Friday, October 18, 2013

Here is the future of East 14th Street and Avenue A: 7 stories of residential and retail


Wow. Here we go.

As we first reported last December, eight parcels consisting of 222 Avenue A and 504 - 530 E. 14th St. (excluding No. 520) were leased for a 99-year period by the respective owner of East Village 14 LLC. City property records showed that Gary Barnett of Extell Development signed a 99-year lease worth $35.14 million to rent eight Sol Goldman-owned properties.

And the businesses have disappeared, including The Blarney Cove and Bargain Express.

What's next?

Here's a look at a conceptual rendering from an RKF retail listing with more details for the all-new 500 E. 14th St. ...



SPACE
Ground Floor* 24,710 SF
Lower Level* 14,600 SF
Total 39,310 SF
*divisible

POSSESSION
First Quarter 2016

TERM
Long term

FRONTAGE
52 feet on Avenue A
257 feet on East 14th Street

NEIGHBORS
Associated Supermarket, CVS/pharmacy, Duane Reade, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Starbucks, The Vitamin Shoppe, United States Post Office

COMMENTS
• Located at the base of a brand new seven-story residential and retail development
• Rarely available large block of retail space in a prime East Village location
• Directly across from Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village
• Logical divisions considered
• Space can be vented for cooking
• Loading dock located on the East 13th Street side of building



More more more... later later later.

Previously on EV Grieve:
East 14th Street exodus continues

The disappearing storefronts of East 14th Street

[Updated with correction] 8-lot parcel of East 14th Street primed for new development

Bargain Express has closed on East 14th Street

East 14th Street corridor now nearly business-free ahead of new development

60 comments:

Fashion By He said...

looks 1000000x times nicer then what is there now

Fashion By He said...

its also humorous that the one building did not sell so they are forced to build around it

faces said...

as much as i want to, i don't really hate it....


i suppose it depends on who moves into the ground level storefronts

Anonymous said...

What a generic piece of sh!t. Sad that this is what they came up with to replace one of the greatest old bars in NYC.

ddartley said...

I'm glad there will be retail there (improves safety and the block's feeling of life better than no retail) but I sure hope it's not just one or two big retail operations, and it would also be good if the signage is not all uniform like in the rendering.

All that said, aside from being unfortunately tall and cutting out more sky for lots of people all over the surrounding areas, it doesn't look so tragically bad to me. I like the green roofs, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

hard to wax nostalgic about a strip of such eyesore crap. i understand that the low end retail served the public housing on C, but really, is anyone going to miss the random sock seller bodega or the payless shoes or whatever other discount clothing store was there, the grimy rite aid, etc.

14th street is trash east of 2nd avenue. i lived between 1st and A for a while and its a disgusting junkie stretch.

this is welcome development, imo

Looking on the Bright Side said...

At least the height is reasonable. And there's some brick...

Anonymous said...

It is not inspired architecture, nor does it have any neighborhood character. But height wise it is more in character than the things that are going up below Houston that reach over 20 stories.

godsend billionaire said...

looks 1000000x times nicer THAN what is there now, for those who have no creativity and imagination and the bland affluent and their lackeys.

Anonymous said...

What godsend billionaire said.

Anonymous said...

@ Fashion By He

If you think that nondescript piece of modern Americana looks good plunked down on 14th Street, you really should have chosen a different neighborhood, more in line with your (lack of) taste. Indeed, I might go so far as to say if this is what you herald as passable architectural, you owe it to New York (and yourself) to live somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:03 PM

Again, why would you ever have lived in Alphabet City if you think "14th street is trash east of 2nd avenue...a disgusting junkie stretch." There are plenty of other neighborhoods and cities (especially suburbs) in keeping with your highly pasteurized aesthetics. Why come here? God knows the natives don't want you around.

Anonymous said...

It's not the worst I've seen, but PLEASE allow for unique signage and storefronts instead of that suburban strip mall look!

nygrump said...

If here is no luxury hotel involved here I am going to be really pissed. We need another luxury hotel bad.

Bowery Boogie said...

looks like another avalon...

Anonymous said...

Judging by looks alone, it's much nicer. It's too bad aesthetics and affordability don't go hand in hand.

Scooby said...

