Showing posts with label 250 E. Houston St.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 250 E. Houston St.. Show all posts

Monday, August 22, 2022

Dunkin' to make triumphant return to 250 E. Houston St.

Photo by Stacie Joy

Don't look now, but a Dunkin' is returning to 250 E. Houston St. 

Signage is now up in one of the recently remodeled storefronts here between Avenue A and Avenue B. 

The Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins combo was a casualty late last summer when the storefronts on the eastern end of the retail strip were emptied ahead of demolition for a new residential building. (See those plans here.) 

Anyway, this looks to be a solo Dunkin' operation. No sign of Baskin-Robbins. So you'll have to settle for doughnuts/donuts.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Wheatpasters 1, Property Managers 0

Earlier this summer we noted how the plywood along the demolished storefronts at 250 E. Houston St. had become a wheatpaste hotspot in recent months.

Later, the property managers here between Avenue A and Avenue B unveiled their line of wheatpaste defense — some rando 2x4s on the plywood, intended to prevent the Wheatpasting Gangs of New York from putting up ads for, say, that sold-out Andrew Bird show at Pier 17 or the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs' record, Cool It Down (which I think will be good). 

Anyway, as the top photo shows... the green guards are fairly useless. Hope there's a money-back guarantee! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Let the wheatpaste battle BEGIN!

The plywood along the demolished storefronts at 250 E. Houston St. has become a wheatepaste hotspot in recent months...
Now, the property managers here between Avenue A and Avenue B have unveiled their line of wheatpaste defense ... thanks to Salim for these shots...
So far, the green guards are almost 100% effective...
As we first reported, a six-story residential building is in the works for the lot.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Noted

Rendering commentary at the site of an incoming 6-floor residential building at 280 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.
"Yet another over-priced yuppie ghetto housing project."

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

First look at the new residential building for 280 E. Houston St.

A rendering for the new 6-story mixed-use building at 280 E. Houston St. is now on the plywood here between Avenue A and Avenue B... 
In January, we had the scoop on this new building when the permit for a 6-floor, 68,000-square-foot residential building on this property first arrived. (At the time, a reliable source said the building was likely to be taller than 6 stories, which proved NOT to be the case.)

Work permits classify this as R-2-Residential (Apartment Houses). Not sure at the moment how many units the new 280 E. Houston St. will feature.

Last fall, workers demolished the one-level strip of storefronts here (Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins, Subway, China Town restaurant, etc.) adjacent to the 13-floor residential building formerly known as Red Square. 

The rendering lists "2022" as the completion date for the new building. 

Previously on EV Grieve:

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Former Red Square art hauled away

There hasn't been much happening in recent weeks (so we're told!) along 250 E. Houston St. now that workers have demolished the one-level strip of storefronts here between Avenue A and Avenue B. 

One bit of activity: A reader shared these photos from Saturday... when workers hauled away the street sculpture that had been installed for years above the former Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins...  ... and by the way, does anyone know who created this sculpture with the Einstein license plates (among other items)...?
Our previous posts at this link have more background on what's been happening to date here.

As we first reported on Jan. 18, there is a permit on file with the city for a 6-floor residential building on this property. 

However, sources tell us that this was just a preliminary filing to allow for the demolition ... and that the plans for the building will actually be closer to the size/scope of the adjacent 13-floor residences at 250 E. Houston St., the former Red Square that opened in 1989

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Workers finish demolition of the old retail spaces along 250 E. Houston St.; now what's next?

If you've walked by 250 E. Houston St. in recent days, then you likely noticed that workers have mostly finished removing the one-level strip of storefronts.

Demoliton started in mid-November ahead of a new mixed-used building for the property here between Avenue A and Avenue B. The demolition has been a challenge/nuisance to nearby residents — especially when jack-hammering starts at 7:30 a.m. on a holiday. There have also been dust complaints, per city records

Here's a look from late last week at the now-empty lot courtesy of EVG contributor Stacie Joy...
EVG reader Jim Knapp shared this photo below of the retail spaces at the start of the demolition. The businesses in these storefronts either relocated closer to the residential building at 250 E. Houston St. (Kapri Cleaners and the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center) or closed (Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins, Subway, Mattress Firm and China Town).
Jim also shared a time-lapse of the building demolition, which you can find on YouTube. 

As for what's next, there's a filing with the DOB for a 6-story mixed-use residential building, as we reported on Jan. 3 ... (click on the image for more detail) ...
However, sources tell us that this was just a preliminary filing to allow for the demolition ... and that the plans for the building will actually be closer to the size/scope of the adjacent 13-floor residences at 250 E. Houston St., the former Red Square that opened in 1989

For now, not much will likely happen on the empty plots. 

Revisit this EVG post from 2016 for a photo of this property before Red Square arrived in the late 1980s.

Monday, January 3, 2022

A 6-floor residential building will rise next to 250 E. Houston St.

A 6-floor residential building is in the works for the space adjacent to 250 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.  (H/T to the reader who shared the DOB link!)

