Veteran punk rocker Jello Biafra didn’t trash his hotel room during a recent trip to New York. It was already trashed.
“The air-conditioners are so old and beat up, I figure why waste electrical power during an energy crunch when I can just take off all my clothes and work nude?” quipped Mr. Biafra, Read More
Joe O’s, the casual sports bar and restaurant in the Hotel Pennsylvania and home to the $13 Vornado pizza — presumably, an ass-kissing tribute to hotel landlord Steve Roth’s ginormous real estate company — has been shuttered.
Its windows along West 33rd Street have been blacked out, with only a sign hanging Read More
After months of talk about demolishing the historic Hotel Pennsylvania to make way for a soaring office tower, landlord Vornado Realty Trust has acknowledged that it might just hang on to the McKim, Mead & White-designed, Dave Barry-panned, so-called "World’s Most Popular Hotel," after all.
"First off, it is doing damn well as Read More
Hotel Pennsylvania preservationist Gregory Jones recently received a Valentine’s Day greeting from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission–er, more of a Dear John letter, really.
The message, dated Feb. 14, reads: "At this time, the property does not appear to meet the criteria for designation and will not be recommended to the full commission Read More
Endangered Hotel Pennsylvania is rolling out the wood chips once again for its most highly regarded guests — the four-legged stars of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, taking place next week.
Competing canines will be treated to "sound healthy" live piano music in the lobby on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9, Read More
"Well, we won a small victory in the battle, but the fight isn’t over yet," said Gregory Jones.
The lead organizer of the "Save The Hotel" campaign was reacting to news that financial giant Merrill Lynch will likely stay put in the city’s financial district — and not relocate to the site Read More
The Wall Street Journal today reports that Merrill Lynch is likely to put off a decision on its headquarters location for at least another five years, as it is seeking a five-year lease renewal with current landlord Brookfield Properties at the World Financial Center downtown.
Such a move comes as good news Read More
At least one preservation group is speaking up on behalf of the endangered Hotel Pennsylvania.
The Historic Districts Council (HDC) has formally asked the Landmarks Preservation Commission to hold a hearing on proposals to protect the old McKim, Mead & White-designed hotel, which owner Vornado Realty Trust has threatened to demolish.
"Much discussion, Read More
The New York Post‘s real-estate ranter Steve Cuozzo today ridicules the campaign to landmark endangered Hotel Pennsylvania, denouncing the old inn as "one of the gloomiest structures between the Battery and The Bronx."
The last-minute drive to save the hotel is flagrant anti-development obstructionism, under the thinnest possible mask of preservationism. It Read More