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Thread: Proposed: The Remy - 101 West 28th Street - by Costas Kondylis

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    Mother Nature slowly (but surely) trying to reclaim the site.

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    Oh well ...

    Arrested Development: Remy Gets Its Hole Plugged

    CURBED
    Monday, October 27, 2008


    In a depressing before-and-after, the site has been scrubbed of its promise.

    It's been over a year since we last reported on Remy, the Costas
    Kondylis-designed cantilevered tower planned for the corner of Sixth
    Avenue and West 28th Street that never quite got off the ground, even
    when the market was healthy. That site has been dead for so long that a
    funeral was in order. So be it. Over the past couple of weeks a crew gave
    the Remy a burial by filling the long-completed foundation up to the
    brim with big chunks of concrete rubble. Based on permits posted at the
    site it looks like the neighbors were in danger of some sort of possible
    collapse. To make sure no disasters struck the long-dormant site on this
    busy corner, the Department of Buildings ordered the stabilizing cover-up.
    Will these nondos rise from the dead? Hey, it's almost Halloween, and
    spookier things have happened.


    The site last summer...and today.


    Permission to backfill and bury granted.

    · Checking In: Towers of the 20's Taking Shape [Curbed]
    · CurbedWire: A Taste of Remy [Curbed]

    101 w 28

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    This ^ is how surface parking lots are born.

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    With a now dead site, a parking lot will be welcomed.

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    This may be revived-there is test drilling at the site this week.

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    That's good news but why would they need to test drill at this point. Whatever tests they need to do would have been done previously.

    Anyway, if it does start up again, that is one Kondylis design I wouldn't mind seeing get built.

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    The day after New Years a crew was in there doing something (and some wives, who couldn't tell me what was going on, were there with babies and strollers!) ...

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    Lofter you're such a reliable snoop.

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    I could kick myself for not getting some shots of the two strollers parked just inside that plywood fence, resting atop all that concrete rubble. But the two young moms were standing just to the left, holding babes in arms.

    Sometimes I'm too damned respectful

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    The drill is from Warren George- a test drilling company.

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    As mentioned in the other thread, the site will now host an Aloft Hotel.





    http://www.observer.com/2009/real-es...otwithstanding

    Starwood Forges Ahead with Aloft Hotel in Chelsea, Un-lofty Market Notwithstanding

    By Dana Rubinstein
    March 27, 2009 | 3:56 p.m


    Starwood Hotels may be cutting costs – the firm recently announced it was consolidating its commercial space into its existing office at 75 Varick Street – but the hotel chain is moving ahead with its plans to erect a new Aloft hotel in Chelsea.

    On March 25, representatives of developer Matthew Adell, of Adellco, filed a proposal with the Buildings Department to build a 32-story Aloft hotel at 815 Sixth Avenue. According to the proposal, the building will include 19,903 square feet of residential space and 53,558 of commercial space.

    Aloft is Starwood Hotel’s hip, budget brand. 4hoteliers.com recently described the brand thusly:

    Aloft is a brand meant to synergize with the environment in which each hotel is set. Case in point: The urban style and design of the aloft product is an obvious fit for the 300-acre, waterfront Washington National Harbor mixed-use development, located just outside of Washington, D.C. With aloft’s trendy style, creative design features, chic amenity package, and target demographic, the proposed hotel, set to open in April of 2009, is poised to be the “hip” driver and focal point of this redevelopment project.

    In keeping with that notion of integrated-into-the-neighborhood hipness, the Web site for the new Chelsea hotel, at 28th Street, promises lodgings “close to all the action, from businesses to Broadway shows. Explore our area’s galleries, chic boutiques, enticing eateries—and nonstop nightlife.”

    Even better, the stylish low-cost traveler will be able to “Meet & mingle with friends at our w xyz(SM) bar, grab a sweet, savory, or healthy snack from re:fuel by aloft(SM), our 24/7 pantry, or play in our re:mix(SM) lobby. Plus, you can always stay connected with complimentary hotel-wide wired and wireless Internet access!”

    According to its site, Starwood is also planning Aloft hotels in Long Island City, Harlem, and Downtown Brooklyn.

    All this, as the market for hotels across the board is softening.

    Dow Jones Newswires reported on Friday, March 27, that room rates in New York in February were down 19 percent.



    aloft Manhattan Chelsea
    http://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofth...ropertyID=3417


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    Cetra Ruddy is designing the aloft in Long Island City. Coincidentally, on their website they show a hotel on 28th Street called Hotel 28. Doesn't seem like the same site though.

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    The new hotel mentioned in the article is mid-block on West 28th.

    The Remy lot on the NW corner of 28th / Sixth is still a fenced-off concrete-rubble filled hole and has been dead and cold for months.

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    Thanks, Lofter.

    Do you know where the proposed mid-block hotel will rise? 28th Street has a lot of nice old buildings. Hopefully, nothing nice will not be razed.

    Is Cetra Ruddy the architect? There's a lame project on its website called Hotel 28. It does not appear to be the site of the Remy. Also, the DOB listings for the Remy's site state that NOBUTAKA ASHHHARA is the architect. Considering that his work generally sucks, this is not promising.

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    Kiss this any charm this block may once have had goodbye.

    The bad news (this is just for the NORTH side of this one block):

    The Remy site, 101 W 28th / 815 Sixth, shows a new-ish Application for a 32-story Hotel with the Architect listed as Nobutaka Ashihara, the newest member of the WNY Hack-itect Club. Status: PLAN EXAM - DISAPPROVED 07/06/2009

    Next door, 103 W 28th shows no new applications and apparently will remain as is (as of now).

    At 105 W 28th DOB shows an NB Application for a new 7-story (?) hotel, by charter member of the Hack-itect Club, Gene Kaufman; Owner: Phyllis Johnson / 105 W. 28th Street (Individual). Status: PLAN EXAM - DISAPPROVED 08/18/2009

    At 107 W 28th DOB shows a separate NB Application, also from Kaufman, this one for a 17-story hotel; Owner: Phyllis Johnson / 105 W. 28th Street (Individual). Status: PLAN EXAM - DISAPPROVED 08/18/2009

    109 W 28 shows no new applications.

    Note: 105-109 appears, by looking at the facade from the street, that this is one contiguous building, but apparently it is three separate lots. It's a classic old Chelsea flower market building, with lots of charm.

    111-113 W 28 is an existing 6-story condo and will remain.

    115 W 28 is a 4-story brick structure and shows no new applications.

    117 W 28 is a 3-story building that, in 2007, transferred air rights to a new Kaufman hotel at 119-121 W 28.

    119-121 W 28 is the completed 23-story Chang / Kaufman Hilton Garden Inn.

    123-125 W 28 shows a NB Application for a 20-story hotel, from Kaufman; Developer: Robert Chun / WE CARE TRADING CO LTD. Status: PLAN EXAM - DISAPPROVED 07/07/2009

    127-129 W 28 is the new 18-story hotel (Indigo Hotel), from Nobutaka Ashihara; Owner: Morris Moinian. IMHO, as banal as the other new hotels in this area are this one is the most ridiculous, showing a facade of orange-ish brick with silly white quoins running up the full length of the corners to the top.

    131-133 W 28 is an existing 7-story condo and will remain.

    135 W 28 is a 5-story building showing no new applications.

    137 W 28 is a 3-story building showing no new applications.

    139 W 28 is a 5-story building showing no new applications.

    141-143 W 28 is a 12-story Garment District type building with no planned changes for the site; this end of the block is different in nature to the lower rise eastern end.

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