Hotelier Hank Freid Withdraws Application for Massive Rooftop Bar to Meet with Neighbors
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Hank Freid poster, Photo: LES Dwellers campaign
The grassroots furor over a new “Times Square style” rooftop at the Holiday Inn Delancey has already become a hurdle for the latest operator gunning for the space. Controversial hotelier Hank Freid withdrew his application from the Community Board 3 docket yesterday at the last minute. The proposal was to be heard by the SLA subcommittee this evening, but it must now wait another few weeks.
Apparently Freid and the hotel overlords came to the realization that neighborhood dialog was necessary before installing a sure-fire problem. Word on the street is that there was no little to no outreach until the press this week.
As previously reported, Freid’s nightlife pitch has two parts: the contested rooftop bar, dubbed Haven Rooftop, and the basement spot currently occupied by Retro Bar & Grill. Both venues would together attract upwards of 200 people at a time (half that can fit on the roof), with Haven boasting late closing times of midnight Sunday through Tuesday, and 2:00am Wednesday through Saturdays. Obviously of great concern is the close proximity to a dense residential area comprised of families, elderly, and young children.
The opposition, led by the LES Dwellers and Suffolk Street Block Association, is entrenched and ready for a Showdown when the application is heard next month (October 6).
We’ll see how this one shakes out.