Soho House Offers Free Public Space in Ludlow Club

139 Ludlow Street, the possible future home of Soho House on the Lower East Side.

139 Ludlow Street, the possible future home of Soho House on the Lower East Side.

In it’s continuing quest to open a new location on the Lower East Side, Soho House is offering to establish a dedicated community space in its building at 139 Ludlow St.  Nick Jones, the global membership club’s CEO, detailed the proposal in two conversations with The Lo-Down this week.

Twice in the past few months, Soho House has briefly appeared and then withdrawn from Community Board 3’s liquor licensing docket, the company citing the need to build more neighborhood support for the new club in the former Nieberg Funeral Home building.  There have been a series of open houses there, including at least one this week attended by Jones, who founded the private club in London in 1995 for “those in film, media and creative industries.”  There are now locations in places like Berlin, Toronto, Los Angeles and in the Meatpacking District here in New York.

Clayton Patterson Explains His Support For Soho House

139 Ludlow Street, the possible future home of Soho House on the Lower East Side.

139 Ludlow Street, the possible future home of Soho House on the Lower East Side.

LES Dwellers, a neighborhood group, is stepping up its campaign against Soho House, which has been angling for a liquor license at 139 Ludlow St., the former Nieberg Funeral Home.  You can see their latest missive here (it touches on similar themes covered in an op/ed The Lo-Down published last week).  In a previous article, we mentioned that Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson had decided to support Soho House in its quest to open in this neighborhood.  Last night he sent us a more detailed explanation.  You can read it after the jump.

Soho House Delivers Letter to LES Residents, Schedules Open Houses

Soho House Letter by The Lo-Down

Here’s a certified letter from Soho House CEO Nick Jones to residents living near 139 Ludlow Street, which is destined to become the exclusive club’s second Manhattan location.   The letter was sent to fewer than 2,000 households within two blocks of the former funeral home, which is set to undergo a major renovation in the months ahead.

Soho House is scheduling open houses on several dates, beginning this weekend.  The club is expected to be on the April Community Board agenda.  This past month, Soho House briefly appeared on the liquor license docket but quickly withdrew the application due to scheduling conflicts and a desire to conduct more neighborhood outreach.  The company, owned by billionaire Ron Burkle, has hired high-profile lobbying firm Capalino and Company to help navigate the liquor application through the community board and the State Liquor Authority.

The LES Dwellers, the relatively new neighborhood group, is mobilizing to fight the proposal.   We expect to hear more from them in the next few days.