Looks Like Gene 'Tri-Pack' Kaufman Will Be Adding His Special Touch To The Bossert Hotel
The Observer brings us the latest on Brooklyn's upcoming Bossert Hotel. Though with all the new details emerging on this place, we're still not quite sure what to make of it.
We learned in May that the historic Jehovah's Witness HQ would be converted back into a boutique hotel. And since then, it's also come out that some of the guys at King & Grove will be vaguely associated with the hotel, yet it definitely won't be tied to any national chain or brand. Hm.
Yet Kaufman, a designer mainly credited with big-brand projects in NYC like GEM Union Square, the world's tallest Holiday Inn, and the Holiday Inn Express-Candlewood Suites-Hampton Inn "tri-pack" on 39th St, is the one who's been chosen to tackle the Bossert. Will he be able to switch gears so easily?
It's conceivable that the Bossert's new owners simply wanted a man on the job who knows NYC hotels like the back of his hand. Which we can't argue that Kaufman doesn't. After being credited by the NY Times in 2008 with designing 36 Manhattan hotels (at least that they knew of back then), he's certainly an in-demand hotel designer, and one that any developer would want to have on their side.
And though he has experience working on residences in Williamsburg, Brooklyn hotels are a slightly different beast, and the Bossert is said to have been left in near-perfect condition by the Jehovah's Witnesses—meaning not much re-design work is needed. So how much of Kaufman's 'touch' will be evident (or even needed) remains to be seen. But we're certainly curious to see the end result!
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