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Things Sure Are Busy Down At The New Standard East Village

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October 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

It may seem like all's quiet on the Eastern front, but a quick look around Standard East Village will prove there is indeed plenty of action going on. Since the hotel got taken over by Andre Balazs, various different construction sites have been popping up around the public spaces, though nothing too obtrusive.

But now that the warm weather is behind us, the hotel's transformation has moved into full swing. As of yesterday, almost the entire ground floor was closed off, leaving just a small entrance on the far right for guests to check in, enter the elevators, and be whisked off to their (hopefully) construction site-free rooms.

The good news? The upside down Standard sign has finally appeared!

Much ado has been made about the Standard's intended reconfiguration of the public spaces, and we've known for a while about their plans to add an additional bar in the garden space, rearrange the lobby, and add 1,000 sq ft of space.

Well, now those plans are coming to fruition. We spoke briefly with the Front Desk, who told us that work begun yesterday on the lobby and public spaces (too bad, no more ping pong!), and that, even sadder, the work won't be completed for another six months! Yeesh, that's a long time. But we trust the Standard's judgment, as they haven't let us down yet when it comes to their lobbies and public spaces.

And with this newest addition to the brand being touted as "intimate and residential", we're definitely curious to see where this goes.

In the meantime, don't plan on enjoying the Standard East Village's lobby until...April. Sigh, so far away.

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