Incredibly gentrified as it has become, the Lower East Side is still lacking that hallmark of neighborhood development: a decent boutique hotel. Sure, The Hotel on Rivington was one of the firm mega-towers to mar the tenenment-scale neighbhorhood’s skyline, but The Observer has always found that place to be pretty meh, and only getting worse. The Thompson has not been much better.
Now, one of the most stalled structures in the city, 180 Ludlow—it’s been an empty shell for years, something straight out of bombed out Beirut—has found a buyer, and it is the very reputable gang at BD Hotels, Curbed reports.
Celebrity hotelier Robert De Niro‘s hugely anticipated and high-priced lodge, the 88-room Greenwich Hotel, officially opens for business today in Tribeca.
And talk about excellence in hospitality!
A Curbed tipster reports from the scene:
there are three staffers outside the hotel, guarding against photographs. OF THE EXTERIOR. I managed to Read More
The first retail casualty of the embattled Chelsea Hotel‘s 2007 managerial coup d’etat has reopened on West 36th Street, near Macy’s, according to British newspaper The Independent [via Living With Legends]:
For 44 years, Capitol Fishing Tackle lived next to the notorious Chelsea Hotel….
‘Field and Stream’ called Capitol "the weirdest tackle Read More
Today’s New York Sun examines the potential side-effects of the city’s ongoing hotel boom.
Between 13,000 to 18,000 new and renovated rooms are expected in the coming years, which sounds great for consumers but some proprietors aren’t so stoked.
Hotelier Richard Born, who is quoted at length, foresees a lot of doom and Read More
So much for the Chelsea Hotel’s resident "eurotrash beachbum."
Glennon Travis, the new director of operations for the embattled bohemian enclave, whom The Observer profiled last week, has scrapped his revealing MySpace page following the article’s publication.
Nevermind that part about "[d]espite the teasing, Mr. Travis has yet to remove or even alter Read More
The new managers of the historic Chelsea Hotel have launched a revamped Web site for reservations and information about the iconic lodge on West 23rd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
The "History" section drops the usual references to famous hotel inhabitants Dylan Thomas and Sid Vicious but makes no mention of Read More