Public Hotels

When the Rear Garden Grows the 28-Story Public Hotel

Posted October 19, 2018 at 5:09 am

For the last year, 215 Chrystie Street has been the address of Ian Schrager’s posh Public Hotel (and condos). Before the 28-story development, though, this city parcel was the rear yard, and garden, for the Thelma Burke building on Stanton Street. The New York Times just published a new feature, “How a Garden for the […]

70-Year-Old Man Charged in Connection with Fatal Stabbing of Homeless Man in Sara D. Roosevelt Park During K2 Drug Feud

Last modified August 20, 2018 at 7:08 am

A homeless man was fatally stabbed in the chest Saturday afternoon on Chrystie Street inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, police said. Cops responded to reports of an assault inside the park at around 2:15pm. The victim, identified as 23-year-old Arturo Valdez, was found with a stab wound to his chest, police said. He was transported […]

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Man Stabbed in Broad Daylight on Park Bench Across from the Public Hotel

Posted December 28, 2017 at 5:12 am

It’s a tale of two Chrystie Streets… With glitz, glamor, and gold up above, for Public Hotel, there’s violence and poverty at the proverbial doorstep. The latest is a broad-daylight stabbing in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, immediately across the way from 215 Chrystie Street. Yesterday morning, a 34-year-old man sitting on a park bench was […]

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Yesterday’s Hit-and-Run Driver on Chrystie Street was Homeless Man with Stolen Car

Posted September 6, 2017 at 5:12 am

So, about that hit-and-run yesterday afternoon outside the Public Hotel on Chrystie Street… A homeless man reportedly boosted a Honda Civic at around noon, and struck a 49-year-old worker with Action Carting. The victim was near his flatbed truck at 215 Chrystie Street, and sustained a serious ankle injury in the accident. Police later collared […]

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There Was Reportedly a Hit-and-Run Outside the Public Hotel this Afternoon

Posted September 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Several readers alert us to a purported hit-and-run that transpired this afternoon outside the Public Hotel on Chrystie Street. Details on the incident are not confirmed, but our tipsters spoke with investigators on scene who said that “someone was injured” in the alleged accident. It was apparently serious enough to elicit a major response from […]

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Sex, Noise, and Garbage: How Ian Schrager’s Rowdy Public Hotel is Ruining Life for Many

Last modified August 2, 2017 at 7:07 am

Open for about two months, Ian Schrager’s glamorous Public Hotel has already made enemies with the very building to which it owes its existence. Sex, noise, and garbage are the operative words here. Located at the perimeter of the 28-story Public Hotel, the Section 8 housing complex at 10 Stanton Street signed a compact in […]

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Public Hotel Opens Tomorrow on Chrystie Street, with Vongerichten’s ‘Public Kitchen’ Serving

Posted June 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

The big day is nigh for hotelier Ian Schrager, whose newest Public Hotel, the first of its kind in Manhattan, opens tomorrow. It’ll launch simultaneously with the already-acclaimed restaurant complex by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. At least according to several people working out front. Meanwhile, on the ground, workers recently dismantled the plywood and sidewalk shed to reveal the […]

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‘Public Hotel’ Blinks, Turns out the Lights on its Sky-High Billboard

Posted April 17, 2017 at 5:12 am

Fierce local opposition seems to have extinguished the branded lights at the new Public Hotel on Chrystie Street. Ian Schrager’s eyesore of a lodge boasted Lite-Brite style lettering (spelling “Public”) in the upper windows of its 28-story tower for the last couple months. It was an illuminated announcement – 24/7 – that irked some denizens […]

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Neighbors Petition to Fight the ‘Public Hotel’ Spelling Lights

Posted April 3, 2017 at 5:16 am

Public Hotel remains in the spotlight with its window-lit spelling scheme. The uppermost floors of both the northern and southern exposures of Ian Schrager’s new 28-story condo-hotel act as advertisement for the brand. In fact, the illuminated billboard (nay, Lite-Brite) shines 24/7. Since the switch flipped, however, we’ve fielded a growing number of emails from neighbors who […]

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Public Hotel Doubles Down with ‘Lite Brite’ Style Spelling on Chrystie Street

Posted March 29, 2017 at 5:12 am

If the gargantuan Public Hotel on Chrystie Street were a Lite-Brite, its top floors would be the canvas, the string of lights its pegs. Two weeks after spelling itself on the north face of the building, workers completed a similar feat for the southern exposure. Whereas the former is sideways, the latter is right-side-up. It’s […]

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