A tattered NoHo flea market might be about to bite the dust, due to a new condo plan at 688 Broadway. The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hear the BKSK Architects proposal for a 12-story building tomorrow. That new structure will be backed with a series of terraces rising over a voluminous rear yard facing onto Great Jones Alley, a remnant of old New York that winds it's way around some of the pricier places in town. The facade, set to rise above Broadway below East 4th Street, presents a series of terracotta fins fitted into an asymmetrical metal framework, all set out from big west-facing windows, echoing a design that worked well for BKSK at 25 Bond Street.
Inside 688 Broadway there will be 13 units, topped with a multi-terraced four-bedroom duplex penthouse. Down below on the second floor will be two units, one sporting a big terraced garden. That will overlook a totally remade Great Jones Alley, and the building there will be faced in terracotta and corten steel. Floors three through five will have two units per floor, and floors six to 10 will have full-floor three-bedroom units with spacious terraces above the alley enclosure.
The new building, faced in buff brick and terracotta, will wipe out a big batch of south-facing lot line windows at the Silk Building next door, which might be one reason that Alan Colmes and others have cashed out and moved on. But the redo of the dark old alley seems to have won over some other neighbors, who reportedly are on board with the plan to re-pave the narrow lane and add some atmospheric lighting. The whole thing is planned with protection in mind, namely a slick gate across the alley entrance on Great Jones, which might prove handy in keeping out sticky-fingered low-lifes.
· 25 Bond Street [BKSK Architects]
· Real Estate Sold [Curbed]
· Jewel Thieves Nabbed in NoHo [The Local East Village]
Pete Davies is a Curbed contributor and New York State-licensed real estate salesperson working with SCG-Retail, a retail brokerage specializing in securing leases in New York City for national and international retailers.