According to the ALL-CAP style of the DOB online:
NEW 6 (SIX) STORY MIXED-USE BUILDING ON CURRENT VACANT LOT. 2 TAX LOTS (7503 EXISTING - 13 STORY MIXED-USE; 58 TENTATIVE - 6 STORY NEW BUILDING) ON SINGLE ZONING LOT. NO CHANGE TO EXISTING DEVELOPMENT ON LOT 7503.
The paperwork for the new building, still pending city approval, shows square footage of 68,531 with a proposed health club in the basement (building amenity?) and ground-floor retail. Passive-house specialists ZH Architects are listed as the architect of record for the project. 

To get an idea of the potential size-shape of the new building, check out this Google Maps aerial view ...
As we've been reporting, the businesses in the unrenovated stretch of 250 E. Houston St. have either closed or moved. Kapri Cleaners and the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center relocated to new storefronts closer to the entrance to the 13-story residential building at No. 250. Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins and China Town have closed. The H&R Block outpost is reopening a block away in part of the former Banco Popular space.

Meanwhile, demolition continues in the old storefronts where the new building will rise. EVG contributor Stacie Joy took these photos last week...
... some pics yesterday from Salim, who pointed out that the street-sign scultpure along here has been removed (a faint outline of the art by Ken Hiratsuka embedded in the sidewalk remains) ...
... and an EVG reader shared these photos showing the demolition in the rear of the structure...

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Long & Short Barber Co. cuts out of 250 E. Houston St.

Long & Short Barber Co. has closed its outpost at 250 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

EVG regular Salim shared the photos here ... including one of a goodbye note for patrons... Long & Short will continue with its shop in Brooklyn and the new location at Columbus Circle...
This is just the latest retail change along this strip, though this one may not have anything to do with the future development on this block.

Businesses in the storefronts just to the east of this — in the unrenovated portion — have all vacated, a list that includes Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins, Subway (sandwich shop) and China Town. Workers boarded up the unrenovated section last month ahead of its demolition for an unspecified new development.

You can read our previous posts (all 34,567) on the topic right here

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

[Updated] Sidewalk bridge arrives ahead of planned demo of former Red Square storefronts

Workers yesterday started erecting a sidewalk bridge outside the now-vacant former shops at 250 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B. (Thank you to the EVG reader for the photos!)

As previously reporteda demolition permit is on file with the city for the address. 

And as we've been noting, there's been a storefront shuffle along this renovated retail stretch. Kapri Cleaners and the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center moved from the unrenovated spaces a few doorways down East Houston. Other businesses, such as Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins, Subway (sandwich shop) and China Town, closed.
The old section of this one-level strip — starting at the former Mattress Firm — will eventually come down to make way to an unspecified residential development. There's nothing new on this front to note just yet. 
The 13-floor residential building at 250 E. Houston St., the former Red Square, changed ownership in the fall of 2016 ... and underwent extensive renovations.

Updated 7 p.m. 

That's a wrap... a plywood wrap anyway... Stacie Joy shared these photos... the old spaces are now boarded up (and no full-on sidewalk bridge — yet?)...
... but there is a blogger portal! 😍

Monday, October 18, 2021

Signs of new development along the retail strip of 250 E. Houston St.

The old retail section of this strip of storefronts at 250 E. Houston St. is apparently coming down to make way for an unspecified new development. 

As we've reported, there was a storefront shuffle along this stretch between Avenue A and Avenue B. Kapri Cleaners and the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center moved from the unrenovated spaces to new storefronts closer to the entrance to the 13-story residential building at No. 250. Other businesses, including the Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins and China Town, have closed. 

And there is actually a demolition permit on file with the city for the address dating to July. (Not sure how we missed it in previous tours of this DOB bin.) The permit has not yet been approved, per public records.

In the ALL-CAPS style of the DOB:
PARTIAL DEMOLITION OF 1 STORY BUILDING (COMMERCIAL SPACES). PARTIAL DEMOLITION TO BE COMPLETED PARTIALLY BY HAND AND EQUIPMENT (EXCAVATOR). 
And back on Thursday, a crew was here between Avenue A and Avenue B with a Davey drill... presumably taking soil samples (thanks to Salim for the photo!) ... 
There has been a Davey drill sighting before the start of every new development in recent years (like here ... and here... and here) in the neighborhood.

And this Google Maps aerial view shows how much space there is at the property should the developer desire to drop in a new building ... 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Y7 reopens along 250 E. Houston St.

Y7 Studio, the hip-hop-fueled yoga center, reopened yesterday for in-person classes along 250 E. Houston St.

The studio had been closed since March 2020, offering virtual classes instead. Y7 has been in this space since December 2018.

As previously noted, a Pure Barre outpost is also coming to this retail strip between Avenue A and Avenue B, per the fitness chain's website. Not sure what space they are taking. (We incorrectly thought it might be the Y7 storefront.) Pure Barre is a ballet-inspired fitness regimen mostly centered around the handrail used in ballet training — the barre. 

