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Inside New York City’s first legal pot shop

By Devin Gannon, Wed, January 4, 2023

All photos courtesy of GARY GERSHOFF/WIRE IMAGE.

The first legal cannabis dispensary in the state of New York opened in Manhattan last week. Run by the nonprofit Housing Works, the store, located near Astor Place at 750 Broadway, currently offers products from six New York-based companies, including pre-rolled joints, edibles, vape pens, and flower. When sales officially launched last Thursday, the line to get into the dispensary wrapped around the corner, with eager customers waiting for hours to shop.

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Photo of 1 Astor Place by Beyond My Ken on Wikimedia

New York’s first legal recreational cannabis dispensary is opening in Manhattan next week. Housing Works, a local nonprofit founded in 1990 to address the HIV/AIDS and homelessness crises, will launch sales at 1 Astor Place on December 29, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday. The dispensary is the first to open of the 36 licenses approved so far by the New York State Cannabis Control Board.

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Photo by Beyond My Ken on Wikimedia Commons

The Noho loft building where Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and worked at the time of his untimely death has hit the rental market. As first reported by EV Grieve, Meridian Capital Group is marketing 57 Great Jones Street as a “historic full building restaurant opportunity” with roughly 6,600 square feet, but added that “all uses” would be considered. The building was owned by Andy Warhol when Basquiat lived there for five years until his death at the age of 27 in 1988.

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All photos by Allyson Lubow for The Corcoran Group

Six years and one unit sold later, boutique Noho condo 22 Bond Street relaunched sales last month, with a sleek three-bedroom duplex now on the market. Designed by BKSK Architects, the six-unit luxury building first launched sales in 2016 but residences, all of which are three-bedroom duplexes with private outdoor space, have struggled to sell. Asking $8,000,000, the available apartment measures over 2,900 square feet and has a balcony that overlooks the building’s lush multi-level garden.

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Photo credit: MW Studios for Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’re in the market for a penthouse, it doesn’t get much more penthouse-y than the AD100-architect-designed, 6,000-square-foot Penthouse IV condominium atop Nolita’s iconic Puck Building at 293 Lafayette Street. At $35,000,000, the princely property is priced accordingly for a mansion-sized four-bedroom sky-palace that includes a gym, bar, home theater, hot tub, and 2,000 square feet of terrace space with an outdoor TV and pergola. Neighbors include Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss, who reportedly purchased the building’s largest penthouse, listed at $42.5M, in 2021 (The family’s real estate company, led by Jared Kushner, developed the penthouse collection).

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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.

Noho loft living, this way

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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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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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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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