Showing posts with label doomed locations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label doomed locations. Show all posts

Monday, May 13, 2019

Sandwicherie has closed on 4th Avenue and 13th Street; doomed corner status yet?

That's all for Sandwicherie New York on the southeast corner of Fourth Avenue and 13th Street.

EVG regular Laura shared these photos from Saturday, showing that the quick-serve, health-conscious sandwich shop has been emptied out...

Sandwicherie opened here in April 2017.

This has been a challenging corner for businesses since the longtime deli was rent-hiked out of here in November 2012. The space has been home to Fresh & Co. and Pie Face and now Sandwicherie in the past five years. Next!

Monday, July 2, 2018

The former Cheers Cut space is for rent on St. Mark's Place

[Photo Wednesday by Steven]

As noted last week, Cheers Cut, the Taiwanese mini-chain of fried foods at 36 St. Mark's Place, had not been open in recent days during its announced business hours.

By Wednesday, the nine-month-old Grand Opening banner had been removed...

... and on Saturday morning, the for rent sign arrived on the now-empty storefronts between Second Avenue and Third Avenue...

The retail listing isn't online just yet ... a variety of quick-serve concepts have tried the address without much success, including Friterie Belgian Fries ... Fasta ("Pasta Your Way") ... and the $1.50 branch of 2 Bros. Pizza.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Report: CB3 douses plans for hookah bar Fire and Ice on 3rd Street

[Photo from August]

The revolving doors of bars-restaurants at 189 E. Third St. between Avenue A and Avenue B was about to get another go-round.

Since May 2014, the address has been home to Lumiere, Casablanca and Tut, which closed in February after just a few months in business.

Applicant Amar Patel, who managed Lumiere and Casablanca (and his mother managed Tut), appeared before CB3's SLA committee on Monday night to pitch a hookah bar-cafe called Fire and Ice. Patel was proposing daily hours of 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. (See their application here.)

Neighbors and CB3 weren't really into it.

Per DNAinfo:

"When I come home at 2 in the morning, the last thing I want to do is deal with another loud-ass bar that I have to try to sleep above," said building resident Michelle Brilliant, who works late hours at a restaurant.

"We just don't want to have to deal with it again," she continued. "It literally is a nightmare."


District Manger Susan Stetzer said the board had spoken to police about the bar, and that 9th Precinct officers considered the spot a "serious problem."

"The history of this place is among the worst that we've had," Stetzer said.

Patel tried to assure community and board members that his restaurant would in fact be "calming," centered around tea and conversation rather than dancing and liquor.

The committee subsequently issued a denial for Fire and Ice, arguably the least calming name in CB3 applicant history.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Restaurant space that has been a lot of things lately ready to be something else

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cocktail specialist Eben Klemm opening King Bee in the former Exchange Alley space

The other day, we wondered if 424 E. Ninth St., where Exchange Alley just closed, was a doomed location.

After all, Exchange Alley, which opened in August 2012, was the latest to give this space a try between Avenue A and First Avenue … where Olivia, Sintir and Zi' Pep all closed in fairly quick succession.

However, there's a already a new suitor lined up to try the space… a sign out front notes that a restaurant by the name of King Bee will appear before next month's CB3/SLA committee for a wine-liquor license... and the applicant is noted mixologist Eben Klemm, the former MIT molecular biologist who created the "aperitif-driven cocktail program" at Pearl & Ash on the Bowery, among may other bars and restaurants.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Doomed corners

Oh, I'm just taking photos of some seemingly doomed locations... spots where you figure a condo will be plopped down some day soon... Avenue C between Houston and Second Street the other day....

Monday, September 13, 2010

Real-estate agents disrespect the art on the Bowery

A few weeks back, I pointed out the work of WK Interact here at the doomed Downtown Tire & Auto Center on the Bowery at Great Jones... The space is for lease, as you know...

And so you don't forget, the thoughtful real-estate folks put the "for lease" signs right on the art...

At least somebody removed one of the signs...

C'mon...there are plenty of places to put your signs...

Previously on EV Grieve:
Making faces at the Downtown Tire & Auto Center

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Making faces at the Downtown Tire & Auto Center

Some new art went up at the Downtown Tire & Auto Center on the Bowery at Great Jones...

...and when the gates are closed, it looks like this...

I asked one of the workers here who the artist was, but he didn't know.... And thanks to the readers who chimed in: This is the work of WK Interact. Check out his site.

