Video: Hotels and More in the East Village and LES

The Cooper Square Hotel Lurks

The Cooper Square Lurks

Construction remains a focus of the East Village Podcasts blog, and this post is no different.

This past weekend, the editorial team went to the streets of the East Village and Lower East Side to shed a “video” light on several of the newest buildings in the area that blot out the sun. Chief among the sun shields – the Cooper Square Hotel – an amazing building from Carlos Zapata that could not be more out of place at its Bowery and 5th Street location. (And, I see the new Google Maps Street View has updated its picture of the dildo of darkness.) Brian Rose concurs on the big changes.

In the video, faithful readers will note that the plywood is almost totally removed from the windowed facade after months of plywood plugs. An opening of mid-July seems possible.

More Buildings

Other video captured includes the construction site of Thom Mayne’s Cooper Union building at 6th Street and 3rd Avenue which is now around floor 5 or 6. Further down the street, you will see The Bowery Hotel at 3rd Street and Bowery. One night at The Bowery Hotel will set you back $575 for a queen size bed. Or, you can sleep with me for $45. I’ll tuck you in, too.

By the way, good news, absinthe now available at The Bowery Hotel bar with IVs.

EVP cameras ventured to the corner of Ludlow and Delancey for an up-close and personal look at the new School of Visual Arts dorm/penitentiary. The new architecture’s color palette fits in well with its neighbor, the venerable Sol Moscot – the optician just around the corner. I like how the windows are vertical and not too big – reminds me of the jails down on Centre Street – that’ll keep those persnickety SVA kids in order. Hang ’em high! Students can always go to the The Hotel On Rivington if they need a windows fix.

Finally, Thompson LES continues taking tons of garbage out of the hotel and they still can’t seem to open. My guess is August now for a gala opening to their scruffy, Ben Sherman-ed crowd. Hotel Chatter: June 2 is wishful thinking in my humble opinion (see video).

Enjoy the show!


May 13th, 2008

Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City

1 Comment

  • 1. EV Grieve  |  May 14th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I can’t believe how quickly some of these things are going up…I swear I rarely see any workers at some of these sites.
    Oh, and “dildo of darkness?” Classic.
    I linked to this post. Great stuff.


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