Top photo by EVG; all others by Stacie Joy
Renovations are underway at 338-340 Bowery between Great Jones and Bond.
In August, a "retail opportunity" banner arrived by the front door of the former Whitehouse Hotel, the last of the flophouses on the Bowery.
Management is offering 2,000 square feet on the ground floor, with an "optional 500 SF cafe + courtyard." located in the NoHo Historic District.)
There is a lot of history with the Whitehouse, a four-story building erected in 1916 that has served as a single-room occupancy hotel. A handful of residents remain here, and their presence has reportedly hindered any new building plans.
We hadn't heard anything about the building since late 2018, when Alex Vadukul profiled the artist Sir Shadow, who was one of the six remaining residents of the Whitehouse, in a feature at The New York Times.
As Vadukul noted: "A few residents have died, and buyouts have lured away others. The men who remain in the flophouse have refused these deals. The Whitehouse Hotel's future appears to now hinge on a grim but simple waiting game." (Sources tell us that Sir Shadow no longer lives at this address.)
Ahead of the renovations, the residents were moved to space at 338 Bowery... where the tenants can access their small room via security...
Some recent history: The building was spruced up in 2011 to appeal to the thrill-seeking backpacking set. (For $45, guests could stay in a tiny room where the walls don't go up to the ceiling... while the long-term residents remained on another floor.)
Retail space aside, it's not immediately known what the plans are for the upper floors of the former hotel.