Monday, March 20, 2017

Retail space in the former Amato Opera House seeking to the tune of $35k monthly

The condo conversion of the former Amato Opera House at 319 Bowery creeps along (the work permits arrived here in October 2014) ...

The gut rehab comes courtesy of landlord Steven Croman, who's facing suits in both civil and criminal court. While there isn't any word on the residential portion of the building just yet, the signs did arrive last week for the storefront...

Per the listing:

Retail space for rent in the historic Amato Opera House. 1, 500 sq. ft plus garden and basement with 19 foot ceilings. Food OK.

Conveniently located near B, D, F, M & 6 train lines as well as M103 and M21 bus lines. Steps from some of the city's best shopping, restaurants and nightlife, neighbors include Patagonia Surf, Saxon + Parole, and Momofuku Ko.

Asking monthly rent: $34,995.

That's an ambitious ask considering the revolving door of businesses along this corridor of late.

Here's a look at a rendering for the retail space from a different broker circa 2012...

In January 2009, Anthony Amato, the company's 88-year-old founder, announced that he had sold the building that the Opera had called home since 1964. The company closed in May 2009. Amato died in December 2011.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Life after the Amato Opera

Costume drama on the Bowery as the Amato Opera empties out

Ruin of the Bowery nearly complete: Last season for the Amato Opera

Amato Opera looks to be getting an encore as city OKs residential use

Work permits arrive at the former Amato Opera on the Bowery


Anonymous said...

Well, at least it is no longer historic. Who needs to be reminded that the Bowery was once little Broadway.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it supposed to be haunted?

Anonymous said...

It's not haunted exactly. But there are apparently subterranean tunnels beneath the building and some people have claimed to hear mysterious organ music at times.

DrBOP said...

"On some 'grand' Saturday nights we took our dates to the Amato Opera House, a converted movie theatre where unemployed singers performed to the accompaniment of a piano, and we dropped coins into a hat that was passed between acts.....that single piano was the orchestra where music students carried cardboard elephants in the grand march of 'Aida", all for whatever coins you could afford to put in the hat when it was passed."
Dan Wakefield, "New York In The 50s"

Sounds like the Drumpf effect on artists' livlihoods has been tried before.....FAIL!.....sad.

Anonymous said...

When the silver haired color of the white man's law freezes assets for most suspected criminals how does Croman get to keep operating freely like this?

Ridiculous ask. I am sure Bowery has been deemed dead for awhile, but this is another nail for sure be it the first or 40th.

Giovanni said...

Asking monthly rent: $34,995.
Will throw in the destruction of your delusions of grandeur and dreams of ever becoming rich for free
Welcome to The Bowery, where all dreams go to die.

Anonymous said...

35k / mo. Should be enough to cover Croman's legal bills.