A third wave of mourning for dear departed dive Mars Bar crested yesterday when news broke that TD Bank had signed a lease at the former site of the punk-drunk-artist-squatter-hanger on haunt whose closure and demolition in 2011 was seen by many as (yet another) nail in the once-scruffy East Village’s burnished coffin.
Now, a source familiar with the deal tells us that the lease includes a second retail space whose future tenant could assume the notorious Mars Bar’s trade name and liquor license. The development company BFC Partners reached an agreement with the Mars Bar crew that would allow the next commercial tenant to occupy a 4,456-square-foot basement and ground floor space under the proud, stubborn and–who knew?–business-minded Mars Bar auspices.
Much has been made of the metamorphosis of the Bowery from one time skid row to trendy runway. Boutique hotels, apartment buildings, the New Museum and residential developments have landed and it seems retail is realizing the street’s potential.
“I really think it’s coming together down there,” said Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of the retail Read More
put a fork in us
Patagonia has just signed two deals totaling over 15,000 square feet in the Bowery and Meatpacking District, including one inside the former CBGB music venue, sources told The Commercial Observer.
We suspect this news would give Patti Smith the CBGBs.
The former CBGB Gallery space at 313 Bowery is on the market. The former den of the Ramones and Blondie was only a couple of years ago rescued from a perilous conversion into a bank branch by the Morrison Hotel Gallery. With its recent Lynn Goldsmith exhibit Read More