Monthly Archives: September 2014

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“Street art ‘godfather’ heralds dawn of new Bowery building”

Caspi Development has teamed up with street artist Shepard Fairey to outfit a 20,000 s/f mixed-use Bowery property with a bold new mural. 

The Purchase-NY developer said the artwork matches “a contemporary, turnkey workplace that inspires creativity, collaboration, and productivity.ˮ

Fairey is considered the godfather of the street art scene, and is best known for creating the famous Barack Obama “Hope” poster and ubiquitous “Obey” campaign featuring Andre the Giant.

Now, Fairey’s work will adorn the seven-story property at 161 Bowery, a building Caspi bought earlier this year with a bold plan create modern office space for tech tenants.

Now the structure has a rooftop lounge with summer kitchen and congregating area, along with beer on tap and kegerators, positioning it as an attractive full-floor loft space for burgeoning tech and creative companies.

Other amenities include a high-speed elevator, bicycle work stations and suspension chairs, and conference tables that double as ping pong tables.

Caspi Development signed with WiredNYC to make 161 Bowery one of the first boutique office buildings with redundant fiber services.

The building’s original roller gate – some nine-feet tall and decorated by English street artist Ben Eine – will hang in the lobby.

161 Bowery was designed by Andres Escobar, and Gallin Beeler Design Studio served as architects. Daniel Levine and David Falk of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank are handling leasing.

“We are delighted to be working with Shepard Fairey on this project,” said Joshua Caspi, principal of Caspi Development.  “We acquired 161 Bowery with the goal to develop inspirational office space for creative groups, and we feel Shepard’s message captures the essence of our concept.”

“There’s an exciting movement sweeping New York City centered on reinvigorating older buildings,” said Tim Shopa, project manager with Caspi Development.

“We wanted to create a lifestyle office space with all the bells-and-whistles – a place that appeals to millennials. 161 Bowery is perfect for growing companies that need space quickly and without a headache.”

The artwork – which features a phoenix and the phrase “We Own The Future” – was painted by hand by Fairey and his team, who used boom trucks and stencils over a five-day span in late August. The project was coordinated by the Little Italy Street Art Project (LISA).


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“New 8,500 Square Foot Asian Bar and Kitchen KYOZON to Open Downtown”

Restaurants Design Montreal

You read right. KYOZON (1458 Crescent St), a whopping 8,500-square foot day-to-night bar and kitchen, will be open to the public September 9th.

The highly anticipated space is situated in a historic landmark building of downtown Montreal, offering a young, vibrant and affordable destination that hosts a great bar with New-Asian cuisine and a mezzanine Kaiten belt.

What’s a Kaiten belt, you ask? It’s a vehicle serving fresh dishes on colour- coded plates ranging from $2 to $7. Something like a conveyor belt, but much, much cooler.

“The inexpensive, vibrant and casual Kaiten way of eating is ingrained in the Japanese culture. Aside from healthy and delicious food, it is the socially engaging dimension that is so compelling and draws in millions of people from across the world,” says KYOZON Co-owner Brian Bendix, who lived and operated restaurants and bars in Tokyo in the 1990s when the idea of Kyozon was first conceived.

Since the space is so large, it can play host to over 250 guests – perfect for that 30th birthday blowout, a wedding party or just a casual dinner… for you and your 250 pals. Or you can just come alone and enjoy the views.

“We are very excited to introduce such an unconventional bar and New-Asian kitchen to coexist in Montreal’s nightlife scene,” says Philip Chang, General Manager of KYOZON and Montreal-born, third-generation restaurateur.

KYOZON’s menu will be focused on creating New-Asian tapas, street food and sushi that highlight local and Asian-grown ingredients.

The bar will be managed by superstar and award-winning Lawrence Picard of Nectar Mixology, who will be creating and offering a nice mix of Asian-inspired cocktails and spirits such as Japanese whiskies, Asian beers and a selection of imported sakes.

Did we mention they also offer lunches during the day and DJs at night?

KYOZON will be open seven days a week from Sunday to Wednesday 11:30am – 1am and Thursday to Saturday from 11:30am – 3am. Lunch specials from $15 will be available from 11:30am to 2:30pm and the all-you-can-eat Kaiten at $17 will be available from 2:30pm to 5:30pm, as well as daily bar specials from 5pm to 8pm.

Info is still top secret, but visit them here anyway.