In the News: Details about the Beekman Hotel

temple court montage••• Details on the hotel at 5 Beekman: “The Beekman Hotel, as it will be called, will mostly be contained in the existing brick building, which is actually two joined structures: one, with nine stories, from 1883, and an annex with 10 stories from 1890. […] For most of its life, it was called Temple Court, after the Temple legal district in London. Entered through arched doorways, many of those law offices were clustered around the atrium, under the skylight, which is also where hotel rooms will be tucked. Two duplex rooms will be in two cupolas whose pointed slate roofs were recently refurbished. An additional 75 rooms will be in the lower floors of that condo tower next door, a 600-foot building at 115 Nassau Street. The tower will also contain 68 condo units on its upper floors, which will be called the Beekman Residences, as well as amenity spaces for residents.” Apartments will have 16-foot ceilings and prices of more than $2,000 per square foot. “Scheduled to open in summer 2015, the hotel will be operated by Thompson Hotels, a brand under the umbrella of Commune Hotels & Resorts, whose New York properties include a pair nearby: Gild Hall, on Gold Street, and Smyth TriBeCa, on West Broadway. The condo will open a few months later.” Of special note to neighbors (who might want to pay close attention to the liquor-license application process: The hotel “will offer two ground-level restaurants, a lower-level lounge and four distinct event spaces, as well as rentable terraces on the roof.”The New York Times (the pix above are from Annika K. Martin’s photo essay)

••• “A food worker at the popular restaurant Pepolino suffered a serious but not life-threatening injury when his hand was caught in a kitchen machine Tuesday afternoon.” —DNAinfo

••• The New York Times imagines living in Battery Park City. “It makes the rest of New York so exciting,” resident Michael Inglesh is quoted as saying. (P.S. Love that the paper used the name Goldman Alley!)

••• “Oscar Farinetti, the Italian founder of Eataly, [said] that the new downtown store would be ‘near’ the site of the World Trade Center.” Presumably that includes 4WTC. There are also plans for an uptown branch. I wonder how Eataly will do as it becomes less special…. —Eater (UPDATE: See Luis’s comment below for an interesting  theory.)

••• The Landmarks Preservation Commission had reservations about the Howard Hughes Corporation’s vision for the Fulton Market Building. “The hearing closed without action, which means the future of the Fulton Market Building remains uncertain.” —Curbed

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  1. Hmmm, Could Eataly also be considering the old American Stock Exchange building? Could Anthony Bourdain be eyeing that spot as well? Remember that Bourdain was also rumored to be coming to the WTC area but no one has said anything at all about that since the Eataly rumor was announced.

  2. Also, what about the Syms building? Although they will probably want to put some windows in–too depressing as it is now, unless it gets torn down for a glass tower. Was thinking of either one for the Saks discount place.

    I’m hoping Eataly becomes less special–there’s stuff there I would buy if it weren’t such a madhouse.