Two High School Friends + One Hotel = Trouble

Mr. Peck also enlisted Klaus Ortlieb, then general manager of The Hotel on Rivington.

The duo further lined up a group of wealthy investors.

“It was a good team,” Mr. Peck said.


BUT, SOMEWHERE ALONG the line, amid significant construction delays and testy neighborhood opposition of the massive Cooper Square project, the two partners had a major falling-out.

Was it the critics? The regulatory rigmarole? Conflicting management styles? A woman? A source close to Mr. Peck indicated it was a series of conflicts.

Mr. Moss insisted the two remain friends. But the partnership formerly called Peck/Moss has never been the same. The two guys now employ separate publicists for the same hotel.

Ironically, it is not the experienced hotelier, Mr. Peck, but rather the former retail mogul, Mr. Moss, who is calling the shots at Cooper Square. He and his new partner, Mr. Ortlieb, will manage the place under the moniker MK Hotels.

Mr. Peck is still involved, according to both sides, although his partisans fear he may be pushed out entirely. In a prior interview with The Observer, Mr. Peck said, “Peck/Moss is still together and will be together through the opening of Cooper Square.” And after that? “I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

If Mr. Peck is at all perturbed by his former partner’s seizing of the reins, he tries awfully hard not to show it. “Look, I want to be in the business for a long time,” he said. “I want to be as positive as I can.”

Maybe that’s just the professional hotelier in him—gracious until the bitter end.

“The project we conceived is compelling,” he told The Observer. “Fortunately, it’s moving forward and I think it’s going to be a great new hotel.”

Two High School Friends + One Hotel = Trouble