I have come to learn that there are now not just one, but two new, BIG hotels in the East Village.
Both are located on the Bowery and near one of my favorite bars, Scratcher, on 5th st.
When I first saw The Bowery Hotel, located on Bowery between 2nd and 3rd sts, I thought it was yet another NYU dorm. And, I thought that it looked pretty good from an NYU-architecture standpoint (In general, NYU has built the ugliest buildings in New York City.)
The New York Times is a bit more to the point with its review:
… it’s no surprise that some New Yorkers find the opulent 17-story Bowery Hotel a bit galling. The latest venture from Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, who created the Maritime Hotel and numerous boÃ®tes, the hotel evokes the Gilded Age of red waistcoats, hand-set bricks and wood-paneled elevators. And the views from the upper floors are positively grand. So what if you might have to step over a few vestigial bums to get there?
From what I can see at street level, The Bowery Hotel features big windows that certainly must give a decent view of midtown Manhattan if you’re up high enough. When you look at the Bowery Hotel website, an East Village resident might say to themselves, “WOW! I could rent my place for $425 a night! That’s $12,000 per month!”
Prices are higher than I ever thought they could be for a hotel room in my neighborhood. But, obviously, times are changing.
The other hotel, which is currently under construction, is the Cooper Square Hotel on what is Third Avenue between 6th and 7th sts. There’s an informative interview with the hotel’s developer, Gregory Peck, here.
Look at this monster of a hotel here on Curbed. It’s 23 stories and will be completed by early next year. I can’t imagine a hotel right across the street from McSorley’s and the ukranian church but here it comes.
These two hotels will no doubt make the neighborhood busier than ever before. Feels to me like it will be too much – having both hotels.
It’s good for business, but bad in that it will overwhelm the neighborhood’s receding local charm.
March 25th, 2007
Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City