Retail Space Restored, Updated on Halsey on Landmark Block

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Another revamped retail space in a landmarked building in Stuy Heights is ready for a tenant. The second retail space at 616 Halsey Street, in the rear of the building at the corner of Malcolm X, had been closed up for decades.

Developer Weissman Equities opened it up again and renovated the interior and exterior, with Landmarks approval. The liquor store on the corner is staying, and the vintage-style exterior lights outside the apartment entrance are new.

A listing went up last week. So far, the firm has heard from a variety of food and beverage businesses, including two juice bars.

“We want a tenant that can anchor that corner and create a real neighborhood presence/engagement,” principal Seth Weissman told us in an email. “So we want someone who will be open a minimum of five days a week and generally interact with the neighborhood. Halsey has a wide sidewalk there so it could be a great place for sidewalk seating,” he added.

This is one of many large and landmarked 19th century mixed-use buildings in Stuy Heights that have recently been renovated, including long-empty retail spaces. Others include 300 Malcolm X Boulevard (home to Casablanca bar) down the street and 302 Stuyvesant a few blocks away, whose 19th century metal turret was recently stucco’d over.

A similar building nearby at 265 Malcolm X Boulevard was recently asking $3,500,000, although it appears to be just a shell.

616 Halsey Street Listing [RKF]
616 Halsey Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Weissman Equities

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Above, an architectural drawing of the new space, approved by Landmarks.

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Above, the building in 2014, before renovations.

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