‘Public Hotel’ Blinks, Turns out the Lights on its Sky-High Billboard
Fierce local opposition seems to have extinguished the branded lights at the new Public Hotel on Chrystie Street.
Ian Schrager’s eyesore of a lodge boasted Lite-Brite style lettering (spelling “Public”) in the upper windows of its 28-story tower for the last couple months. It was an illuminated announcement – 24/7 – that irked some denizens of the Lower East Side. So much so, that a petition surfaced calling on the Public Hotel to turn out the lights and to be a “good neighbor” without the Times Square billboard. It netted 136 signatures of support, and dozens of comments.
This weekend, however, the spelling disappeared.
As previously reported, the self-described “tough luxe” development – acquired by prolific hotelier Schrager five years ago for $50 million – boasts eleven ultra-pricey “one of a kind” condos atop the 370-key hotel.