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Alex Chu unveils Chinatown hotel design

Glassy 22-story tower recently received DOB nod
April 14, 2014 04:15PM

Armed with a permit from the Department of Buildings, Alex Chu is gearing up to build his controversial 229-key hotel in Chinatown.

A construction fence has gone up in around the development site of a 22-story tower at 50 Bowery, with a new rendering from architect Peter Poon posted, according to a report. The site was once targeted for preservation by locals.

The glassy design contrasts to that of the landmarked Citizens Savings Bank nearby, according to Curbed — as well as the buildings that were up at the site before demolition, including a historic beer hall that once put George Washington up for a night.

Chu originally proposed to build a 27-story hotel and condominium tower at the site in 2009, as previously reported. It isn’t clear whether the site will still include community facility space as originally designed. The new plans were approved two weeks ago, the blog reported. [Curbed] — Angela Hunt

  • CloseYourEyesandBlow

    Out of context

    • golliwogs command such respect

      Why don’t we preserve Chinatown in amber like a giant theme park Tenement Museum and leave Asian development to places like Hong Kong and Singapore when Little Tokyo in Los Angeles can’t even persist without government handouts?

      How do we keep Chinatown alive – by letting the market play out and the Chinese business people direct traffic – or letting it DIE because we’re all too scared of very manipulative discouraging maneuvers now that the real estate is attractive to outsiders?

  • Soup BUNZ

    Maybe a hotel district in Chinatown will bring Din Tai Fung to Manhattan.

    Maybe Dominique Ansel would stand on line for a table:

  • Ka ching Ka ching

    Is there room for an Apple Store in there? Is that building next door still a bank?

    It’s not anti-Mom and Pop (the opposite in fact) to want the original Chinatown to be endorsed by Big Retail:

    Go to Queens Center Mall and see that the shoppers are mostly immigrants. The appeal is that the regular American shops with sophisticated professional design is available to everyone and that goes a long way in making people feel a part of things and united with one another across ethnicities. I didn’t grow up with malls but I think the old department stores in Manhattan served the same purpose because there was no pressure to purchase unlike personally-owned shops.

    There are a lot of cell phone store misdeeds reported in the Chinese newspapers. If Apple or Samsung opened a store and hired Chinese clerks, it would be awesome. They could have android workshops in Chinese pushing the latest streaming tv apps.

  • Guest

    Sadly, it’s an ill-conceived, badly thought-through scheme on a prominent and important site. These sort of dated-before-they-are-built designs should be reserved for the corporate commercial wasteland in New Jersey. NYC has reached a point by now where it is perfectly possible to combine stunning architecture, money making and great urban and community spaces without having to fall back on such lacklustre designs. I am sure better things were imagined for this site. It’s sad to think that a grand hotel experience could have been had here. Instead, this hotel will join a list of last resort places to stay in NYC – hardly grand!