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July 7, 2020

New Outdoor Venue and Façade Improvement In NoMad

Outdoor venues in New York City have always been desirable. In the city’s new circumstances, that is certainly the case – now more than ever. All around the city, people are looking for opportunities to create more usable outdoor space. One such possibility is under consideration in NoMad.

New York YIMBY reports that a new rooftop venue in NoMad may soon get approval. The outdoor bar and lounge would be at 234 Fifth Avenue. Architects of record, NV/design.architecture, have already applied for permits. The space would span the length of the existing roof with over 2,400 square feet of open-air space. Details of the floor plans and renderings can be found in YIMBY’s article.

Part of the view from this proposed venue is the colorful mural, “The Gilded Lady” by Tristan Eaton, which is painted on the exterior of 236 Fifth Avenue. The Kaufman Organization’s 97-foot x 40-foot work is an homage to the Gilded Age, featuring the likeness of one of its most well-known personalities, Evelyn Nesbit (Read more about “The Gilded Lady” and Evelyn Nestbit here).

The views from any outdoor venue contribute to the excitement and dynamism of the experience. Viewing “The Gilded Lady” from this new rooftop bar and lounge at 234 Fifth Avenue – five stories above the street – will be something we’d raise a glass to anytime.

Meanwhile, the façade at 1177 Broadway may be getting a long overdue facelift. As reported by New York YIMBY, the aging façade may be demolished and reconstructed by Heitler Houstoun Architects. The proposed building front would be constructed of limestone with 8-foot tall windows framed by dark aluminum framing. Community Board Five has already recommended approval and plans are currently under review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

While no internal spaces are included in the plans, it is unclear if the proposed one-floor extension of the façade, which will partially enclose the existing roof, means the rooftop might become a usable outdoor terrace (currently the roof is unoccupied).

Whether or not this, too, will provide additional outdoor space in NoMad, it would be a welcome upgrade to the street level view as NoMad continues to evolve and meet the future.