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Hookah Bar-Replacing East Village Condos Will Look Like This

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Neighbors really weren't big fans of the hookah bar and restaurant that used to occupy a one-story building on East 1st Street, but will they like what's replacing it better? Work is already underway at the lot, located between First and Second avenues, and architects GF55 have sent along the first official rendering of the six-story condo building that will rise there (click for big!). As per GF55's description of building, which will house six apartments, each about 1,900 square feet: "The design envisions a façade with a contemporary industrial feel with large casement windows and metal details." The layouts will break down as follows: a duplex with a rear yard that spans the cellar and first floors; four full-floor units above with balconies in the back; and a penthouse duplex that has a rooftop terrace.

Each unit will have two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Both baths and powder room will be outfitted with waterworks fittings and accessories. The floor plan will have a high end kitchen open to the living and dining areas. Amenities include a workout room on the first floor and a shared rooftop with a barbecue. The site sits between a 10-unit condo building built in 2007 and a boiler and welding shop that has been there for over 50 years. Way to slip in that gentrification on the block has already arrived.

The developer, once Ekstein Development, is now MGM Property Group. Demolition of La Vie Lounge is complete, and excavation work has just begun. Next up, some nice construction noise for some beleaguered East Villagers.
· Work Starts on Hookah Bar-Replacing East Village Condos [Curbed]
· Condos May Dominate Site of Spurned East First Street Lounge [Curbed]
· All 64 East 61st Street coverage [Curbed]
—Rendering by Bridger Conway