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Thread: Knickerbocker Hotel - by Marvin & Davis, Bruce Price and Trowbridge & Livingston

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    I used to visit showrooms here in the 80´s. As I remember it, the interior was stripped of all ornamentation....or perhaps just covered up? I remember too, a modern and rather dreary entrance. The interior will probably be all new...let´s hope for a great architect. The guy doing the Stanhope conversion or someone like Robert Stern would be interesting for this...

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    "The GAP" will have to go, eh?

    Anyone know how long their lease is for the Knickerbocker space?

    Hopefully the street-level facade will be restored to its former glory.

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    It's definitely a great-looking building.

    My shot from a couple of weeks ago.


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    gotta love the juxtaposition between the Knickerbocker / the Bush Tower ...

    great old brickwork

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    New activity at teh Knickerbocker ...

    Application at DOB 7.11.06:

    Job Description: Renovate building throughout, change use to hotel, relocate floor area. This application filed for zoning review only at this time so the project can be calendered at Landmarks

    Comments for Document 01: This application filed for zoning review only at this time so the project can be calendered at Landmarks

    Framework has been erected on the rooftop at the east side of the property, a requirement of Landmarks for applying for a rooftop addition ...


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    Glad to see some action on this building. Hopefully since the new owners are from Dubai we'll see this thing get converted into a luxury hotel swiftly.

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    The conversion project underway. Architects are working on it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRider View Post
    The conversion project underway. Architects are working on it now.
    Do you know if they will build the extension to the hotel as well now?

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    Yes, plans were submitted a few weeks ago. Includes the original bldg. and a new structure on the vacant lot.

    I would expect something super-luxury.

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    From DOB today:

    Last Action: PLAN EXAM - DISAPPROVED 07/14/2007

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    I'm surprised this did not get the wrecking ball yet. More cubicle space in this location makes sense.

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    The Knickerbocker is Landmarked --

    So no matter how much you might want it to be demolished it ain't gonna happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scraperfannyc View Post
    I'm surprised this did not get the wrecking ball yet. More cubicle space in this location makes sense.
    I hope you aren't seriously suggesting that this magnificent, century-old, and architecturally intact building be demolished for some uninspired Skidmore, Owings and Merril glass box. I'd much rather see the building retained and converted into a 5-star hotel as is currently planned. We've got plenty of junky buildings ranging from West Side industrial lowrises, to plump mid-rise 50's office buildings to demolish and redevelop in this City.

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    If you stack skysrapers side by side by side by side you cannot differentiate anything.

    Aside from the fact that the Knickerbocker is a beauty on its own the open space above it gives breathing room to the other towers in the vicinity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macreator View Post
    I hope you aren't seriously suggesting that this magnificent, century-old, and architecturally intact building be demolished for some uninspired Skidmore, Owings and Merril glass box. I'd much rather see the building retained and converted into a 5-star hotel as is currently planned. We've got plenty of junky buildings ranging from West Side industrial lowrises, to plump mid-rise 50's office buildings to demolish and redevelop in this City.
    Of course not. But I would not be surprised if it did given the location and current status of development in NYC. If this is converted into a hotel, I think developers will have a much easier time demolishing it if it is not landmarked.

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