Maybe these faces are to help ward off potential suitors for the space...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Another corner prepping for change on First Avenue

159 First Ave. at 10th Street recently went on the market. Here's the listing:

Existing 6 Story mixed use asset with 4 commercial spaces on the main floor and 30 one and two bedroom units. Corner, Walkup apartment building, 100% occupied. 25 Free Market Units, 4 Rent Stabilized Units, one super occupied. 6 homes per floor: 4 One Bedrooms/ 2 Two Bedrooms with a total of 24 One Bedroom Homes and 12 Two Bedroom Homes. High traffic location. Prime East Village. Air rights

The current asking price is $12.75 million. Aside from the "air rights" part, there's nothing necessarily alarming about this... But, given the way things are going around here, why not come in, fix up the joint, double the rent, throw a few extra floors on, boot out all the ground-floor businesses for a high-end eatery.... OK, OK.. don't mean to speculate.... but the combination of this with its corner mate on Ninth Street currently looking for a restaurant or two leaves me uneasy...

[Photo by Blue Glass]

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Bowery to get a South Beach diet

These flyers are up on the Bowery regarding tonight's Community Board 2/SLA meeting... as you can see, there's a new liquor license application for 348 Bowery...

I saw this, and wondered what storefront was 348... I got to Great Jones...

Ugh. Of course. As I reported in May, the whole parcel of 348-352 Bowery is for sale -- "restaurants welcome."

And Segafredo? Well if it's the same Segafredo... it's an international chain. Per the website: "Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Café, the only global café with Italian credibility offers a multi-sensorial experience reflecting the lifestyle of the quintessential Italian café. The constant drive for excellence exhibited by the Segafredo family is evident in product quality, efficient service and a friendly atmosphere all of which makes a positive difference in the quality of life of the customers."

I browsed through some news releases of other Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Café openings, such as one in the downtown Miami/Brickell area in 2008: "Segafredo Brickell exudes a posh and luxurious atmosphere ... Inside the venue, exhibiting the same level of chic-meets-comfort as the exterior, guests will experience a true Italian-style café with a coffee bar with barstools, plush red leather couches and free Internet services. ... Located within the restaurant, Spazio Nero is a lavish boutique night club that will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Embodying the nightclub’s name, the décor is outfitted in all things black, from the stylish black leather couches with silver buttons, to the black-tinted mirrors throughout, to the fleur-de-lis textured black-on-black wallpaper. The club features an elevated DJ booth, a one-of-a-kind advanced multi-zoned distribution audio system and a computer controlled lighting program by Infinite Audio Systems."

Segafredo, though, is operated by the VE Restaurant Group in Miami Beach. They have a slew of different types of eateries... so there are other possibilities for 348 Bowery.

As for the name (Alexander Duff) on the flyer, here's one guess...from the Metro 1 Hospitality Group in Miami Beach:

Alex Duff
Sr. Associate – Restaurant/Hotel/Bars Division
Alexander Duff, a native New Yorker, in 2002 began his real estate career specializing buying and selling restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Some of Alex’s most notable deal include: Mokai Lounge/ Mama Vieja; Halo/ Hemisphere; Indomania/ Siembra; Tunelli/ Oasis; Hakan/ Dab Haus; Amendment 21/ Gigi Bistro; Fiore Pizza/ Pizza Power; Scrapbar/ Gil’s Café; Rabbit’s foot/ Loading Zone; and the restaurant at the Tudor Hotel. Alex also works as a restaurant consultant, focusing on improving existing business practices and fabricating new concepts.

Meanwhile, start saying your goodbyes to Downtown Auto and Tire...

Indeed, as a Curbed headline read last summer, Bowery's South Beach Transformation Nearly Complete.

Previously on EV Grieve
The last days of the Downtown Auto and Tire?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Your guide to the doomed corners of the Bowery

It's challenging to remember all the change coming to what's left of the Bowery... so, a recap, starting next to the New Museum...

1) Speaking of the New Museum, they bought the former restaurant supply company at 231 Bowery here back in September 2008 for $16.6 million, according to the Times. Museum officials said they'd use the top floors for offices and storage and lease out the groundfloor to retail...

2) The parcel of land across the street from the New Museum has nearly 67,000 square feet of buildable space -- six lots on the Bowery at Prince Street... and it has been on the market...the Bari family has owned the property since the 1940s...

