Developer Ben Shaoul’s new Lower East Side condos adjacent to Katz’s famous deli at 196 Orchard Street have just hit the market. Definitely in line with the 21st century version of the storied neighborhood, the 96 newly-minted apartments have luxurious finishes, expansive views and enviable amenities, with units starting at $1.075 million for a studio.
By now many of you have probably seen this amazing video showing a changing Lower East Side circa 1995. While plenty of colorful characters and weirdness abound, let’s not forget that the area at the time was also one of the city’s most unsafe. As part of the new video series called “True Yorkers,” Katz’s Deli owner Alan Dell reflects on the Lower East Side that once was—well before it transformed into the bar crawl we know today. Sharing his own memories of the neighborhood as a kid, and more poignantly his opinion of what it has become, Dell’s recount really makes you think about just how severely pacified and homogenous today’s version of New York is.
“A lot of people from the neighborhood moved away…I just can’t get used to it,” Dell says in the episode. “I have customers talking about their million dollar penthouse on Rivington Street—it blows my mind. The Bowery was unsavory, there used to be bums, I don’t even know if kids know what a bum is…You know, they call it progress, I’m not really sure about that. It’s a mixed bag…15-20 years ago we were closing early. Unless you were coming to buy crack late at night over here, it was not safe…it’s just changed. It’s just different.”
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The Lower East Side’s iconic Katz’s Deli was the talk of the town recently when it came to light that the neighborhood institution had sold its air rights. It’s speculated that a parcel of adjacent buildings will be demolished to make way for a new cantilevered building. Jake Dell, the third-generation co-owner of the 126-year-old pastrami mainstay, has been quoted as saying that the sale will not affect the deli in any way, though he didn’t cite specifics of the deal. But regardless of the details, it looks like Dell made out pretty well for himself, as he’s just scooped up a $1,899,000 apartment at 808 Broadway in the heart of Greenwich Village. Just a short walk from Katz’s, his new pad is described as a “Park Avenue-inspired home.”