The rumors were true, and the Times today publicly unveils Gansevoort Park, a new hotel coming to a soon-to-be-demolished stretch of Park Avenue South at 29th Street. The team behind the $500-a-night project is Centurion Realty and WSA Managament, who made the Meatpacking District oh so MePa with the original Hotel Gansevoort at 13th Street and Ninth Avenue. Sure, the new hotel is nowhere near Gansevoort Street, but let's not nitpick here! Instead, let's look at the fun details: 19-story glass and limestone building with 225 rooms, three floors of bars and pools and debauchery open to the public and a ground-level steakhouse. Oh, and this:
A wide 150-foot-tall glass column containing light-emitting diodes will display mutating colors along the corner of the building’s facade, in a nod to four similar 15-foot columns at the Hotel Gansevoort.Message to the W Union Square and the Gramercy Park Hotel: Come 2009, it is so on!
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