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Boutique Bronx Hotel Sells Operatic History and More

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The former Bronx Opera House is being turned into one of the borough's first boutique hotels, marketed towards European visitors and Yankees fans looking to spend the night near the stadium. Developer Jay Domb purchased the building on East 149th Street in the Bronx in 2007 for $2 million, according to the Daily News, and is turning the 1913 opera house-turned-movie theater-turned nightclub into a 61-room hotel with a large retailer like Old Navy on the ground floor. The former theater featured performers like Harry Houdini, The Marx Brothers, and George Burns. To hear Domb tell it, the south Bronx location practically sells itself. "Every brand name store is here and there are police on every corner. The subway ride to midtown is 25 minutes." We're not clear if that police remark is an amenity, a reassurance, a warning or what. But a $148/night room rate dissipates a lot of qualms when looking for a place to stay.
· Manhattan Developer Hard at Work on Boutique Hotel in Forgotten South Bronx Opera House on E. 149th St. [NYDN]
· Bronx Opera House Hotel [coming soon]