Richard Born has made a career out of providing other people with places to lay their heads—from the budget-conscious bunks of the Pod Hotel to the lavish, faux-threadbare suites of the Bowery. But after long tending to the lodgings of tourists and visitors, Mr. Born is finally looking after his own needs. And looking after them very well, indeed. The hotelier and wife Deborah have spent the startling sum of $18 million on a floor-through at 1020 Fifth Avenue.
We are as fond of baby animals and those brightly-colored mini food erasers as much as the next person. But our affections are decidedly more muted when it comes to small hotel rooms. Certainly there’s something cute about the teensy spaces, but it’s one of those you-won’t-know-until-you-try-it kind of things. And we’re not sure that we want to try it.
That said, tourists will have more opportunities than ever before. BD Hotels, the developer responsible for opening the first tiny hotel (or pod—if you want to put a positive spin on it) in Manhattan in 2007, is opening up a new location in Murray Hill, reports The New York Times. The 366-room hotel, Pod 39, will be slightly larger than its Midtown East sibling, Pod Hotel, and it will have more amenities.
Robert De Niro and his partners in the posh Greenwich Hotel probably never wanted a mob scene in the lobby, anyway.
The fancy Tribeca lodge is geared toward people who value their privacy, like Mr. De Niro himself. It’s supposed to be a quiet retreat where guys like Patrick Dempsey can lift weights in Read More
The affable maitre d’ at the Waverly Inn stomped out to the curb on Wednesday night, Dec. 17, armed with pen and paper. He demanded to know, Who’s leading this mob?
About a dozen plainly dressed protesters had lined up outside the fashionable West Village celebrity haunt rather inconveniently around Read More
A short, stocky man with a shopping bag full of swag sauntered up to the Hotel Gansevoort’s 15th-floor rooftop bar on Saturday afternoon. A bit wobbly and bordering on belligerent, he was wearing headphones. And yelling. A busy bartender, nonetheless, poured him another complimentary Peroni.
He said his name was Eliot Read More
Location: So, one day, the phone rings. It’s Robert De Niro. He wants to build a hotel. Why did he turn to you?
Mr. Born: I’ve got to believe that he was very methodical and careful because he actually spent years with this piece of property [the eventual Greenwich Hotel]. I Read More
It’s been years since the famous Chelsea Hotel opened up its Grand Ballroom. On Friday, the doors will finally be unlocked for an exhibit of more than 100 photographs taken at or inspired by the 125-year-old artistic enclave.
The show, curated by Chelsea resident and photographer Linda Troeller with the help of hotel co-owner (and Read More
BD NY Hotels, the Richard Born and Ira Drukier-led outfit hired last year to replace eccentric longtime Chelsea Hotel manager Stanley Bard, has filed for arbitration after being fired by the hotel’s governing board for "willful misconduct."
The controversial management team, which installed a rookie, 26-year-old Glennon Travis Read More
Legendary hotelier Stanley Bard doesn’t hang out in the lobby of his beloved Chelsea Hotel as often as he used to.
But, two weeks ago, the hotel’s infamously ousted manager made a rare appearance, joining the director Milos Forman (himself a former hotel resident) for an on-camera interview smack-dab in the Read More
Legendary hotelier Stanley Bard will deliver a videotaped "message of hope" tonight at the Museum of the City of New York.
Hear what the charismatic former manager of the embattled Chelsea Hotel has been up to since his controversial ouster last summer, what he thinks about the new management Read More