3) Eater reported last week that a new restaurant is taking over part of the Sunshine Hotel annex at 245 Bowery at Stanton Street...

4) At 57 Bond at the Bowery (your "new intersection of cool")... the former WaMu bank branch can be yours for retail... Seems like a 1,000 years ago when a Sunoco was on this corner.

5) 325 Bowery at Second Street will become the latest manly-man eatery/bar from Taavo Somer and William Tigertt...

6) I don't know about the southwest corner of the Bowery and Great Jones... can't image this will be an empty lot for too much longer...

7) As I reported last week, the space is available immediately at 348-352 Bowery, which includes the corner lot...

8) The former Salvation Army East Village Residence at 347 Bowery was primed to become an upscale sushi place, but the Koi people decided against it... still for the taking...

9) And as it has been reported this week, 2 Cooper Square will have apartments for upwards of $20,000 a month.


10) The White House at 338-340 Bowery is doomed... The four-story building erected in 1916 now serves as a hostel as well as a permanent home for a handful of low-income residents. It is destined to become a hotel...

11) The former Amato Opera building is now taking offers for use as a restaurant...

12) 250 Bowery is a stalled hotel project that is now a hole in the ground... As BoweryBoogie put it: "A dormant pit of doom defined by overgrowth, rusty steel pylons, and errant trash."

13) How about the northwest corner of Houston and the Bowery where Shepard Fairey is getting tagged now? Jeremiah has more on the history (and future) of this space....

And this is just from Prince to Fourth Street... keep going south and you'll find more disturbing closures and developments... BoweryBoogie has been all over this...

Not even a new dickchicken on one of these corners makes me smile anymore...

The last days of the Downtown Auto and Tire?

As I mentioned, the whole parcel at 348-352 Bowery is up for grabs... the listing says this 800-square-feet of outdoor space is available... and that restaurants are welcome...

While on the Bowery, I figure it's time to start documenting Downtown Auto and Tire at Great Jones... oddly enough, I didn't see one person here while I took these shots... it was as if the workers had already been banished from the new Bowery...

I imagine the new neighbors here with westward-facing windows don't care much for this view...

Previously on EV Grieve:
Please meet the next corner of the Bowery primed for something luxurious

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Please meet the next corner of the Bowery primed for something luxurious

Yesterday, Eater broke the news that a new eatery is in the works at the former Sunshine Hotel Annex on the Bowery at Stanton Street...

Now... it looks as if yet another corner of the Bowery is ready to fall into the hands of luxury ... The space is available immediately at 348-352 Bowery, which is these three properties:

The killer here is the corner of Great Jones... home of the auto repair shop... this business has been doomed for years... just waiting for the day to be swallowed up in the wake of the Varvatos-DBGB-Bowery Hotel luxury invasion... the listing says this 800-square-feet of outdoor space is available... and that restaurants are welcome! But of course!

Some facts from the listing:

neighboring tenants
John Varvatos, Rogan Jeans, Whole Foods Market, DBGB, Gemma, Double Crown, Il Buco, Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria, and Five Points Restaurant

- Nightlife corridor
- Unbeatable 24 hour/seven-day-a-week traffic
- In close proximity to The Bowery Hotel and The Cooper Square Hotel
- Located among some of downtown's best eateries
- Can be combined
- Restaurants welcome

Can we put this one into our McNally Effect folder too? And here's how it all might fit together...

Meanwhile, one of the properties for lease is the former sales office for Village Green, your favorite eco-indulgent condoplex on East 11th Street...Given the apparent success of Village Green... an off-site office may not be necessary...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sad news about the liquor store on Houston and Avenue B

I walked by the liquor store at Houston and Avenue B last night... and once again, the place was closed...

...and I noticed that the liquor sign on the side had been removed...

My worse fears were confirmed when I got home and read the latest issue of The Villager... in an item about Chico's new mural here, Scoopy reported that the woman who owned the liquor store died several months ago... and in the space on the roll-down gate, Chico is going to paint a mural of the owner. (And does anyone know her name?)

I have no idea what will happen to this space. I haven't seen the store open in some time, though this isn't really a corrider that I walk with any frequency.... Me being me, I worry about what will become of the space. This is prime corner real estate with million dollar condos right across the street (like this one for $1,825 million).

And I'll miss the owner... the kind of which we don't see much of anymore...

Previously on EV Grieve:
Meanwhile, right around the corner