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    Thanks.
    Nice to know our overly-complicated zoning guidelines are working for us.

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    Perkins Eastman have produced two pieces of .... recently.

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    I kinda like it. High quality glass, interesting concrete texture, neat shape. If they finish the base well, it could be good.

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    It suggests sophisticated architecture.

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    Suggested sophisticated architecture: another gift of zoning.

    Is that like "serving suggestion" ?

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    Last Week...



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    A number of the circular cut-outs in the wall / concrete-formed base have had shiny metal louvered inserts installed -- so much for the futuristic bubbles as shown in some renders.

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    Eyesore. Needs to be imploded.

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    Quite brutal.


    The James New York, Elevated and Almost Reserved


    June 28, 2010, by Pete








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    Down in the bowels of Soho at the Fortress of Plazatude James New York, the stilted hotel towering over Grand and Canal Streets, opening day is on the horizon. The James website announces that it will "open summer 2010 with 114 guestrooms and suites bathed in natural light and unobstructed views of Manhattan." The earliest we could pretend to reserve a room was September 1st and, if we were serious about it, we'd have nabbed a Queen Guestroom for $399, or maybe a bigger King for $429. Outside, a new glass elevator has been bolted to the exposed concrete base, offering future guests a "look at me" ride to the all-glass Sky Lobby floating up above and other assorted delights.

    One of those is a "stunning rooftop pool deck and bar, complete with 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline." Last week, workers were seen up top, silhouetted against the summer sky beneath the hotel's signature "halo," where they were installing glass railings to keep pool-side partiers under control. Down below along Grand Street, a big plate glass window has gone in, framing the foyer within. All around are stepped platforms that will support a hidden urban garden, tucked away behind hefty concrete walls. On one of those walls, above the corner of Grand and Sixth Avenue, a bit of art has been tacked onto the faux-wood concrete. It's part of an upcoming exhibition from NYC artist Matthew Jensen, and fulfills the James pledge to feature the work of local artists.

    The James Brings Its Own Brand of Liberated Luxury to New York City [James Hotels]
    Nowhere in Manhattan [Jensen Projects]
    James New York coverage [Curbed]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/0...t_reserved.php

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    What a piece of shit.

    First off, why would they design this with 20' high blank walls along the sidewalk? Do they have no pride? Do they not want to engage the pedestrian and the community? There is NOTHING less inviting to a pedestrian than a blank wall. Nothing. Not a parking lot, not a parking garage, not a gas station, not an auto body shop. Nothing.

    Secondly, why would the city approve such an awful design? I know in downtown Vancouver, blank walls are expressly forbidden in all new construction, and have been for decades. Did no one complain about a blank wall? Are there no design rules/guidelines the city has against something like a blank wall?

    Why not put a retail space down there? The owner makes money off rent. It adds something to the street corner for passersby. Everyone wins.

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    The situation here is that the building is located in a Manufacturing Zone (M1-5B) and therefore a hotel lobby is not allowed at street level (why? it's part of the arcane NYC Zoning Text / Regulations). So they pushed it up onto a floating platform (the Sky Lobby) and opted for the tiered "gardens" down below. Couple that with the fact that this is low-lying land (originally a marsh, and labeled Lispenard Meadows 175 year ago) that is famously prone to flooding. Clearly they want the hotel property to be exclusive and not easily accessible.

    That being said, the surrounding wall is, as you say, neither attractive or welcoming (even with the green vines as seen in renderings). The original design called for most of the doorways into the hotel to be located along Grand Street, but locals protested, worrying about the traffic and noise (Grand on that block is otherwise residential above the street). It seems there will be an entry slot of sorts along Sixth Avenue for the restaurant / bar areas**, but not sure how that is being worked out (some images indicate there might be an entry at the SW corner of the wall along Sixth, next to the basketball courts).

    Here's what went down when the owner applied for On Premises Liquor Permit and appeared before CB2 / SLA Licensing Committee:

    SLA LICENSING (pdf; P. 17)

    7. BCRE Grand Hotel, BCRE Grand Restaurant and BCRE Grand Bar, 23-31 Grand Street (Thompson and 6th Avenue), NYC

    Whereas, the applicant re-appeared before the committee; and,

    Whereas, this application is for On Premise licenses for an upscale Hotel Lobby Bar, Cellar Floor Restaurant and Rooftop Bar collectively 5,600 s.f. (Hotel Bar is 1,000 s.f., Ground Floor Restaurant is 2,400 s.f. and Rooftop Bar is 2,200 s.f) on Grand Street between Thompson and 6h Avenue; and,

