EAST VILLAGE — Plans for a new bakery at a Second Avenue corner that previously housed a violence-plagued nightclub have stalled for the time being, the building's owner said.
The two-story property at 85 Second Ave. at East Fifth Street — most recently home to much-maligned club Sin Sin — was slated to reopen as the European-style bakery Sweet Boutique, landlord Alex Shkolnik said in June.
The newly renovated property, whose former occupant shuttered last year after a fatal shooting just outside its doors, hit the market with an asking rent of $15,000 per month, EV Grieve reported.
But that plan was scrapped after Shkolnik told the real estate brokerage showing the space to stop shopping it around, the brokers explained.
The building owner would not say what the current plan is for the site, only that the bakery is off the table and he is considering other options. The property was also hit with a stop work order by the Department of Buildings earlier this month.
Shkolnik previously expressed his intention to secure a liquor license for the bakery and keep late hours but balked before a scheduled appearance in front of the local community board last month.
Neighbors had long complained about the situation created by Sin Sin, noting that incessant late-night noise and fights occurred regularly outside the former club.
Last August, 41-year-old Devin Thompson was fatally shot outside the nightspot near closing time, police said. The victim and suspects had all been inside Sin Sin before the shooting occurred, police added.
The incident sparked outrage in the neighborhood, with dozens of residents showing up at the local police precinct to demand more be done to prevent future violence at the address.