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    Comparing the proposed addition to a fedders box is extreme and way off. I see high quality brick/windows, no balconies with hideous railings, and a nice way of meeting the street.

    Everyone here mourns the loss of tenements and I don't understand why. Like aschwarz said they are so prevalent in this city that they don't ALL need to be preserved, ornamentation in tact or not, and in midtown no less in the pics you showed. The real losses that warranted cries are the Drake Hotel and 57th street townhouses.

    The retail lost is one thing to gripe about, but to save tenements themselves when the FAR is 10, 12, 15 etc. is absurd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASchwarz View Post
    LOL, on WNY a "Demo Freak" is defined as someone who doesn't want to Landmark 100% of the city.
    Not wanting to landmark 100% of the city sounds reasonable, until you consider that the city is nowhere near designating a significant portion.

    In 45 years, 29,000 properties have been landmarked. Sounds impressive, but it's only about 4% of the total. In truth, more landmark-worthy property is demolished or stripped of its significance every year than is designated.

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    Streetscapes | Cosmopolitan Hotel

    The Granddaddy of Them All


    The Cosmopolitan Hotel at Chambers and West Broadway as it looks today. An addition is planned to replace the two-story building behind it.

    The picture at far left depicts the structure from another angle in 1851, when there was a railroad station across the street.

    The Hotel in 1910

    IT’S a classic railroad hotel, although the railroad left more than a century ago. These days, the 1845 Cosmopolitan Hotel, at Chambers Street and West Broadway, caters to a subway crowd, its Web site listing rooms for $149 for budget-minded tourists.

    Possibly New York’s oldest hotel structure, it has been loved to death, with successive alterations using the original neo-Gothic style, each one meant to match the original building. Now another change is in the offing, with a different tack.

    Chambers and nearby streets attracted houses for the gentry around the time City Hall was completed two blocks away in 1812. Six years later, Isaac Jones Jr. and his wife, Mary, built a house at 122 Chambers Street, said to have been the first in New York to have a bathtub.

    These families began departing within a few decades as commerce took over the area, and in 1844-45 James Boorman, a merchant of tobacco, Madeira, ironwork and other goods, built a boarding house at the northeast corner of Chambers and West Broadway. Boorman was also a founder of the new Hudson River Railroad, then about to build its southerly depot across the street, with tracks running up Hudson Street and along the Hudson River.

    A print from 1851 at the Museum of the City of New York shows the boarding house to be a four-story red brick structure, its second floor ringed by a lacy, New Orleans-style iron balcony, the windows and cornice with neo-Gothic trim. The neo-Gothic flourished in this period, but survivors are now unusual.

    The print bears the legend “Frederick Hotel,” although it appears that nobody but the printmaker knew it by that name. By 1854 it was definitely operating as a hotel, the Girard House.

    In the late 1860s, the Girard was raised to six stories with a small attic in the same neo-Gothic style, even though it was long out of fashion, and renamed the Cosmopolitan. Almost simultaneously the railroad moved its depot farther uptown, and the Cosmopolitan lost its railroad trade.

    But in 1894, the hotel was still important enough for the Massachusetts merchant Benjamin Low, described by The New York Times as “one of the richest men in Gloucester,” to take a room there. He was in New York to inspect a cargo of Newfoundland herring, but was found dying on the ground on West Street, perhaps of natural causes, his pockets empty.

    No later than the turn of the century the red brick had been painted light yellow or beige.

    The Cosmopolitan continued as a business hotel, and in 1897 a group of ticket brokers gathered there to protest a new anti-scalping law. It had been their practice to buy up railroad tickets and sell them to desperate travelers.

    In July 1923, a Times reporter found a group of elderly traveling salesmen sitting outside complaining that the Fourth of July had been sanitized. One said that “it’s safe and sane all right, but it’s mighty tame” — not at all as celebrated in his youth, by firing muskets and shotguns in the air.

    The 1930 census found a marine engineer, a boiler maker, a tea mixer and a radio operator living there; all occupations were typical of the lower West Side. Six years later an advertisement in The Times offered rooms at $4 per week, while the typical hotel charged $9 or $10.

