I was thinking of something else altogether ...
You mean with the velvet ropes and goomba bouncers intimidating passerby's to walk on the other side of the street?
I was thinking of something else altogether ...
Im excited to check it out. Although I'm a little disappointed they didn't add a rooftop bar/ pool area like the Standard in downtown LA.
This is the numero uno building for those with a voyeuristic vein. I walk by the river a lot. I have alaways seen people in all stages of undress or having sex through those windows. Last weekend a guy was going at it with a girl and she pulled her top off. To keep her in the mood and prove that no one could see in, he waved to the people on the park path below. I thought I weas the only one watching, but, as he waved, about ten people all around me also raised their hands and waved back. He quickly closed the curtains.
I watched this place go up from my window and out walking one day I said to my girl What is that a new jail by the water...like who ever this person is that designed this needs there head checked..Is he on psy meds?
I cant believe this is blocking my view. People are out there like fools acting like they dont smell the old garbage from three days ago...I just let my dog take a poop on the side of the disaster building and keep it moving...People in NYC will pay for anything..
Drive-by postings are always pretty gruesome...
It doesn't seem like they do a good job enforcing it. The other day I saw a guy's dog leave a nasty pile right in the middle of a crowded sidewalk and they just walked away. Two minutes later some poor woman walked right through it and became very upset. I wanted to go vigilante on him.Is there still a pooper-scooper law in New York?
Is the exterior totally done? I hope I don't get slammed for saying this but I liked the rendering better because it incorporated a bit of color...the red with the upside sign at the bottom, a bit of blue in the facade, it had a funky gas station aesthetic. This is a bit joyless. Cool...but joyless.
Brutalist monster IMO, but the rooms and the (exterior ) view are nice....
March 29, 2009
Check In, Check Out
Hotel Review: The Standard in New York City
By FRED A. BERNSTEIN
It’s hard to think of a hotel that has generated as much buzz as the Standard. The owner, André Balazs (who runs sister hotels in Los Angeles and Miami Beach), hired Polshek Partnership Architects to create a concrete and glass slab on stilts, an architectural tour de force that has fascinated motorists along the West Side of Manhattan. But what of the interiors? The public spaces — including a restaurant and beer garden at ground level and bars and a lounge on the top two floors of the hotel — won’t open until summer. And so the crowd, which will most likely be young and chic, has yet to descend. No matter. The rooms, it turns out, have a lot to recommend them. And during the soft opening (with about two-thirds of the 337 rooms in service), $195 covers not just accommodations but breakfast for two, with a view.
Every room has views of the Hudson River and either Midtown or Lower Manhattan. Yet despite the near-waterfront location, the Standard doesn’t feel remote. Most of the meatpacking district hot spots are in shouting distance. And the proximity of Eighth Avenue and 14th Street means subway and bus options are many. The High Line, the city’s newest park, which is scheduled to open this spring, is (literally) under the hotel.
A compact rectangle with floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. But the small space manages to hold an extremely comfortable queen bed with perfect reading lights for two; a banquette that wraps around an oblong table (ingeniously adjustable to the right height for eating, working or game-playing); a flat-screen TV set in a wooden box, so you’re not looking at wires or clamps; and a hutch containing a minibar and the ingredients for margaritas, cosmos and mojitos. It’s all in a cheerful mod style.
The toilet has its own cubicle; the rest of the bathroom opens onto the bedroom. That means you can see out while you’re showering or shaving. But openness has its downside: In our case, a room service delivery arrived when one of us was in the shower. And, because the bathroom doesn’t have a door, the entire room steamed up as soon as the hot water was turned on. (Through fogged windows, the stunning view became a dripping mess.) And the shower is in a wide, deep tub, which requires careful entrances and exits. But there’s nothing to hold on to except for a flimsy glass partition — which seems like a recipe for disaster.
For dinner, we ordered a couple of entrees, plus soup and a simple dessert. Every single item was terrific, including the delectable roast chicken, beautifully cooked salmon with asparagus, and apple fennel soup. And the prices were dirt cheap by hotel standards ($12 to $14 for entrees). A continental breakfast — included in the room rate during the soft opening — arrived in just 10 minutes. True, there was no tea bag for the “tea,” and no cream for the coffee, but both problems were promptly corrected.
When the hotel is finished this summer, the free breakfast and the pleasure of getting here before the hordes will vanish. As long as you’re comfortable in a small space — and make allowances for the multi-dysfunctional shower — the soft opening is hard to beat. Doubles from $195.
The Standard, 848 Washington Street, New York; (212) 645-4646; www.standardhotels.com.