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New Club for Cool Kids Coming to 14th Street

Plans have finally been revealed for the Andrew Norwood House?the landmarked 1847 rowhouse on 14th Street near Seventh Avenue that we covered long ago when it hit the market?and they're very interesting. The Observer's Max Abelson reports that developer Benjamin Shaoul, the Hammer of St. Marks, picked the place up for just over $8 million, which is a good little item on its own. But the story goes on. Shaoul is leasing out the five-floor townhouse to two dudes who plan to open a members-only “upscale private art and literature club for younger people” called the Citizens Arts Club, of which there is already one in London. And before the fantasies of Soho House debauchery flutter into your depraved brain, know that this one promises to be a much more staid affair?at first. Said CB4's Ed Kirkland: “Essentially, they see it as something of the Gramercy National Arts Club, but more up-to-date and with it.” Zzzzzzzz. We almost don't even care that we won't be invited.
· Chelsea Brain Trust? ‘With-It’ Anglophiles Redo Landmark Mansion on West 14th [NYO]
· On the Market: Andrew Norwood House [Curbed]