A four-story townhouse at 1 White Street will soon become a luxury men's store, according to Tribeca Trib. The historic brick townhouse was built in 1807 and is probably best known as the Nutopian Embassy, when John Lennon and Yoko Ono used the house's address in their application to the UN for diplomatic immunity as ambassadors of the "conceptual country" of Nutopia, as part of the former Beatle's plan to escape deportation.
The house has been vacant since 2010 and was recently picked up by Alan Maleh, CEO of magazine and online retailer Man of the World. Although Maleh "refrains from calling his new place a store," it will, in fact, be a store. Working with architect David Mann, the 15'-wide, 207-year-old townhouse has been completely gutted, with different wares for sale on each floor. For example, the "kitchen" on the first floor will sell coffee and juice, while the "living room" on the second floor will carry home furnishings. The third floor will feature a two-chair barber shop and Maleh's "concierge service." The fourth floor will have a custom tailoring shop and a "salon."
However, Maleh's proposed exterior additions must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, since the building sits within the Tribeca East Historic District. Earlier this month, Community Board 1 opposed said changes.
Maleh expects to open next April.
· Historic Tribeca Townhouse Will Be Home to 4-Story Men's Store [Tribeca Trib]
· All 1 White Street coverage [Curbed]