Wednesday, October 31, 2007

NoHo Hotel Crunch.....

What's bigger, more transient, more traffic and noise producing than an NYU classroom building? A 24-7 "Entertainment Hotel."

Sorry folks, we missed the part about the Landmark application for 408 Lafayette St. including a hotel. But, not to worry, according to Curbed the plan has been withdrawn at Landmarks. Or, maybe just hold the worrying until January. According to our count that's three potential/probable as-of-right hotels within the 12 blocks of NoHo and two more across the street on the Bowery. At a conservative three liquor licenses each, that's nine more bar/lounge/club venues.

Noho HotelWatch: Bond Off for Now, Crunch Crunched?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Coming to a Bedroom Window Near You.....

To update our Entertainment Hotels conversations (8-12 Bond St., for one), you should not miss Dan Levin's latest entry at New York Magazines Intelligencer......Dubai on the Bowery, Belly up to the bars. Published Oct 28, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

NoHo Then and Now...

Michael Gross of the New York Observer wrote a truly terrific piece last week:

On Bond Street in the 70’s
No Ian Schrager condos then, but a lot of coke—and Basquiat’s wall poetry, Talking Heads in your $200 loft and Picassos for sublease

Perhaps you have some stories to share as well. Do share them

Evolving NoHo

Bradley Hope did a terrific job researching the new Entertainment Hotel phenomenon last week in the NY Sun. If you are concerned about the proposed hotel at 8-12 Bond St. you really should read it.

State Liquor Authority's 500 ft Rule Explained

Community Board #2 Manhattan recently hosted a thorough and very helpful Public Meeting with regarding the rules and regulations involved with liquor licensing. Guest speakers were Daniel Boyle, Chair of the State Liquor Authority and Chief Operating Officer, Joshua Toas.

You can hear the entire dialogue in a podcast onYouTube.

AND if you have any special questions - PLEASE post them here. We'll get you as many answers as we can.

Bond Street Theatre

We are fortunate to be the home of many theaters...among them an international touring theater.

Bond Street Theatre was founded in 1976 by a group of physically skilled and socially concerned actors and musicians. The ensemble’s method was shaped by their diversity of techniques and their mission motivated by their passion to be useful in this world.

The company creates innovative works that address social and environmental issues, and uses the performing arts as humanitarian outreach and a tool for education and healing.

The picture above is from Cozmic Jazz—A Short History of the Universe is a satiric and humorous story about humanity—and a comic commentary on “the meaning of life.” A blend of music, dance, acrobatics, and comedy, the play abounds with curious characters and captivating imagery—all accompanied by compelling rhythms and great jazz. Cozmic Jazz has been presented in major Festivals in France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Venezuela, Singapore, Hungary and the US.

Annie Shaver Crandell - Show

From Above - In conjuction with the High Line Project

October 18-28, 2007
Paula Barr Chelsea
West Chelsea Arts Building
508-526 West 26 Street, Suite 9G
New York, NY 10001
Gallery hours: 12-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

Sunday, October 07, 2007

When the Real Estate Section of the NY Times Calls Out the Negatives of Nightlife, We Guess It Must Be Real

The rally cry of NoHo's recent opposition to the addition of another night-hip restaurant wasn't an anomoly, nor was it yet another cranky protest. When residents and property owners, some of them pretty big ones, pointed out that the unrestricted dominance of bars and night-hip restaurants was contrary to the economic and social interests in their community, it seemed a shocking reversal of the "Public Interest," as interpreted by the State Liquor Authority and to some extent New York City Government, which had all too often declared that anything that made money couldn't be refused.

Well, here it is, folks, from the most pro real estate newspaper in the City! If the nightlife industry - a potentially valuable contributor to the City's economy can't learn to manage itself, can't take an active and responsible role in the vitality of a neighborhood, bigger players in the economy may regulate them even more than laws do.

Click on the title above.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

312 Bowery Sold for $22.1 Million

Massey Knakal sells mixed-use in Manhattan for $22.1M

Mr. CirauloMassey Knakal Realty Services arranged the sale of a newly renovated five-story mixed-use building at 312 Bowery in the NoHo neighborhood in Manhattan for $22.1 million to Bremen House, Inc.The seller, 314 Realty LLC, was exclusively represented by Massey Knakal Vice Chairman John Ciraulo, along with Managing Director James Nelson and broker James Kinsey. The five-story building sits on the west side of Bowery between Houston and Bleecker. It is a mix of residential and retail with 21 one-bedroom apartments, a three-bedroom penthouse and 5,000 square feet of retail space. The building spans nearly 23,000 square feet.

Monday, October 01, 2007

This Month's CB#2 Manhattan Hearings of Note

The SLA is presenting a workshop to CB 2 to discuss the “500 foot rule” and other issues of community interest. Board members are strongly encouraged to attend. The public is welcome.
Tues., 10/2 @ 6:45 PM-NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Pl. Room 809 (I.D. Required)

Thurs., 10/4 6:30 PM-CB#2-Man., Board Conference Room, 3 Washington Square Village, ground floor: 10/25 – University Plaza Nursery School, Bleecker St. bet. Mercer St. & La Guardia Pl.

ZONING & HOUSING Hon. David Reck, Chair
Thurs., 10/11 @ 6:30 PM – NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place, Room 206 (I.D. Required)
8-12 Bond St. Board of Standards and Appeals variance application pursuant to Section 72-21 to permit hotel and retail (Use Group 6 including restaurant use) below the level of the second story in an M1-5B zoning district. The proposed new building will contain as of right hotel uses on floors two through seven and will comply with the bulk standards for the district.

INSTITUTIONS David Gruber, Chair
Mon., 10/15 @ 6:30 PM- Caring Community, 20 Washington Square North, Conference Room, First Floor: 1. NYU Update on Phase One of the Planning Process.

Tues., 10/23 @ 6:00 PM – NYU Casa Italiana, 24 W. 12th St.
“Contested Streets: Breaking New York City Gridlock,” screening of new documentary film on livable streets co-sponsored by CB2 Manhattan, Transportation Alternatives & NYU Office of Gov’t and Community Relations. Remarks by: NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, State Senator Thomas K. Duane, Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick & Deputy Manhattan Borough President Rose Pierre-Louis. Panel discussion to follow.