    Although a 1940 photograph shows a large sign, “Families Accommodated,” by the 1960s the Cosmopolitan, now known as the Bond, had evolved into an S.R.O., or single room occupancy residence. In 1967, The Times reported that a drifter who lived there had been arrested for murder after stabbing a customer in a store downstairs in a dispute over 2 cents.

    The Bond name was dropped, apparently to distance the place from its unsavory reputation, and the hotel became the Cosmopolitan again. In 1989 a seventh floor was added, also in the Gothic style, and painted to match the rest of the building, the intent being to make it look as if it had always been there.

    Now the Do-Bar Hotel Corporation, including the veteran investor Jay Wartski, has retained Franke, Gottsegen, Cox to design yet another addition, this one an annex along West Broadway at the Reade Street end of the lot. The site is within the TriBeCa South Historic District, and the architects have avoided replicating the Gothic format yet again — imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery in formal preservation practice.

    Instead, the firm has prepared drawings for a handsome, retiring six-story brick building, quite different from the old structure, and promising to add a little bounce to its old neighbor by sheer contrast. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the addition last month.

    Matthew Gottsegen, a partner, says that almost nothing original is left inside the old hotel, which alterations have turned into a labyrinth.

    As for the exterior, architecture repeatedly altered in various modes often becomes richly layered in nuance, like an old brownstone with an Edwardian rooftop and an Art Deco storefront. But the Cosmopolitan was long ago swamped by good intentions.

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    I did not realize that it was this old. It would be nice if they restore the columns to the base!

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    Interesting hotel under construction (?) in the LES by Grzywinski Pons.

    Permit lists a different architect who there is almost no record of anywhere.

    Last time I passed the site it seemed stalled. Here's a pic from google:
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    The Sleeping Beauties of Hotel Alley


    A 1928 view of the Hotel Monclair shows its original marquee and its elephant-head supports.

    The Hotel Lexington, as seen from the Hotel Barclay's roof in 1954.

    One of the elephants.

    Today rechristened the W, it still is graced by a few of the elephant busts.

    FEW new buildings have gone up since the 1920s on Hotel Alley, the stretch of Lexington north of Grand Central with a little clutch of hotels. But that doesn’t mean that there has been no change, as almost every hotel has been updated in an effort to set itself apart on this narrow, traffic-clogged avenue.

    A walking tour of Lexington’s hotel zone starts at the northeast corner of 47th Street with the Roger Smith, an absolutely forgettable design of 1925 by Denby & Nute. In 1991, it was recast as what its Web site calls “a New York art hotel,” and it even has its own blog.

    The proprietor, James Knowles, an artist, gave the fusty old name a SoHo panache, and jazzed up the cornice with a crinkly run of metal, like an aluminum foil snake. Mr. Knowles also created a ground-floor frieze of shaped metal ductwork, crimped and folded like a kindergarten art project.
    A few years shy of its majority, the art hotel is somewhat worn, but remains a document in the history of neo-hipster attitude.

    At the southeast corner of 48th Street and Lexington stands the chunky, pyramid-topped Hotel Lexington of 1929, designed by Schultze & Weaver and now the Radisson Lexington. The main entrance is on the side street, but someone gave the ancillary entryway on Lexington an interesting twist.

    Usually these are just narrow corridors, but this one is flanked by a Starbucks on both sides, a Frappuccino gauntlet.

    Step into the lobby to see, behind the reception desk, a great illuminated clock face with a second hand that has a hypnotic sweep.

    On the outside, the flagstaffs were at some point radically downsized, and the smaller flagpoles were stuck in at lower angles, sort of like broken arrows, with a disrespectful, throwaway cast. Better not to fly the flag at all.

    On the west side of Lexington, from 48th and 49th, the expansive 1926 Barclay was designed by Cross & Cross as a hotel version of a Park Avenue apartment house, with beautiful limestone on the ground floor, rich with fossil shells and sea creatures, and a facade as confident and debonair as Gene Kelly on a dance floor.

    The polished brown and black marble door surround on the 48th Street side is sumptuous, and the hotel, now given a blocklong name — InterContinental the Barclay New York — is a standout in magnificent condition.

    Facing the Barclay across Lexington, the 1924 Shelton Hotel was designed by Arthur Loomis Harmon and was much admired for its picturesque massing. Now it is the Marriott East Side, and the architects Perkins Eastman gave it the projecting glass and stainless steel canopy in 2000. In several decades these fixtures will come to be viewed as distinctive of the turn of the 21st century, just as mansard roofs are of the 1870s.

