Sunshine Hotel on the Bowery is Downsizing for Commercial Loft Conversion

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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The Sunshine Hotel, one of the last operational flophouses on the Bowery, is downsizing. The SRO, which straddles three contiguous buildings near Stanton Street, will lose a third of its footprint to office space.

Looks like Sunshine owner Roseann Carone finally got her wish to liquidate 241 Bowery. Six years ago the Department of Housing Preservation and Development ruled that Carone threatened and harrassed teneants to clear a path for condo development. For this, the city spared Sunshine for at least another three years.

Plans changed in the interim, though. The latest is a conversion of the upper two floors (combined 8,938 square-feet) of 241 Bowery to commercial loft usage. The construction permits were just filed with the DOB. At one time, the second and third floors boasted 34 and 52 beds respectively. But now the entire operation only counts roughly 40 active tenants in its ranks. Chez Jef/Bowery Diner operates on street level.

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“On the Bowery,” by Lionel Rogosin, circa 1957

Cost of the project is approximately $180,310, and Carone will need a new Certificate of Occupancy.

Mourning the allegedly imminent death of the Sunshine is nothing new, though. Ten years ago, there was talk of combining the last residents into 245 Bowery and developing the other two buildings. That didn’t happen, either. Yet with the thoroughfare now attracting million-dollar condos and its the businesses that feed off the frenzy, the end shouldn’t be too far in the future.

Just look to the facelift the Bowery buildings received last year as some additional proof.

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