Neighborhood Backlash Forces Controversial Hotelier to Abort Holiday Inn Rooftop Bar on Delancey

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 at 5:06 am by

holiday-inn-delancey

Suffolk Street is victorious, and hotelier Hank Freid is licking his proverbial wounds.

The controversial hotel operator had been gunning to install an enormous rooftop bar atop the Holiday Inn on Delancey Street. Their plans met instant opposition, spearheaded by the Suffolk Street Block Association and the LES Dwellers. It worked.

In the five months since August, Freid’s Impulsive Group landed on the Community Board 3 agenda for consideration. He wanted to both revamp the basement space (i.e. Retro Bar & Grill) and create a 100-person capacity roof hangout similar to his Haven venue in Times Square. However, all planned appearances were canceled in order to discuss plans with the aforementioned neighborhood groups.

Of great concern to neighbors is the close proximity to a dense residential area comprised of families, elderly, and young children. The affected apparently would not compromise, despite the usual lip-service of soundproofing, traffic studies, and “community benefits.” So, in the end, there was impasse and Freid allegedly pulled out. His counsel reportedly informed District Manager Susan Stetzer that they decided “not to move forward with the project at this time.”

The Haven spinoff project was the second such applicant to vie for this space in the last year. You’ll recall that operators Joe Donagher and Eamon Donnelly were initially chosen to run the replacement food and beverage onsite. Their plan, equally futile, was to revamp the perpetually-empty Retro Bar & Grill in the basement and create a club atop 150 Delancey Street. It met the same vehement opposition and CB3 gave it the boot.

Hank Freid poster, Photo: LES Dwellers campaign

Hank Freid poster, Photo: LES Dwellers campaign

Recent Stories

Chinatown Art Brigade Protests Racially Insensitive ‘Poverty Porn’ at James Cohan Gallery

A controversial show at the James Cohan Gallery that’s drawn local ire in the Chinatown community was the site of an invasive protest action yesterday. The Chinatown Art Brigade, known for its nighttime projections of “Chinatown is not for sale” onto building facades, organized the rally on Grand Street in response to the racially insensitive […]

City Installs Countdown Clock at Rutgers Street M9 Bus Stop

Hark, weary commuters. There is a new piece of tech hardware at the northwest corner of East Broadway and Rutgers Street. Indeed, the city installed a new countdown clock for the downtown M9 bus stop over the weekend. The bus information is posted on both the sign and available via audio cue. This is seemingly […]

Scenes from Yesterday’s Lower East Side Pickle Day [PHOTOS]

Yesterday afternoon, mere hours after a woman was shot nearby, the Lower East Side Pickle Day took up residence along the northern third of Orchard Street. Attracting throngs of tourists to Hell Square, as is the case each year. Even the Pickle Guys’ Grand Street location was jam-packed throughout the afternoon, handling the party overflow… The […]

‘Tang Hotpot’ Unveiled on the Bowery, Opening Soon

After six months of construction, the final pieces are falling into place for Tang Hotpot. The new Szechuan restaurant at 135 Bowery recently dispensed with the sidewalk shed to reveal its unique exterior, complete with decorative door, teaser signage, and fishbowl window. Tang Hotpot is a loose spinoff of The Tang in the East Village […]

Surveillance Footage Shows Perp Fleeing on Moped After Rivington Street Shooting [VIDEO]

Surveillance video just surfaced of the perp who allegedly shot a 26-year-old woman near the Hotel on Rivington early yesterday morning. The victim reportedly exited a cab shortly after 5am when a bullet grazed her upper left shoulder. According to police, four shots were fired, and as many 9mm casings were recovered. By yesterday afternoon, crime scene tape […]