152 Ludlow Street

‘Kind Regards’ Launches in Cake Shop’s Old Spot this Weekend

Posted March 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

Cake Shop’s former owners are sending Kind Regards to Ludlow Street. After three months behind Fort Knox-like lock and key, the eleven-year-old music venue has been succeeded. Transformed into Kind Regards, an endeavor with no link to the past; a bi-level cocktail bar and lounge. Makes sense. When Cake Shop went bust in late-December, owner-brothers Nick […]

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Ludlow Street Sends ‘Kind Regards’ to Former Cake Shop Space

Last modified March 28, 2018 at 11:07 pm

The old Cake Shop space at 152 Ludlow Street has been locked up pretty tight post-closure. Layers of butcher paper in the windows shields any would-be snoops from spying the innards. Today, though, we can reveal the replacement. It’s a new cocktail bar called Kind Regards. When Cake Shop went bust in late-December, owner-brothers Nick […]

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Cake Shop is Officially Erased from Ludlow Street After 11 Years

Last modified March 28, 2018 at 10:38 pm

Cake Shop has gone dark. Lights out. Any evidence of its presence is now blocked by butcher paper in the windows. When the Living Room relocated to the pastures of Brooklyn three years ago (where it later died), we felt that at least Cake Shop still held the mantle of indie live music on Ludlow Street. […]

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It’s Curtains for Cake Shop; Last Live Show is on New Year’s Eve

Last modified December 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

After years of well-documented struggles, the current incarnation of Cake Shop – the venerable performance venue that entered the Ludlow Street music scene in 2005 – is ending. The refreshed exterior masonry and remodeled guts were apparently too little too late. According to an email blast from ownership, the bottom line just isn’t being met, […]

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Struggling Cake Shop Looks to Sell the Cafe, but Keep the Basement Live Venue

Posted July 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

Anytime Cake Shop is in the news these days, it’s usually negative – about their ongoing financial struggles or how investors are sought to keep things afloat. And this time is no exception. For one reason or another, the business model simply isn’t working. Now in its eleventh year, Cake Shop is looking to sell […]

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A Reinvigorated Cake Shop Tries for a Return to Its Roots

Last modified April 29, 2016 at 9:07 am

Cake Shop is boarded up. What appears catastrophic at first – yes, it looks closed – is little more than house cleaning. It’s not going anywhere. At least not yet. After several years of well-documented struggles and the crowdfunding campaigns to assist, the eleven-year-old Cake Shop on Ludlow Street is turning the page on its […]

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Under Scrutiny, Gotham Court is Replacing Its Problematic Roof Deck

Posted September 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

It would appear the Johnny-come-lately owners of Gotham Court – Hubb NYC – are finally addressing the behavior of its tenants. A neighbor recently had an exchange with management, who indicated that the rooftop of Gotham Court (Essex building) is now off limits to tenants. Sealed. When pushed about the rowdy residents, the spokesperson noted […]

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Gotham Court Terrace Party Sparks Fire on 2nd Floor, Management is Mum

Last modified August 17, 2015 at 7:57 am

From the files of Gotham Court (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex), we have more egregious evidence typifying the unchecked partying at the frat compound. First up, the photo below portrays a bro splayed across the parapet in reasonable danger of falling. Neighbors relayed the image as well as a reminder of how similar actions resulted in a […]

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Gotham Court on Ludlow Street is a Drunken Frat Compound that Must be Tamed

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Last month, we learned that the Gotham Court complex in Hell Square (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex) changed hands for the second time in as many years. Four Winds Real Estate flipped the pair of conjoined buildings for $29.1 million, pocketing $10 million in profits on their initial investment. Hubb NYC is the new owner of record. […]

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Four Winds Flips Gotham Court on Ludlow Street for $29.1M

Posted June 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

Real estate speculation shows little sign of slowing within the confines of Hell Square. But in particular, the residential complex of Gotham Court on Ludlow Street (and Essex). This property just changed hands (again) for the second time in as many years. Four Winds Real Estate, in partnership with Jonis Realty and investor Martin Newman, […]

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