Seven years after repairs first began on the Allen Street Mall, the stretch of open space between East Houston and Canal Streets, it looks like the slightly dilapidated bathhouse just north of Delancey Street may finally get spruced up. Bowery Boogie reports that the city will issue an RFP for the decades-old structure, in the hopes of finding a developer to turn it into a "food service facility."
The small brick building has a long history of providing, er, comfort (i.e., toilets) to New Yorkers. It was built in the 1930s, according to Bowery Boogie, and sat underneath the 2nd Avenue El line until that was torn down in the mid-20th-century. The structure itself is somewhat worse for wear these days, as a recent-ish tour from Bowery Boogie shows.
The RFP will be discussed at an upcoming Community Board 3 meeting, and we'll update as soon as the official request is released.
· City to Release RFP for Allen Street Mall Bathhouse Conversion [Bowery Boogie]