As if living inside of a construction site were not bad enough, your home denuded of its famous art and filled with hundred-year-old dust, it appears the renovations to the Chelsea Hotel could be making those still living there sick—at least that is what the boarders are arguing to DNAinfo, and they have hired an outside health probe to make their case. Read More
Almost a year ago, Ian Schrager entered his latest act—The Observer is not sure whether this counts as his fifth or sixth or tenth act at this point—which promised two new hotel chains, as well as “bikini boot camps.” While there is no sign of the latter, Bloomberg is reporting that Mr. Schrager has purchased two sites in the city that he is preparing to transform into budget boutique hotels befitting his new Public brand. Read More
When Joseph Chetrit bought the Chelsea Hotel, there was widespread fear of what would become to the grand old dame. Would she lose her quirks and charm, the characteristics that made this The Chelsea? The Real Deal got a look around the redbrick behemoth on 23rd Street recently, and it looks like the answer is a definite yes. Read More
First off, who is Harry Gross? Read More
The Waldorf-Astoria has lost some of its Jazz Age luster, growing rumpled and maybe even a little racist in old age. The hotel was purchased four years ago by Blackstone for $572 million, part of a $26 billion deal to buy up the Hilton chain. Now the monolithic investment outfit is prepared to spruce up the Walfdorf-Astoria, the Post reports.
According to the tab, Blackstone plans to spend “hundreds of millions of dollars” renovating the hotel, once home to mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano and jazz singer Cole Porter, as well as the eponymous salad. Read More
Why on Earth is Aby Rosen buying another hotel? Read More
Ian Schrager has mellowed.
The maniacal Studio 54 founder (and ex-con!) who pioneered the boutique hotel thinks the whole scene is over. As he prepares to launch his new Public brand of hotels, one of a handful of new ventures, it will be anything but boutique, he explains to The Journal.
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At first, it appeared the coolest thing about the new Yotel near Times Square was that the futuristic inn was almost entirely automated. Check-in is done at computer terminals in the lobby. The conference room doubles as a billiard hall, with the tables flipping from Powerpoint-enabled to pool cue-ready. The slick food may Read More
Artists and nostalgists need not fear–the Chelsea will remain a hotel.
Joseph Chetrit is the mysterious buyer taking over the famous flophouse, The Journal reports today, beating out more talked about suitors like Andre Balazs, Ian Schrager and David Edelstein. It appears he has no intention of creating condos, unlike some Read More
One of the best buildings in New York has lain dormant for a decade, with no one really wanting anything to do with it. That would be the old TWA terminal designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen. The gull-in-flight concrete structure is an international icon, but it lost its purpose when the airline went bankrupt Read More