Ninth Street and 10th Street.

A sign for the USPS arrived on the front door yesterday ... complete with a business name. And it has nothing to do with (presumably!) dessert or beer/vape or vape/beer ... it's Quick Repair and Electronics...

[Photo by Steven]

The storefront has been vacant since the quick-serve TakeMeHome venture closed in the summer of 2016.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday's parting shot

A heartfelt delivery on First Avenue and Seventh Street this Valentine's Day via Derek Berg...

Red & White

Previously by peter radley

Happy Valentine's Day from Rite Aid on 1st Avenue

If you're stuck on a last-minute Valentine's Day gift, the Rite Aid on First Avenue at Fifth Street has an outside-the-box suggestion — Tide pods.

Thanks to Marjorie Ingall for the photo!

Ai Weiwei installation ready to depart from 7th Street

An EVG reader shared these photos from earlier the morning on Seventh Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue... where workers were prepping to remove the Ai Weiwei installation from between the buildings here...


This was, as you know, part of a citywide project in collaboration with the Public Art Fund titled "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors."

The fences were officially on display from Oct. 12 through Feb. 11. Workers removed the installation on Cooper Union on Monday and Tuesday.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Ai Weiwei on 7th Street

Get well soon, Mikey

[Photo via Instagram]

If you've been on Second Street between Avenue A and Avenue B, then you've likely seen Mikey Evans. He was born and raised on the block, and has lived his whole life at 190-192 E. Second St.

He hasn't been feeling well of late, and Julio Pena and Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta, the husband-wife owners of Il Posto Accanto at No. 190, are collecting get-well wishes for their longtime friend.

Here's what they had to say via Instagram yesterday:

Mikey has been a little under the weather. A lot of you, near and far, noticing his absence have been asking for news. We do not have much in terms of updates, but if you want to drop off a get-well card at Il Posto, we will make sure he gets it. Love and well wishes are always a good idea.

Beatrice later told me that Mikey is "the all-around greeter of Second Street — the sunshine of the block with his smile." When Julio and Beatrice opened Il Bagato in 1995, people thought that Mikey was the owner. "And we liked that."

More details on the all-new playground coming to P.S. 19

[Photo by Steven]

Last Wednesday, we noted that renovations were underway on the playground behind P.S. 19 on First Avenue between 11th Street and 12th Street.

This came about via funding by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and (now-former) City Council member Rosie Mendez in conjunction with the Trust for Public Land.

Mary Alice Lee, director, NYC Playgrounds Program for the Trust for Public Land, shared more details about the project.

Working with landscape architects from Studio HIP, the Trust for Public Land engaged the P.S. 19 community — students and parents, teachers and staff — as well as local residents and members of the Sirovich Senior Center on 12th Street in a participatory design process last year.

Per Lee:

The playground will feature a synthetic turf field, a painted track, play equipment, trees, a garden area with an outdoor classroom, a green-roof gazebo, junior basketball, benches, game tables, student art and an outdoor ping-pong table.

It was designed as a green infrastructure playground, and will capture hundreds of thousands of gallons of stormwater each year.

Weather permitting, the work should be complete early this summer. The playground will be open to the community until dusk, after school and on weekends and holidays — just not when in use by P.S. 19 or any of their after-school programs.

And here's a look at the final plan...

[Click on image for more detail]

Here's more about Facebook's takeover of Kmart's 2nd floor at 770 Broadway

[EVG photo from January]

As you may know, Kmart recently vacated the second floor at 770 Broadway, the landmarked building on Astor Place.

The three-level store had recently condensed its wares to the main floor and lower level — reportedly to allow for Facebook to expand its presence (by 78,000 square feet) in the building.

The Commercial Observer has more on the deal, announced during landlord Vornado Realty Trust's fourth quarter earnings call yesterday.

Per the Observer:

The deal grows Facebook’s total footprint at the building to 513,000 square feet, Vornado Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Roth said on the earnings call.

The space was made available for Facebook after Vornado bought Kmart out of its lease on the floor, which Roth said had 18 years remaining at rents of $33.50 per square foot. Kmart still has 82,000 square feet at 770 Broadway.

Yes, but do they still have pajamas?

Previously on EV Grieve:
Kmart staying on Astor Place, minus the 2nd floor (for Facebook?)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine's Day Eve

The scene at Sunny's on Second Avenue and Sixth Street... the best place around for flowers... thanks to Goggla for the photo!

And earlier today via Eden B...

Report: high-end condo in the works for 2nd Avenue explosion site

[EVG file photo]

Shaky Cohen's Nexus Building Development Group has filed plans to build a high-end condo at 121 Second Ave., where one of three buildings were destroyed in the deadly gas explosion in March 2015.

Nexus Building Development Group paid $9.15 million for the empty lots at No. 119 and 121 between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place.

As The Real Deal reported, Nexus reps filed a permit application with the DOB today. According to the permit, the building will feature 2,100 square feet for commercial use with 21,000 square feet for residences.

