‘Moxy’ Destroys More Historic Buildings for its New Bowery Hotel

Posted on: August 1st, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Moxy Hotels, the Marriott sub-label, prides itself on being hip. Here on the Lower East Side, though, that equates to destroying centuries worth of local history.

Up north in the East Village, five “landmark-eligible” buildings comprising 112-120 East 11th Street (across from Webster Hall) met the wrecking ball. The assemblage was described in a letter to the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “wonderfully intact ensemble of primarily early and late 19th century structures which are largely unchanged and representative of architectural styles of the era as well as the development of this section of the East Village.”

Not Long after this preservationist nightmare, the same landowner, Lightstone Group, scooped up four adjacent properties on the east side of the Bowery at Broome Street. Two different owners sold out to to the developers last August for a combined $56.6 million payday – 151 Bowery (Emmut Properties) and 145-149 Bowery (Gordon Lau).

All four buildings – or what’s left of them, anyway – are nearly two centuries old. New law tenements and a rear-yard “backhouse” likely dating back to the late-1890s.

In their place – an eighteen-story behemoth with 300 guest rooms and a gym, all across 85,831 square-feet of space.

Truly sad how, in the span of just a few years, the block of Bowery and Broome has lost so many historic structures.

Recent Stories

I May Survive Coronavirus, but My Friendships Won’t [OP-ED]

While I may survive the COVID-19 pandemic, some of my friendships won’t. As xenophobia grips the masses, racist attacks and harassment against Asians are on the rise at home and abroad. While many would condemn attacks or harassment on social media platforms, how many would intervene when it involves friends? Sadly, my guess is probably not […]

Tenement Museum Faces ‘Extraordinary Crisis’ Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown

The Tenement Museum is struggling to stay afloat, as the COVID-19 shutdown eliminated foot traffic and steady funding. Since closing to the public on March 14, the Lower East Side museum laid off 13 full-time employees (out of 66) – mostly from marketing, visitor services, and gift shop – and told another 40 not to […]

Grindr Date at Baruch Houses Gone Awry as Man Robbed with Taser, Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

A man was threatened with a taser and robbed in the Baruch Houses this week after a Gindr meetup gone awry, police said. The victim had been corresponding with another man on the Grindr dating app, and arranged an early-morning meetup at the Baruch Houses on March 23. (Nevermind, COVID-19.) At 7:30am, the victim arrived […]

Bowery Mission Serving Daily Meals to those in Need, Rain or Shine

While thousands across the city are isolating at home, there are others who don’t have many – if any – options for food or shelter during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bowery Mission is helping to curtail that by handing out meals to people at their Bowery site. Earlier this week, staff and volunteers distributed “to-go” […]

In Memoriam: Big Steve of East 3rd Street

A fixture on the Lower East Side for decades, Juan “Stevie” Guzman passed away last week of heart complications. He was kind, gentle and hilarious. Affectionately known as “Lil’ Steve,” and later, “Big Stevie,” he and his family lived on East 3rd Street and First Avenue since the 1960s. Many of of his relatives still […]