Outspoken Residents Battle Delancey Holiday Inn Over its Latest Nightlife Proposal

Posted on: March 12th, 2018 at 5:04 am by

Barely a year after controversial hotel operator Hank Freid deserted his rooftop nightspot at the Delancey Street Holiday Inn, another major proposal is now up for consideration. And, as before, neighbors within earshot are rising against.

The Holiday Inn principals appear to have altogether abandoned a hangout for the rooftop in favor of a new two-pronged plan. The first is a conversion of the basement – the stagnant Retro Bar & Grill – to a karaoke “restaurant” that also features live music. Secondly, half the current Verizon retail store at 150 Delancey Street would revert to the hotel for the purposes of a nebulous, 600 square-foot cafe concept. The alteration application has been on and off the Community Board 3 agenda the last couple months, but will be heard later tonight at the SLA subcommittee meeting.

Unsurprisingly, there is pushback from two of the more prominent local block associations in this highly residential zone – LES Dwellers and the Suffolk Street BA. The latter previously met with co-owner Samir Gandhi, who noted that the Holiday Inn is allegedly bleeding money to the tune of $20,000, and feels that the added full liquor license on the ground floor (hours till 2am) will help recoup that loss.

Still of great concern to neighbors, though, is the close proximity to a dense residential area comprised of families, elderly, and young children.

“Since all these buildings (many of which are 100 year-old tenements with single-paned windows and wooden construction) are in such close contact, loud sounds from below and above would disturb these residents daily and generate calls to 311 and the local precinct,” a spokesperson from the Suffolk Street Block Association tells us. “The rooms at the Holiday Inn itself have double-paned, sound proof windows but our neighborhood residents are not so fortunate.”

As for the basement, the group opposes the “change of use of the current bar to a DJ/Karaoke/Live music venue,” as it would create a “much louder [volume] level of music.”

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