· The Crane That Outstayed Its Welcome: Remember that crane that bent in half during Hurricane Sandy's 60 mph winds, and was left dangling precariously 1,000 feet up in the air? You know, the one that caused nearby buildings like Le Parker Meridien to be evacuated? Well, construction workers were able to secure it within a few days of the storm, but since then, it's pretty much just sat up there, a broken and misshapen reminder of Sandy's brutal destruction ($19 billion to be exact, according to Mayor Bloomberg). Well, Curbed reports that next week, the crane is finally scheduled to be removed.
· Marriott and Aloft Shack Up In Midtown: Looks like The NoMad and Ace New York will be getting some new hotel competition. Crain's reports that developer John Lam has acquired the final piece of his puzzle in order to start building a $300 million double hotel project that will include both a Marriott and an Aloft. After his recent purchase, Lam will now have control of the entire block between E 29th and E 30th Sts on Broadway. The resulting tower will include both brands, sort of like the upcoming Double Marriott tower on W 54th St. Except weirder.
· The Bossert Will Be Chetrit's Baby: Almost seven months since the initial announcement that Brooklyn's historic Bossert Hotel will finally revert back to being a regular hotel, a few details are starting to emerge. NYREJ reports that it will be co-owned by none other than Joseph Chetrit, who was very involved in the takeover of the Hotel Chelsea. Apparently, the hotel, which is scheduled to open next summer, will "not be flagged by any major hotel chain," and will "continue to be named after its original developer, lumber magnate Louis Bossert."
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