Witkoff’s Former Toy Building Blocks Madison Park Views, Hotel Owner Charges

Rendering of 17 West 24th Street (Credit: Gene Kaufman Architect).

The developer who is breaking ground on a new boutique hotel in the NoMad area said he has lost his picturesque Madison Square Park views thanks to Witkoff Group’s 10 Madison Square West.

The temporarily-named Prime Hotel, an under-construction 18-story boutique hotel (also being dubbed Black Hotel) located at 17 West 24th Street, was originally hoping to showcase sprawling views of Madison Square Park on its top floors until the developer of 10 Madison Square West decided to add seven floors—a decision that Eugene Lee, a managing member of Prime Hotel Management, was not aware of when he bought 17 West 24th Street. Read More


Lawyer Claims One57 Fire Caused Back Injury, ‘Respiratory Pain’


One57 was on fire over the weekend – literally. The fire reportedly started on a loading dock at the luxury residential tower on Saturday night and was brought under control around 10 p.m., but not before nearby resident and lawyer Michael Hurwitz prepared a lawsuit filed with the state Supreme Court against Extell Development.    

“The whole area was in a blazing fire,” Mr. Hurwitz told Luxury Listings NYC. “It was a very close call … it was 100 percent unacceptable what was going on there.” Read More


LPC Slams Empire Stores Plan


The Landmarks Preservation Commission has sided with Dumbo residents who oppose Midtown Equities‘ current plans for the $150 million Empire Stores project.

Criticism centered around designs for the marquee development’s rooftop that include a two-story glass-walled structure and large bulkhead. Read More


Indian High Court Bars Plaza Hotel Sale

Sahara India Pariwar won’t be selling The Plaza Hotel or any of its other assets any time soon after all. 

The Supreme Court of India issued an order on Friday that prohibits the firm from selling any of its assets — not to mention Sahara chairman Subrata Roy and two other company directors can’t leave the country without Read More


Security “Turf War” at World Trade Center?


The The tiff was most recently on display as “rival” command center vehicles for the respective police departments pulled up outside of the site, with the NYPD snubbing Port Authority requests to roll off, according to the report. 

While one law enforcement source called the rivalry “childish” and another apparently laughed it off as a “playground Read More


Attorney General Reviewing Helmsley Estate Sale


The New York State Attorney General’s office is reportedly reviewing the Leona M. Helmsley estate’s liquidation of its stake in the properties launched as part of the Empire State Realty Trust REIT last month, which includes the Empire State Building.

The process will begin once the Helmsley estate files a final accounting of the sale Read More


5Pointz Defenders Now Urging LPC to Designate Building [Updated]


Tenacious opponents of graffiti shrine 5Pointz‘ planned demolition have resorted to yet another life-extending tactic in the wake of a courtroom defeat last week.

Aerosol artists and their fans held a raucous party at the Long Island City institution over the weekend and said that they would resubmit a proposal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission that would protect the building. Last week, a Brooklyn judge lifted a temporary order that stayed developer G&M Realty‘s demolition of the property and construction of two high rise residential towers on its site.  Read More