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The Bronx Is Gentrifying

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After four years of construction, the Bronx's "first luxury hotel" is now open for business and taking reservations. An former opera house (whose stage was graced by stars like Houdini, the Marx Brothers and George Burns), it went through stints as movie theater and nightclub before its makeover, courtesy of developer Jay Domb, into the 60-room Opera House Hotel. Simple flourishes like a fleur-de-lis may not scream uber-high-end, but when you're getting a room for $120-180/night that's 20 minutes from midtown, who really cares as long as it's clean? Conversion complete. [Welcome2TheBronx; previously; official]