Tuesday, November 13, 2012
We continue to look at this month's CB3/SLA committee agenda. Here's another item of considerable interest: Nublu, the eclectic cosmopolitan music venue, is planning to move from its current home at 62 Avenue C to 151 Avenue C between East Ninth Street and East 10th Street, according to paperwork on file with CB3.
Plans call for a "restaurant/music performance space" with daily hours of 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. seven days a week. According to the paperwork, "a sidewalk cafe license application will be made at a later time."
Starting in August 2011, Nublu had to temporarily relocate to under Lucky Cheng's on First Avenue ... it's a complicated story that features a liquor license snafu involving the club's proximity to the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall across the street. (You can read more about it at the Voice in this Q-and-A with Nublu owner Ilhan Ersahin.) Nublu, which opened in 2002 with a location now also in Istanbul, moved back to No. 62 in January.
Ersahin and three friends bought 62 Avenue C, as a feature in the Times from June 2011 points out, making it safe from the usual club killers. (High rents, etc.) However! "[I]t's my dream to move the club into a larger space nearby and then make Nublu into a recording studio. That's what we need to be even more productive," Ersahin said at the time.
As we noted back in August 2009, 151 Avenue C and its "4,186 buildable square feet of additional air rights" hit the market for $2.3 million. The space was billed as "a rare opportunity for ... developers."
City documents show that the two-story building at 151 Avenue C was purchased in June by 151 Ave C Holdings LLC (with an address of 62 Avenue C) for $1.75 million.