Progress Report: Expansions

Besides all the new businesses opening soonish and laterish, there are also four expansions in the works….

Original location:
111 Franklin (between W. Broadway and Church).
Expanding to:
105 Franklin.
What was there before:
What we know about it:
NYAA president David Kratz says that the school is taking the ground floor and the basement—somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 square feet—in 105 Franklin: “We’re gaining a new library, extra classroom space, more studio facilities for students—we’re going to be able to have almost 100 studios now. There will also be increased gallery space all along the street. When you walk by you’re going to be looking into two gallery spaces and see work hanging all the time.”
Opening date: When students return on September 7: “We have a very hard deadline,” says Kratz.

Original location: 134 Duane (between W. Broadway and Church).
Expanding to: 138 Duane.
What was there before: Secondhand Rose, a vintage wallpaper store.
What we know about it: “We’re expanding the lower school,” said the man I spoke with in June. “Lower grades?” I asked. “Well, it’s all preschool,” he explained. “It’s broken up into kids who are pottytrained and kids who aren’t.”
Opening date: All signs to the expansion opening by Sept. 7, when the school reopens for the fall.

Original location: 16 N. Moore (at Varick).
Expanding to: 18 N. Moore (which fronts Varick, between N. Moore and Franklin).
What was there before:
A grocery.
What we know about it:
In February, Walker’s went before the CB1 Tribeca committee meeting to secure a liquor license for the new space, which will add 34 seats—including a six-seat bar—and a brick oven for pizzas. It’ll all be called Walker’s.
Opening date:
In June, a Walker’s bartender said the annex would open by summer’s end. I just stopped by, however, and was told “soon” in a way that meant anything but.

Original location: 95 W. Broadway (between Reade and Chambers).
Expanding to: 107 W. Broadway (at Reade).
What was there before: MaryAnn’s Mexican restaurant.
What we know about it: Gerald Barad, an owner of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, emailed: “We will be starting construction within the next 60 days. Along with 25 new hotel rooms, we will be expanding the hotel lobby, adding a second elevator and developing a new upscale bar/restaurant at the corner of West Broadway and Reade Streets. We are presently talking to Jeffrey Chodorow, the developers of STK, and a number of other restaurateurs. We have not yet made a final decision.”
Opening date: According to Barad, they “anticipate completing the addition in 18 months.”


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