Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Former La Vie space on East First Street will be demolished
[EVG file photo from last summer]
La Vie at 64 E. First St. finally closed last June following an ongoing battle with neighbors over a variety of quality-of-life issues... Neighbors had long complained that La Vie was operating as a club under the guise of a restaurant.
At the time of the closure, a tipster on the block told us: "They are moving all of the red velvet seating out to a Budget truck out front right now! The block is rejoicing."
Not sure if people will be rejoicing over what's coming next: Plans were filed with the city Monday to demolish the (rather ugly) one-story structure. Neighbors spotted a worker in a Hazmat suit on the building's roof yesterday here between First Avenue and Second Avenue.
There's nothing on file yet to hint at what is next for this space... though you can likely expect some kind of new residential building.
DOB permits point to Ekstein Development — "a diversified and rapidly growing real estate investment firm with properties and businesses located throughout New York and New Jersey" — as the owner.
On March 4, the city served a full Stop Work Order for operating here without proper permits.
Also, given that one-level buildings are becoming extinct around the neighborhood… it's worth noting that the demolition permit is only for No. 64, and that there's nothing on file for No. 66, home to Abetta Boiler and Welding Service next door … so they appear safe for now…
[Photo by Lucia Moore via Google]
Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] La Vie closed for now on East First Street
New York Supreme Court upholds revocation of La Vie's liquor license
CB3 denies La Vie; owner responds by calling Susan Stetzer a 'racist'
La Vie has closed; neighbors rejoice