    Emery Roth designed the Hotel Montclair, at the northeast corner of 49th, in 1928. This is now the W Hotel, remodeled in 2008, with a startling lobby designed by BBG-BBGM. It makes the offbeat Roger Smith look positively staid, with columns wrapped in metallic curtains, ’60s tiled columns, and panels of dried moss and fruit slices. The concierge desk has a chromed sign that says “Whatever,” and it seems as if everything is at an angle.

    On the outside, the W overlooked one detail, a quartet of elephant heads at the third floor, with their trunks wrapped around vestigial poles once used to hold up the old-fashioned marquee of 1928. An ingenious touch of whimsy, the elephants are a fitting match to the rats on the marquee poles on the Graybar Building, at 43rd Street, which was designed in 1926 by Sloan & Robertson. But the busts are now damaged and rusty, with missing tusks and trunks, a neglected menagerie.

    Even without the W, the 1931 Waldorf-Astoria, between 49th and 50th and running to Park Avenue, looks tired and worn out, although this is admittedly its secondary facade. Designed by Schultze & Weaver, it does, however, have some of the best flagpole bases in New York, massive things of battleship quality, worthy of the American empire.

    At the northeast corner of 50th stands the Beverly, built in 1927 by Moses Ginsberg, who was also behind the Carlyle. Designed by Emery Roth and Sylvan Bien and now named the Benjamin, it has a skillful progression of setbacks. The architects also gave the hotel a voluptuous Spanish-style lobby, encrusted like a galleon, in blue, maroon, gold and amber. Today all that has been wiped out by an attack of beige, a victory of the inoffensive, what might be called Time-Share Style.

    Hotel Alley stops at 51st Street, with Morris Lapidus’s Summit Hotel of 1961, now a Doubletree. The architectural establishment always snickered at Lapidus, the designer of the Eden Roc and the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, and the Summit also got no respect.

    But there isn’t really much to laugh at, for the Summit is a pale version of his over-the-top resort designs. The wavy aqua-colored brick facade on the side street is only slightly amusing, and the lobby is long gone. It has the drama of a roadside historical marker.

    The name Hotel Alley is of recent origin. In the archives of The New York Times and on Google, the earliest usage is a September 2002 article in Real Estate Weekly quoting Joseph Aquino, a retail leasing broker at Prudential Douglas Elliman.

    Mr. Aquino does not recall the etymology, or even if he coined it.
    “It was probably part of a press release that I dictated to my publicist,” he said.

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    Stalled project from TRA Studio. Instead of knocking down the old building, they'll build a new tower alongside and over it.

    3030 Hotel Tower

    The NB permit from June was filed by Manuel Glas Architect. So perhaps this design might remain unbuilt.

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    The Sundance Channel (TW Cable 101) is showing a documentary on the Gramercy Park Hotel -- Airing now and again later today at 5:30 - 6:45 PM.

    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post

    Gramercy Park Hotel ...

    Julian Schnabel, Reluctant Decorator

    Michael Weschler for The New York Times
    Ian Schrager commissioned Julian Schnabel to oversee the hotel renovation, including the lobby


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    Further to this post and a couple of posts in this thread:

    Nolitan no-go

    By Patrick Hedlund

    The city recently determined that an under-construction hotel in Little Italy has violated established height limits in a protected historic district.

    The Nolitan, a nine-story-plus boutique hotel at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Sts., sits in the Special Little Italy District, which only allows for buildings up to eight floors, or 85 feet.

    The project began courting controversy last summer, when curious neighbors observed the 60-room hotel growing beyond the height of buildings in the district. The developer subsequently added a series of penthouse units above the ninth floor to provide further evidence of its inappropriateness.

    Ill effects caused by earlier work at the site, including damage to neighboring buildings, brought about a Department of Buildings-issued stop work order, followed by an audit of the hotel determining its “mezzanine level” should have been counted toward the building’s total height, or nine stories. The developer appealed the decision, but in a Jan. 19 letter the D.O.B. confirmed that the mezzanine level — another name for the building’s ground floor — did make the building nine stories, “and therefore contrary to [the] Zoning Resolution.”

