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    They sure need more buildings in that area of manhattan... :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime
    They sure need more buildings in that area of manhattan... :|
    Not at the price of displacing the nightlife that's there, I hope.

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    The Rivington Saga

    Paul Stallings had developed only humble brick rentals when he decided to build a gleaming high-rise hotel on the Lower East Side (complete with an aerie for his family of eight). Four years later, it’s finally about to open.

    By Carl Swanson, New York Magazine

    The Stallings FamilySpace 900 square feet
    Location Lower East Side

    The Rivington is a gleaming high-rise hotel on the Lower East Side.

    Like it or not—and there are good reasons to at the very least feel pretty uncomfortable about it—Paul Stallings is a Lower East Side visionary. He’s imposed his twenty-story glass-and-aluminum conception—the Hotel on Rivington—on the area’s self-consciously bohemian tenementscape.

    This has taken years. The unfinished Tokyo-esque building has loomed over the southern end of Avenue A, seemingly an artifact of the go-go nineties gone bust. Construction started at the end of 2001. There were delays as the place was redesigned. Costs soared, and Stallings had to come up with more money. But now, just as the neighborhood was getting used to having this arrested development in its midst, it’s actually about to open.

    Stallings loves the building so much that he and his wife, Rena, have built a spare, open apartment on its seventeenth floor. “From before we broke ground, we knew that that was something we wanted,” he says. It has 86 feet of continuous floor-to-ceiling windows, and bunk beds equipped with built-in flat-panel TVs for their six children. At 900 square feet, it’s a lot smaller than their nine-bedroom “grand old Gold Coast white elephant of a house” on ten acres in Oyster Bay (plus, it lacks a kitchen). Instead of goats, ponies, and a barn, there’s a commanding view of the East River.

    Paul and Rena Stallings with their six children in the glass box of their living room. (Architect Matt Grzywinski dealt with the column in the middle of the room by spiraling couches around it.)

    The children’s custom-built bunk beds. Flat-screen TVs fold into the walls.

    Which makes it easier to understand why the Stallings have done this. In a city of uninspired development, there’s something refreshingly hubristic about their new hotel. It’s the kind of building Trump might erect on Rivington Street if his tastes ran more toward Blade Runner than Dallas.

    Stallings was seeing more and more professionals—the quasi-edgy sorts with a “secret tattoo,” he says—looking in the East Village, and decided to build a doorman rental building on East 7th Street, between B and C. It’s large, brick, and unassertive—he says he wouldn’t make it that demure if he did it today. After that was a success, he began buying up the air rights of buildings along Rivington Street between Essex and Ludlow.

    The original plan was for a brick tower with balconies. “This project was conceived four years ago,” he says. “At that point, there was no economic justification to do anything that’s not . . . I don’t want to say plain vanilla, but a little more affordable. As the project began to unfold, so did the neighborhood.” Clinton Street’s restaurant row was flourishing, the Town Cars were circling. Stallings had an idea: Why not open a boutique hotel?

    He approached André Balazs, proprietor of the Mercer, to invest in and operate the place. At that point, the design still called for brick. “I was intrigued by the location, but I told him the building was horrific,” Balazs says. Mostly he didn’t become involved because the plan was so “complicated.”

    The building was financed as a hotel-condominium, which made it easier to get money from banks, and the plumbing is still there to make that conversion (the closets have all the utilities running to them to allow a quick transformation to kitchenettes). Stallings admits to a creative development approach to get the building built.

    Once construction started, his ambitions swelled.

    “I mean, I’ve done other apartment buildings before, which I certainly take pride in, but this became something larger-than-life,” he says. “There was an economic justification to take the project to another level aesthetically. And hopefully this isn’t just a vanity thing.”

    His architect, Amador Pons, brought in Matt Grzywinski to design a less plain-vanilla interior and re-skin the tower in a Mondrianish pattern of glass panels. Grzywinski, who’s 28 and lankily handsome enough to work the front desk at an Ian Schrager hotel, has his Howard Roark patter down cold: He calls the structure “unapologetic.”

    And Stallings doesn’t apologize for the fact that it’s about looking out over its low-rise neighbors. “The whole passionate guiding force here was to create a restful environment where you can experience the city from,” Stallings says. “You’re free to embrace the views.”

    Up on the seventeenth floor, Rena and Grzywinski show off the Stallingses’ walk-through closet, which provides a back entrance to their bedroom (“such as it is,” says Grzywinski) when motorized curtains have enclosed it. A balcony runs the length of the apartment’s north wall, like the bridge of a ship. “Rena wanted to completely glass over the terrace because she’s so paranoid that one of our children is going to go off the edge,” says Paul.

    The Stallingses’ bedroom is open to the apartment’s living room and the view. A motorized curtain (not pictured) provides privacy and blocks the sun. Originally, Rena wanted to glass-in the terrace because of the kids.

    The corner bath, which fills from a spout in the ceiling. The floors are heated slate.

    “When he came to me, it was very clear that he wanted to make it a very beautiful sort of design statement,” says Jeff Klein, who runs City Club in midtown. (After Balazs, Stallings had made the rounds of other hoteliers; he ended up hiring a former manager of the Mercer.) “I said, ‘I think this should be condos,’ ” Klein says. “And he said, ‘No, I want it to be a hotel.’ I didn’t know if it’s his last hurrah, but it’s definitely his hurrah.” Klein wasn’t sure the hotel could make money: The building was expensive and Stallings would have to charge rates (the plan now is for $265 to $5,000 a night) that would require the area to become the meatpacking district—and fast.

    The entryway to the hotel, on Rivington Street off Essex, was created by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. It’s a supersize version of a vase he’d cast using eggs wrapped in condoms, turned on its side. “I had never conceived of the egg entrance,” says Paul Stallings. “I can certainly tell you that is well beyond my creative reach.” His daughter passes through the aperture.

    And the coup de grâce is the penthouse, by Zaha Hadid, winner of the Pritzker Prize.

    Last year, when the hotel was first supposed to open, Keith McNally opened Schiller’s Liquor Bar down the block, and Stallings appeared prescient—again. “I certainly would have been someone who, ten years ago, would have been aghast at the notion of a twenty-story glass tower being built in the Lower East Side,” Stallings says. But he’s proud of his avant-garde accomplishment, including the egg entryway. “I had some scary moments, people are going to react—like, ‘What’s this doing in this neighborhood?’ But I sort of invite that..”

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    Lower East Side and the Hotel Rivington. 9 October 2004.

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    Thanks Edward. As that pic shows there's an even skinnier highrise rising to the left.

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    That's the new loft building on Bowery at Spring Street.

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