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Chinatown's Hotel Bowery Is Close To Topping Out

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[Photos via the Bowery Boogie]

The preservation battle that never was for 50 Bowery now seems like a figment of our imaginations, despite being somewhat buzzworthy two years ago. Now, the Peter Poon-designed, Alex Chu-developed Hotel Bowery, which will be the first New York property of the Joie de Vivre boutique hotel line, has taken form, according to the Bowery Boogie. It stands at roughly 20 stories tall, towering over the Manhattan Bridge and visible from Canal and Essex streets. The tower will sprout two more stories, though glass paneling is creeping its way up from the bottom of the front facade.

Two years ago, as demolition was beginning on the site, crews found remnants—bottles, plates, and oyster shells that supposedly date back 150 years—of a beer hall that George Washington is said to have frequented. Ultimately, nothing was done, with no intervention by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, leaving preservationists unhappy.
—Wesley Yiin

· Ugly Joie de Vivre Hotel at 50 Bowery Ascends to 20 Stories [Bowery Boogie]
· All 50 Bowery coverage [Curbed]