Here's how the Nexus site describes the project:

...121 Second Avenue is a high-end condominium building designed by Morris Adjami, with seven floors including 21 apartments and a retail space. Residential units are one, two and three bedrooms.

Size: 7 floors, 21 Residential units

Developer: Nexus Building Development Group in partnership with Immobiliare Capital and Premier Equities

Architect: Morris Adjimi Architects

Marketing and Sales: The Tavivian Team from Douglas Elliman

The permits list 119 as the address for the new building while the Nexus site lists the address as 121.

There aren't any renderings for the building just yet.

In a previously recorded transaction, Ezra Wibowo paid $6 million for the property at 123 Second Ave. A source told the Post last March that this was a long-term investment. "He’s not in a rush to build or develop."


Previously on EV Grieve:
Exclusive: 2nd Avenue explosion sites have a new owner

Dedicating Moises Locón Way and Nicholas Figueroa Way on 2nd Avenue at 7th Street

Soil testing underway at the 2nd Avenue explosion site

Tarallucci e Vino closed through March for renovations on 1st Avenue

Papered windows and a sign greeted patrons yesterday at Tarallucci e Vino on First Avenue at 10th Street...

Per the signage at the Italian cafe: "After 16 great years ... it's time to spruce things up a bit."

The original Tarallucci e Vino (there are now five locations total in the city) expects to reopen by the end of March.

Thanks to Steven for the photos!

Storefront makeover for the former TakeMeHome Rotisserie Chicken on Avenue A

The former TakeMeHome Rotisserie Chicken space is getting a makeover at 151 Avenue A between Ninth Street and 10th Street... on Saturday, just the "Take Me Home, I'm Hot!" signage remained...

That was gone by the end of Sunday...

[Photo by Steven]

There aren't any work permits on file with the city for the storefront's renovation ... so that eliminates one way of finding out what might be next here. (Going with either dessert or a smoke-vape/vape-smoke shop.)

The space has sat empty since TakeMeHome officially closed in the summer of 2016. (As you may recall, TakeMeHome would close for weeks at a time.)

TakeMeHome opened in November 2014. The address was previously a San Loco outpost.

Reminders: Hear about the L-train shutdown tonight

[Via the New York Transit Museum Store]

In case you missed this from last week...

Please attend the CB3 Feb. 13 Transportation Committee meeting regarding the coming L Train shutdown in April 2019. MTA and DOT representatives will present the latest plans and answer your questions.

The Transportation Committee will vote on a resolution to send your concerns to the MTA and DOT and ask for plans to address these concerns.

We need your help identify possible impacts and problems that need to be addressed.

Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Grace Church School, 46 Cooper Square (at 6th Street/the Bowery)

Meanwhile! Speaking of the L... the NYPD is looking for this guy...

The DOH temporarily closes the Ainsworth on 3rd Avenue

[Reader-submitted photo]

Several readers have noted that the Ainsworth East Village has been closed since last Wednesday... which coincided with a DOH inspection.

The Ainsworth, part of a growing chainlet of upscale sports bars, opened at the end of December on Third Avenue and 11th Street.

According to public records at the DOH, inspectors issued 86 violation points. The top violations included:

1) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
2) Food contact surface improperly constructed or located. Unacceptable material used.
3) Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.

Per one reader: "They're trying to hide a yellow closure sticker by conveniently hanging a white sign over the sticker that the DOH placed on their door." (As seen in top photo.)

The Village Pourhouse closed at this location last April after 11 years in business.

Monday, February 12, 2018

True romance: Valentine's Day at the movies

On Wednesday (Valentine's Day), the Anthology Film Archives once again presents their slate of "radically anti-romantic films."

Here's more about Valentine's Day Massacre 2018 via the Anthology's website:

The series is anchored by two films that are virtually identical in many ways, save for their wildly different tones: Maurice Pialat’s grueling, autobiographical study of a dysfunctional off-and-on relationship, WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER, and Albert Brooks’s hilarious yet no less painful MODERN ROMANCE. This Jekyll and Hyde pairing is supplemented by Andrzej Zulawski’s POSSESSION, a batshit crazy depiction of an imploding marriage that’s perhaps the ultimate dysfunctional relationship film, and two masterpieces by the great Elaine May: A NEW LEAF, a jet-black comedy that’s outrageously cynical yet in its way genuinely heartwarming, and THE HEARTBREAK KID, which in the spirit of Valentine’s Day Massacre is at once a hilariously funny and bitterly corrosive depiction of male/female relations.

The series plays through Sunday. Find the more about each film here. The theater is on Second Street at Second Avenue.

