Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The current state of 20 St. Mark's Place

[Photos Sunday by Steven]

The building between Second Avenue and Third Avenue was tagged multiple times Saturday night/Sunday morning...

A quickie recap on what's going on here: Approved permits are now on file for repair work in the retail space at 20 St. Mark's Place, the longtime home of the Grassroots Tavern until New Year's Eve 2017.

As we've been reporting, Bob Precious is planning on opening a bar in this semi-subterranean space with a working title of Subterranean. (Precious operates the mini chain of Irish-style pubs called the Ginger Man, including the one on 36th Street. CB3 OK'd his new liquor license in December 2017.)

Precious said last August that the former Grassroots space was in bad shape — including structural damage. The approvals for the renovations in the landmarked building had been slow going, for whatever reasons. (In November, Previous was hoping for a spring opening.)

20 St. Mark's Place, known as the Daniel LeRoy House, was built in 1832. It received landmark status in 1971, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Since the Grassroots closed, people keep tagging the former bar's entrance.

Previously on EV Grieve:
New owner lined up for the Grassroots Tavern on St. Mark's Place

20 St. Mark's Place, home of the Grassroots Tavern, has been sold

Your chance to live in this historic home above the Grassroots Tavern on St. Mark's Place

Last call at the Grassroots Tavern

This is what's happening with the former Grassroots Tavern space on St. Mark's Place

The former Grassroots Tavern ready for a renovation


Anonymous said...

This is another example of a landlord -- really, incompetents who should not own buildings -- not maintaining properties. There was no graffiti when Grassroots was around.

Anonymous said...

Truly glad that so many have had/created good/great memories made in the dive dump that was brewing and festering in the bar/basement/cellar for 40yrs. Ever shit your brains out from the slop that was served? The floors and joists are rotted! The 100yr old bar is chopped and pushed aside. The murals are chipped away at, keep going folks...

The level of abuse the "tavern" management/ownership imposed on this 185+yr old lady of a building is beyond what most may believe unless you factor in the cha-ching at their cash only register.

Once again the building is being treated without respect so purely secondary.