    “What do they expect to do, drag it out of the existing building?” said neighbor Michele Campo of the developer’s attempts to frame the project as only eight stories by not counting the ground floor. “It make absolutely no sense to me.”

    Campo, a member of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors who didn’t speak for the organization, explained that she has also witnessed unsafe conditions at the site, including after-hours and weekend construction, workers not wearing hard hats and workers not properly affixed to scaffolding. “It’s beyond pathetic,” she added.

    According to the D.O.B., the developer has the right to appeal the Jan. 19 decision with the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

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    Article in the Brooklyn Eagle about some new hotels for Brooklyn... unfortunately checks to the DOB for the addresses listed (non-Gowanus) reveal that most of them are designed by Kaufman.

    40 Hotel Projects in Pipeline for Brooklynby Linda Collins (, published online 01-28-2010

    12 to Open in 2010; Anticipated Total Rooms: 3,805 By Linda Collins
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    BROOKLYN — The Eagle has learned that there are 40 hotel projects in the pipeline for Brooklyn.
    Data received from Smith Travel Research Inc. (STR), a firm that provides news and data on the global hotel industry as well as market forecast reports, also said those 40 projects, which are in various phases of development, equate to 3,805 hotel rooms.
    An article in The Real Deal earlier this week noted that a total of 46 new hotels are scheduled to open in 2010 in New York City. But the article, by well known columnist and radio show host Michael Stoler, did not mention any Brooklyn hotels. Stoler did cite data provided by STR, however.
    Contacted by email, STR told the Eagle Thursday that 12 hotels are scheduled to open in Brooklyn in 2010, but further details are not available.
    What Rachael Spann, communications coordinator for STR, was able to provide was a breakdown in phases of the 40 projects, as follows:
    • In construction: 15 projects, 1,588 rooms.
    • In final planning: two projects, 50 rooms.
    • In planning: 21 projects, 1,862 rooms.
    • In pre-planning: two projects, 305 rooms.

    Markowitz Responds
    Reached late Thursday, Brooklyn Borough President said of the news, “I can’t think of a better symbol of Brooklyn’s progress than new hotels, which started back in 1998 with the opening of Brooklyn’s first new hotel in nearly 70 years — the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, which has expanded in the past few years and is doing great business.”
    Markowitz also said that Brooklyn is now a destination of choice for tourists, business travelers and conventions, and with its revitalized Downtown, a new sports arena and the Brooklyn Nets, “our borough is an ideal location for new hotel development.”

    Hotel Openings
    As for known hotel openings in Brooklyn in 2010, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership told the Eagle Thursday that two Downtown Brooklyn hotels are scheduled to open this year, both on Duffield Street. The details, obtained from their separate web sites, are as follows:
    • Sheraton Brooklyn, 228 Duffield St., with 320 rooms, 4,876 square feet of meeting facility space, plus a bar, lounge, restaurant and fitness center, is scheduled to open March 15;
    • Aloft New York Brooklyn, 216 Duffield St., with 176 rooms, the 700-square-foot meeting space called Tactic, plus the Wxyz bar, Re:Mix lounge and Re:Fuel, a 24/7 pantry, is scheduled to open on July. 1 As reported by the Eagle when construction first began, the Aloft was described as “hip” by John Lam of The Lam Group, a Manhattan-based builder of hotels in the city.
    “The Sheraton will be more of a formal business traveler hotel; the aLoft will appeal more to the hip, young population who need a place of their own,” he said, adding that Brooklyn is definitely attracting this population now.
    Describing the design by architect Gene Kaufman as “sleek,” he added, “It will have a very exciting look. It will change the whole neighborhood.”

    Other Downtown Hotels
    As most recently reported by the Eagle in 2009, a Hyatt Place is under construction at 40 Nevins St. with 176 rooms, a project of the McSam Group; and a Best Western is planned at 55 Flatbush Ave. Extension with 80 rooms.
    They join The Marriott on Adams Street (656 rooms with its new addition); the conjoined Aloft/Sheraton on Duffield Street (500 rooms); Hotel Indigo, also on Duffield Street (164 rooms); The Nu Hotel at The Smith, Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue (93 rooms); Holiday Inn at 300 Schermer-horn St. (250 rooms); Hampton Inn at the former Pepper & Potter auto dealership site, 125 Flatbush Ave. Ext. (120 rooms estimated); and the joint Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn at Oro II, 313 Gold St. at Flatbush Avenue Extension (100 suites). As previously reported several of these are stalled sites.
    And this does not include the proposed hotels at Brooklyn Bridge Park (100-200 rooms estimated) and in Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards Plan (150 rooms estimated in “Miss Brooklyn”).
    The estimated number of hotel rooms that will be serving Downtown Brooklyn totals more than 2,500.