Also on Wednesday ... the Village East on Second Avenue at 12th Street is showing "From Here to Eternity" at 7 p.m. ... the Metrograph on Ludlow Street has an array of films including Maurice Chevalier's 1932 musical "Love Me Tonight" and the 1998 trashy guilty pleasure "Wild Things" with Denise Richards, Neve Campbell and Matt Dillon. Find the full slate here. And on 13th Street, the Quad is premiering François Ozon’s "Double Lover" on Wednesday... described as "a kaleidoscope of kinky eroticism and cinematic double takes that raises the stakes of the classic erotic thriller."

So long to Ai Weiwei's 'Good Fence' at Cooper Union

Today is removing day at Cooper Union for the Ai Weiwei installation ... part of a citywide project in collaboration with the Public Art Fund titled "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors." (Thanks to EVG reader Riian Kant-McCormick for this photo!)

The installation of the installations started in early October ... ahead of the official debut on Oct. 12. Yesterday marked the last day for the "Fences" project. Around here, installations were also on view at 48 E. Seventh St., 189 Chrystie St., 248 Bowery and the Essex Street Market.

According to The New York Times, "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" is "a reflection on the growing hostility toward immigrants and the rise of nationalism throughout the world."

The installation was commissioned by the Public Art Fund in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

Pile driving resumes at the site of the East Village's last gas station, where a 10-floor building will rise

After months of inactivity at the development site on Avenue C at Houston Street, the block-shaking pile driving started up again late last week. (H/T Bill Buchen!)

We first spotted pile drivers in December 2016 at the triangular lot (the former Mobil station) where a 10-floor building with 45 luxury rentals via BLDG Management will rise.

In the early months of 2017, there were multiple complaints filed with the city about the construction possibly destabilizing the building next door — 249 E. Second St. There was a partial stop-work order issued in April 2017 when No. 249 reportedly shifted.

Workers apparently shored up No. 249 with a labyrinth of beams. Still, there are issues. Per one compliant filed last Thursday (in the ALL-CAP DOB style): "THERE IS CONSTRUCTION TAKING PLACE IN THE BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO MY BUILDING THAT IS CAUSING MY BUILDING TO SHAKE AND BOOKS TO FALL OFF THE SHELVES."

Until last week, not much has happened at the lot since the spring. Some time in the late summer, workers blocked off half of Second Street at Avenue C to house construction-related vehicles, suggesting that work would be starting up soon. Neighbors reported seeing an occasional worker drop off supplies or walk the lot, but not much else.

[Photo from Dec. 22]

A few random photos from late summer and early fall showing some inactivity...

The rendering on the plywood currently looks like this...

Back in August, NY Yimby posted a modified look at the building... there's a roof deck now...

[Rotwein + Blake Architects]

As NYY pointed out, SLCE Architects is the architect of record, but Rotwein + Blake Architects created the design for 11 Avenue C. Per the Rotwein + Blake website:

The narrow triangular site, presented numerous challenges from its odd shape to zoning constraints, Rotwein + Blake crafted a well thought-out solution to maximize potential development opportunity for the client. At ten stories, the building will have 4,600 SF of ground level retail, 45 residential apartments and a landscaped roof terrace.

The buildings retail component engages the more lively Houston Street side on a pedestrian level, with an abundance of storefront glass, awnings and stone details, while the residential entrance on 2nd Street, creates a more private and embracing gesture. The brick and zinc façade blend a modern twist to a historic warehouse style, reminiscent of the now, chic residential adaptive reuse projects of Soho and Tribeca.

In November, we received a news release about the developers securing a $30 million loan for the site. Here's part of that release:

Richard Bassuk, Chief Executive Officer, and Drew Fletcher, President, of Greystone Bassuk, today announced the closing of a $30,000,000 construction loan with Bank Hapoalim USA on behalf of an affiliate of BLDG Management Company, Inc. (“BLDG”) for the development of a 45-unit luxury rental apartment building located at 11 Avenue C in the East Village. Greystone Bassuk Managing Director, Matt Klauer, also assisted in the debt placement for the transaction.

The Project is located on a thru-block, irregular site bounded by East Houston Street, Avenue C and East 2nd Street in a highly desirable and underserved section of the East Village. Once complete, the Project will be a 10-story, best-in-class apartment building with approximately 55,000 gross square feet and 4,100 square feet of prime street level retail. Catering to today’s millennial renter, the Project will offer an exclusive, boutique living experience with a lifestyle-focused set of amenities. The residential units will have generous layouts with high-end condo-quality finishes, and several of the apartments will also have private outdoor space, a unique offering in the neighborhood.

The Mobil station closed here in September 2014. (The BP station on Second Avenue and First Street closed in July 2014.)

The first inkling of future development on this parcel came courtesy of a mention in this New York Times article in October 2013.

Previously on EV Grieve:
You have a little longer to get gas on Avenue C

Plans filed for new 9-story building at site of Mobil station on East Houston and Avenue C

State seizes Mobil station on Avenue C and Houston for nonpayment of taxes

New residential building for former Mobil station lot will be 10 floors with 0 zero affordable units

A look inside the last East Village gas station