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Empire Hotel: The Mystery Deepens!

Yesterday, a Curbed reader inquired if we knew the fate of the recently sold Empire Hotel on the Upper West Side. Of course, we could have made some phone calls and determined the "truth," but what's the fun in that? Instead, we present clashing exclusives from two Curbed readers. Who's right? Who's wrong? You decide!

1) "Ian Schraeger bought the empire hotel... Will keep you updated as I learn more..." UPDATE: Linkage!
2) "Joseph Chetrit bought the Empire from Northstar/Schrager and will convert it to residential. Chetrit also bought the Helmsley Windsor on 6th and will do the same there." UPDATE: Confirmed by NYSun article from June ("The Chetrits obtained a $67 million acquisition and mezzanine loan to renovate the 373 rooms for conversion into 125 residential units and 25,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor.")

· Hotel Mania Update [Curbed]