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    With subtle changes, Cosmo Hotel wins over Landmarks Commission

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission had strong criticisms for the
    original proposal for the expansion of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, left,
    but commissioners approved the plan last week after architects made a few changes, right,
    including extending the bricks to the top and adding more pronounced columns.

    By Julie Shapiro


    New designs for the Cosmopolitan Hotel expansion won landmarks approval last week, paving the way for a new building in the Tribeca South Historic District.

    The city Landmarks Preservation Commission disliked the first designs they saw for the project in June, calling the proposal “bland” and “generic.” But commissioners liked the new plans they saw Sept. 15, which are very similar to the original designs but have additional historic details.

    “This has come a long way in the right way,” chairperson Bob Tierney said at the hearing. “I find every aspect of it appropriate.”

    The owners of the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel at Chambers St. and W. Broadway plan to refurbish the exterior and build a six-story brick addition on an adjacent lot, demolishing the short stucco building that sits there now. Originally, architect Matthew Gottsegen wanted to connect the new building and the existing hotel by including similar modern features on both. But based on the commissioners’ feedback, he decided to restore historic elements to the original Cosmopolitan building, making the old more distinct from the new.

    “This is a greatly improved project,” landmarks commissioner Margery Perlmutter said upon seeing the new designs. “Now the two buildings speak to each other without blending into each other.”

    Gottsegen also made changes to the new building’s design, including the addition of more pronounced columns to the glassy ground floor and the expansion of bricks onto the top floor.

    Work could begin as soon as this spring on the Cosmopolitan and the new building, which will add 25 rooms and a roof deck to the 125-room budget hotel, Gottsegen said. Gerald Barad, who owns the building with Jay Wartski, said earlier this year that they had full financing in place. The owners did not comment this week.

    The Cosmopolitan has been a neighborhood fixture since it opened in 1844 as the Girard House. Over the course of many expansions and design changes, the hotel took on different names, including the Cosmopolitan and later the Bond Hotel. When the current owners took over in the 1980s, they did major renovations and resurrected the Cosmopolitan name. The hotel is now known for its no-frills rooms starting at less than $200 a night.

    Before construction of the hotel’s addition can begin, the owners have to demolish the existing two-story yellow stucco building at Reade St. and W. Broadway, which houses Mary Ann’s Mexican restaurant. The building has little historic fabric, so the L.P.C. did not object to replacing it. Mary Ann’s, a small chain that started in Chelsea, is now on a month-to-month lease. The restaurant owners did not respond to a request for comment.

    At first glance, the new designs the L.P.C. approved last week look similar to the ones that drew censure just a few months ago. The new six-story building is still a red-orange brick structure with a glassy storefront and a different window pattern on the top floor.

    The differences are in the details. Commissioners initially complained that the new building looked like it was floating above an unsupported ground floor, so Gottsegen added columns of dark painted steel to give the base more weight. The commissioners also disliked the original plan for the top floor, which was supposed to reflect the idea of an attic with alternating bands of windows and aluminum. Gottsegen took their recommendation and extended the brick up to the top floor, which makes the building look more cohesive.

    On the existing Cosmopolitan building, Gottsegen looked to the past for inspiration and decided to remove the green awnings that now wrap the ground floor of the building. The new designs restore a metal cornice over the ground floor and add cast-stone cladding around the openings, along with a wood-panel bulkhead. Signs for the stores will be painted onto the windows.

    “We took our cues from the original design, to create a design that’s in the spirit of the historic district,” Gottsegen said. “I think it works very well.”

    One of the biggest changes he made was to the design for the new hotel entrance on W. Broadway, which Community Board 1 members said looked far too utilitarian, like an entrance to a hospital. Now, the entrance includes a marquee similar to the one that was on Chambers St. in the 1930s, and Gottsegen will use stone to frame the entrance rather than the more modern metal panels he originally contemplated.

    The new W. Broadway entrance will displace the Cosmopolitan Cafe, which opened in 2007 and has quickly become a hangout for both Tribecans and hotel guests. Craig Bero, who owns the cafe, said Wartski reassured him that the cafe would be relocated within the Cosmopolitan building, but Bero has not gotten any details or a timeline.

    The recent changes to the Cosmopolitan’s design won the informal approval of the Historic Districts Council, which opposed the original application.
    “For a new building in a historic district they’ve done a pretty nice job,” Nadezhda Williams, preservation associate at H.D.C., said in an e-mail.

