The Real Deal New York

Beaux-Arts bathroom to reopen as restaurant

The freestanding building on Allen Street was abandoned more than 60 years ago
The building  in the center of Allen Street and Delancey

The building in the center of Allen Street and Delancey

After being abandoned for more than 60 years, a Beaux-Arts building on Allen Street will see new life as a retail dining space.

The small building, sandwiched between lanes of traffic at Delancey Street, was a former bathroom serving elevated train passengers. Now, the city’s Parks Department has outlined plans to reactivate the structure, according to the Lo-Down. The city is preparing to issue a Request for Proposals for a food concession inside the building at the end of March.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. has allocated $1 million to renovate the building and the city added another $1 million for the project, according to the Lo-Down.

However, Parks Department officials said they are seeking a food service contractor that will pay for renovations themselves. The Parks Department hopes to use the $2 million to renovate the the area around the structure. [Lo-Down] –Christopher Cameron