DeKalb Market founder tapped to create new food hall in Midtown’s Citigroup building

August 22, 2019

Rendering of the Market Building from 2017 LPC presentation materials by Gensler

The creator behind City Point’s DeKalb Market Hall has signed a 15-year lease to open a 10,000-square-foot food hall at the retail annex of the landmarked Citigroup tower at 601 Lexington Avenue. As The Real Deal reported, Anna Castellani’s company, Local Culture Management, opened the popular Downtown Brooklyn market in 2017 with 40 vendors. She’s expected to bring a similar vibe to Midtown with her latest creation, which will be called “The Hugh” and is scheduled to open in just three to four months.

Photo via Wiki Commons

Built in 1977, the Citigroup tower was landmarked in December 2016, and designers at Gensler were tapped shortly after to design a 200,000-square-foot interior redevelopment comprised of a new outdoor plaza and terraces, as well as an interior atrium primed to host dining and retail options. As 6sqft previously reported, Gensler noted that co-owner Boston Properties wasn’t worried about increasing rents, but rather “increasing the value of the entire neighborhood by making a distinctive plaza and atrium space” that enlivens “the staid office component.”

NYU Langone and Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis also hold leases in the building.

[Via The Real Deal]




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