The stretch of Lafayette between Bond and Great Jones is about to host yet another new development.
Catching up to this from the Post last week (h/t New York Yimby) … there's a new commercial development in the works for 363 Lafayette, a long-vacant parcel that partially housed the Jones Diner.
Per the Post:
“They will build something special and unique to bring a cool vibe to the neighborhood,” said Stephen Shapiro of JLL, who along with colleague Richard Baxter represented Olmstead Properties in arranging the 49-year ground lease with extension options.
There is reportedly 32,000 square feet of development potential on this 5,500 square-foot site.
Nearby projects include 10 Bond Street, 372 Lafayette, 25 Great Jones/22 Bond St. and whatever retail tenant that Aby Rosen recruits for the 43-bed shelter for homeless women on Lafayette Street at Bond Street.
i sat at the counter of that diner almost every saturday morning for years, the stools were kind of low and crowded in but was a great, cozy spot. feels like another lifetime.
“They will build something special and unique to bring a cool vibe to the neighborhood,”
Some people just will never get it, when you set out to make something "cool" you will fail. Perhaps a 2 lane bowling alley would be perfect for this slice of land, after all that would be instantly "cool".....
A few shots of this (and other vanished NYC diners) in the 90's
“They will build something special and unique to bring a cool vibe to the neighborhood.”
When these guys utter this pablum do they believe it themselves?
When I moved to NYC (1996) I sat at the back table at the Jones Diner with the Voice and the Times and worked the pay phone trying to score an apartment.
“They will build something special and unique to bring a cool vibe to the neighborhood” -- right, because "cool" is what's been missing from this neighborhood for all these years. At last we'll enjoy some of that desperately needed "cool" from a "special" and "unique" building which will look as if it's been excreted by an alien spacecraft hovering over Lafayette Street. The ignorant peasants who have until now accepted without question their pathetic site-approrpiate vintage architecture will finally understand what "cool" means. And if they still don't, they can ask the crusties who'll be camped out on the sidewalk around it.
i miss that diner with it's awful but cheap food and friendly guys.
at the end of each day the remaining soup went into the big pot for the next day's soup.
friday's soup was the worst.
in those days there was no locavore, sustainable, raw, organic, triple filtered, artisanal.....
Sure there was. It was called "Prana".
I loved Prana but that was downscale hippie healthfood, not upscale hipster artisanal. To the developers: just put some useful shops there please, no one is interested in your concept of "cool" for our neighborhood.
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