Revised Proposal Sees Hotelier Hank Freid Bringing ‘Haven Rooftop’ to Holiday Inn on Delancey Street

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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It’s back to square-one for the Holiday Inn on Delancey Street, which is trying everything in the playbook to install a fifty-table rooftop bar. The controversial proposal didn’t go over too well with Community Board 3 last month, during which dozens of residents (and the board) protested.

After the denial, it appears that operators Joe Donagher and Eamon Donnelly are no longer vying for the distinction of running this thing. Instead, the Holiday Inn is going with Hank Freid, a notorious hotelier (Sanctuary Hotel) who was once-upon-a-time accused of exploiting HIV/AIDS patients. Per a 2008 report in the Observer, “[Freid is considered a terrible landlord] after contracting with the government to provide housing for homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS at his hotels amid hard economic times, then evicting those tenants to make way for upcale renovations once the economy rebounded.”

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Anyway, according to the updated application submitted to CB3, Freid is attached to the food and beverage plan at the Holiday Inn, which includes rooftop bar – dubbed Haven Rooftop – and the basement spot currently known as Retro Bar & Grill. Gene Kaufman, who designed the hotel, is the architect of record. Of most concern, though, are the operating hours at Haven, which call for midnight closing Sunday through Tuesday, and 2:00am Wednesday through Saturdays.

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Regardless of proprietor, there will be a fight over this proposed nightspot due to its proximity to neighboring residences. The 132-key lodge foisted itself upon a residential nook of the neighborhood three years ago, and is surrounded by buildings largely comprised of families, elderly, and young children. Donagher and Donnelly’s pitch had problems from the very beginning because of this, and became a rallying point for area residents who showed up in protest last month. Two-dozen activists (led by the Suffolk Street Block Association) sat for hours at the SLA subcommittee meeting wearing green signs bearing messages of opposition (e.g. “I am a resident of 98 Suffolk Street; my building touches the Holiday Inn”).

Freid will likely encounter much the same.

The Haven Rooftop at the Holiday Inn

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