Rising at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets, The Nolitan is a new boutique hotel that's not afraid to court controversy. It is named, it should be pointed out, for a neighborhood some would say the hotel doesn't even reside in. Neighbors have been going after the hotel, designed by Hotel on Rivington architects Grzywinski+Pons, for months, and that was before the space-age design was even unveiled. Now blog The Lo-Down reports that neighbors are still complaining that the hotel is over-built, and the Buildings Department is slowly looking into those charges. Then there's the matter of noise coming from the sidewalk dining and rooftop lounge that The Nolitan is promising in its new e-brochure. E-brochure? E-brochure!
A preview website for the hotel has launched, featuring a "Meet the Nolitans" slideshow of neighborhood chefs, restaurateurs, boutique owners, tailors and other cool cats. There's also that online pamphlet featuring hotel details and renderings of the finished product (seen in the gallery above). What can we expect when the 55 luxuriously appointed rooms open in "early 2010?" A taste:
1) A main-floor restaurant from Jimmy Bradley (of The Harrison and The Red Cat fame)
2) Rooftop lounge, sidewalk dining and private terraces and decks
3) Complimentary bicycles and skateboards for guests
How can a place with free skateboards possibly be evil? We're sure the Nolita(?) neighbors will fill us in.
· The Nolitan [nolitanhotel.com]
· Frustrated Neighbors Battle City, New Hotel Over Zoning Restrictions [The Lo-Down]
· The Nolitan coverage [Curbed]