And as we've been noting, there's been a storefront shuffle along this renovated retail stretch. Kapri Cleaners and the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center moved from the unrenovated spaces a few doorways down East Houston. 

The old retail section of this strip is apparently coming down to make way for an unspecified new development.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A clue about future development courtesy of the former Subway at 250 E. Houston St.

We continue to wait for official word of what will happen to the now-empty strip of storefronts at 250 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

As we've reported, there's been a storefront shuffle along this retail stretch. Kapri Cleaners and the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center moved from the unrenovated spaces to new storefronts closer to the entrance to the 13-story residential building at No. 250. Other businesses, including the Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins and China Town, have closed. 

The old retail section of this strip is apparently coming down to make way for an unspecified new development. 

A letter from the owner of the shuttered (as of Aug. 30) Subway sandwich shop provides another clue. EVG contributor Stacie Joy spotted this on the storefront (click on the image for more detail) ... 
Per the letter: "I am saddened to inform you that since the Ownership of this Property has decided to construct a multistory building, they will not be able to renew [the] lease for my Subway Store."

The family-owned franchise had been here for more than 20 years. Per the letter, the owner said that he hopes to find a new location for his Subway.

Meanwhile, still nothing on file with the city just yet about a demolition or new building permits.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Raising the barre: Pure Barre opening a studio at 250 E. Houston St.

A Pure Barre outpost is coming to 250 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B, per the fitness chain's website. (H/T Stacie Joy!

Pure Barre looks to be taking over the space last held by Y7 Studio, the hip-hop-fueled yoga center that never reopened after the PAUSE of March 2020. Update: Y7 reopened on Oct. 4. It's not clear what space Pure Barre is taking.

As its name suggests, Pure Barre is a ballet-inspired fitness regimen mostly centered around the handrail used in ballet training — the barre. 

And as we've been noting, there's been a storefront shuffle along this renovated retail stretch. Kapri Cleaners and the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center moved here from the unrenovated spaces a few doorways down East Houston. The old retail section of this strip is apparently coming down to make way for an unspecified new development. 

On that note, workers last week were removing asbestos from the former Subway (sandwich) shop space...

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

6 Avenue B doesn't appear to be part of a new (and rumored) Houston Street development

We've been talking about the RUMORED new development coming to the now-empty single row of businesses at 250 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

There was some speculation that the long-vacant 6 Avenue B on the NW corner might be part of a new residential project.

A little digging in public records (courtesy of Upper West Sider — thank you!) reveals that work has been filed in recent months to upgrade antennas and add new FDNY access signs at No. 6. Seems doubtful, as Upper West Side noted, that AT&T would spend the money to upgrade the equipment if the building was about to be demolished.

As for No. 6 ...  the liquor store in the retail space has been closed since the owner passed away in the fall of 2009 at age 89. (Chico created the tribute to her on the gate in February 2010.)

In January 2013, workers were spotted hauling out some junk from the building...  in December 2014, bricks fell from the building, breaking the foot of a passerby, as the Lo-Down reported at the time. And an SUV took out part of the sidewalk bridge in November 2018. And that's about it.

And as previously noted, this is one of the abandoned buildings owned by the estate of the mysterious team of Arthur and Abraham Blasof, now both deceased. 

Updated 10:30 a.m.

Thanks to the commenter who did a little digging in the archives. There was a question about the windowless lot line at 6 Avenue B. Here's a tax photo dated 1939-1941 showing a building identified as 2-4 Avenue B (with a Circulating Library storefront!) ... that corner structure was likely demolished when the city widened East Houston... and No. 6 became the new corner building...
... and the old NW corner... you can see No. 6 in the background...

Friday, August 27, 2021

Quick-serve veteran China Town closing on East Houston after 32 years in business

Sunday is the last day for the quick-serve China Town Restaurant at 250 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.

However, you may see them again this fall. Ownership of the 32-year-old establishment there told EVG contributor Stacie Joy that they are negotiating to buy A & C Kitchen on Avenue C between Eighth Street and Ninth Street. 

Door signage for patrons hints at this...
As we've been reporting, the businesses in the unrenovated section of this retail strip have been announcing plans to move or close. 

The FedEx Office Print & Ship Center and Kapri Cleaners are moving into remodeled storefronts along No. 250. The Subway (sandwich shop) and Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins combo are closing soon without plans for new locations. The Mattress Mart previously shuttered along this corridor. 

Multiple sources along this corridor have said a new residential building is in the works here. Four sources have told Stacie that the one-level row of storefronts is facing demolition. 

This is still speculation: Nothing about a new building or demolition has shown up in DOB records. (We're told that plans will be revealed once all the businesses have left. The photo below is from 2018.)
The 13-floor residential building at 250 E. Houston St., the former Red Square, changed ownership in the fall of 2016 ... and underwent extensive renovations.