Restoration of Landmarked Ridley’s Building on Grand Street is (Partially) Complete

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 at 5:05 am by

Earlier this month, the iron cage of scaffolding came down from the city-landmarked Ridley & Sons department store building on Grand Street. The exposure reveals the completed rehab project that had been underway since August 2017.

New masonry, new windows, new residents for the city-certified landmark.

As reported, the owner of 315 Grand Street (aka 66 Allen) previously joined forces with Bromley Caldari Architects on an ambitious project to both construct a rooftop addition and restore the building (the pink half of Ridley’s is not theirs) to its original 1886 grandeur. The job entailed replacing cast iron, swapping out unoriginal aluminum windows, and removing fire escapes. The transformation is both cosmetic and bureaucratic, as a change to the zoning was needed for the proposed residential use on all five floors, plus the addition of a 750 square-foot penthouse and elevator (currently on hold).

A spokesperson person for Caldari Architects, meanwhile, confirmed in an email that restoration of 315 Grand is “98% complete,” but that that the penthouse addition is “on hold” for the time being.

Ridley & Sons, circa 1886

Recent Stories

Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Assembly Speaker from LES, Dies at 77

Sheldon Silver, the disgraced powerhouse of the New York State Assembly, and native Lower East Sider, whose career was toppled by a 2015 corruption conviction, died yesterday. He was 77. According to the New York Times, Silver, who maintained a residence at Hillman Houses, had been imprisoned at Devens Federal Medical Center in Ayer, Massachusetts. […]

Cops: Robbers Entered Juice Press through Rivington Hotel Basement

Brazen robbers used the basement of the Hotel on Rivington to hit the Juice Press location next door, cops said. Police sources say that bandits entered the Hotel on Rivington shortly before 6:00am the morning of January 19. Gaining access to the basement, the perps then used the passageway to sneak into the adjacent Juice […]

Neighbors Rally to Help Longtime Printing Shop on Essex Street

A local letterpress printing shop – the last of its kind on the Lower East Side (nay, the city) – is on hard times, but one neighbor is determined to help Y.H. Printing. Desmond Yeoh emigrated to the from Malaysia in 1989. He and his wife opened Y.H. Printing seven years later on Orchard Street […]

Seward Park Cheerleading Squad Raises $30K for Nationals Competion

When the Seward Park High School cheerleading squad qualified for the nationals back in December, the school made history. The Lower East Side institution is reportedly the second public high school in Manhattan to ever qualify for the grand stage. However, the obstacle in their midst was budgetary. No cash for uniforms, travel, and lodging […]

City Readies Demolition of Delancey Foot Bridge to East River Park

With each new day, the destruction of East River Park intensifies. Little is now recognizable as dozens of trees were excised and the historic amphitheater demolished. All as part of the billion-dollar coastal resiliency project. Now, time has come for the pedestrian bridge linking Delancey Street to the park, above the FDR Drive. The city […]