Vets of Herald Square’s ‘The Liberty’ Seek Basement Bar at 188 Bowery

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 at 5:32 am by
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Decimation is currently underway on the ground level of 188 Bowery. Until earlier this spring, the large corner space had been home to the Double Win restaurant supply company. Since its departure, though, crews have completely gutted the joint down to a skeleton.

The job extends outward to the curb with a mess of traffic barriers in place; this is for “sidewalk vault repair,” according to the DOB.

The massive undertaking may eventually result in the addition of another neighborhood nightlife venture. One with a midtown pedigree in Aussie spot The Liberty. Edward Buckingham, Jeff Lam, and Mike Tzaneros collectively appeared before the SLA licensing committee of Community Board 2 last month to pitch their “Miss Yu” concept for 188 Bowery. The plan consists of a 199-seat basement bar … at least for the moment. They withdrew the application at the eleventh hour, but will return tonight.

As you can imagine, an outspoken choir of neighbors vehmently opposes the new venture. After all, this block is set to drastically change for the worse in the coming years, thanks to the CitizenM hotel and the ongoing issues with Finale across the way at 199 Bowery.

We’ll keep you apprised of details.

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