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Action Near Astor: As Building Goes Up, Another Business Bites the Dust - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Action Near Astor: As Building Goes Up, Another Business Bites the Dust


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IMG_0080Melvin Felix New signage at the site of 51 Astor Place.

A little over two weeks ago The Local gave an overhaul update on the many changes underway at Astor Place and Cooper Square. It’s already time to check in again.

Norman's Sound & Vision closedMelvin Felix Another record store has shuttered.

A spokesman for Edward J. Minskoff Equities, the developer of 51 Astor Place, said that an announcement regarding tenants in the 12-story office building will be made within the next 45 days. The spokesman also confirmed that “a significant portion” of companies considering moving into the building are in the technology industry, as has been previously reported. The black glass tower is expected to open in spring of next year, as new signage at the construction site indicates.

Preschool of the Arts in Cooper UnionMelvin Felix New play equipment means that Preschool of the Arts is expanding.

Meanwhile, around the corner at 67 Cooper Square, Norman’s Sound & Vision has closed as expected. The new location on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg has been open since late April.

And lastly, play equipment in Cooper Union’s new academic building signals that the Preschool of the Arts is expanding into the space formerly occupied by an art gallery. A spokeswoman for Cooper Union confirmed the move.