    “They made some subtle, but important changes from their initial application,” she added, listing stone lintels and the expansion of brick up to the top floor of the addition.

    However, Roger Byrom, chairperson of C.B. 1’s Landmarks Committee, said his concerns about the design remained. In May, the community board recommended that the L.P.C. reject the changes to the hotel and the addition, calling the new building “blandly contextual.” Byrom’s committee requested that the owners return to the community board with suggested changes, but the owners decided to go directly to the city L.P.C., which has the final say.

    Bruce Ehrmann, co-chairperson of the C.B. 1 committee, said in an e-mail that the new design was not much better.

    “It’s gone from being dreadful to being a bore,” he said.

    http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_335/withsubtle.html
    Still vacant with no work going on. This recession needs to end--I'm getting bored.


    Streets are a bigger mess than usual b/c its early Sunday morning.

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    Couldn't find a thread on this. Though I believe something about this must be around somewhere. The hotel planned at 87 Chambers wanted to save the facades of the 1850's buildings but in the demolition process the buildings collapsed.


    Chambers Street Hotel
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK

    http://oda-architecture.com

    The landmarked site in Tribeca provides a unique setting for this boutique hotel situated behind the original 1850 Italian-style loft building marble façade. The new construction building will weave into the original structure through a series on balconies and stepped terraces that extend to the street.

    Renderings attached below:



    Instead, they're building on the site of the one-story taxpayer:





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    These one or two blocks across from City Hall and many city agencies are a microcosm of many of the problems affecting our cityscape. Many of the m & p stores along Chambers are going out of business and being replaced by chain stores - or just sitting vacant. The DOB building sits atop a Duane Reade and a Modell's. Almost the entire frontage of Broadway across from City Hall Park is occupied by bank branches.

    The streets are a mess. Every other building is covered by scaffolding though no work ever seems to be going on, including the DOB's own building.
    Directly across the street from the DOB's building, a landmarked cast-iron building almost collapsed and a few lots down Chambers, two 1850's buildings collapsed. This happening on a block that is almost entirely landmarked. The one lot that for some reason wasn't landmarked, 279 Broadway, a glass piece of garbage is rising.

    Foley Square has more barricades than Fort Apache.
    All we need is a McSam.

    Can the mayor, DOT, LPC, DOB, City Planning not see this and realize there's a problem?

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    The City has just begun a 3 year project to rebuild the infrastructure beneath Chambers Street.

    Downtown’s next ground zero of construction: Chambers St.

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    The project at W Broadway and N. Moore.












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    Great photos. Tribeca is magnificent.

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    135 West Broadway




    A remarkable survivor.

    The building previously housed a Vietnamese restaurant, and reopened last year as the appropriately named Tiny's & the Bar Upstairs. Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who shut out the Devils again today, is a co-owner. It's hardly ever been vacant, with a variety of tenants. I used to get papers there.

    The NYC map lists the build date as about c1920, but that's just taken from the earliest DOB occupancy certificate; actually it's the oldest building in the Tribeca South Historic District, and the only one from the Federal Era.

    This area of West Broadway (originally Chapel St) was open land until after the Revolutionary War. South of a boundary that ran between Duane and Reade Sts was the large tract that was originally held by the Dutch West India Company, and deeded by Queen Anne in 1705 to Trinity Church. To the north was the farm of Anthony Rutgers.

    Both these tracts were surveyed and mapped into lots and streets in the early 1760s, but construction didn't begin until the late 1780s. The brick houses were generally ground floor workshops, with living quarters above, of which 135 West Broadway was typical.

    It was built c1810 as 73 Chapel St along with three others. It originally had a peaked roof with dormers that was removed in the 1850s, and clapboard sidewalls.

    It survived the widening of Chapel St in the 1840s, and the Hudson River Railroad Depot at Chambers St in the 1850s.

    The building to the right was constructed c1858; the rest of the block late 19th century.

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    Tribeca in the 1980s





    A couple of months ago, I asked readers for old photos of Tribeca—and several of you responded. I’ve been meaning to ask again before posting them—and I promise I will follow up on that—but then I saw on Twitter that Yvonne Babineaux had uploaded a batch of vintage Tribeca photos on Flickr. “The pics are from between 1983 and 1990,” she emailed after I begged for her permission to run them here. “Most were probably taken in 1988, because some of them have a stamp on the back from the developer. They’re no later than 1991, because I moved away then.”

    http://tribecacitizen.com/2012/10/25...-in-the-1980s/

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