Most New Yorkers know the Grand Prospect Hall from its amazing TV ads, like the one below. But, pretty soon, the gaudy Park Slope party mecca will be better known for its new 11-story hotel, which was announced last week, and the controversy it’s likely to stir up. Sure, the Hall has been in the Slope longer than many of its BroBos neighbors, but that won’t stymie their sense of entitlement or NIMBYism at such a (relatively) large development.
Yet it would seem Michael Halkias, the proprietor of the hall with his wife Alice, knows his new neighbors all too well. Nothing riles up Slopers more than the Co-op–except maybe for the dire prospect of finding parking on their bucolic, brownstone-lined streets. And so, The Brooklyn Paper reveals the Halkiases’ secret weapon:
A politically connected banquet hall operator’s plan for an 11-story lodge on Prospect Avenue met with virtually no opposition at its first public hearing on Thursday night – as locals lavished praise on the controversial project’s sweetener: a 400-space public garage.
“The biggest problem here is parking,” Irene Lo Re, the head of the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, told a mostly supportive crowd of 40 people. “We can’t turn our backs on 400 spaces.”
Who would have thought that the one thing to unite Park Slope would be a 150-room hotel.