Dreadful and B O R I N G....

This is "Anywhere, USA".

This city used to have uniqueness and character not the same benign crap as other places. Take the block around the corner from where CBGBs was - it looks like Cincinnati Ohio or any other town in the midwest - NOT NYC. If you like that look - move to Ohio or Nebraska or Anywhere, USA...

And to you architects out there - come up with something new and novel unless you're just that lazy that you can't stop using "crick and drag". Gauntlet thrown - answer it, ya lazy bums!

'nuff said....

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Get the spoiled, entitled, trustafarians out of our city. Stop destroying our art, culture, and history to make it a playground for vapid, insipid, normal, bags of boredom.

Glenn Belverio said...

Who cares whether someone can "wax nostalgic" or not about this strip and who cares if you didn't shop at these stores. They catered to a large demographic of the community, the families who live in the Projects. This is just another nefarious measure to push low-income people out of Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the junkies who are now living under the scaffolding on 14th and A will stay throughout the construction or move on to another location.

Anonymous said...

What's happening is a vast improvement over what's there now. Unless, of course, you consider losing Rainbow (and ugly places like it) a blow to the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

BLARGH! So Goddamn BORING!

Where have this country's imaginative architecture school graduates fled to? Milan? London? Cuz they sure as shit are not designing anything interesting in this town lately.

Sinestra said...

Looks like Avalon- boring, homogenized and mall-like. And all you assholes out there- lots of people like myself shop at discount stores like Rainbow, Payless and their ilk- people who don't have 200 bucks to buy a pair of shoes or 70 bucks for a t-shirt. Your judgmental disdain for the lower classes is showing.
As another commenter said, why did you move to a place you hate so much? I hear the suburbs has just what your looking for.

Anonymous said...

there goes my sunlight and view of 14th street. Oh and restful mornings...for awhile..

ragin rr said...

well ev grieve you really "stirred the pot" with this post...not a resident nor a native but some of the comments really had me LOL...hope the rendering becomes someting all can "live" with...

John said...

New York's hottest new club is called ... SIGNAGE

This place has everything: Pizza Bagels, Jello Shots, and 38 giant screens of Big Ten Football.

John said...

The "conceptual rendering" keeps scaffolding in front of 220 Avenue A so that homeless couple doesn't have to move.

Anonymous said...

Looks like anonymous city, anonymous country, no more special East village charm ,people from all over the world still coming to enjoy

fashion by huh? said...

I still don't get it why anyone would pay 10x+ to live in an insipid suburb in the city when they could have just stayed in their own sapless suburbia. Then again, mommy and daddy are paying for them, so they haven't got a clue, clueless that they are.

Anonymous said...

That "green" roof looks to me like a potential party spot that will be loud enough to kill 13th Street. There is one tall building on 13th and when those idiots party on their balconies in the summer, it's a loudspeaker we are all forced to share.

Jill said...

It looks like Texas so it will fill quickly, and it's just a block to the subway. Do we know if they intend rentals or condos?

Anonymous said...

Welcome to East Berlin.

Anonymous said...

I wish these good for nothing developers at least pushed for an entrance to the L train station at Avenue A... Now that's something that would benefit not only their new businesses and residents, but also the many elderly who live in Alphabet City. And me, when I'm running late or when it's cold outside :-)

Anonymous said...

UGLY UGLY UGLY.

ripel said...

One BILLION times better.

Anonymous said...

I love how everyone, who doesn't live on the block thinks this is godsend. It isn't for the long time tenants who live in 520.
This block has been a ghost town for a year now and will be for longer.

Goggla said...

As others have said, this looks like Avalon Anywhere. Walking down 1st St btw Bowery and 2nd Ave is utterly depressing, and this rendering is as thrilling and inspiring as that.

Anonymous said...

...don't forget the sports bar with velvet rope to keep out the undesirables.

Anonymous said...

To people who don't live in New York, this is what they imagine "urban" to be.

Anonymous said...

All the same shit. The Avalons and Arabella 101 on D.

Anonymous said...

I remember this building from my Lego set!

- East Villager

Anonymous said...

Could be better, could be much worse...

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Pretty soon all of NYC will look like 6th Ave.

Babbitt said...

