Volume 21, Number 42 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | Feb. 29 - March 6, 2009


Mixed Use

By Patrick Hedlund

Tribeca condo record
A four-bedroom duplex in Tribeca sold for a record $30 million this week, marking the highest price ever paid for a condominium south of Colombus Circle, according to broker Stribling Marketing Associates.

The Skyloft Penthouse at 145 Hudson St., near Hubert St., has 7,500 square feet including an outdoor terrace of 4,500 square feet on the 14th floor.

Situated atop a 1920s Art Deco industrial loft building, the unit features an all-glass exterior designed by James Carpenter Design Associates and interior architecture and design by Rogers Marvel Architects.

A spokesperson from Stribling said he could not disclose any information on the lucky buyer, who will benefit from the penthouse’s 18-foot ceilings, four-and-a-half bathrooms and three fireplaces throughout the unit.

The Skyloft Penthouse was developed by Stanley D. Scott of 145 Hudson Street Associates, and Stribling will also be marketing 12 additional lofts on floors seven through 10 in the building. 

Le Souk silenced
After countless noise complaints from residential neighbors and a long legal battle involving the State Liquor Authority, Le Souk, the club at 47 Avenue B at E. Fourth St., has gone mute since Feb. 12. According to a note posted on its door, the club shuttered for “emergency repairs,” despite operating without a liquor license for months leading up to the closure.

“This development is very good news for those of us who live in the immediate vicinity,” said Mark Hannay, one of the leaders of the E. Fourth St. Avenues A to B Block Association.

However, the disco nights have merely moved across the street to the basement of 50 Avenue B, where China 1 has expanded its themed nights from Fridays and Saturdays to include Thursdays and Sundays, Hannay said.

Le Souk first received its liquor license eight years ago and soon made weekends intolerable for neighbors. In April 2006, the S.L.A. fined the club $7,000 on 26 disciplinary charges, according to William Crowley, the agency’s spokesperson.

A year later, the club paid a $12,000 fine and accepted a 10-day liquor license suspension. Then, on March 20 of last year, the S.L.A. heard five more disciplinary charges and voted to cancel Le Souk’s liquor license. But the club operators went to State Supreme Court and won a stay of the cancellation, and the case moved on to the Appellate Division.

The stay expired on July 1, with the case still pending in the Appellate Division — so the club, in effect, was operating without a license until closing this month. A cancellation, as opposed to a license revocation, means that the operators could apply for a new liquor license for the premises. A revocation means there could be no liquor license for the location for two years.

(Albert Amateau)

Bedbug blight
The City Council held a joint public hearing this week to address concerns over the growing number of bedbug infestations, with three new bills currently proposed to stem the scourge citywide.

Led by Councilmember Gale Brewer, the measures’ primary sponsor, the Council’s Committees on Consumer Affairs, Sanitation and Health met Feb. 24 to discuss the city’s mechanisms for increasing public education, resources and consumer awareness in choosing informed exterminating services.   

The trio of bills recommend creating a “Bedbug Task Force”; prohibiting the sale of reconditioned mattress; creating a protocol for the proper disposal of infected mattresses, and requiring the Department of Health to establish a bedbug-technique training program for pest-control professionals and building owners.

Last year, Brewer worked with the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development to hold a series of bedbug public-education seminars in neighborhoods throughout the city. 

“It’s great that we’re not smoking as much, and great that we’re not eating trans fats,” Brewer said, “but we need to focus on bedbugs in the same aggressive manner.”

Infestations have been seen in all types of housing citywide, from upscale hotels to public housing, including recent reports of outbreaks inside the Penn South Co-op and the Fulton Houses public-housing complex, both in Chelsea.







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