‘Ludlow House’ Begins Work on Rooftop Extension at 139 Ludlow Street

Posted on: August 7th, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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Let’s return to 139 Ludlow Street where SoHo House, which purchased the building two years ago, is full throttle in converting the iconic Lower East Side building into its latest gated community. There are some additional visual updates in the seven months since our last update.

The constant drilling and jackhammering that defined wintertime – necessary for a purported new foundation – is a thing of the past. Death shroud of netting and scaffolding arrived last month, along with a much more serious plywood encasement. The project site itself is fairly impenetrable, except during select work hours when the garage door has been fully lifted. Here’s a snapshot of progress on the ground level of the new “Ludlow House.”

Meanwhile, lest we forget the so-called “rooftop conservatory” slated for 139 Ludlow. To that end, flatbed cranes have been spotted hoisting the necessary materials. Its mere presence caused a major bottleneck during peak rush. This contested vertical extension to 71 feet is the biggest alteration to the property in its history. It’s an addition that left local preservationists with an acrid taste in their collective mouths. Especially since landmark status for the former Nieberg Funeral Home was denied outright by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in February 2014.

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The future Ludlow House at 139 Ludlow St.

Even though Ludlow House is still years from completion, it remains a sore spot for the community. The LES Dwellers block association spearheaded the opposition to the new liquor license, and their campaign helped sway Community Board 3 to deny the liquor license in May 2013. In the end, the State Liquor Authority forced a stipulation onto their liquor license that restricts alcohol up there, and calls for a closing time of 6pm.

Full liquor license is still pending approval by the SLA, though.

For a more extensive history of 139 Ludlow Street, be sure to check out our previous post Big Burial Man.

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