NYU Langone may occupy former Lord & Taylor store in Manhasset

NYU Langone may occupy former Lord & Taylor store in Manhasset
NYU Langone could be setting up operations at the former Lord & Taylor store in Manhasset, according to officials. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

NYU Langone could be shifting some of its operations to Manhasset, potentially occupying the space formerly home to Lord & Taylor on Northern Boulevard, according to officials.

“An application was submitted for the proposed conversion of an existing commercial retail building to an ambulatory care center with associated site improvements to be operated by told Blank Slate Media. “It has been reviewed, and an omission letter has been issued. A response to the omission letter was made, and a review will be forthcoming.”

Efforts to reach representatives from NYU Langone for comment on the matter were unavailing.

The Lord & Taylor stores in Manhasset and Garden City were two of the remaining 38 locations the retailer had kept open after its parent company, France-based Le Tote Inc., filed for bankruptcy in the Eastern District of Virginia’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond in August 2020.

Bankruptcy rumors had surrounded the 194-year-old company since it closed its 11-story flagship Manhattan store on Fifth Avenue in 2019. Following the closing of a number of locations after officially filing, Le Tote had reported that it was seeking a buyer for the remaining stores.

The two North Shore locations had previously undergone major renovation projects, first announced in 2016.

The Garden City location received an enhanced spa room and additions to its top-floor cafe, completed in 2016, and the Manhasset location received a 38,000-square-foot expansion and additional parking, opening the new developments in late 2018.

The three-story building, which closed its doors in 2020 along with all other Lord & Taylor stores across the country, was transformed into a SaksWorks space last year. SaksWorks is a membership-based company with high-end workspaces that can include restaurants, fitness classes, concierge services and more. 

Hudson’s Bay, a former parent company of Lord & Taylor, said it will turn some of the now-vacant stores into SaksWorks. The parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue, Hudson’s Bay announced the idea for SaksWorks in August 2021.

The individual membership costs are $49 for a day pass, $299 for a monthly membership, and $2,999 for an annual membership, officials said. A Hudson’s Bay spokesperson said in an email that the company was “exploring all opportunities for repurposing Lord and Taylor sites” throughout its portfolio.

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