Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Something 28,998 square feet or so coming to Cooper Square (and goodbye Cooper 35 Asian Pub?)

Well, the lot that we've been keeping an eye on at Sixth Street and Cooper Square...



...has been sold. Curbed has the details about the all-cash deal for $8.5 million. "What's to come? We don't know! But here's a hint: 'The combined lot size is approximately 4,833 square feet, in a C6-1 zone, with a total buildable of approximately 28,998 square feet.'"

Anyway, all the best to the new owners. As Chris Flash pointed out in the comments: "That corner lot is a sink hole. The building standing there had to be taken down before it collapsed and every time they pave this lot with new cement, it sinks further. Go take a look -- it's very strange...."

The lot's address is 35-39 Cooper Square. ... The address for the Cooper 35 Asian Pub is, uh, 35 Cooper Square... hard to imagine this parcel staying put between the Cooper Square Hotel and the new development...


[Photo via Yelp]

13 comments:

Goggla said...

I just happened to find this 1909 photo of this corner today while looking for something else on the NYPL site:

http://tinyurl.com/27j9cw4

If you pan to the right, you can see the corner of the building that once stood here. No idea what it was, but it looks lovely.

Anonymous said...

That's an amazing photo, Goggla. Thanks for sharing!

EV Grieve said...

Indeed, thanks Goggla!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you Goggla, that's incredible. On the current building, I love that mural. Glad I take pictures of it when ever I can before it's torn down.

Anonymous said...

Sorta sounds like the ending in "Poltergeist"

Goggla said...

I've noticed the NYPL Digital Collection has been making updates to the photos and maps of the EV recently, so it's worth going back to the site and checking the same locations once in a while. I was in a hurry and couldn't immediately find a full image of this particular corner, but searching for the Tompkins Market Armory might turn up more results...

I'm curious to know about the sink hole - the Cooper Square Hotel isn't in danger of disappearing down the hole??

Anonymous said...

If you zoom in on the very bottom right, the sign on the ground level of the building reads GEO. EHRET'S EXT(TRA)?

http://www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/ehret.shtml

Goggla said...

@Anon 4:53 -

Good sleuthing! You guys have got me so distracted with this NYPL site now...

I found another photo of the intersection which shows our building from another angle (looking south from CU) and it looks to be a hotel:

http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/id?809714

The Hell Gate Brewery was on the UES, but I wonder if Mr Ehret could have been the supplier for much of the beer in the city. The hotel or other businesses could have been advertising his brew.

Rachel said...

Oh, man. I live on 4th around the corner and have been looking at that lot for ages. I just had one giant, heinous building go up behind me on Bowery between 3rd and 4th (next to Phoebe's). Thanks for reporting this and showing the hisotirical photographs. I had no idea it had such a rich history of artists. And anytime we can see a photo of an old L train, well.

I'd love to link to your site on my blogroll.
My blog is an arts and culture-ish NYC blog, NewYorkLostandFound.blogspot.com

pinhead said...

Sorry to go off-topic, but I wanted to share one of my favorite NYPL photos (I've wasted hours on that site). It's taken from the old Cooper Union building, looking up Stuyvesant Street to St Marks church, 1856.

http://tinyurl.com/33mve84

Be sure to zoom the amazing detail, like the Ninth Street Bread N Cake Bakery at 172 E 9th (an address that doesn't exist anymore because of the NYU dorm).

Goggla said...

@pinhead - Nice! I love the monument business and the wood-framed grocery across the way. That church on 2nd Ave looks pretty spectacular.

Anonymous said...

It certainly would be nice (and isn't it the law?) that whoever owns this lot would bother to clear a walkway of snow on their sidewalks. It's dangerous now.

Anonymous said...

the building on the corner was a hotel built in the 1860's. the sink hole is a common problem caused when a building is demolished and the basement is infilled with the demo debis and paved over. the rubble settles over time and the pavement above sinks into the abyss.