Thursday, February 12, 2015

What The Heck Is Going In Above Buschenschank On Court Street?

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I received the following email and photos taken in front of  Buschenschank, the pseudo-Tyrolian pub at 320 Smith Street from reader J. last night:

"I was walking by this corner at Buschenshank today and saw a few of these monster tubs being delivered upstairs. I had to stop just to figure out what it was!
They were enormous! About the equivalent of 4 regular bathtubs each and it looked like they all had tops/covers as well. There were 3 on the sidewalk that hadn't been brought up yet. What the heck is going in up there? It creeps me out a bit given the history of this owner."


The building housing Buschenschank has indeed had a troubling history. Besides the noise complaints against the bar itself, there is the matter with the establishment's illegal basement music venue. and the many violations issued by the NYC Buildings Department in regards to illegal work done on the upper two floors of the building.
And then, of course, much has been written about owner/restaurateur James McGown's questionable business practices, string of bankruptcy filings, and dilapidated buildings.

A quick check on the DoB site indicates that there are still several outstanding violations on 320 Court Street which include a violation to 'certify correction of Class 1 Violation'.

So, indeed, one has to wonder what is planned for the two upper floors.  Surely, those bathtubs are a bit too massive for regular apartments.




9 comments:

Louise said...

Group bathing lololol

Katia said...

Some other guesses on Pardon me For Asking's Facebook page are birthing tubs and floatation chambers.
If you haven't done so yet, thou might like to 'like' the Facebook page to see what your fellow neighbors are saying and thinking.

Anonymous said...

Those are definitely tubs for swinger's parties. I recognize them from my parent's house.

Katia said...

Too funny.

Anonymous said...

I hope they reinforce the floors - ever seen The Money Pit? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdYPxFMhEkE

Anonymous said...

Hot tubs or jacuzzis. I can't imagine that building can support the tonnage of gallons of water. What a sleeze ball.

Anonymous said...

What The Heck Is Going In Above Buschenschank On Court Street? Something illegal, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

I heard he's trying to open a bed and breakfast....

Anonymous said...

Bring back OTB