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    Count me in ^^^

    Although you might want to double check to see if the "McSam Hotel Group" covers all the bases -- Mr. Chang seems to be a wizard at creating unending LLCs.

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    Don't forget to mention the Lam Group, too.

    No sense telling people to avoid McSams only to have them then choose John Lam's company, which is equally atrocious.

    You might also mention something about costs (something to the effect that better designs need not necessarily be much more expensive), since this is a very big reason for McSam's popularity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCDOC View Post
    I can't keep coming to this site everyday and look at these pictures and just sit by and not do anything. So I put together a letter that I think if there is enough support for on this site that I would like to send to each company listed on the chart on the preceding page that is working with the McSam Group.
    Bravo, NYCDOC! This is exactly what we in this community should be doing more of. Post email address to send letters to.

    Maybe Edward could add some kind of feature to the forum that would facilitate mass letter campaigns, so it would get easier for us to throw our weight around.

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    Below is how the hotel that Chang / Kaufman are putting up at 66 Charlton in Hudson Square (just west of Varick) will eventually look ...

    Despite how it is described by Kaufman (text below) the facade is actually being covered in black brick -- which does have a small amount of reflectivity -- but I wouldn't go so far as to call it "shimmering".

    The description from GAK's website:


    A shimmering black tower brings a cool presence to the industrial fringes of Soho, capped by an iconic metallic silver crown visible from all directions. The 160 rooms feature expansive windows and trendy furnishing and fixtures. The glass-roofed forecourt provides a unique urban refuge. Rare steel framed construction for this building type was crafted to minimize building weight, avoiding pile foundations, and to benefit from low-cost local labor to reduce construction costs.
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    ^ What goes on in that "crown"?



    Looks like a gadget.

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    Why does it have to DO anything when it's ...
    an iconic metallic silver crown visible from all directions


    Sufficient that it'll be iconic

    Not sure you can actually see it "from all directions" if you're at street level.

    But here's how it looks from Spring / Varick (where that Trump Condo-Thing is rising) ...

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    There's no stopping Mr. McSam ...

    Sam Chang Buys Whitehouse Hotel for $7.8 M.

    NY OBSERVER
    by Mark Wellborn
    July 10, 2007

    Can anyone in the New York City hotel business keep up with Sam Chang?
    On June 11, the prolific hotelier purchased the Whitehouse Hotel at 338 Bowery for $7.8 million, according to city records.

    However, unlike a number of properties that Mr. Chang has purchased, he has no immediate plans to change anything about the hotel.

    “At this time, I have no plans to develop anything on the property,” Mr. Chang told The Observer. “I think that eventually we will build something, but as for now, nothing will change.”

    Mr. Chang is building hotels in the city at a blistering pace. He currently has 4,000 rooms and 20 hotels under construction in the city, according to The New York Post. On one block of 39th Street alone, he is building six new hotels that will range in height from 20 to 40 stories.

    While Mr. Chang noted that there were no immediate plans for 338 Bowery, the location of the buy certainly raises eyebrows.

    The three-story Whitehouse Hotel, known for its $30 room rates and international back-packing clientele, sits directly across the street from the recently opened Bowery Hotel.

    Built by Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson of Maritime Hotel fame, the Bowery Hotel opened in February 2007 and made headlines largely because it was the first luxury hotel to open on the Bowery.

    So, when Mr. Chang does decide to develop, will it be a trendy new tower to compete with its neighbor, or will the hotel mogul keep the Whitehouse Hotel prices and just give it a quick facelift?

    Stay tuned.

    Copyright © 2007 The New York Observer

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    Sam Chang Buys Whitehouse Hotel for $7.8 M.

    by Mark Wellborn Published: July 10, 2007

    Can anyone in the New York City hotel business keep up with Sam Chang?

    On June 11, the prolific hotelier purchased the Whitehouse Hotel at 338 Bowery for $7.8 million, according to city records.

    However, unlike a number of properties that Mr. Chang has purchased, he has no immediate plans to change anything about the hotel.

    “At this time, I have no plans to develop anything on the property,” Mr. Chang told The Observer. “I think that eventually we will build something, but as for now, nothing will change.”

    Mr. Chang is building hotels in the city at a blistering pace. He currently has 4,000 rooms and 20 hotels under construction in the city, according to The New York Post. On one block of 39th Street alone, he is building six new hotels that will range in height from 20 to 40 stories.

    While Mr. Chang noted that there were no immediate plans for 338 Bowery, the location of the buy certainly raises eyebrows.

    The three-story Whitehouse Hotel, known for its $30 room rates and international back-packing clientele, sits directly across the street from the recently opened Bowery Hotel.

    Built by Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson of Maritime Hotel fame, the Bowery Hotel opened in February 2007 and made headlines largely because it was the first luxury hotel to open on the Bowery.

    So, when Mr. Chang does decide to develop, will it be a trendy new tower to compete with its neighbor, or will the hotel mogul keep the Whitehouse Hotel prices and just give it a quick facelift?

    Stay tuned.
    http://www.observer.com/2007/sam-cha...itehouse-hotel

    Copyright © 2007 The New York Observer. All rights reserved.

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    Default More McMisery

    http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/07/11/downtown_towerwatch_mr_gehry_meet_mr_mcsam.php#mor e

    Downtown TowerWatch: Mr. Gehry, Meet Mr. McSam

    Wednesday, July 11, 2007, by ROK88

    We've been waiting forever for the latest renderings of the Frank Gehry/Bruce Ratner mega-super-duper-deluxe residential tower set to rise down on Beekman and William Streets near City Hall. Now comes word that hotelier extraordinaire Sam Chang of the McSam Hotel Group has enlisted his buddy, Architect Gene Kaufman, to design what is being touted as a 4-Star hotel with OUTSIDE ELEVATORS. It will rise on what is now a nasty parking lot at 33 Beekman Street, just to the south of where Gehry's gang has been driving piles for months now.


    While Mr. Gehry's 76-story tower teases us with undulous wonderment, Mr. Chang, according to Mr. Kaufman's website, has responded with something entirely different. Which is not exactly surprising given Mr. Chang's particular design sensibilities and Mr. Kaufman's various buildings around town.. This latest McSam is set to rise 26-stories. And as one can see it's RED. And YELLOW. And has a white-striped-ziggy-zaggy thing up the front. Very POP. Very PEZ. Quite the vision for residents of Gehry's super-luxe condos going up across the street. Kaufman's excuse for this new vision seems to be "a complicated legal interrelationship with the adjacent loft building involving air rights and multiple easements." One might wonder if something else altogether is going on here.

    {The site for the planned 26-story McSam Hotel, across from Gehry's tower}

    [Core tests were taken at 33 Beekman this past March]

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    Default So funny, it's sad.

    We can thank our Mayor for allowing this kind of thing to happen.

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    This one is even sporting the McSam / McDonalds colors!!

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    Has anyone ever been arrested for Architectural Extortion?

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    You can laugh all you want, but Chang is doing more for the city than just about anyone. Thousands of hotel rooms will deliver huge tourist and business revenue to the city and its businesses and dozens of crappy parking lots will be removed.

    I support Chang 1000% and only hope he can continue his aggressive expansion.

    As for the colors at 33 Beekman, it's obviously a bad rendering. It's pretty obvious the final design won't look anything like that.

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    If you look a Kaufman's website you'll see that the renderings of his buildings whcih have been built look almost exactly like the buildnigs once completed.

    There is no reason that what is good for business has to be so butt fugly -- which is true in almost every case of the Chang / Kaufman partnership.

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    Who's laughing?

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