Monday, January 24, 2011

The Post looks at the new Bowery hotel, forgets where CBGBs was

Back on Jan. 11, Lois Weiss at the Post was first to report on the new new hotel coming to the former Salvation Army building on the Bowery. Since then, Curbed and the Observer have unleashed renderings of the hotel...

The Post follows-up today, getting some feedback about the gaudy-looking hotel's arrival in an article titled "The Bowery's Skid Glow."

Let's take a look at the article!

Nobody's begging for change anymore in the Bowery.
The once-gritty neighborhood has already become the face of the city's ongoing gentrification, but a new 14-story boutique hotel — complete with balconies that light up in shimmery pastels and a massive Jumbotron screen — has locals wondering if they are living in the next Times Square.
The hotel will go up right across the street from the old CBGBs, but recently released renderings show the look is more Kylie Minogue than Debbie Harry.

Right across the street from the old CBGBs?


The changes that the Bowery has undergone are astounding, said Suzanne Wasserman, director of the Gotham Center for New York City History at CUNY graduate center.
"When I moved to New York in 1980, it was Skid Row and bums [down there]," she said.
But Wasserman said there are only two constants in New York — change and people worrying about change.

Image created by Shawn Chittle.