A Year Later, and The Nolitan Is Still Trying To Charm the Neighbors
Back in 2010, before it actually opened, we speculated, along with the rest of the neighborhood blogs, on The Nolitan's odd "tetris-inspired" exterior. Adding insult to injury, not only was the design critiqued, Curbed also revealed that the hotel was having issues with zoning laws, which in that neighborhood only permit eight floors, despite the fact that the finished structure ended up having nine.
Fast forward two years, and the hotel is still not quite done fighting that battle. Bowery Boogie reports that on Thursday, the Nolitan headed into a meeting with Community Board 2 to seek "approval" on the extra ninth story.
Um, everyone knows this hotel's already been open for over a year now, right? OK, just wanted to make sure.
As BB writes:
"On Thursday evening, the hotel at 30 Kenmare will appear before the Land Use subcommittee to argue for “legalizing a built mezzanine” on premises. Translation – we fucked up and want you to forgive and forget.
If this application isn’t an admission of guilt, we don’t know what is."
Sounds like a case of too little, too late from what we can hear. Because really, what are they going to do, shut down the hotel after already being open (and mildly successful) for a year? Wherever will we go to get our skateboarding fix?
A Front Desk agent at the hotel confirmed it's business as usual at the hotel, though the restaurant still remains closed with a tentative re-opening set for early October.