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    Be careful what you wish for.

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    Construction Watch: Grand Street Hotel Puts a T on Top

    November 11, 2009, by Pete


    Where the Par-T-ing will take place.


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    The Fortress of Plazatude, also known as BCRE's Grand Street Hotel down at the southern edge of Soho, has been growing for months. Now, with the addition of a big inverted high hat, it's crossed the T on top. This sky-high transfer beam, a little sister to the big mother down below, will support the shelter for a roof-top pleasure pen. At least that's what the folks at the hotel are hoping for. Some in the 'hood have different thoughts. The two sides have butted heads before, and a new battle could be brewing. BCRE is listed on the Community Board 2 November calendar regarding their liquor license, a necessary step before approaching the recently reprimanded SLA. But apparently the postpone-prone hoteliers have put off the pow-wow once again. C'mon, guys, let's get this party started!

    Grand Street Hotel coverage [Curbed]
    Neighbors Rally the Troops Against Grand Street Hotel [Eater]

    http://curbed.com/archives/2009/11/1...a_t_on_top.php

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    This piece of (fill in the blank) looks like a 1960's office building in White Plains or Stamford.

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    I drove by this on the 5th and had no idea what it was... not any more!


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    Cranes are down. Progress over the past couple of weeks ...























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    Mods: thread title change perhaps to include new name?


    Named James New York is Taking Shape in Soho

    January 19, 2010, by Pete


    Looking up at the James NY lobby from Sixth Avenue.






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    Following the announcement that the Moondance Hotel Grand Street Hotel at the edge of Soho has undergone another identity change—now it's the James New York—we decided to see how things are progressing down at the Fortress of Plazatude. Above the street the suspended Sky Lobby, nestled amidst the tree tops, looms large and is getting ready for glass (above). Imposing palisades in concrete continue to rise above the sidewalks, but the addition of circular cutouts make those barricades a bit less ominous. As for what will be hidden away behind the barricades, this is how the James gang describes it: "A lushly designed urban garden, a welcome respite for guests above the city's hustle and bustle." We don't now about you, but we've already been lulled into a Zen-line trance.

    The steel cage for the glass elevator that "transports guests from the ground floor entry to a private living room and business networking lounge" is in place. Way up high at the 17th floor the "halo" of the hoped-for rooftop play pen ("the hotel's sexiest and most covetable feature") is all framed out, awaiting "warm weather fun and relaxation" plus pool-side party goers—and the approval of city agencies. Yet to be seen are the actual 114 guestrooms, getting decked out in cool blues and earthy browns. As for the 1,300-square-foot penthouse, with river views termed "expansive" (and no doubt expensive), we'll just have to wait until the James opens its welcoming arms next summer.

    Grand Street Hotel James New York coverage [Curbed]
    James New York [jameshotel.com]

    http://curbed.com/archives/2010/01/1...pe_in_soho.php

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    Ugh.

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    One thing I don't understand; They've gone to all the trouble of using concrete forms that make an imprint of wood grain on the exterior, but the surface is rally nasty and full of bumps & voids plus there are lots of areas where the seams don't join smoothly. To get the effect that the architect no doubt hoped for they will have to hand work large expanses of the concrete surface.

    Tadao Ando would have chopped off some heads.

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    Those cutouts are crude.

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    03.17.2010


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    Don't forget their 12th Street dorm.

    I don't get what they were trying to do here.

    None of its cheap tricks serve a purpose, but using that raw concrete color makes me want to take it seriously.

    They should have just painted it red, at least it would've been taken as a fun, "look at me" joke like the Westin Times Square.

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    The lobby up high is due to zoning restrictions in this area (zoned as Manufacturing -- M1-5B) where such uses are not allowed at ground level. Go figure.

    The Soho Grand around the corner was not allowed to have the lobby at street level, so when one enters and wants to reach the lobby then a walk up the staircase or ride up the elevator to Floor 2 is required. Not sure what they call all that space inside the street level doors.

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