Little Peep Prep School (and Gallery) Opening at 168 Bowery

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 at 6:48 am by
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The Swedish Fish couldn’t survive polluted conditions at the confluence of Bowery and Kenmare, and are now swimming upstream to a different feeding ground in midtown. Principals behind the embattled endeavor, which drew plenty of community opposition these last few months, decided to quit 168 Bowery in June. Two bar concepts disposed of in a year.

Since then, however, a complete storefront metamorphosis has been underway. The Exclusive Lighting awning was torn from the facade, exposing the previous lighting tenant for a couple weeks in July. Ghost signage; and short-lived that was. The building now sports a completely revamped exterior with large windows and new marquee. All for the children.

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Yup. 168 Bowery was revitalized for use as an early childhood care center called Little Peep Prep. According to the bare-bones website, the facility offers a variety of “classes” including music, art, and science  (e.g. “Little Hipsters”) for ages eight months to three years. Doors open to the neighborhood today.

After hours, however, we are told the rear of the establishment acts as a gallery space. And for that component, it seems, a liquor license is currently being sought from Community Board 2. Could be a tough sell.

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