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Meet the LES's Newest NIMBY, the Sperone Westwater Gallery

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Community Board 3 gave its unanimous approval in September to the construction of the Chrystie Street Hotel, a planned 25-story hotel/condo project at 215 Chytrstie Street that will replace the green space at 10 Stanton Street. In exchange, the apartments at 10 Stanton will get federal housing subsidies until 2035. There's just one problem: the Sperone Westwater Gallery doesn't like the plan. The hotel would go up behind the gallery, blocking its view?and, the owners argue, hurting the architectural integrity of the neighborhood. "This neighborhood has become a kind of destination for architectural distinction," Angela Westwater, Sperone Westwater found and co-owner, tells the Journal. "The hotel is out of context with the Lower East Side." More toolbox than jewel box, perhaps?

Sperone Westwater has brought environmental lawyer Albert Butzel in to work the same magic he worked stopping the Westway highway project; Butzel is already arguing that replacing the 10 Stanton garden with a building requires an environmental review. Advocates for the 10 Stanton tenants, meanwhile, are worried that the building's housing subsidy deal could disappear if the city denies the hotel project. The hotel is set to be designed by Handel Architects.
· The New Clashing With the Newer [WSJ]
· Chrystie St. Hotel Gets Go-Ahead After Affordability Extension [Curbed]
· Sperone Westwater Gallery coverage [Curbed]

Sperone Westwater

257 Bowery, New York, NY 10002