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Artistic Tea Concept Finds Home in the East Village

A trio of New York artists will open VVN’s Tea at 194 First Ave. in the East Village, thanks to a five-year lease arranged by Eastern Consolidated’s James Famularo and Greg Goldberg on behalf of the space’s landlord. Every paper cup served at the shop will be an open canvas, printed with artwork by a local artist.

“VVN’s Tea is a unique concept created not only as a great tea-drinking experience, but also as an effective and fun way to share art and promote local artists,” Famularo said.

The Famularo team recently arranged a 1,200-square-foot lease at 192 First Ave. for Chelsea Thai, an eatery that operated a kiosk at Chelsea Market for 19 years. “The East Village and Lower East Side continue to be two of the most sought-after neighborhoods in New York City, and are continuing to attract an influx of new restaurants and retailers,” said Famularo.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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