When the green brick synagogue and longtime studio of Abstract Expressionist Pat Passlof came on the market for $6.2 million last spring, it seemed destined for demolition. A mixed use, unlandmarked 7,055-square foot property with an additional 3,000 square feet of air rights in an indisputably hot neighborhood? What could such circumstances possibly lead to but a yet another nail in the coffin of old New York—one more remnant of local character razed to make way for by a few sprawling units of luxury housing with some “bespoke” but utterly bland, Brooklynesque establishment on the ground floor?
Well, the end may still be nigh for New York, but 80 Forsythe Street will live to see another day. The former studio and home of Ms. Passlof, who died in 2011, will be spared the wrecking ball, at least for the time being. The property’s new owner, 80 Forsyth Properties LLC, who paid $6.4 million for the building, intends to use it as a studio/gallery, according to Massey Knakel, who had the listing.
We were all young somewhere once, and my place was Schiller’s Liquor Bar. It was 2003 when Keith McNally’s proto bobo faux-brasserie opened in a former pharmacy on the Lower East Side. I was barely 21, full of piss and vinegar, high on cocaine and shot through with piercings. Already a few years deep in New York, I had bought into the promise of the late-night ticker-tape self-parade but hadn’t yet realized by morning it would all be litter. In the honeysuckle glow of a Schiller’s booth, anything was possible.
It’s been Mission: Impossible for Lower East Side hotspot Mission Chinese Food.
Bowery Boogie recently discovered a notice taped to the window of Danny Bowien’s Orchard Street restaurant, announcing that the restaurant would be closed indefinitely:
Dear Patrons and neighbors,
We regret to inform you that we will be closed until further Read More
Something not-so-all-natural went down at a Manhattan Whole Foods Market on Sunday.
The NYPD has confirmed that two armed robbers stole $60,000 from the Bowery Whole Foods Market on the Lower East Side.
According to DNAInfo, a group of store employees were transporting the cash to the store’s second floor around 10p.m. Read More
No matter the circumstances, it’s hard not to feel at least a little blue when one is exiting a relationship or a two-bedroom condo with 360-degree views. Romance and real estate are, after all, the gravitational forces around which so many of our lives revolve.
But heartache is a sensation that Justin Long, the man most famous for dating famous women—most notably Drew Barrymore and most recently Amanda Seyfried—ought to be familiar with by now. After five years of what we have to assume was a mostly happy relationship, Mr. Long, the perennial guy-next-door, has sold his Lower East Side condo at 103 Norfolk Street, otherwise known as Blue.
Stepping into Russ & Daughters is akin to stepping back in time — except there’s nowhere to sit. The gem of the Lower East Side is a bastion of old New York, with four generations of the Russ family serving smoked fish, caviar and chocolate babka takeout from their tiny storefront at 179 East Houston for Read More
Green Thumbs Down
The last thing any of the Children’s Magic Garden community members wanted to see was another construction crew tearing up their garden.
While celebrating their victory in preserving the Lower East Side’s beloved community garden, a construction crew from developer Serge Hoyda began digging holes on what More Gardens Owner Aresh Javadi said was Read More
Party like its 1885
Count your blessings, anti-nightlife Lower East Siders. Hell’s Square was once far more hellish than it is today.
A Christian Union newspaper article, published on Feb. 19, 1885, reveals that the Lower East Side of past housed nearly five times more drinking saloons than the bars of today—346 to the current 74.
Forget drugs or gang violence, adult kickball leagues are the real scourge of downtown Manhattan.
Karen Gehres, who lives across the street from P.S. 142, has started a petition to rid her neighborhood of its “annoying” adult kickball league. The excessive noise from the games, which run four times a week, has made summer evenings Read More
They ain’t ready for this jelly.
Beyonce’s bootylicious new H&M ads have been turning heads all over the city (like, seriously—is that body post-Blue Ivy?! Oh cruel, cruel world.) But while we’ll take any chance we can get to see the Queen Bee’s bod, in the Lower East Side, residents have decided to add a Read More