See the approved plans for Trader Joe’s new Upper East Side store under the Queensboro Bridge

February 26, 2020

Renderings and photos by Madd Equities LLC, via LPC

In a public hearing on Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission reviewed and approved an application to open a Trader Joe’s in the city-owned space underneath the Queensboro Bridge on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The cavernous space, known as Bridgemarket, is regarded for its 5,000-square-foot Guastavino-tiled arcade as well as its unique location. Former tenant Food Emporium moved out in 2015. The bridge and the space beneath it were designated a city landmark in 1974. The LPC applauded the proposal’s “sensitive approach” to the space.

The space, which began life as an open food market, was used by the Department of Transportation when the food market closed during the Great Depression. It was also home to a Conran’s modern furniture showroom in the 2000s. A TJ Maxx opened in an adjacent subterranean space in 2010.

The LPC presentation materials included renderings that show updated interiors, exterior signage and an enhanced entry as well as loading doors. They show similarities to approved plans by craft store Michael’s, who prepared an application but never occupied the space.

Existing conditions

The enclosed space beneath the landmarked bridge, once an open-air market, is not a designated interior landmark. According to LPC General Counsel Mark Silberman (h/t New York Yimby), “The commission’s job is to maintain a sense of the ‘cathedral-like’ feel of the place.”

The store’s application has already been approved by Community Board 8’s landmark committee. Store representatives said they’re hoping the new store can open its doors “as soon as possible,” according to Patch.

You can see the full proposal here >>


Renderings and photos by Madd Equities LLC, via LPC

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