The Nolitan Undresses

Posted on: April 12th, 2010 at 6:34 am by

Since last summer, the Nolitan has made local headlines for its gross violation of zoning restrictions in a protected district.  The fifty-five-room boutique hotel resides at 30 Kenmare Street in the Special Little Italy District, which caps building heights at eight stories, or 85 feet. This particular Tetris-inspired monstrosity rises nine floors, with an additional number of penthouse units.

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Despite the unresolved controversy, law-breaking, and a partial stop work order, the undressing of one section of the Nolitan began last week.  The question remains, however, whether the hotel will open in May as previously announced. Especially since the remaining half of the structure is incomplete.

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And here is the gagworthy description of the new establishment according to the official website:

When we open our doors in early 2010, you’ll experience one of New York’s most authentic and endearing neighborhoods in an entirely new way.

Our 55–room luxury boutique hotel will provide the perfect home in Nolita — impeccable, attentive, stylish and all about you. We’ll be your entrée into a real New York neighborhood that is creative, cool, international and historic. Linger. Enjoy. Imagine. Ruminate. Make friends. Experience life like a Nolitan.

Perhaps it should read, “you’ll experience a neighborhood decimated by the onslaught of big money, overpriced hotels, and bars, all of which continue to erase the fabric of this unique community.” And “Experience life like a neighbor of the Nolitan, and feel, in the words of Led Zeppelin, trampled underfoot.”

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