In a Threatened Federal Row House on the Bowery, 2 New Businesses Take Hold

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 at 9:38 am by
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As the figurative wrecking ball smashes into three of the oldest buildings on the Bowery, two of its adjoining brethren remain stoic. Still standing tall are 134 And 136 Bowery, spared demolition for at least the time being. Two new commercial tenants recently signed loft leases in the property, signaling said reprieve.

First up is LOMEX, an art gallery founded by Alexander Shulan that now occupies the top floor of 134 Bowery. Unit 4S. There’s dual meaning here. LOMEX derived its name from the Robert Moses-proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway that never became a reality; and Eva Hess occupied the same room for her studio in the 1960s. Shulan inaugurated the space with its first show, “A Wasteland,” two weeks ago. According to Artnet, “There’s no painting in the show, which is one of its strengths, along with the fact that it draws from Shulan’s deep roster of collaborators and friends, many of whom have already had star turns elsewhere in the neighborhood.” It runs through January 17.

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Photo: LOMEX

Also occupying 134 Bowery is Clothing Arts LTD, an apparel company operating under the dogma of “urbanwear meets outerwear.” They create travel-conducive products like Pick-pocket proof pants, shirts, and shirts. The company opened its third-floor showroom at 134 Bowery last month.

As previously reported, the five-parcel assemblage of 134-142 Bowery was sold to Emmut Properties last month for $47 million. The three northerly properties are being razed – as we speak. The 44,000 square-foot replacement will be divvied up between commercial hotel (30,825 square-feet) and residential use (13,859). In plain English, that means 64 hotel rooms and 21 apartments. A retail tenant and rooftop “recreation area” are also included in the pending plans.

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