An old four-story warehouse at 233 Norman Avenue on the corner of Henry Street in Greenpoint is being converted into a hotel by born-again architect Robert Scarano. Public records show that plans to convert the building have been on the books since 2006, but the Brooklyn Paper reported that owner Joe Torres put them on hold until last year, when he began evicting tenants. The Department of Buildings approved the most recent plan exam on May 8, while permits for the conversion were re-approved in September 2013.
The hotel will be called the Henry Norman Hotel, which works because those are the names of the street, but the hotel's teaser site has a photo of some duded named Henry Wylie Norman, who has absolutely nothing to do with hotels, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, or even the United States. There's a phone number on the website, but it leads to a very unhelpful recording that says, "The person you are calling cannot accept calls at this time."
There have been signs posted around the neighborhood alerting neighbors to the hotel's liquor license application and the rooftop bar. Torres also owns and operates the Box House Hotel, which is also located in a converted warehouse, about a mile from the Henry Norman. For what it's worth, the Box House Hotel has solid reviews on TripAdvisor, Booking.com, and Yelp, but it's probably not the locals leaving those kind words.
· Enormous Henry Norman Hotel coming to Greenpoint [FreeWilliamsburg]
· No love loft! G'point warehouse tenants get the boot ahead of hotel conversion by fallen starchitect [BK Paper]
· Henry Norman Hotel [official]