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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Noho

Listing photos by Daniel Wang of Brown Harris Stevens

Marc Balet was the longtime art director for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, as well as for his talk show 15 Minutes that aired on MTV from 1985 to 1987. Around this same time, in the late ’80s, he purchased a three-floor loft at 620 Broadway in Noho that was used as a dance studio. He transformed it into a beautiful, light-filled live-work home, even calling on his friend Fran Lebowitz to have her father, who owned a furniture store, create custom curtains for the 17-foot-tall space. The window treatments remain today, as do many other personal mementos, including lava lamps gifted by Pee-Wee Herman and a huge wall of celebrity photographs. Balet has now decided to put the home on the market for $5,995,000 and considering it also has an incredible amount of outdoor space, it’s a place not to be missed.

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Noho, Restaurants

The distillery’s atrium; Photos courtesy of Great Jones Distilling Co.

Manhattan’s first legal whiskey distillery in over 100 years is now open. Great Jones Distilling Company officially opened on Saturday at a stunning four-level space at 686 Broadway in Noho, overcoming city regulations and construction issues to build the first legitimate whiskey distillery in the city since the Prohibition era. At the space, visitors can enjoy tours and tastings, as well as an underground speakeasy, a private event space, and a restaurant helmed by Chef Adam Raksin, all set to open in the coming weeks.

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Art, Events, Noho

The immersive art installation that throws visitors into the depths of the world’s climate disaster reopened this month after being closed throughout the pandemic. “Arcadia Earth” debuted in Noho in 2019 and made headlines for its impressive innovative exhibition that uses augmented reality and virtual reality to highlight the environmental dangers impacting the planet. Tickets to the Arcadia Earth experience, open Thursday through Sunday, start at $33.

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Noho, Policy, Soho

NYC’s plan to rezone Soho and Noho moves forward

By Devin Gannon, Tue, May 18, 2021

A rendering of West Broadway in Soho, looking downtown; courtesy of City Planning Commission

A proposal to bring more affordable housing in two of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods is moving forward. The City Planning Commission on Monday certified the application to rezone Soho and Noho, kicking off the public review process. The plan replaces existing 1970s-era zoning rules with medium- to high-density mixed-use districts that could create as many as 3,500 new homes, with 900 units of permanently affordable housing.

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Cool Listings, Noho

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

At the corner of Broadway, in a prime Noho location, 71 Bleecker Street is the type of loft building real estate dreams are made of. It was built in 1891 as the Manhattan Savings Institute Bank Building, hence its imposing windows and stately architecture. A second-floor unit–meaning it sits behind the building’s 13-foot arched windows–has just come to the market for $6,495,000, and it’s truly jaw-dropping. Other features include a 48-foot great room, 10-foot-long stone fireplace, and 12-foot-long marble kitchen island.

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Cool Listings, Noho

Photo credit: Shannon Dupre

The black walls at this Noho condo don’t make the space feel as dark as you’d expect, but they do succeed in adding a subtle gritty feel to the two-bedroom home. Located at 344 Bowery, the apartment was designed by Francisca Trujillo, who, according to the listing, took inspiration from “New York’s garage-rock scene,” even hiring street artists to cover the elevator door and foyer with graffiti installations. The floor-through, two-bedroom loft is asking $3 million.

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Noho, Policy, Soho

Photo by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels

The plan to rezone two affluent Manhattan neighborhoods will enter the public land use review process, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday. The proposed rezoning of Soho and Noho includes replacing 1970s-era zoning rules and incentivizing the creation of about 800 permanently affordable homes, part of an effort to bring affordable housing to all New York City neighborhoods, even upscale ones.

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Cool Listings, Noho

Listing photos by Kitty Dadi

Though technically an alcove studio, this co-op at 77 Bleecker Street in Noho feels a lot larger thanks to an unusual layout, high ceilings, a separate dining area, and a skylight. Plus, it’s got a ton of storage space to help keep things tidy. The lovely home is on the market for $650,000 and is being offered fully furnished.

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Noho, Restaurants

Photo by Village Preservation on Flickr

After 30 years in Noho, Bleecker Street Bar will be closing permanently at the end of the month. As first spotted by EV Grieve, the neighborhood bar, located on the corner of Bleecker and Crosby, announced on social media that they were unable to reach a lease extension with their landlord and will close on Sunday, August 30.

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GVSHP, History, maps

Screenshot of the 19th Amendment Centennial StoryMap, courtesy of Village Preservation

Next week, on August 18th, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Though the fight to give women the right to vote was a national effort, much of the movement had roots in New York City. And like most 20th-century advocacy efforts, a lot of that action was centered downtown. To mark this momentous occasion, Village Preservation has created an interactive 19th Amendment Centennial StoryMap that showcases the remarkable number of people and places in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and Noho that played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement.

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