The Shed—An Innovative New Building Along the Highline

Have you seen it yet? Opening in spring 2019 and currently under construction, The Shed, to be located next to 15 Hudson Yards, will be a multi-arts center designed for performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. The eight level 200,000 square foot base structure will be a center for artistic invention bringing together leading artists working in multiple art forms.
The most distinctive feature of this eight million pound building will be its outer shell that slides over the adjoining outdoor plaza with six feet wide wheels to provide a 120-foot-high, temperature-controlled hall. As the building expands and contracts, it can work in many configurations, allowing multiple events simultaneously including a theater for up to 1,250 guests. The shell rolled out for a test run this past May. The Shed is a registered nonprofit cultural organization. This will be quite a unique venue. More about it can be found at www.theshed.org . Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of The Shed team.

Zoning Restrictions – Beware

An article in the New York Times on August 24, 2017 bemoaned the high rents and vacant storefronts in SoHo. Retail rents soared between 2010 and 2014 by 90%, far above other areas of Manhattan. The area became a hub of large flagship stores, such as the 55,000 square foot Nike store on Broadway and Spring Street. Local residents, block associations, and even elected officials were not so happy about that, wanting instead to retain their vision of SoHo with low-scale buildings, artists’ lofts, and small independent retailers. Towards that end, there are special zoning restrictions in SoHo that limit the size of stores to no more than 10,000 square feet. There are also specific zoning restrictions in SoHo and other parts of the City that limit the size of eating and drinking establishments. The Zoning Resolution limits eating drinking establishments in M1-5A and M1-5B districts to 5,000 square feet. Other portions of the Resolution limit other areas to 3,500 square feet. Be aware of these restrictions if you are planning to open a restaurant or bar, and speak with a zoning expert.

If You Happen To Be in Seattle….

The Seattle Times described it as “a love affair” with French restaurant L’Oursin. L’Oursin, which means “sea urchin,” is owned by Chef JJ Proville and Zac Overman. It opened to rave reviews in Seattle’s Central District, Seattle Weekly naming it the best French restaurant in the city. Both Zac and JJ are New York transplants. Originally thinking they would open a restaurant in Brooklyn one day, instead they headed west and now the lucky folks in Seattle are reaping the benefit of their talents. If you are passing through Seattle, this is the place to go. All the best to our good friend, Chef Proville.

e’s Bar Named One of Top NYC Bars

e’s Bar at 511 Amsterdam Avenue, shuttered for months by a fire in its building, recently reopened and was just named by Eater as one of New York’s best theme bars. A self described “dive bar for grown-ups,” e’s Bar features trivia nights, craft beers, 150 board games, and music from the 70s and 80s. Not to mention the $5 Happy Hour burger. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the e’s Bar team.

London Based Burger & Lobster Opens Second Manhattan Restaurant

Burger & Lobster, the hugely popular London based restaurant chain, will open its second Manhattan restaurant today at One Bryant Park. The chain started in the Mayfair section of London in 2011. It opened its first New York restaurant at 39 W. 19th Street in 2015. A true surf and turf, simplicity is their key. Burger & Lobster features three dishes, lobsters, burgers, and lobster rolls, along with a salad and fries and a homemade dessert. With a full bar menu of course. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be a part of the Award winning Burger & Lobster team.

Restoration Hardware Gallery in Meatpacking Is Approved for a Liquor License

This past week the New York State Liquor Authority approved a beer and wine license for the new Restoration Hardware gallery at 9 Ninth Avenue, where the former Pastis was located. The 70,000 square foot decorating showroom and furniture gallery will have a full service restaurant on the fifth floor as well as an outdoor rooftop showroom. Founded in 1979, RH has design stores in the U.S. and Canada. The new Ninth Avenue gallery and restaurant is expected to open in November 2017. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be a part of the RH team.

Roxy Hotel named by Travel + Leisure one of Ten Best

Travel & Leisure just named the Roxy Hotel at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Church Street one of the “Top Fifteen City Hotels in the Continental United States.” (http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/city-hotels-in-us#intro) Originally opened as the Tribeca Grand to join its sister hotel The Soho Grand on West Broadway, the hotel was re-branded as the Roxy Hotel Tribeca in 2015. It evokes the 1920s movie theater and 90’s dance clubs and includes Paul’s Cocktail Lounge and Django jazz club. Good pick, Time + Leisure. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Roxy Hotel and Soho Grand Hotel team.

Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel Opens

Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be a part of the team opening the new Ian Schrager Public Hotel at 215 Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side.  Designed by Herzog & deMeuron, the hotel has 367  rooms and occupies most of the 28 story structure.  Jean-Georges Vongerichten will be running two restaurants in the hotel.  There will be three bars including outdoor space on the 16th and 17th floors, and a Public Arts multi-purpose space in two lower levels that has been dubbed Manhattan’s answer to BAM.

 

Soho House Brings Cecconi’s to DUMBO

New York’s first outpost of the international culinary hot spot Cecconi’s opened last week in DUMBO.  Opened by Soho House founder Nick Jones, Cecconi’s is located on the ground floor of the Empire Stores warehouse at 55 Water Street near Brooklyn Bridge Park.  The brand has restaurants in London since 1979, and subsequent locations in West Hollywood, Miami, Berlin and Barcelona.  The 250 seat restaurant also has outdoor seating.  Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Cecconi’s team.

TWA World Class Hotel at JFK

Martha Redo attended the groundbreaking ceremony of what will be the new TWA Hotel at JFK being developed by Bernstein Redo, P.C. client, MCR Development.  Former TWA employees, elected officials, and Governor Cuomo attended the ceremony.  The iconic 1962 landmarked terminal originally developed by Eero Saarinen will be restored to its Jet Age splendor, and will include 505 guest rooms, 50,000 square feet of conference, event and meeting space, and eight or more food and beverage outlets. Plans also include a 10,000 square foot observation deck, and an innovative museum showcasing New York as the birth of the Jet Age.  Construction is well under way on this project.