There’s a lot of interesting information in this story by DNAinfo on the move of Ashtanga Yoga New York and the Broome St. Temple, but it is hard not to focus on this piece: another yoga studio is going to go into the space.
Sort of hard to believe, looking at it from afar, for a few reasons. The first is, as the story notes, there is a listing for the space as a condo. That seems like the obvious gentrification move. The second is: What yogi would be up to filling the shoes, so to speak, of Eddie Stern, his wife, Jocelyne — and the spirit of Pattabhi Jois?
So far we don’t know.
Here’s some of the other info from the piece; the “that” in the first quote refers to the news of the other yoga studio:
“I don’t know how we all feel about that,” Stern said. “I think it’s weird, but that’s how it goes.”
Their space also held a Hindu temple that Pattabhi Jois consecrated in 2001.
Stern added that he has always had a good relationship with his landlord, and that “the entire experience has been nothing but friendly and cordial.”
“The guy who bought the place was a very nice person,” he said. “[And] our old landlords were very nice people.”
Stern said his rent spiked from $6,500 to $12,500 last September, and for the past year and a half, he’s been paying $15,000 per month.
“New York City — and in particular SoHo — real estate prices have driven us out of the area,” Stern said.
Stern said he feels “OK” about the situation.
“We’ll find something else in Manhattan which is more affordable,” he said. “SoHo is not quite what it used to be — sort of like living in a mall. I think this will be a good change for us.”
As you’d expect, it sounds like Eddie is keeping a positive attitude and seeing this as a one door closes, another opens opportunity.
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