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Another Knock Against the Cooper Square Hotel

Has there ever been a more problematic development project than the Cooper Square Hotel? Let us count the ways.

  • The futuristic design is out of context with the neighborhood and has been panned by both civic groups and architecture critics.
  • Management failed to get approval for its planned bar and lounge spaces, and . . .
  • The bars that were approved are subject to early closing times, and its patrons are constantly harassed by the neighborhood residents.
  • They have opened during the worst travel recession in New York since 2001.
  • The development partners are no longer speaking to one another.

And the final kick in the teeth? Frank "the Tank" Bruni comes in and gives Table 8 at the Cooper Square Hotel a big fat zero stars. Zero! Frank says, "The people behind Table 8 have given too little thought to logistics and comfort. They were inattentive when they put the place together, and they’re inattentive still." Ouch. On a positive note, Table 8 does draw a crowd on a nightly basis, and in a big eff you to the Community Board, the Coop does host those kicking penthouse parties. But will this place ever get some good press? Oh Coop, we weep for thee. 

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Reader Comments (20)

They should have knocked down the building that they built over. Its bizarre. I thought I read that those folks didn’t want to give up the property or something. I dunno. The building looks like it belongs in South Beach Miami (pronounced Ma-Jami).

July 29, 2009 at 03:45PM | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

call me crazy, but i love the architecture and think the building looks amazing right where it is. if they effed up the bar/club/restaurant aspects i guess that's a different story, but at least they can fix that.

July 29, 2009 at 04:34PM | Unregistered Commenterveteran

FACT: they are defaulting on all their loans and filed bankruptcy, another management team or hotel will be taking it over soon

July 29, 2009 at 05:45PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Facts:

The coop is a beautiful building but is simply out of context, and yes, I too have heard/read that the developers behind this hotel are a mess and the "management" (aka Klaus Ortlieb and co)are having big problems.

It's no secret that several well-known hotel developers and management companies are circling this building like hungry sharks getting ready to unleash a feeding frenzy.

The Observer real estate section has had some great coverage.

July 29, 2009 at 06:03PM | Unregistered Commenteryawn

This rooftop just had an amazing party last night ... a bday party for Scott Lipps of One Management ... the views are truly a sight to behold .... but the "railing" or barrier or whatever that is supposed to keep you from going over the edge is a little too low ... i hope somebody doesn't fall off!

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Cool hotel

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