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Sleepy's Will Survive the Onslaught of Soho Love

In answer to last week's CurbedWire report of an assemblage of properties on "the west edge of Soho," the most important thing is that Sleepy's at 176 Sixth Avenue will remain. Preservationists rejoice! That big plastic sign shall be spared! But no such luck for three 19th Century brick walk-ups which lie just to the north of the mattress emporium. There are four lots in question--numbers 180, 182, 184 and 186 Sixth Avenue. All have been bought up by tower-loving developer Gary Barnett under the corporate name of SoHo Love, LLC. So how much love is Gary going to give?

The DOB shows an application from architectural firm Cetra / Ruddy, but so far there is little to be learned about what will rise within spitting distance of the pricey and popular Trump condo hotel going up one block to the west. This stretch of Sixth Avenue is zoned residential R7-2, like the other side of Sixth Avenue where 15-story buildings rise up on either side of little Vandam Street. Although it isn't clear what will go up here, DOB seems intent on giving Gary an okay for demolition. As if to celebrate, crews in uniform were busy all day Columbus Day, wrapping the site in plastic and tape. Most likely it's preparation for removal of dreaded asbestos. The love will come later.

The four lots that have been purchased.

Across Sixth Avenue, 15-story buildings rise along Vandam Street.

Ominous signs on the front doors of 184 and 186 Sixth Avenue.

The vacant lot at 184 Sixth is now a showering area for demo workers.

· CurbedWire: Soho Development Afoot [Curbed]
· Extell Plans Tower on Edge of Hudson Yards [Curbed]
· Trump Soho Press Conference Report: The Renderings! [Curbed]

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