After 180 Years on the Block, 201 East Broadway is Eradicated for Modular Housing

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 at 5:18 am by


Bye Bye, 201 East Broadway.

There it sat, for nearly two centuries (b. 1837), eventually acting as headquarters for the United Hebrew Community. Now, the recent property sale has prompted demolition of the Greek Revival buildings, and subsequent plans for modular housing, the first of its kind on the Lower East Side.

Just like that, 180 years dismantled and tossed into the back of a truck. This is a sentiment often repeated across the Lower East Side, yet seemingly with more frequency these days. Indeed, just up the block, a two-century-old Federal row house was equally pulverized.

In the meantime, Boogie reader Mitch Weinstein sends along this photo showing an aerial view of the carnage. He notes, “ghosts being demolished at 201-203 East Broadway.”


As previously reported, owner-developer Daniel Wise (aka 201 EB Development III, LLC) purchased the side-by-side properties in 2015 for $8.5 million, and intends to combine the tax lots for the new mixed-use development. Plans were first submited to the Department of Buildings in September 2015, which call for seven stories stacked with ten modular apartments. Each pre-fab condo unit will carry approximately 1,487 square-feet, some with private terraces. The ground floor and basement spaces will offer 3,617 square-feet of commercial and 1,968 square-feet of medical office space respectively.

Think Architecture and Design is the architect of record on the new project.

201-203 East Broadway, September 2015

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from SiLive.com:
Schaffer’s Tavern: Historic Staten Island restaurant is closing

By Pamela Silvestri

on September 14, 2016 at 1:22 PM, updated September 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Rumors have been afloat for more than a year that Schaffer’s Tavern was sold. Well, turns out there’s truth behind the talk.

Pending regulatory and Buildings Department approvals, Victory State Bank is taking over a long-term lease of the historic space at 2055 Victory Blvd. in Meiers Corners.

Construction of a new building will begin in early 2017, according to Joe LiBassi, Victory’s founder and chairman. When that happens, proprietor Winky Schaffer and his family will retire from the restaurant business.

A final day of Schaffer’s Tavern service has not been announced.


Back in March, when rumors ran rampant of a bank taking over the spot, Schaffer shrugged off the chatter as he tended bar. He couldn’t complain about business and admitted it’s been a great stretch — 83 years in Meiers Corners — making the place the longest-running family-owned eatery on Staten Island.

Photos: A look at the enduring appeal of Staten Island's Schaffer's Tavern

Photos: A look at the enduring appeal of Staten Island’s Schaffer’s Tavern

Schaffer’s Tavern, the longest running family-owned restaurant in the borough, celebrates its 80th year

“Hello, my friend! How ya doin’?” said Winky back on that balmy spring day. He reached over to the side to shake hands with a patron, then took back to his spot behind the taps filling chilled mugs with beer.

There’s a lot of history within these knotted pine walls, many fond memories of families and neighborhood “good people” types, Schaffer has said.

And, the story of Schaffer’s goes like this: Winky’s grandfather, George, had a speakeasy, located at the top of Jewett Avenue at Victory Boulevard in the 1920s. (That’s where a Burger King is now.) When Prohibition ended, George opened Schaffer’s in its current building (2055 Victory Boulevard) purchased in 1933. The structure resembles a Bavarian tavern with its flower boxes and roof line.

Winky manages the restaurant with sons Chad and Troy. Some of the family members live in two apartments upstairs.

On Tuesday, waitress Mary Karpeles shuttled to tables Schaffer’s famed pastrami and separate platter of tender, brown sauce-topped fresh sliced ham served with string beans and mashed potatoes. She’s been a server at the restaurant for over 30 years and knows customers by name.

Other long-time employees are held in high esteem like the Schaffers’ late bartenders — Ed Cicci, Ed Lunny, Peter Barquin, Charles “Cookie” Farley, Ed Noonen — who are memorialized in the front room.


Detail inside the two-room tavern include ceramic tile floors and auburn woodwork, both original to Schaffer’s. Only the bar has changed: Seventeen years ago, a fire damaged a mantle that hung over the space and subsequently a carpenter named Joe Tuite built a new back-bar.

Other traditions in the place include small jars or bowls of hot red peppers and vinegar-pickled green tomatoes, potato pancakes and sauteed red cabbage.…

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From The New York Times:

Tammany Hall’s Auditorium, Where Politics Once Took Center Stage, Will Be Demolished

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*Note: The particular house mentioned in the article that follows is not an officially-designated NYC landmark, but two of the neighboring houses are, and it is of similar age, 100+ years old.*

From SiLive.com:

Demolition of historic Stapleton home in progress

by Virginia N. Sherry
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Demolition is in progress at 360 Van Duzer St. in Stapleton, and the owner is not saying what will replace this historic one-family home.

The house sits on a large lot measuring 65 feet wide by 201 feet deep, according to city Department of Finance records.

The Department of Buildings work permit for the demolition was issued on March 2, 2016, noting it is for “full demolition” of the 2-story home, using both hand tools and mechanical equipment.

NWS TEARDOWNThis well-maintained historic home is next door to the home being demolished at 360 Van Duzer Street (left). Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (Staten Island Advance/Virginia N. Sherry)

It is flanked on one side by an official New York City landmark, a modified Greek Revival house dating back to the 1830s, and a beautifully restored historic home sits on the other side.

