Born, MacPherson hotel to replace New School dorm

Clockwise from left: 3 West 8th Street (source: PropertyShark) and beat writers Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac

A New School Parson’s dormitory in Greenwich Village will become a posh hotel, the New York Post reported. Hoteliers Richard Born and Sean MacPherson signed a lease for the eight-story building at 3 West 8th Street that had served as a dorm for the New School for the last 25 years.

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“It’s screaming for a hotel that will fit in with Greenwich Village and [New York University],” Born said. The pair intends to renovate the building in the spirit of their Jane and Bowery hotels, and plans to have a bar and restaurant on the ground floor.

The 43,600-square-foot building was originally erected in 1900 as the Marlton House, and, according to the Post, it later became a haven for struggling Beat Generation writers including Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. [Post]

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