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Cool Listings, Noho

Photo credit: Evan Joseph Photography

The top-floor “penthouse” loft condominium atop a classic Noho building at 298 Elizabeth Street is the embodiment of old-school downtown Manhattan living (though its $2,700,000 price tag is strictly new New York). On a picture-perfect tree-lined street, surrounded by, well, everything, this 1,400-square-foot home has the additional perk of a huge private roof deck from which to gaze at the city skyline.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Noho

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The Noho penthouse Britney Spears called home nearly 20 years ago is on the market for $6,995,000. The four-level apartment is in the Silk Building, an early 20th-century factory-turned condominium building located at 14 East 4th Street. As first reported by the New York Post, the home has a celebrity-filled history, with Cher, Russell Simmons, and Keith Richards among the A-listers who once lived at this address.

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Noho, Policy, Soho

Photo by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels

Mayor Eric Adams last week vetoed legislation that would increase fines for residents illegally occupying artist housing in Soho and Noho, a measure passed by the City Council last month alongside the approved neighborhood rezoning. Sponsored by former Council Member Margaret Chin, the bill would increase penalties on non-artist residents of the Joint Living Work Quarters for Artists (JLWQA) zone, which was created in the 1970s to allow artists to legally live in the once manufacturing-heavy area, with fines starting at $15,000 for those without proper certification.

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

The New York City Council on Wednesday voted to approve the plan to rezone Soho and Noho, a major policy win for Mayor Bill de Blasio in his final days in office. The rezoning aims to bring about 3,000 new homes, with roughly 900 of them permanently affordable, to the Lower Manhattan neighborhoods, which are two of the wealthiest in the city.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Noho

Photo credit: Stephanie Powell, MW Studios for Sotheby’s International Realty

This classic loft studio in the landmarked building at 1 Bond Street was, for 23 years, the home of actor Anthony Rapp, who played the leading role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway hit “Rent,” as well as in the film version. The actor, who had lived in an East Village walk-up much like the ones featured in the play, purchased the downtown loft 23 years ago for $375,000 saved from his burgeoning acting career. The 1,250 square-foot second-floor studio–with beautifully designed custom renovations added by Rapp over the years–is now asking $1.95 million.

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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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City Living, Events, Noho

Photo courtesy of TodayTix

Welcoming back the return of live performance in New York City is an outdoor concert series featuring Broadway stars. Next month, ticket-selling company TodayTix will host in-person performances by Lauren Patten and Derek Klena from Jagged Little Pill, Ana Villafañe from On Your Feet!, and The Lion King’s Bradley Gibson on the rooftop of a Manhattan building. The shows mark one of the first live ticketed events to take place in the city after over a year.

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