Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 36

Thread: Hotel On Rivington - 107 Rivington Street - Lower East Side

  1. #1

    Default Hotel On Rivington - 107 Rivington Street - Lower East Side

    May 7, 2003
    A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.
    By JOSH BARBANEL

    Amid the tenement fire escapes, old synagogues, bodegas and Chinese storefronts of the Lower East Side, a narrow 20-story glass-walled designer hotel is rising, a $32 million bet that the neighborhood has arrived as a fashionable downtown destination.

    The hotel is going up in the middle of a narrow block of Rivington Street — just around the corner from the huge Essex Street Market, built generations ago to move the pushcarts off the streets, on the site of a meat-processing plant that was used by the long-gone Schmulka Bernstein delicatessen next door.

    But rather than serving nostalgia buffs or Chinese businessmen, the hotel, scheduled to open its first rooms in September, has been built for affluent professionals willing to pay for style and personal service.

    Paul W. Stallings, the developer of the 111-room project, said he began construction of a conventional building, but redesigned the project in midstream as he sensed that the neighborhood had become trendy enough to support a high-concept hotel.

    The project was stopped for a time as the facade was redesigned and the bricks replaced with a Mondrian-like mosaic of opaque and translucent glass floor-to-ceiling panels in each guest room. The lobby was enlarged and the rooms redesigned.

    The luminous tower rises 195 feet above a 50-foot-wide lot at 107 Rivington Street. Since it is the only high-rise building in the area, surrounded by blocks of five- and six-story tenements, it offers views from the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to the Triborough Bridge and beyond.

    To build such a large project on such a small lot "as of right," without special government approvals, Mr. Stallings purchased development rights from six surrounding brownstones — offering one owner 10 free hotel stays a year — and used these air rights to double the space of the building, to 68,000 square feet, and thus double the height.

    Once listed by the hotel industry as the Rivington, the hotel has been renamed Surface, the Hotel, after Surface magazine, a fashion and design magazine that appears eight times a year with a focus on younger designers. Such designers will be enlisted with the intention of creating showcase rooms — contributing, it is hoped, to the hotel's cachet.

    Surface will be operated independently by the Page Group, a hotel management group led by Klaus Ortlieb, who was the first general manager of the Mercer, the luxury boutique hotel in SoHo that now commands a loyal following and rates that start at $395 a night.

    The boutique hotel industry has shown that with the right perception of image and style, smaller hotels can command premium rates.

    "If a boutique hotel can get the right buzz, it doesn't matter where it is," said Bjorn Hanson, a managing director of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who heads its hotel unit. "People will go where the buzz is."

    But to compete with the Mercer and its imitators, Mr. Stallings plans to offer a little more in the way of space, comfort, views, style and price.

    While typical New York hotel rooms, and the lowest-price rooms at the Mercer, are about 250 square feet or less, the new hotel's standard rooms will be 375 square feet. Rooms will include soaking tubs or oversized 5-by-8-foot glass-walled showers (curtains available).

    Rates will range from $250 a night for standard rooms to $2,500 for a duplex penthouse. The larger rooms and lower prices are possible, Mr. Stallings said, because of the relatively low land costs and savings on construction that come from his serving as his own general contractor. Mr. Stallings has a history as a developer in the area, particularly in the East Village, where he developed the 125-apartment Tompkins Square Plaza on East 7th Street.

    From the narrow streets right around the building, the height of the structure is not so apparent. But a few blocks to the north, on Avenue A, its towering bulk seems to rise out of the double-yellow centerline of the roadway like a large box.

    "There is no denying it sticks out like a sore thumb," said Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society. "There certainly might have been some desire for development which fit its context more gracefully."

    A ground-floor restaurant (chef to be announced) will look out on an ageless backyard tenement scene. "We celebrate the tenement context; we want to look out on fire escapes," Mr. Stallings said.

    Standing on the 20th floor, looking out over the tenements, Mr. Stallings said that with his ownership of the air rights and the presence nearby of mostly rent-regulated buildings that are unlikely to be demolished, the surrounding tenement view would be preserved — at least when looking out from his towering building.

    "This is all protected," he said. "Nothing can change."


    Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

  2. #2

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.


  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    The Nation's Capitol (DC)
    Posts
    61

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    Are there any architect's renderings of this?

  4. #4

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    None found online. The article doesn't even mention an architect.

  5. #5

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    It's probably at a more advanced stage than in the picture, however. Someone could go take a look.

  6. #6
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Garden City, LI
    Posts
    1,778

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    It should be with a Sept. '03 opening planned.

  7. #7
    Moderator NYatKNIGHT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Manhattan - South Village
    Posts
    4,240

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    I saw it last night, it looks pretty much the same as the photo except now it is topped out and the netting is gone.

    Rivington St. is cool, and generally the neighborhood is too. It's got nice old buildings, lots of bars, some restaurants, and good shopping, but go a block east and it starts getting noisy and dirty, and somewhat sketchy. Such a hotel would be great for the neighborhood, but it really is a gamble. I'm not sure I'd shell out $2500 to stay there even if I had that kind of money to burn.

    We'll see. I'll try to remember to snap a picture of it next time I'm over there.

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    The Nation's Capitol (DC)
    Posts
    61

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    Thanks a lot!

  9. #9

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    Bizarre.

    Quite a gamble for sure. Good to know there are still people out there willing to take such risks. Let's hope the building turns out good though.

  10. #10

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    I'm proof positive it will help the neighborhood. The Lower East Side could use a few more mid-rises and high-rises like this one.

  11. #11
    Moderator NYatKNIGHT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Manhattan - South Village
    Posts
    4,240

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    Since I'm not usually around here and had a camera with me, I took some shots despite the gloomy conditions. At least we can see the progress....








  12. #12
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    3,298

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    Wow...that's quite a contrast.

  13. #13
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Garden City, LI
    Posts
    1,778

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    It's so gigantic... the horror!

  14. #14

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    Quote: from billyblancoNYC on 2:14 pm on June 16, 2003
    It's so gigantic... the horror!
    Lol! It really is horrible. What were they thinking.

  15. #15
    Forum Veteran
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Garden City, LI
    Posts
    1,778

    Default A High-Rise Hotel on Old Rivington St.

    Damn these people that try to create nice things and improves areas, provide new jobs, and cause other horrible consequences.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Fading Into History: The Jewish Lower East Side
    By Kris in forum New York City Guide For New Yorkers
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: September 8th, 2014, 10:44 PM
  2. W New York - Times Square Hotel
    By hyperfine in forum New York City Guide For Visitors
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: January 18th, 2005, 09:55 PM
  3. A Stroll in Lower Manhattan
    By ddny in forum New York City Guide For Visitors
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: January 23rd, 2003, 11:40 AM
  4. Manhattan Leads a Surge in Lower-Cost Hotels
    By Edward in forum New York City Guide For Visitors
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: October 8th, 2002, 02:00 AM
  5. Pictures of luxurious W Hotel - Times Square
    By Edward in forum New York City Guide For Visitors
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: December 29th, 2001, 01:36 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Google+ - Facebook - Twitter - Meetup

Edward's photos on Flickr - Wired New York on Flickr - In Queens - In Red Hook - Bryant Park - SQL Backup Software