Demolition Coming Soon to 185-191 Bowery; CitizenM to Follow

Posted on: September 27th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

An upscale hotel has long been threatened for the northeast corner of Bowery and Delancey. That’s right. It was exactly two years ago that we first learned about the greedy intentions of Brack Capital for this major crossroads of the Lower East Side. In a relatively short period of time, the company snapped up the quartet of properties comprising 185-191 Bowery. Before long, the century-old townhouse at number 185 received its death sentence, which many preservationists and residents fought to overturn. The building was beheaded, and nothing really happened here until four months ago when the hotel replacement was outed.

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CitizenM, a Dutch hotel franchise is planning a cumbersome 90,000 square-foot “budget” lodge for 185-191 Bowery, complete with wall-to-wall windows and “beds as big as your dreams.” Exact height is not yet known, however, once the smoke clears, the sun-blocking monolith will boast 315 rooms!  The unlikely completion date listed on the website is “Q1 2012.”

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Now preparations for the neighborhood-crushing wrecking ball are officially underway. Permits were just filed with the DOB yesterday for all four properties on the corner lot. What’s more, the entire area was recently retro-fitted with rat bait, a necessary course of action before razing any building. Signs plastered along the entrances announce as much. The years of relative quiet here are now over. Start soundproofing.

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