On Tuesday morning, a worker was on the roof, chipping away at the chimney.

“This is another great loss for the borough’s architectural history,” commented Barnett Shepherd, executive director of the nonprofit Preservation League of Staten Island, on Tuesday.

“The demolition will leave another gap on the historic landscape of Van Duzer Street.”

“Demolition of this once-beautiful Italianate residence will leave another gap on the historic landscape of Van Duzer Street,” he added.

“It’s a gradual destruction of the historic neighborhood,” said homeowner Deborah Davis, a Stapleton resident since 1990. “The more this happens, the less people will want to buy an older home.”


Department of Buildings records list Joseph Husic as the owner of 360 Van Duzer St., doing business as Husic Inc., with an address at 175 Zoe St. on Staten Island.

Reached by telephone on Tuesday morning and asked about his plans for the property, Husic told a reporter that he could not comment or disclose anything “right now,” noting that he is not the developer.

Explaining that the purpose of the phone call was to give him an opportunity to comment in this story, Husic replied: “Write whatever you want,” and then hung up.…

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Bye-Bye Bowery: Three of the Oldest Historic Buildings on Bowery Due for Demolition

from Spoiled NYC

In the never ending story of historical buildings in New York City being demolished to pave the way for more of the same crap we already have too much of, three buildings on Bowery were prepared for demolition yesterday, one of which dates back to the 1700s.

It’s not a surprise to people who keep their finger on the pulse of NYC building developments, as the demolition permits were filed last May and sale of the properties has been mentioned here and there.

In the last year, these three properties have been sold twice making the first buyer a cool $2 million profit by flipping them to Emmut Properties for $47 million last month.

With cash like that at play, there’s little anyone can do to breakwater the change of tides.

Emmut Properties’ plans for the space are fundamentally self-defeating. They’re planning a hotel and condo development for the 44,000 square foot replacement.

Said replacement will be divided between 30,825 square feet of commercial hotel space and 13,859 square feet of residential space. Basically, they’ll end up with 64 hotel rooms and 21 apartments.

With more Manhattan apartment vacancies now than in ever in the last decade almost, nobody needs these units.

And any new hotel going up on Bowery is clearly aimed at grabbing money from tourists who want to experience the Lower East Side “vibe.”

This is an ill-conceived plan because one way the “vibe” is being destroyed is by knocking down historical buildings to build hotels for people to stay in… theoretically to look at historical buildings in the neighborhood.

But the catch is people staying in the hotel might not know what’s up. They’re likely to ask someone on the street, “Hey where can I find a historical building or some cool architecture?”

And the New Yorker is likely to respond, “Once upon a time, your hotel was a two hundred year-old butcher shop building, but the owners removed the historic structural characteristics so they could legally demolish the building and put in 64 hotel rooms for people like you to come here and ask me these questions.”…

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from untapped cities.com: http://untappedcities.com/2015/04/15/vitagraph-studios-an-early-pioneer-of-the-film-industry-is-being-demolished-in-midwood-brooklyn/

Vitagraph Studios, Pioneer of Film, Being Demolished in Midlands, Brooklyn

04/15/2015 at 11:00 am

Posted In Architecture, New York

by ellen levitt

VItagraph Smokestack-Demolition-Save the Smokestack-Vitagraph Studios-Midwood-Brooklyn-NYC-2Gutted interior of the Vitagraph studio in Midwood, Brooklyn. Photo by Dave Miller and Mike Wright via Save the Vitagraph Smokestack

Yet another piece of cultural history is being demolished in New York City. The old Vitagraph studio of Midwood, in south-central Brooklyn, which then became an NBC studio, is being ripped up as we speak. This studio was built by J. Stuart Blackton, a former partner of Thomas Edison, in 1906 and was once the largest producer of motion pictures in the United States. It was later sold to Warner Brothers in 1925. The facility housed two sound stages, as well as a pool.

Among the acclaimed works filmed here were “Peter Pan” (with Mary Martin) and the musical show “Sing Along With Mitch,” starring Mitch Miller. It’s been said that Leon Trotsky and Rudolph Valentino been worked there as extras before they became famous. Early recorded sound to film experiments were worked on here as well, as the facility included a laboratory.

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The NBC studio next door, closer to Avenue M, was where soap operas were being filmed. “Another World” was the best known of these, and students from Edward R. Murrow High School and Shulamith School in the 1980s would lurk around the studio entrance, waiting to get actors’ autographs.

VItagraph Smokestack-Save the Smokestack-Vitagraph Studios-Midwood-Brooklyn-NYC-2Avenue M at East 17th St showing Vitagraph Smokestack in background when this area of Brooklyn was still akin to countryside, 1932

The hulking building is now being torn up, and the social service agency Ohel will be building a residence here. On April 13th, sawing was taking place inside and on April 14th, a big machine ripped at the guts and floor of the building. 

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The Avenue M building appears to be untouched by demolition, but film fans are worried about the fate of the legendary Vitagraph Smokestack, a tall structure of salmon-colored brick with the Vitagraph name displayed on it. Everyone can see it from the B and Q trains, just before the trains enter the Avenue M station. For the past few months it has been clad in scaffolding, and there are rumors about its survival.

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If you are in the Midwood area, come take a look and say farewell to some footnote movie history.

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