Building Facade Collapse Closes Businesses at 95 Delancey (Updated)


Large chunks of cement from the front of 95 Delancey (between Ludlow and Orchard) came crashing down around 1 a.m. this morning.  Luckily, no injuries were reported but the Green Star Foods bodega, Lumber Liquidators and the DL night club have been closed and cordoned off with police tape, forcing pedestrians on their morning commute to walk in traffic on Delancey Street to get around the debris.


UPDATE 2:46 p.m. Additional reporting by Alex Gerald:

Andrew Rudansky, deputy press secretary for NYC Department of Buildings told us the incident happened around 1 a.m. and the DOB was called to the scene a short time later.

A representative from The DL nightclub says there was a jazz swing party going on when chunks of the facade fell, but the event was winding down and there were no party-goers outside.

Around 11 a.m., Atul Mehta, owner of Green Star Foods, was on a nearby bench with his family, waiting for the DOB to give the business the all clear.

Mehta says he’s thankful nobody was hurt by the falling concrete and hopes the grocery will be back in business by tonight.

The DOB issued a violation to the building owner for failure to maintain the property and posted a temporary vacate order for the first floor until the owner constructs a sidewalk shed to protect pedestrians. Until then, nobody is allowed into the three businesses affected: The DL restaurant and nightclub, Lumber Liquidators and Green Star Foods, a 24 hour deli grocery.

An NYPD officer at the scene said she also hopes for a speedy clean up. Pedestrians on Delancey will have to pass the building by walking into the street until the sidewalk shed is constructed and the debris are cleared.

Where chunks of concrete fell from the facade at 95 Delancey St. Photo: Alex Gerald

Photo: Alex Gerald


Photo: Alex Gerald

Damage to awnings and signage. Photo: Alex Gerald

Damage to awnings and signage. Photo: Alex Gerald

A building vacate order has been posted on a window of The DL. Photo: Alex Gerald.

A building vacate order has been posted on a window of The DL. Photo: Alex Gerald.

Update: Ludlow Manor Shuttered Indefinitely

The only lights on at Ludlow Manor, for now, are the reflections from across Delancey Street.

Following up on last week’s news that Ludlow Manor had its alcohol permit suspended, we checked in with the State Liquor Authority to see what’s next for Delancey Street’s new triplex mega-bar.

Here’s the upshot: the fledgling nightlife spot may reopen, but it’s unclear when.

After SLA authorities issued a stern summons to owner Tomasz Dyszkiewicz on Dec. 19 to appear before its board in January, Dyszkiewicz responded by pleading “conditional no contest” to the charges leveled against his business, and offered to pay a $10,000 fine, according to SLA documents obtained by The Lo-Down. The complaint included accusations that on at least two different occasions in November, police officers observed Ludlow Manor serving alcohol at bars on the second and third floors that were not licensed. (The club was licensed for a first-floor bar only.)

Ludlow Manor Preps Official Opening Next Weekend

Ludlow Manor, at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow.

The team behind Ludlow Manor, the three-story nightlife multi-plex on Delancey Street, is not letting its troubles with Community Board 3 stand in the way of a good time.  Last week, Page Six revealed that Luc Carl, Lady Gaga’s ex, is teaming up with the operators of “The Delancey,” to open this massive new venue.  Last month, CB3 prevailed upon the owners to withdraw their liquor license application until they could come up with a “better plan” for controlling late night crowds and noise.

As we noted in our story last week, there have already been some preview parties, including a big Halloween bash. Judging from twitter traffic over the weekend and blurry tumblr photos, Ludlow Manor unofficially opened Saturday night.  One guest tweeted, “soft opening of the Ludlow Manor was amazing. definitely what a three story playground should look like.”  Another blogged, “it’s such a dope space I had to share…6,000 sq ft of lounging…drinking…eating…and one of the best rooftops (I think) downtown.”

Details Emerge About Ludlow Manor, Triplex Bar on Delancey

Ludlow Manor, at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow, is scheduled to open later this month.

This morning, the NY Post reported that Ludlow Manor, the new outsized bar nearing completion at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow streets, has some celebrity cachet in backer Luc Carl, former manager of LES bar St. Jerome’s, and off-again, on-again playmate of local sweetheart Lady Gaga. From the Page Six story:

The hot spot will include a tapas restaurant, a rock club run by Carl and a revolving DJ roster at the rooftop bar, which will feature a retractable roof  and smoking area. “I want sexy people that care how their hair looks,” said Carl.

Friends of the metal rocker DJ, who plans to publish a book about losing weight while drinking heavily (“The Drunk Diet,” due out March 2012), got a private preview of his new 480-patron venue at a Halloween party Monday night. Judging from the Twitter chatter, it was quite the scene, with music by the Rivington Rebels.

News of Carl’s involvement was just the latest development in a busy run-up to opening day for the bar’s backers, who include Georgie Seville and the folks behind The Delancey, another rooftop bar just a few blocks east.

Morning Reads: Gaga’s Ex Helms 95 Delancey Mega-Bar, Bridge Patrols, Jeffrey Lewis’ New Work

  • Lady Gaga’s ex, Luc Carl, is behind the triplex nightclub, Ludlow Manor, set to open “later this month” at 95 Delancey St. (Later today, we’ll have more coverage of the bar’s liquor license efforts and other details.) (NYPost)
  • “Pedestrian safety managers” on the East River bridges have a really “stressful” job and say they see cyclists “kicking tourists.” (Gothamist)
  • A look at the new album from the LES’ “prolific anti-folk singer-songwriter,” Jeffrey Lewis. (NPR)
  • Carsten Holler’s show at the New Museum gets the green light from city inspectors. (WNYC)
  • Mast Books on Avenue A gets props from an NYC makeup artist. (Racked)

Good Morning!

More shoes bound for Delancey Street.

The heat wave intensifies today, with temperatures expected to flirt with three digits. There’s a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. The forecast for tomorrow drops the mercury slightly, to the high 80s.

Triplex Bar and Restaurant Headed for 95 Delancey

The new tenants have applied for permits to add a third story to the building at the southwest corner of Delancey and Ludlow Streets.

The NY Post brings word in a real estate wrap-up this morning that the folks behind The Delancey bar on Delancey at Clinton have signed a lease for a 9,000 square foot, three-story bar and restaurant a few blocks west, at 95 Delancey St. Here’s the Post:

The new corner triplex space will include a rooftop bar just like the one at The Delancey, which has regular barbecues and other events.

Julia Volpe of Stone Land Capital represented the tenants, while colleague Ben Landy handled negotiations on behalf of the building owner. The asking rent  for the retail space was $140 per foot, with the lease setting a record price for the south side of the street.