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Developer opening speakeasy in former Roosevelt Island church

The lights are coming back on at a spooky, nearly century-old Roosevelt Island church — not for prayer, but for partying. Hudson/Related, developer of the island’s nine-building Riverwalk apartment complex, has leased the former Dayspring Church and is turning it into a health-focused, “speakeasy-style bistro,” cocktail bar, alfresco beer garden and an event space for community and nonprofit use. Hudson/Related controls 90,000 square feet of retail space on the island, including the 5,400-square-foot stone-cottage church at 851 Main St. The church, which has been renamed The Sanctuary, has been dark since Dayspring was booted for nonpayment of rent last winter. It’s been leased to a team headed by the Glow Group, a collabor ...
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