A billion times better for the hicks, eurotrash, and bridge and tunnelers.

Pretty soon, all of NYC will be like Zenith, U.S.A. -- Milwaukee, Duluth, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, and Kansas City.

gonzobear said...

hope it never affects Otto's shrunken head. a great fun bar on 14 and b

Anonymous said...

Ahh yes, the obligatory pick on Ohio comments... Boring and wrong! Old Cincinnati neighborhoods fight the same battles of change suburbanization as EV.

☮ said...

Ah, yes the defensive and obligatory comment from an Ohioan. Blah. Bland. Boring. Just like what NYC is becoming, another boring suburban Midwestern city, not just Cincinnati. But of course an Ohioan would be piqued by that. Truth hurts.

Anonymous said...

I think the 'neighbors list' is the most telling part of this plan. The developers have to learn about boring - the places renting in Avalon and their ilk keep failing. Fact is, people who come to New York and especially the lower east side want some kind of charm or history, not to pay top dollar to eat or shop in a mall.

Anonymous said...

I for one would welcome the East Village looking more like any Ohio city. This place is a rat's nest.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Hey ☮, you should reread 3:22 PM's comment. He or she makes a good point that apparently zoomed right over your cabeza.

☮ said...

EV is still a rat's nest, just human rats. Why the f move here if you just want to live back like you're in Ohio.

Cabeza is fine. Just because they're fighting to be their old neighborhood, doesn't mean that the EV is still not being midwesternized. An old Cincinnati neighborhood is stilla bland, boring, conformed, Midwestern city, just like today's EV. Maybe you should get out of the kitchen more.

Scuba Diva said...

Where's the "like" button—especially for all the comments pointing out it looks like Avalon?

Re nygrump's comment:

"If here is no luxury hotel involved here I am going to be really pissed. We need another luxury hotel bad."

As far as I'm concerned, the luxury housing—even if it's luxury rentals—is just another nail in the coffin of the Lower East Side.

I've been saying for years, "This neighborhood is starved for luxury housing!" unfortunately, they took me seriously.




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Anonymous said...

All neighborhoods change over time and evolve into new things. Nothing is forever.

Anonymous said...

Hard to get too exorcised about this. I know there was a good bar down there but there are other good bars to go to. This stretch was a disaster and I'd rather have this than what was there before...

it is ridiculously generic

Anonymous said...

I think this pretty much says it: Rarely available large block of retail space in a prime East Village location.

So you'll have a bland chain store.

THE NOTORIOUS L.I.B.E.R.A.T.I.O.N. said...

Is this block of banality going to sit empty for years the way Avalon has? The way the Sculpture of Failure in Astor Place has? The city has a problem with affordable housing, not housing. And let's not forget they are building it right across the street from an apartment complex with 11k + apartments.

The pizza place, hair salon, pet store, Rainbow, Rite-Aid and other businesses served the neighborhood well for many years despite the elitist remarks being thrown around here. I also wonder why some of you with such vocal disdain for the city moved here in the first place.

Jill said...

I can't understand why people are unhappy with the shopping that's been there before the fire--deli/grocery, pizza that was there since before I was in high school, Bargain Bazaar, jewelry store (and it's iterations of other things). It was a fine block of shopping, once having a Woolworths, supermarket, bakery, bar, drug dealers posing as video rentals and other services for the neighborhood without adding hundreds more NYU students. Imagine Associated with more people. There used to be 2 supermarkets serving fewer people, now only one to make way for more chain stores and Wall Street drones. These stores served stuy town, and the north east village for decades. Why does every square inch have to be a hideous glass and plastic Ikea building?

Here is my grand idea that would satisfy all: new brownstone houses built in that style for the billionaire class. No new houses have been built in manhattan that I know of, and I think they would pay a ton for a new private house. With parking. 4 floors, one house per family. It would enhance any developer's portfolio.

Anonymous said...

And to think that this all started with a grease fire in Pete's-A-Place.

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Anonymous said...

How many. Suckers. Will move in. The new building. Im guessing ny. Will be for. Vevy rich and. Vevy stupid. Lets. Be real if. Only. Millonairs. Are. Hear. Who will work. In. Retail. Or. Cook.