    Gowanus Area Hotels
    Another area that has aroused attention for its proliferation of hotels is the Gowanus/Park Slope area, where there are at least seven new hotels nearing completion or already opened, according to Eagle reports and reports on, which has been tracking them.
    Among these are Choice Hotel at 611 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth avenues, a project of Alex Shtromandel of Greenwich Street Equities; a Fairfield Inn at 181 Third Ave. at Butler, a 134-room, 9-story hotel; a proposed mixed-use hotel/office project at 92 Third St., between Bond and Hoyt streets, by Peter Moore; a Super 8 at 265 Third Ave. at President Street; the Gowanus Hotel at 13th and Third Avenue.
    Already opened are Hotel Le Bleu on Fourth Avenue, the Holiday Inn Express on Union Street and the Comfort Inn on Butler Street, between Second and Third avenues.

    Outlook Brighter Citywide
    Stoler, noting in his article that the outlook for 2010 “is brighter for the hospitality industry,” said that for the week ending Jan. 16, New York City registered the highest increase in hotel occupancy, rising 15.3 percent to 70 percent. New York also saw the largest increase in revenue per available room, or revpar, year-over-year, jumping 7.1 percent to $131.81.

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    Heaven help us ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gulcrapek View Post

    ... Describing the design by architect Gene Kaufman as “sleek,” he added, “It will have a very exciting look. It will change the whole neighborhood.”

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    There really isn't a lot of new information in the hotel report. It seems to be more of a report on what is "not happening" in Brooklyn.

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    The words "Gene Kaufman" and "not happening" always sound beautiful together in the same sentence.

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    The Nolitan Hotel and its Roof With the Killer Views Should Open in May

    As two out of three people guessed, yesterday’s new hotel with the killer view was The Nolitan. And after a walk through the construction site with the hotel’s architect, GM, and press rep, we have to say: we can’t wait for the hotel to open later this spring.

    May is a tentative date for now, so jot it down in your Hotel Tracking Sheet in pencil and we’ll keep you posted as the date firms up. In the meantime, join us in whetting your taste buds for a friendly little alternative to some of the cooler-than-thou properties in this neck of the woods.

    Nolitan GM Patrik Horstmann used to manage the Gansevoort, and he is keen to avoid the neighborhood-alienation that went on as that hotel went up over in the Meatpacking District. The emphasis at the Nolitan is on friendly accessibility—for local businesses, residents, and hotel guests alike.
    With just 55 rooms, the hotel will be intimate—and some of the rooms quite small—but it’s been designed to open up and create space in a few different ways: through channel-glass panels that you can see in the rendering of the exterior, fire-escape-sized balconies for 25 of the rooms, a double-height lobby lounge and restaurant area, a sidewalk café, and that rooftop with views in every direction.

    The view looking east towards the Williamsburg Bridge

    This part of Nolita is still pretty gritty and industrial, something architects Grzywinski+Pons are recreating in the hotel’s wooden floors and exposed concrete ceilings and columns. But rest assured, there will be layers of comfort as well, from flatscreen TVs to Jimmy Bradley’s restaurant.

    We’ll bring you more details from The Nolitan as we count down to the opening, but we simply can’t wait to tell you that the hotel will offer complimentary WiFi as well as complimentary local and toll-free phone calls. Long-distance calls will carry no surcharge.

    Horstmann was adamant that guests shouldn’t have to pay outrageous mark-up for services that should be standard—cue enthusiastic applause—and for this alone we put The Nolitan one step ahead of its neighbor, 60 Thompson, which has reverted to charging for the privilege of WiFi.

    Rooms at The Nolitan will be in the $300-a-night range. We’ll let you know as soon as they start accepting bookings, which should be in the next few weeks.

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