    Whereas, this application is for 20 table seats with a maximum legal capacity of 50 persons for the Hotel Lobby Bar; and 85 table seats, 1 bar with 12 bar seats and a maximum legal capacity of 92 persons for the Cellar Floor Restaurant; and 50 table seats, 1 bar with 15 bar seats and a maximum legal capacity of 150 persons for the Rooftop Bar; and,

    Whereas, the applicant stated the hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Sunday – Wednesday and 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Thursday – Saturday for the Hotel Lobby Bar and Cellar Restaurant; and 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Sunday – Wednesday and 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Thursday – Saturday for the Rooftop Bar; there will not be a sidewalk café application and no backyard garden; music will be background and live only for the Cellar Floor Restaurant; and music will be background only in the Rooftop Bar and played exclusively in the enclosed area; and music will be background and DJ only for the Hotel Lobby Bar, and,

    Whereas, the applicant has reached out to members of the community prior to presenting this application; and,

    Whereas, the applicant has agreed to the following set of stipulations:

    1. The applicant has agreed to no amplified music of any kind in any of the outdoor areas.
    **2. The applicant has agreed that during evening hours the restaurant exit will be on 6th Avenue; and
    the applicant will direct its customers to this exit.
    **3. The applicant has agreed to have a taxi line on 6th Avenue to reduce traffic on Grand Street.
    4. The applicant has agreed to conduct sound tests on the Rooftop Bar.
    5. The applicant has agreed to community outreach measures including but not limited to hosting a
    monthly meeting with nearby residents.
    6. The applicant has agreed to not have any advertisement signs on the Hotel.
    7. The applicant has agreed to have food service available during all hours of operation.
    8. The applicant has agreed to not seek or apply for a Cabaret License.
    9. The applicant has agreed to arrange a discussion with acoustical consultants to address soundproofing for the neighboring building.

    Whereas, the applicant has agreed to abide by the regulations associated with all New York City Departments and safety organizations and will obtain all required certificates, permits and related documents; and,

    Whereas, several members of the community appeared to express their willingness to work with the applicant under the proposed operating guidelines; and,

    Whereas, the applicant has executed an agreement with the community, and that agreement is attached;

    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that CB#2, Man. recommends denial to the proposed On Premise license for BCRE Grand Hotel, BCRE Grand Restaurant and BCRE Grand Bar, 23-31 Grand Street unless the conditions agreed to by applicant relating to the sixth and seventh “whereas” clauses are incorporated into the “Method of Operation” on the SLA On Premise license.

    Vote: Passed, with 35 Board members in favor and 2 in opposition (D. Diether, I. Dutton).

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    No less brutal.


    James New York Turns Grand Street Green

    July 13, 2010, by Pete








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    As any good gardener knows, a summer heat wave is no time for planting. But when an oasis of hospitality is on the verge of opening, then the rules go out the window. Such is the case down at the James New York, Soho's new peg-legged hotel towering over the corner of Sixth Avenue and Grand Street, where greenery and guestrooms collide.

    Workers have been suffering under the sun to get things ready for the hotel's September opening, and plantings now grace the newly terraced terrain, with a row of trees obscuring the view of the glass elevator climbing up James' thick member. Suggestive!

    Lush vines drip down from the top of the forbidding walls that hide the garden within from the street, and all of a sudden this once gnarly stretch of Sixth Avenue is green all over, with pretty little CaVaLa Park, the ever-changing gallery garden at LentSpace and the richly planted terraces of One York looming just beyond.

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/0...reet_green.php

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    The artist mentioned, Matthew Jensen, is the same artist whose work can now be seen in canvasses tacked up on the concrete walls of The James, as seen in this CURBED article from June (posted in this thread) ...

    The Hotel as Art Gallery

    NY TIMES
    By DIANE CARDWELL
    August 29, 2010

    The James, a sleekly designed hotel rising over Grand Street in SoHo, will open for business on Wednesday with all the support staff a guest could expect: a concierge, receptionists, bellhops, chambermaids, parking valets.

    All that, and one helping hand a guest might not expect: a hotel art curator.

    Hotels have been hanging fine art on their walls for decades now. Ian Schrager commissioned a series of Robert Mapplethorpe prints for what is considered the original boutique hotel, the Morgans, in 1984; the Roger Smith, a small property in Midtown Manhattan, transformed its lobby into an art gallery and performance space as part of a 1991 renovation.

    But few have gone so far as the James, which hired a young artist, Matthew Jensen, to select original artworks to adorn each of its 14 floors of guest rooms ...

    FULL ARTICLE

    Copyright 2010 The New York Times Company

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