Meanwhile, across the street ... at 209 E. Second St. ... which seemingly has been under renovation for like 10 years....
... "store for lease" signs have gone up in the corner space ...
Didn't spot a listing for this just yet at the NYCRS website ...
However, as for the rest of the building. Here's a description via Streeteasy:
A new standard has been set for East village loft living. 209 East 2nd Street is an intimate and elegant building that will be available for Spring-Summer Occupancy.
A total of six private full floor lofts make up the entire building. Step into each distinctive home by keyed elevator and you will see what sets us apart from all the rest.
Offering wood burning fireplaces in each unit and exposed brick walls give that sense of prewar elegance, while the remaining finishes are sleek and modern.
And of those six units, one is left for $1.75 million. Here's the listing from Corcoran:
Rare East Village boutique condo loft. Recently converted with utmost attention to detail and tasteful finishes. Private key lock full floor two bedroom two bath. Enter off the elevator into a separate foyer opening onto a comfortable living space and open cook's kitchen. Living room features a suspended wood burning fireplace, exposed bricks, Venetian plaster museum finished walls, original pine floors refurbished and stained walnut plus lots of wonderful light from 12 windows. A smartly designed open kitchen includes a GE professional cook's dream stove, Stainless Sub Zero Fridge, GE Monogram dish washer, custom ash cabinetry granite countertops and custom reclaimed wood beam open shelving. A separate laundry area is found off of the kitchen with stacked Bosch washer dryer units. Master bedroom is flooded with light from floor to ceiling corner windows. Study area in master suite has beautiful built ins made of wood beam shelving. The en suite bath boasts a Zuma dual air jacuzzi soaking tub as well as a rain head shower stall and ceramic and limestone tile. There is abundant closet space throughout the apartment, central air and a state of the art heating system. Located two blocks away from subway and in the heart shopping, wonderful restaurants and nightlife of the vibrant East Village and Lower East side. Application for J-51 tax abatement has been submitted which will reduce RETaxes to $290 in July of 2011
No mention in the marketing materials of this corner's infamous past. As Andrew Roth pointed out in "Infamous Manhattan," the intersection of East Second Street and Avenue B "probably saw more heroin retailing than any other spot on Earth." Until Operation Pressure Point.