In the News: ARC still searching for a new home

The Times covers the Archive of Contemporary Music’s departure from White Street — and search for a new home.

“Nail guru” Jin Soon gets a shout out in Cosmo as one of the seven top nail salons in the city (her Walker Street location is her fourth outlet and opened here in 2016).

The Trib put together a cool slideshow of images of the neighborhood starting with the Lenape longhouses of the 1500s and ending with the playground at Washington Market Park, which opened in the early ’80s.

The Broadsheet reports that the owner of 315 Church, at the corner of Lispenard, a building built in 1867, destroyed the metal shutters on the landmarked building – and the city’s Landmarks Commission decided they can’t do anything about it.

Spring Natural, the health food restaurant in Soho that was cooking vegetarian well before it was cool, has closed after 47 years. (I saw the news first in Bowery Boogie.) The restaurant’s last location was actually at 98 Kenmare. In their final goodbye on Facebook, the team even thanked the folks who came in just to use the bathroom: “We have always been a family owned and operated Soho small business. The end of the road is never an easy time, but it has been a wondrous journey. Full of twists and turns, heartache and joy, ups and downs. We feel truly blessed to have been able to serve so many people, and the community as a whole, over so many years. We are truly thankful for everyone we have come into contact with – our employees, our customers, our suppliers, even those who just came in to use the bathrooms!”



  1. Landmarks does something reasonable, and people are up in arms. Wonderful.

    Here is what LPC issued with regards to the shutters:

    “With regard to this proposal, the Commission found that the fire shutters that were removed were located within a very narrow hemmed-in courtyard, and were not visible from any public [thoroughfares] or from other buildings or rear yards within the block; that the removal of fire shutters has allowed for the installation of necessary HVAC ducts required for fresh-air intake, in support of the adaptive reuse of the building for residential use; and that the absence of fire shutters at this specific location does not detract from the special architectural and historic character of the Tribeca East Historic District. Based on these findings, the Commission determined the work to be appropriate to the building and the historic district and voted to approve the application. Therefore, Warning Letter 20-0072 is hereby rescinded.

    “PLEASE NOTE: This permit is being issued in conjunction with Certificate of No Effect 20-05921 (LPC 2005921) for the installation of HVAC equipment at the rear facade and roof.”

  2. Excellent point by James. Thank you.