Opposition Mounts Against Public Hotel Garden Revamp on Chrystie Street
The 28-story Public Hotel hopes to reconfigure its garden area along Chrystie Street. Neighbors are not having it.
Posters in the immediate vicinity display the opposition to the liquor license modification. Claiming that the new garden format would be an “open air eating and drinking playground for the rich.”
According to materials submitted to the city, the Ian Schrager-owned hotel-condo building is gunning to redesign the seating layout of the southerly garden space on Chrystie. The plan is to accommodate a total ten tables and sixty-one seats.
CB3 will hear the application later tonight at the SLA subcommittee. Meanwhile, those living nearby are trying to generate enough opposition in this guerrilla street effort to drive a “Zoom protest.”
Recall that this park was part of a deal with the devil, sowed nine years ago in an overcrowded Community Board 3 meeting room. That’s when the advisory body recommended approval for the plan that traded land for favorable lease terms (extending Section 8 affordability twenty years) and onsite amenities. The New York Times summed it up perfectly with a headline two years ago – “How a Garden for the Poor Became a Playground for the Rich.”